Latest Wildfires News

Firefighters hope cooling temps help battle California blaze

Sep. 25, 2021 00:19 AM EDT

REDDING, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters hope shifting winds and cooling temperatures over the next few days will aid their efforts to battle a destructive wildfire in a drought-stricken forest in California’s far north that has displaced thousands of people and burned at least 100 structures....

PG&E charged in California wildfire last year that killed 4

Sep. 24, 2021 21:47 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric was charged Friday with involuntary manslaughter and other crimes after its equipment sparked a Northern California wildfire that killed four people and destroyed hundreds of homes last year, prosecutors said. It is the...

California orders more insurance options for wildfire areas

Sep. 24, 2021 20:08 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara has ordered the state's “insurer of last resort” to offer more comprehensive coverage for homeowners who can't buy private insurance because they live in areas threatened by wildfires. The...

Suspected arson wildfire forces evacuations in California

Sep. 24, 2021 15:45 PM EDT

REDDING, Calif. (AP) — Thousands of people were under evacuation orders Friday and many others were on notice to be ready to flee as a destructive wildfire raged in a drought-stricken forest in California’s far north. A woman suspected of starting the Fawn Fire was...

Pacific Gas & Electric charged with manslaughter, other crimes in California wildfire last year that killed 4 people

Sep. 24, 2021 13:55 PM EDT
REDDING, Calif. (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric charged with manslaughter, other crimes in California wildfire last year that killed 4 people.

Woman arrested on suspicion of starting California blaze

Sep. 24, 2021 00:45 AM EDT

REDDING, Calif. (AP) — A woman has been arrested on suspicion of starting a Northern California wildfire that spread rapidly, burning homes and prompting evacuation orders Thursday in a rural community, authorities said. Workers at a nearby quarry reported seeing a...

Climate change fuels California emphasis on preventing fires

Sep. 23, 2021 18:03 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Having spent billions of dollars in a losing battle to control wildfires in California, Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday approved nearly $1 billion in new spending aimed at stopping the blazes before they start. California spent $3.4 billion on...

Wildfire victims left with nothing get hope from donated RVs

Sep. 23, 2021 15:02 PM EDT

QUINCY, Calif. (AP) — Clutching a bag full of duct tape and snacks, Woody Faircloth climbs aboard a motorhome complete with carpet and drapes. At his side, his 9-year-old daughter, Luna, quizzes a family who has just donated the recreational vehicle, appropriately called Residency. In the...

Thousands fight wildfires threatening California's sequoias

Sep. 22, 2021 16:19 PM EDT

THREE RIVERS, Calif. (AP) — Growing armies of firefighters battled wildfires in the heart of California’s sequoia country on Wednesday. A big increase in personnel put more than 1,400 firefighters on the lines of the KNP Complex fire in Sequoia National Park, fire...

Sequoia National Park's Giant Forest unscathed by wildfire

Sep. 21, 2021 15:47 PM EDT

THREE RIVERS, Calif. (AP) — The ancient massive trees of Sequoia National Park’s famed Giant Forest were unscathed Tuesday even though a wildfire has been burning near them on the western side of California’s Sierra Nevada for nearly two weeks. “As of right now we...