Firefighters were focusing on two wildfires near each other in Northern California that have burned through more than 100 square miles of terrain — one of which was menacing a small town and prompted the evacuation of a long-term care hospital.
Fire crews strengthened old containment lines on Wednesday, as they tried to keep a blaze in Yosemite National Park away from a grove of treasured giant sequoia trees.
The fire danger is high Tuesday morning as crews battle two massive wildfires in Northern California.
Cal Fire is lifting evacuation warnings and orders for parts around Camino as firefighters continue to battle a wildfire that’s destroyed 13 homes and forced hundreds of evacuations in the Sierra Nevada foothills.
Two major wildfires in Northern California are among those already taxing fire crews in the state not even one month into summer.
A vegetation fire that started on Friday night in parts of Solano County was burning through 1,000 acres and 10 percent contained as of Saturday morning.
Open burning is being banned on 31 million acres of land throughout California because of the threat wildfires due to the lengthening drought.
With evacuation orders being lifted Friday, investigators worked to determine whether an unusually early and intense outbreak of wildfires in Southern California this week was ignited by something as ordinary as sparks from cars or something as sinister as an arsonist.
Flames engulfed suburban homes and shot up along canyon ridges in one of the worst of several blazes that broke out Wednesday in Southern California during a second day of a sweltering heat wave, taxing fire crews who fear the scattered fires mark only the beginning of a long wildfire season.
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.