Evacuations are underway in the area of Markleeville, about 30 miles south of Lake Tahoe after a wildfire broke out over the weekend and exploded to first 6,500 acres, and then 9,500 acres by Monday afternoon.
Summer arrived in California on Sunday with fire season in full swing, as crews knocked down dozens of small blazes throughout the state and slowed the spread of a huge forest fire in the San Bernardino Mountains.
Hot, dry California was beginning to feel the full brunt of fire season as blazes burned throughout the state, though most areas dodged any serious destruction.
Thousands of acres of forest land in California were ablaze Friday as wildfires continued to expand near Yosemite and in the San Bernardino Mountains east of Los Angeles.
Fire officials Saturday said a lightning-sparked blaze in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest has grown to 1,331 acres and is about 5 percent contained.
City officials accepted a $4 million federal grant to chop down trees in the ritzy Oakland hills, a decision that ignited debate over how best to prevent deadly wildfires in the affluent Northern California region.
Latent fire sparked by lightning caused a 66-acre wildfire in Monterey County that was 90 percent contained Sunday evening, a spokesperson for Cal Fire said.
While the calendar says February, Cal Fire is getting an early start on making sure it has enough staff to battle this year’s wildfires.
More than 200 people from two communities ravaged by a wildfire in the Eastern Sierra are now being allowed back in.
A memorial service for the air tanker pilot who died battling a wildfire in Yosemite last week will be held Tuesday in San Jose, Cal Fire officials said.