Brentwood Leaders Support Consolidation of Contra Costa County Fire DepartmentsThe city of Brentwood and some smaller communities in east Contra Costa County are expected to endorse a plan to merge their fire department into the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District this week.
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.
Santa Cruz County Extends Emergency Health Order from CZU Complex FiresSanta Cruz County's Board of Supervisors unanimously voted Tuesday to renew the emergency health order addressing the CZU Lightning Complex wildfires that started in August.
Santa Cruz Mountains Residents Wary as Storms Drench Slide-Prone Burn ScarsWith rain systems again cycling through Northern California, attention is turning back to the scene of the fires that raged in August.
Marin County Looking to Reduce Wildfire Fuel By Burning VegetationMarin County officials want to reduce fuel for wildfires and hope crews can begin burning piles of vegetation around Marin County on Wednesday.
Jefferson Award: Sonoma Restaurant Owner Gives Back During Devastating YearThe owner of Glen Ellen Star in Sonoma stepped up during the devastating North Bay fires to give first responders a little star treatment.
Public Outcry As California Inmate Firefighter Bounchan Keola Facing Deportation Upon Prison ReleaseAmong the thousands of firefighters who battled record-setting wildfires in California this year was Bounchan Keola, a 39-year-old immigrant from Laos serving a 28-year prison sentence for a gang-related shooting when he was 16.
More Rain Needed To Reduce Fire Danger, Stave Off Future DroughtMore than a month and a half into this year's rainy season and significant precipitation was finally falling on Tuesday in Northern California. The state could use it in more ways than one.
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.
FEMA Opening Mobile Response Center In Santa Rosa to Help Glass Fire SurvivorsThe Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced Friday that it’s opening a mobile response center in Santa Rosa to assist survivors of the Glass Fire who still need federal disaster aid.
Deputies Arrest Moss Beach Man Suspected of Setting Fire Near Mavericks TrailDeputies arrested a 58-year-old man suspected of starting a 2-acre grass fire after building a large peace sign near Maverick's Beach was arrested Tuesday afternoon, authorities said.
PSPS Power Outages: Lights Got Back On Across San Francisco Bay AreaThe lights went back on across wine country early Wednesday as Pacific Gas & Electric crews were able to restore electricity that had been shut off to thousands of homes as a precaution during several days of extreme fire danger.