The early arrival of dangerous fire conditions has prompted state emergency responders to spring into action earlier than usual.
Firefighters have contained two vegetation fires in Napa County but are still battling one other blaze in that county and one in Sonoma County Thursday, a Cal Fire spokeswoman said.
Open burns will be banned starting Monday in a number of Bay Area counties to limit the risk as fire season gets underway, Cal Fire said.
After a 17-year hiatus, the Morgan Hill City Fire Department has rejoined with Cal Fire.
Residents of a tiny mountain town breathed easier Friday after air tankers and helicopters blunted the run of a massive wildfire in Northern California just outside Lassen Volcanic National Park.
The Ponderosa Fire was 57 percent contained, with full containment expected early next week. But the blaze threatened 900 other homes Thursday as it burned a new front to the south.
Firefighters from across the Bay Area and California are in Lake County on Monday, where two separate grass fires continue to burn thousands of acres and threaten hundreds of homes, Cal Fire officials said.
A grass fire that burned Wednesday at the Enid W. Pearson Arastradero Preserve in Palo Alto remains under investigation, but police believe it is a case of arson.
On Monday over 825,000 property owners, mostly in California’s rural areas near forests, started receiving a $150 annual fee by the state in order to help offset Cal Fire’s budget deficit.
California’s budget-saving prison realignment program could end up costing the state a third of its firefighting crews if a deal can’t be reached to keep inmates on the fire lines.