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Wildfires

A firefighter quickly unravels hose during a wildfire May 14, 2014 in San Marcos, California. About 500 acres have burned in the San Marcos blaze, fueled by record heat, high winds and dry conditions. At least four other fires advanced in nearby communities. (Photo by Bill Wechter/Getty Images)

Firefighters Already Having Busy Summer In Drought-Stricken Northern California

Two major wildfires in Northern California are among those already taxing fire crews in the state not even one month into summer.

07/07/2014

Grass Fire

Crews Battle 1,000-Acre Grass Fire Near Lake Berryessa; Dozens Of Homes Evacuated

A vegetation fire that started on Friday night in parts of Solano County was burning through 1,000 acres and 10 percent contained as of Saturday morning.

07/05/2014

Brush fire alongside road, summer. Burn ban. California. Drought. Wildfire. Forest management.

California Bans Open Burning On 31 Million Acres Due To Wildfire Threats

Open burning is being banned on 31 million acres of land throughout California because of the threat wildfires due to the lengthening drought.

06/18/2014

A house burns at the Cocos fire on May 15, 2014 in San Marcos, California. Fire agencies throughout the state are scrambling to prepare for what is expected to be a dangerous year of wildfires in this third year of extreme drought in California. (David McNew/Getty Images)

Investigators Look For Arson In San Diego Wildfire Outbreak

With evacuation orders being lifted Friday, investigators worked to determine whether an unusually early and intense outbreak of wildfires in Southern California this week was ignited by something as ordinary as sparks from cars or something as sinister as an arsonist.

05/16/2014

An aerial view of flames and smoke from a wildfire in Carlsbad in San Diego County, May 14, 2014. (CBS)

Homes Destroyed, Thousands Evacuate From San Diego County Wildfires

Flames engulfed suburban homes and shot up along canyon ridges in one of the worst of several blazes that broke out Wednesday in Southern California during a second day of a sweltering heat wave, taxing fire crews who fear the scattered fires mark only the beginning of a long wildfire season.

05/14/2014

Rim Fire Continues To Burn Near Yosemite National Park

Cal Fire Hiring Seasonal Firefighters, Busy Season Expected

Cal Fire announced they’re hiring more seasonal firefighters in response to the state having already seen three times as many wild fires this year than normal.

04/14/2014

Gov. Jerry Brown is sending 18 emergency specialists to assist with the mudslide in Washington State. (CBS)

Gov. Brown Cites California Resurgence, Uncertainties In State Of State Address

Gov. Jerry Brown has delivered a dual message in his annual address to the Legislature—that a California resurgence is well under way but also is threatened by economic and environmental uncertainties.

01/22/2014

A wind-whipped wildfire forced evacuations in Napa. (CBS)

Silverado Fire In Napa County 70% Contained, Evacuations Lifted

Evacuations due to the Silverado fire burning in Napa County have been lifted Friday evening and firefighters have the fire nearly contained, officials said.

11/22/2013

Rim Fire

Rim Fire Near Yosemite Fully Contained After More Than 2 Months

A wildfire that burned more than 250,000 acres in and around Yosemite National Park has been fully contained, the U.S. Forest Service said this week.

10/25/2013

Rim Fire

UC Berkeley Researchers Design Satellite To Track Down Wildfires

Scientists at the University of California, Berkeley have designed a satellite that could pinpoint wildfires; a project they say could save millions of dollars in firefighting resources while preventing the out-of-control infernos increasingly seen in western states.

10/22/2013

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