Officials with the California Office of Emergency Services near Sacramento are making sure local communities have all the resources they need to fight these fires, from staffing, to tankers, to shelters.
A fire driven by fierce winds raced through a small town near the Oregon border on Monday, burning a church to the ground, damaging or destroying 100 homes and prompting evacuation orders for at least 1,500 people, authorities said.
A wildfire burning for weeks in the backcountry of Yosemite National Park grew unexpectedly, forcing the helicopter evacuation of about 100 park visitors.
Firefighters were focusing on two wildfires near each other in Northern California that have burned through more than 100 square miles of terrain — one of which was menacing a small town and prompted the evacuation of a long-term care hospital.
A fast-growing wildfire along the Oregon-California border spurred evacuation notices even as California’s governor declared a state of emergency to help fight blazes raging in the state.
Lightning sparked dozens of fires in Northern California, including one in rural Modoc County that spurred some 120 people to evacuate, and the threat of more strikes along with winds from looming thunderstorms could aggravate the firefight.
A second far Northern California county has voted to secede from the state after Modoc County supervisors voted 4-0 in favor of secession.
A far Northern California county where residents have complained they lack representation at the state capitol wants to separate from California.
State health officials are investigating a possible security breach involving 2,000 California birth records.
An El Cerrito man has turned himself in to Siskiyou County sheriff’s officials after being identified as a suspect in the theft of more than $1.25 million in gold from a Siskiyou County courthouse display case more than a year ago.