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.
In the North Bay, all CalFire stations now have extra staffing and rigs. Homeowners whose property abuts open space should create 100 ft. of defensible space around their property.
Federal investigators are now involved in the hunt for information leading to the arrest of anyone involved with dozens of arson fires in Novato.
Firefighters have contained a large grass fire that burned close to Interstate 580 in the Altamont Pass area near Tracy on Thursday afternoon.