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.
San Jose’s Alum Rock Park was closed Tuesday because of extreme fire danger, according to the city.
State fire officials are planning to bring in more resources to battle a pair of wildfires in Northern California that doubled in size overnight and is threatening nearly two dozen residences.
Residents of a tiny mountain town breathed easier Friday after air tankers and helicopters blunted the run of a massive wildfire in Northern California just outside Lassen Volcanic National Park.
The Ponderosa Fire was 57 percent contained, with full containment expected early next week. But the blaze threatened 900 other homes Thursday as it burned a new front to the south.
Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency in three Northern California counties where wildfires have forced evacuations, closed roads and destroyed dozens of homes and other structures.