Opponents of the fire hazard reduction plan for the East Bay hills are calling it a guise to conduct massive clear-cutting of the area.
A downed power line sparked a vegetation fire near San Mateo County’s Huddart Park and caused a small power outage in the area Friday afternoon, according to PG&E and Cal Fire.
A fast-moving Southern California wildfire burning through coastal wilderness has nearly tripled in size since morning, growing to more than 43 square miles.
The early arrival of dangerous fire conditions has prompted state emergency responders to spring into action earlier than usual.
Firefighters have contained two vegetation fires in Napa County but are still battling one other blaze in that county and one in Sonoma County Thursday, a Cal Fire spokeswoman said.
Hundreds of firefighters were battling three large vegetation fires in Sonoma and Napa counties Wednesday afternoon.
A Brentwood fire station reopened its doors Wednesday morning just in time for an early start to the fire season, fire officials said.
The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning for the East Bay hills and the Diablo Range beginning Tuesday evening—signaling an earlier start than normal to this year’s fire season in the Bay Area, a local fire marshal said.
Authorities have said that California is facing a dangerous wildfire season due to a dry winter that has left the normally green hills of spring parched and tinder-dry.
California officials are pushing hard — some say too hard — for money to recover the costs of fighting wildfires.