Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency on Sunday in Northern California areas hit by a fast-expanding wildfire that injured four firefighters and forced thousands of people to evacuate.
By Joseph Serna, Los Angeles Times Out-of-control wildfire burning near Yosemite has triggered thousands of evacuation orders. A wildfire burning near Yosemite National Park is threatening 500 homes, has triggered 13,000 evacuation orders, and prompted the Madera County sheriff to declare a local emergency. The fast-moving Junction fire had burned 1,200 acres and was 0 […]
By Peter Hecht, The Sacramento Bee SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Authorities say alleged marijuana farmer Freddie Alexander Smoke III was indifferent to the danger of fire. They say Smoke, a 37-year-old Sacramento man, did not consider that his rental truck and its hot exhaust pipe might ignite the dry grass on July 11 as he was […]
Los Angeles (AFP) — A fire raging in California’s Yosemite National Park threatens a grove of famous giant sequoia trees. The blaze, which began on Saturday, has scorched some 3,545 acres of the popular tourist spot and is about one-third contained, a spokeswoman for the Yosemite Fire Information call center told AFP. Some 830 firefighters […]
By Lisa M. Krieger, San Jose Mercury News SAN JOSE, Calif. — For the second year in a row, flames in Yosemite National Park are turning up the heat on California’s wildfire season, fueled by one of the most severe droughts in decades. But despite dangerously dry conditions, tens of thousands of lightning strikes and […]
By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times As two Northern California wildfires continued to burn out of control Sunday, weather in the days ahead is threatening to worsen and expand the blazes. The Sand fire east of Sacramento grew to 3,800 acres Sunday, and forced the evacuation of hundreds of residents, destroyed 10 homes, and may […]