Firefighting

A Cal Fire firefighter uses a hose to put out a spot fire while battling the Rocky Fire on July 30, 2015 in Lower Lake, California. Over 600 firefighters are battling the Rocky Fire that erupted to over 8,000 acres since it started on Wednesday afternoon. The fire is currently zero percent contained and has destroyed three homes. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Firefighting Agencies Forced To Prioritize Assets During Busy California Wildfire Season

When California wildfires overwhelm firefighting resources, the National Forest Service is faced with deciding where the most important battles must be fought, and what firefighters will work to save.

08/09/2015

Fire danger warnings left for residents in Contra Costa County. (CBS)

Fire Official: Let Lawns Die But Water Trees During Drought

Warning letters have gone out to residents in Contra Costa County with a vegetation abatement deadline of May 31st as the fire season approaches, but firefighters say it’s the drought that will make their job even tougher this year.

05/04/2015

A Boeing Chinook CH-47 helicopter. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Steven R. Doty)

National Guard Helicopter, Trailer Vandalized At Ukiah Airport

An Army National Guard Chinook helicopter was vandalized while parked at the Ukiah airport Sunday night.

09/11/2012

A view of the 1991Oakland Hills firestorm. (DART/NASA Ames)

20 Years Later, East Bay Hills Less Susceptible To Firestorms

Twenty years ago Thursday, a hillside fire blown out of control by hot, dry winds killed 25 people and destroyed more than 3,000 homes in the Oakland and Berkeley hills.

10/20/2011

A wildfire burns in the Altamont Pass area west of Tracy on July 14, 2011. (CBS)

New Fee May Drain California Firefighting Budget

A California law that imposes an annual wildfire fee on rural residents may have an unintended consequence—sapping the state fire agency of money it needs to fight wildland blazes.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–08/10/2011