Lawsuits Accuse PG&E of Starting Massive Dixie FireTwo lawsuits have been filed on behalf of nearly 200 people alleging Pacific Gas and Electric caused the massive Dixie Fire which has burned nearly one million acres in five Northern California counties.
WILDFIRES: Smoke Forces One-Day Extension Of Air Quality AdvisoryAs wildfires continue to burn in the northern part of California, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District has extended an air quality advisory for the region through Thursday because of smoke coming from those wildfires.
Arson Suspect Arrested For Allegedly Igniting Destructive Hopkins FireA 20-year-old Ukiah man was in custody Wednesday after his arrest for igniting the Hopkins Fire, which destroyed several homes in the Black Oak Estates neighborhood of the unincorporated Mendocino County community of Calpella over the weekend.
Closures Lifted Early For Most National Forests In CaliforniaThe U.S. Forest Service has allowed a regional closure order to end early for most national forests in California, due to decreasing fire danger.
$20M In Fire Prevention Grants Issued To Bay Area Agencies; Largest Share For East Bay HillsCal Fire has announced the recipients of its fire prevention grants for 2021, with the largest award in the Bay Area going to the Moraga-Orinda Fire District, which recently completed a major Cal Fire-funded project in north Orinda.
WILDFIRES: Judge Continues Probing Into PG&E's Possible Role in Dixie FireU.S. District Judge William Alsup has repeatedly hammered PG&E for creating dangers with its fraying equipment, igniting some of the deadliest wildfires in California, causing so much death and destruction during 2017 and 2018 that the company negotiated more than $25 billion in settlements during a 17-month bankruptcy that ended last year.
UPDATE: Forward Progress of Kentfield Car Fire that Spread to Nearby Vegetation StoppedFire units have stopped the forward spread of a vegetation fire in Kentfield that was started by a vehicle fire Monday afternoon, according to Marin County authorities.
Hopkins Fire: Homes Burned; Forward Progress Stopped; Evacuation Orders Reduced To Warnings Firefighters stopped the forward progress of the Hopkins Fire Sunday evening, but not before fast-moving flames destroyed several homes in the Black Oak Estates neighborhood of the unincorporated Mendocino County community of Calpella.
Caldor Fire Update: Stretch Of Highway 50 Reopens; Residents Return To Burned-Out Grizzly Flats Neighborhoods Weeks after the Caldor Fire roared up Highway 50 into the Tahoe Basin, state officials reopened a stretch of the roadway Sunday as residents began an emotional return to neighborhoods ravaged by the blaze in the El Dorado County community of Grizzly Flats.
Crews Make Progress on LA County Wildfire That Stopped Interstate 5 Traffic for HoursNearly all lanes of Interstate 5 in northern Los Angeles County were reopened Sunday as firefighters made progress on a wildfire that jumped across the road and spread across dry hillsides.
Dixie Fire Threatens SETI Antenna Array Used to Search For Extraterrestrial LifeA set of radio telescope antennas used by the SETI Institute to scan the heavens for signs of extraterrestrial life is being endangered by the massive Dixie Fire, according to officials.