Most residents who evacuated during a fierce Northern California wildfire have been allowed to return home as crews reopened two highways that were used as fire breaks.
Evacuees from a handful of neighborhoods were allowed to return home, and the number could increase in the next 24 hours as firefighting operations wind down.
Thousands of firefighters battling the Rocky Fire were aided by cooler temperatures and higher humidity.
As firefighters and equipment from outside the state poured in to battle the blaze burning 10 miles from Clear Lake, more than 13,000 people were required or urged to leave their homes, vacation cabins and campsites in the latest fire-prone region to find itself under siege.
President Barack Obama is asking his aides to stay in close touch with California’s governor and other local officials as firefighters tackle the Rocky Fire.
Cooler, wetter weather helped crews make inroads Monday against a massive wildfire north of San Francisco that tore through two dozen homes, threatened thousands more and forced 12,000 people to flee the flames.
The Rocky Fire tripled in size over the weekend to 60,000 acres, generating its own winds that spread the flames at an unprecedented rate.
Cal Fire was using their ‘heli-torch’ to light backfires in terrain so rugged it couldn’t be reached by foot to keep the Rocky Fire from burning a roadway as the blaze burned in three Northern Bay Area counties.
A magnitude 3.2 earthquake hit an area near Clearlake Tuesday evening after a 4.0 magnitude earthquake hit the Fremont area earlier in the morning.
The town of Clearlake in Lake County is now center stage in an emotional legal battle over medical marijuana, and patients say a complete ban on all cultivation is putting lives at risk, and are filing a suit to stop it.