Judge Mulls Requiring PG&E To Turn Off Power More Frequently To Reduce Wildfire RiskA federal judge overseeing Pacific Gas & Electric's criminal probation said Tuesday that he is considering requiring the utility to be more aggressive about turning off its electricity lines near tall trees.
Federal Judge Considers Additional Conditions To PG&E ProbationA federal Judge used sharp language in addressing PG&E and its lawyers during a hearing on Wednesday to consider adding further conditions to the probation imposed after the utility's prior criminal convictions.
Atmospheric River: Hidden Danger Underneath Bay Area Burn Scars Heightens Landslide RisksThe approaching atmospheric river has raised alarms about the burn scars from the massive Bay Area wildfires of 2020.
PG&E Tests New Wildfire-Detection Power Line Tech In CalistogaPacific Gas & Electric has chosen the Wine Country community of Calistoga to test cutting-edge wildfire prevention technology from around the world, in hopes to make their system safer.
Wildfires Produced Up To Half Of Pollution In Western U.S. In Recent Years, Stanford / UC Study FindsWildfire smoke accounted for up to half of all health-damaging small particle air pollution in the western U.S. in recent years as warming temperatures fueled more destructive blazes.
2020 Sets Record With 22 Separate Billion-Dollar Climate, Weather Disasters in U.S.An astonishing 22 separate weather and climate disasters costing over $1 billion each occurred in the U.S. in 2020. Western wildfires accounted for a total of $16.5 billion in damage.
Inmate Who Fought California Wildfires Now Faces Deportation - 'I'm Just Asking For A Second Chance'Bounchan Keola, one of roughly 1,800 California inmates who fought record wildfires, was set to be released in October. But days before he was to be freed, Keola learned he would not be going home.
Santa Clara County to Deploy New Wildfire Response TechnologyFollowing an unprecedented fire season, the Santa Clara County Fire Department has acquired new technologies to improve wildfire and emergency response and preparedness.
State Releases New Draft On Fire Hazard Planning Guidance; Seeks Public InputState researchers have released an updated draft of a fire hazard planning document that will be used to guide city planners and local stakeholders toward reducing fire risk in their communities, and is inviting the public to comment on the guidelines.
North Bay Communities Prepare for Sunday Power Shutoffs, High Fire DangerMany of the same areas affected by wildfire are also affected by PG&E’s public safety power shutoffs and Sonoma County has got pretty good at preparing for both situations.
UPDATE: Pope Fire Burns 67 Acres Near Angwin In Napa County, 50% ContainedCrews in the North Bay are making progress containing the Pope Fire that broke out in Napa County east of the communities of Angwin and Saint Helena Friday afternoon.
Update: PG&E Plans Sunday Power Shutoffs for 1 Million California ResidentsPG&E said it will black out customers in 38 California counties -- including most of the San Francisco Bay Area -- as weather forecasts called for a return of bone-dry, gusty weather that carries the threat of downing or fouling power lines
UPDATE: Red Flag Warning In Bay Area Starts Sunday; Strongest Winds Of Year ForecastThe National Weather Service on Friday upgraded a declared Fire Weather Watch to a Red Flag Warning for the East Bay Hills and valleys, the North Bay Mountains and Santa Cruz Mountains starting Sunday morning.
Bay Area Fire Weather Watch Declared For Early Next Week, 'Strongest' Winds Of The Year PossibleA Fire Weather Watch has been issued for the Bay Area for early next week, as forecasters warn of "critical to extreme" conditions due to strong winds and low humidity.
PSPS Update: Reduced Public Safety Power Shutoff Won't Affect Bay Area CountiesOfficials with PG&E announced Thursday morning that the planned Public Safety Power Shutoff has been scaled back and would not impact any Bay Area counties.