About 400 firefighters are trying to control the blaze, which had burned about 2,800 acres and was 10 percent contained Saturday morning.
Firefighters have contained a 5-acre, 2-alarm hillside grass and oak woodlands fire east of U.S. Highway 101 and are allowing residents back into their area on foot, San Rafael police spokeswoman Lynette Keller said.
An unusual late fall wildfire fueled by drought conditions destroyed 15 homes and forced about 100 people to flee the forested mountains of the scenic Big Sur region overlooking the Pacific.
An out-of-control forest fire threatening about 2,500 structures near Yosemite National Park was one of more than 50 active, large wildfires dotting the western U.S. on Wednesday.
A Plumas County judge has dismissed a state lawsuit against California’s largest timber company for a 2007 wildfire that destroyed more than 100 square miles of forest in Northern California.
Fire officials say thunderstorms predicted for parts of Northern California are expected to bring strong winds but little rain as crews continue to battle a wildfire burning northeast of Chico.
In apparent acts of “sabotage” in the South Bay early Tuesday, someone cut fiber optic cables, knocking out some 911 service, and then fired a rifle at a PG&E substation, Santa Clara County’s sheriff said.
California officials are pushing hard — some say too hard — for money to recover the costs of fighting wildfires.
Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency in three Northern California counties where wildfires have forced evacuations, closed roads and destroyed dozens of homes and other structures.
A 1,200-acre wildfire near Redding in Shasta County is now 40 percent contained after destroying two outbuildings and damaging five homes, according to authorities.