Hundreds of lightning strikes overnight have sparked three dozen new wildfires in Northern California, authorities said Sunday.
A wind-driven fire that destroyed 40 residents and damaged 5 others near the Nevada border is now 85 percent contained.
The family of a woman rescued 19 hours after she drove into a ravine in the East San Jose foothills afternoon thanked rescuers for finding her. Meanwhile, questions are being raised about the OnStar system in the woman’s car after it led crews to the wrong locations.
A rescue is underway Tuesday morning along Mount Hamliton Road in San Jose for a woman who became trapped inside a car that drove over an embankment and into a ravine Monday afternoon, authorities said.
Firefighters gained the upper hand Friday night on a wildfire along Interstate 80 east of Sacramento that threatened 1,000 homes.
Yosemite park officials say sparks from a vehicle caused the wildfire that led to a former U.S. Navy pilot’s death.
Air tankers were grounded Wednesday in California after one of the aircraft crashed into a steep canyon wall while fighting a blaze in Yosemite National Park, killing the pilot, officials said.
California has exhausted its initial firefighting budget just three months into its fiscal year.
As part of statewide mutual aid, the Santa Clara County Fire Department has sent a strike team, to El Dorado County’s King Fire, one of the largest wildfires burning in California.
Just days after a wildfire tore through the small Northern California town of Weed and destroyed scores of homes, crews on Wednesday battled another fast-moving blaze in the region that was also threatening residences.