Weather Front Brings Snow Day To The Sierra; Snowflakes Fall On Caldor Fire Burn ZoneA low pressure system moved across the Sierra Friday morning, triggering heavy downpours, lightning strikes and snow flurries across the upper elevations including the burn zone left behind by the massive Caldor Fire.
Tamarack Fire: Badly Burned Bear Cub Rescued In Markleeville; Blaze 45 Percent Contained; Alpine County Evacuation Orders Lifted An evacuated family returning to check on their Markleeville home over the weekend discovered a baby burned bear cub who had suffered severe burns in the Tamarack Fire.
Tamarack Fire: Determined Firefighters Turn Flames Back From Highway 395; Lightning Threat In Weather ForecastTaking advantage of easing weather conditions, fire crews aggressively attacked the Tamarack Fire along Highway 395 Saturday using backfires, air support and an intensive ground effort to keep the flames from advancing any further eastward.
Tamarack Fire Update: Wind-Whipped Flames Cross Into Nevada; Firefighters Digging In Along Highway 395The advancing flames of the Tamarack Fire crossed over into Nevada early Wednesday, forcing voluntary evacuation warnings for several small communities to the west of the Highway 395 corridor.
Tamarack Fire Update: Firefighters Turn Back Flames Near Woodfords; Local Residents Question Initial Fire ResponseAs firefighters battled a wall of flames burning through miles of tinder-dry trees and brush in the Sierra near Lake Tahoe early Tuesday, local residents were questioning the initial U.S. Forest Service response to the blaze that began smoldering after a July Fourth weekend lightning strike.
UPDATE: Tamarack Fire Evacuation Orders Expanded; Rain Could Trigger Mudslides In AreaAdditional mandatory evacuations were ordered in areas around the Tamarack Fire Monday as authorities warned of possible mudslides or debris flows because of rain forecast for the region.
UPDATE: Tamarack Fire Explodes to 21,000 Acres; Zero Containment; 'It Happened So Fast'A once-smoldering wildfire exploded to life, growing to 21,000 acres Saturday and sending a wall of wind-whipped flames toward the evacuated Sierra community of Markleeville.
California Drought: Exceptional Drought Conditions Spread Across San Francisco Bay AreaAs temperatures begin to soar over the Memorial Day Holiday Weekend, the drought conditions in the already bone-dry hills, forests and fields will only get worse.
UPDATE U.S. Drought Monitor Puts Most of Bay Area Under Extreme Drought ConditionsThe latest California drought update just released Thursday by weather officials puts most of the Bay Area in the red under what is classified as extreme drought conditions.
Storm Tracker: Tahoe Prepares For Wintry Blast; No Drought Relief For Bay AreaWhile an April storm front lost some of its punch as it rolled into the San Francisco Bay Area Sunday, it was still carrying the promise of blizzard conditions in the Sierra where chain controls were already in place in the mountain passes.
California Drought 2021: Warm Temperatures Trigger Unprecedented Decline In Sierra Snowpack's Water ContentAs extreme drought conditions continue to expand across the San Francisco Bay Area, a leading climate researcher issued a new warning Thursday of another sign that a water supply crisis is developing across the region.
Low Snowpack Levels Increase Concerns Over Potential California DroughtCalifornia’s Department of Water Resources (DWR) conducted a snowpack survey Thursday that found it was down almost 20% from the annual average, leading to concerns over a possible drought
Drone Video: Winter Storm Dumps Foot Of New Snow On Tahoe ResortsThe slow migration of holiday weekend skiers from the San Francisco Bay Area to the Sierra resorts was well underway Friday as the first of two storm fronts dumped more than a foot of new snow at the higher elevations around Lake Tahoe.
Avalanche Buries 2 Backcountry Skiers In Siskiyou County; 1 DeadTwo men were caught in an avalanche Wednesday in a remote area near Etna Summit. One died before a rescue team could reach the pair.
Stormy Weather Brings Some Drought Relief; Monthly Snow Pack Survey Still Below NormalThe stormy weather that brought 8-10 inches of rain in the Santa Cruz Mountains and up to 10 feet of snow to the Sierra did ease drought conditions across the San Francisco Bay Area, but much more rain and snow is needed in February and March, officials said.