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Wildfires

Ponderosa Fire damage (CBS)

Governor Declares Emergency Over Ponderosa, Chips Fires

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.

08/22/2012

A firefighting helicopter prepares to drop water on the Ponderosa Fire in Northern California on August 21, 2012. (CBS)

Northern California Wildfire Grows To 30 Square Miles; 50 Structures Burned

Fire officials say dozens of buildings, many of them likely homes, have been destroyed in a fire burning outside the Northern California community of Manton.

08/21/2012

Emergency vehicles in front of flames from the Ponderosa Fire in Tehama County. (Redding Record-Searchlight/Redding.com)

Huge Northern California Wildfire Threatens Thousands Of Homes

A huge wildfire sparked by lightning in Northern California burned to the edge of three small towns Monday, scorching nearly 20,000 acres, and threatening thousands of homes as fearful residents sought safety miles away at an emergency shelter.

08/20/2012

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More Than 900 Lightning Strikes Spark More NorCal Wildfires

Firefighters have been making progress against a series of wildfires burning in Northern California, but lightning sparked more than a dozen new fires late Friday and early Saturday.

08/18/2012

The Folsom Lake Hand Crew of firefighting veterans. (BLM California)

Crew Of Military Veterans Team Up To Fight California Wildfires

A firefighting crew made up of military veterans has recently been assembled by the Bureau of Land Management to battle California’s fires.

08/17/2012

Flames seen from above the Wye wildfire in Lake County. (CBS)

Lake County Fires Now 70 Percent Contained

The “Walker” and “Wye” fires have burned 7,934 acres since they started around 4 p.m. Sunday. Full containment is expected by Monday.

08/15/2012

Flames seen from above the Wye wildfire in Lake County. (CBS)

Crews Make Progress In Lake County Fires Amid Triple Digit Heat

Hundreds of evacuees have been allowed to return home as crews are continuing to make progress against a Lake County wildfire that has now grown to about 5 square miles.

08/14/2012

An aerial view of flames from one of two wildfires in Lake County, August 13, 2012. (CBS)

Evacuation Order Lifted As Firefighters Battle Lake County Blazes

Firefighters from across the Bay Area and California are in Lake County on Monday, where two separate grass fires continue to burn thousands of acres and threaten hundreds of homes, Cal Fire officials said.

08/13/2012

Lick wildfire, Henry W. Coe State Park, Santa Clara County, Stanislaus County

Climate Change Report Shows Grim Outlook For California

A new report shows that more wildfires, heat wave and rising seas are expected because of climate change in the state.

08/01/2012

Firefighters battling the Robbers Fire in Placer County on July 16, 2012. (CBS)

Placer County Wildfire 45 Percent Contained

Lower temperatures and an increase in humidity were a welcome relief to firefighters battling a wildfire that has destroyed one home and forced evacuations from dozens of others in Placer County.

07/16/2012

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