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Wildfires

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

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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

The "Swedes fire" burned in Butte County on August 19, 2013. (CBS)

Evacuees Allowed To Return Home As Butte County Wildfire Is 64% Contained

Erratic winds fanned a Northern California wildfire that threatened more than 300 structures Monday, but the hundreds who evacuated from homes over the weekend were allowed to return as containment lines expanded.

08/19/2013

A man uses a chainsaw to cut a fallen tree. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

East Bay Tree-Cutting Proposal To Reduce Fire Hazard Criticized

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.

05/23/2013

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Power Line Sparked Small Grass Fire Near Woodside

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.

05/10/2013

A US Forestry fire fighter fights a wall of fire during an out of control wildfire on May 2, 2013 in Camarillo, Ventura County. (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

SoCal Wildfire Nearly Triples In Size, Bay Area Firefighters Provide Help

A fast-moving Southern California wildfire burning through coastal wilderness has nearly tripled in size since morning, growing to more than 43 square miles.

05/03/2013

A DC-10 fire tanker, capable of carrying up to 12,000 gallons of fire retardant, makes a drop along the lines of the Crown Fire northeast of Los Angeles on Friday, July 30, 2010. (CBS)

California Firefighting Aircraft Ready To Battle Wildfires Weeks Ahead Of Normal

The early arrival of dangerous fire conditions has prompted state emergency responders to spring into action earlier than usual.

05/03/2013

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