Latest Wildfires News

Evacuations lifted for blaze on California's Big Sur coast

Jan. 26, 2022 15:27 PM EST

BIG SUR, Calif. (AP) — Evacuation orders were lifted Wednesday as firefighters strengthened control lines and mopped up hot spots at a wildfire along California's Big Sur coast, authorities said. Fire activity was minimal overnight, with higher humidity and light winds, Cal Fire...

Wildfire on California coast near Big Sur is 45% contained

Jan. 25, 2022 22:15 PM EST

BIG SUR, Calif. (AP) — Shifting winds and increased humidity have helped firefighters make progress against a blaze burning in rugged mountains near California’s Big Sur coast, authorities said. The Colorado Fire was 50% contained on Tuesday, according to the California...

California appears to pass peak of omicron variant wave

Jan. 25, 2022 21:45 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California showed signs it turned the corner on the omicron wave of the coronavirus pandemic, with infection rates falling and hospitalizations well short of the overwhelming deluge officials feared a few weeks ago. Over 15,000 people are hospitalized with...

Wildfire near California's Big Sur coast 35% contained

Jan. 24, 2022 12:59 PM EST

BIG SUR, Calif. (AP) — A wildfire that erupted last week amid strong winds in rugged mountains near California's Big Sur coast was 35% contained Monday, authorities said. Improved mapping on Sunday reduced the fire's size to about 700 acres (283 hectares), the California Department...

PG&E's criminal probation to end amid ongoing safety worries

Jan. 24, 2022 12:46 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric is poised to emerge from five years of criminal probation, despite worries that nation’s largest utility remains too dangerous to trust after years of devastation from wildfires ignited by its outdated equipment and neglectful management. ...

Hundreds evacuated as fire burns near California's Big Sur

Jan. 23, 2022 16:04 PM EST

BIG SUR, Calif. (AP) — Hundreds of residents remained evacuated Sunday as crews battled a wildfire in rugged mountains along the California coast that forced the closure of the main roadway near Big Sur. One structure, a yurt, was destroyed by the blaze that broke out Friday in a...

Wildfire along California's Big Sur forces evacuations

Jan. 23, 2022 00:33 AM EST

BIG SUR, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters on Saturday were battling a wildfire that broke out in the rugged mountains along Big Sur, forcing hundreds of residents on this precarious stretch of the California coast to evacuate and authorities to shut its main roadway. The fire started...

Review: decision to defend fire station nearly cost lives

Jan. 22, 2022 14:36 PM EST

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A firefighting crew's decision to stay and defend its beloved station on California's central coast nearly cost the lives of 14 firefighters who were overrun by flames, according to a report released Friday by an organization that promotes firefighter safety. ...

As Biden struggles, Harris touts California wildfire aid

Jan. 21, 2022 23:45 PM EST

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — After a difficult first year in office, Vice President Kamala Harris enjoyed a homecoming of sorts Friday, taking a helicopter tour in Southern California mountains to highlight new funding for federal wildfire programs. She was joined by Gov. Gavin...

Wineries, farms eligible for last-ditch California insurance

Jan. 21, 2022 21:12 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Napa wineries and others hard-hit by massive wildfires in California's wine country and elsewhere will soon be able to tap into the state's insurance plan of last resort, officials said Friday. Hundreds of farmers, ranchers, wine growers and other outdoor...