Latest California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection News

For tribes, 'good fire' a key to restoring nature and people

Oct. 29, 2021 00:09 AM EDT

WEITCHPEC, Calif. (AP) — Elizabeth Azzuz stood in prayer on a Northern California mountainside, arms outstretched, grasping a handmade torch of dried wormwood branches, the fuel her Native American ancestors used for generations to burn underbrush in thick forest. ...

4 people hurt by tree in wildfire released from hospital

Oct. 08, 2021 14:24 PM EDT

THREE RIVERS, Calif. (AP) — Four people injured when a tree fell on them as they were working inside a Northern California wildfire have been released from the hospital, officials said Friday. One is an employee with the California Department of Forestry and Fire...

Progress made on California fire that displaced thousands

Sep. 26, 2021 13:38 PM EDT

REDDING, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters were gaining the upper hand Sunday on a forest fire that displaced thousands of people and destroyed more than 100 buildings near Shasta Lake in Northern California. Lighter winds and cooler temperatures slowed the Fawn Fire as it...

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....

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...

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...

Wildfire burns structures in small Northern California town

Sep. 13, 2021 17:17 PM EDT

CALPELLA, Calif. (AP) — Damage assessments were pending Monday in a small Northern California town struck by a small but fast-moving wildfire during the weekend, even as progress was made against some of the state’s huge forest blazes. The Hopkins Fire forced...

California firefighters chase new fires ignited by lightning

Sep. 10, 2021 16:59 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Firefighters scrambled Friday to quash fires ignited by lightning as thunderstorms with mostly small but welcome amounts of rain rumbled across drought-stricken Northern California, where forests have been burning for weeks. Firefighters were...

California fire that burned 142 structures was human-caused

Sep. 10, 2021 16:13 PM EDT

COLFAX, Calif. (AP) — A California wildfire that destroyed 142 structures in the Sierra Nevada last month was human-caused, authorities said Friday, but they did not reveal what led to that conclusion. The River Fire began Aug. 4 in the overnight camping area of the...