Seasonal temperatures and a chance of showers Thursday won’t necessarily mean relief for tired firefighters as the chance of thunderstorms looms overnight.
Backed by important firefighting resources, crews are gaining ground against the massive Rocky Fire that has destroyed numerous buildings and driven thousands of people from their homes, officials said.
A three-alarm fire that ripped through an apartment complex in Antioch Wednesday morning displaced 29 residents, an official with the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District said.
A 108-year-old building in San Francisco’s Mission District badly damaged by a fire that took the life of one man could sell for $20 million.
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.
The Hayward fire chief was suspended but allowed to continue with his job after a number of behavioral issues that include drinking while on call.
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.