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The California drought is not only making fire season longer and more dangerous, it’s making fires harder to fight.
The US Forest Service is reopening more than 63,000 acres of land that burned during last year's King Fire in the Eldorado National Forest.
California’s fire fighting agency is already preparing for a difficult fire season. And low water levels could hurt CAL FIRE’s ability to put fires out.
The Nevada Division of Forestry and the US Forest Service plan to conduct prescribed burns in the forest around Lake Tahoe starting Monday.
Forty structures have been burnt by the Round Fire in Inyo and Mono counties, according to CAL FIRE. Saturday morning rain helped slow the fires' progress. UPDATE: 9:38 p.m. Fire resources added.
Even before this week's storm, the Eldorado National Forest had already experienced some small debris flows in the area burned by the King Fire. The US Forest Service is expecting mudslides to continue throughout the winter.
The US Forest Service will begin aerial mulching on Friday on 1200 acres of land scorched by the King Fire.
The King Fire in the El Dorado National Forest burned nearly 100,000 acres before it was finally contained last month. Its size might pale in comparison to the 257,000 acre Rim Fire last year, but the damage is strikingly similar and could get worse.
The Cal Fire pilot who died fighting a wildfire in Yosemite will be remembered at a service Tuesday in San Jose
A preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board says the crew of another plane in the area saw the tanker's wing separate before the plane crashed October 7, 2014. The pilot was killed.
Firefighting crews have made significant progress on two fires currently burning in California -- the Applegate Fire and the Dog Rock Fire in Yosemite National Park.
UPDATE: 11:40 P.M. SUNDAY- Containment at 95 percent, with 311 acres burned. The Highway 140 entrance into Yosemite National Park re-opened Sunday.
UPDATE: 11:30 P.M. SUNDAY- Applegate Fire holds at 459 acres, with containment at 80 percent late Sunday. All closures and evacuation orders have been lifted. Officials say full containment is expected on Monday.
Investigators say the Dog Rock fire in Yosemite National Park was caused by a spark from a vehicle. An air tanker pilot was killed in a crash as he was fighting the fire.
(AP) -- The King Fire in El Dorado County has been fully contained nearly a month after it broke out. It burned more than 150 square miles, destroyed a dozen houses and drove thousands from their homes.
UPDATE: 11:19 P.M. - Containment of the Applegate Fire near Auburn stood at 25 percent Thursday night, with 420 acres charred. Five homes have burned, along with several outbuildings. Cal Fires says 1,000 more homes are threatened.
Fire crews work to contain Dog Rock Fire as investigators look into cause of air tanker crash that killed pilot.
UPDATE: 9:45 P.M. The Dog Rock Fire in Yosemite National Park is at 246 acres Wednesday night, with 10 percent containment. Meanwhile, investigators are looking into why an air tanker battling the wildfire crashed Tuesday afternoon.
UPDATE: 9:35 P.M. - At least one house burned in the Applegate Fire, which has grown to 380 acres. Mandatory evacuations are in place. One late of eastbound I-80 traffic is now open. Three Red Cross evacuation centers opened.
UPDATE: 10:29 P.M. - Fire officials say the pilot of an air tanker that crashed near the Dog Rock Fire burning in Yosemite National Park has died. The fire caused the closure of Highway 140, which is the main park entrance and forced evacuations.
Crews continue mop-up work for the King Fire, which has burned 97,717 acres and is 98 percent contained.
The King Fire in El Dorado and Placer Counties is almost fully contained. About 2,400 firefighters have the more than 97,000-acre fire 95 percent contained. Meanwhile, thanks to cooler, wetter conditions, fire restrictions are being lifted Friday.
Fire officials say full containment of the King Fire is expected on Sunday, with crews working on one remaining hot spot as of Friday morning. Acreage burned stands at 97,718, with 95 percent containment. The fire has been burning since Sept. 13.
UPDATE: 7:50 P.M. - Fire containment now at 92 percent. The cooler, rainy weather over the weekend helped crews make even more progress toward taming the huge King Fire burning in a heavily forested region 60 miles east of Sacramento.
Update: 2 P.M. - Fire officials say containment has reached 87 percent, thanks to an assist from cooler, wet weather. Acreage burned stands at 97,099, with 80 structures lost in the arson-caused blaze, which started Sept. 13.
Updated: 11:15 P.M. Saturday - Higher humidity, cooler temperatures and light rain helped firefighters make progress on the King Fire Friday. The fire has been burning almost two weeks, and now stands at 97,099 acres, with 84 percent containment
UPDATED: 11:15 A.M. - Light Thursday rains helped firefighters gain ground on the King Fire, as containment grows to 68 percent and the burn area grew slightly, to 96,004 acres.
UPDATED: 5:05 P.M. - Flash Flood Warning cancelled. More favorable weather is expected to help firefighters battle the King Fire, which has burned 95,347 acres and 43 percent contained.
Sometimes all we can see of a wildfire is a huge plume of smoke. But, if you look very carefully, you can sometimes make out one of the aircraft that are carefully choreographed while fighting the fire
UPDATE: 6:22 P.M. - Weather may lend a hand; firefighter injured. The King Fire has blackened 92,960 acres, with containment now at 38 percent.
UPDATED: Fire crews made gains overnight with the King Fire now at 35 percent containment. But challenges are ahead with firefighters facing erratic winds and low humidity in the coming week.
Firefighters with hoses and axes are a common and expected sight at wildfires. But there’s an entire team of people working behind the fire lines. Among them are men and women who make sure the bills get paid so the trucks can keep rolling.
Sometimes, a friendship starts up in the unlikeliest of places -like just outside a 90,000-acre forest fire.
Thunderstorms and increased humidity helped to moderate the King Fire burning in El Dorado and Placer counties through the weekend. The fire has now charred 87,592 acres and is 18 percent contained.
Smoke from the King Fire has prompted air quality advisories in northern California and western Nevada.
UPDATED: The King Fire in El Dorado County is at 82,018 acres and is 17 percent contained.
King Fire in El Dorado and Placer counties grew slightly Saturday as weather helped firefighting efforts.
Air pollution and health officials in California and Nevada issue warnings about King Fire smoke.
The King Fire has charred 76,376 acres and forced the evacuation of 3,000 people. Investigators say the fire was caused by arson. UPDATED: 10:05 P.M. - Officials confirm the loss of structures. The next acreage update will occur Saturday morning.
Air quality in Reno and Washoe County is in the "very unhealthy" category, and the worst in the area in six years, thanks to heavy smoke blowing in from the King Fire.
UPDATED 11:20 p.m. Saturday, 9/27, with new photos. - The King Fire in El Dorado and Placer counties, has burned 97,099 acres as of Saturday night. We take a look at the fire through the lens of social media.
UPDATE: 6:30 P.M. - Details of the arrest of a suspect who was charged with setting the fire. The fire stands at 73,184 acres, with 10 percent containment.
At last count, the King Fire had burned nearly 19,000 acres north of Pollock Pines. But, all day, huge plumes of smoke have risen into the air as the fire consumes more brush and forest land. Thousands have been forced from their homes.
UPDATE: 6:42 P.M. - The King Fire has grown throughout the day, and stands at 27,930 acres as of early Wednesday evening. - This article has the latest updates, a list of evacuation orders, as well as links to resources.
The Boles fire whipped through the small town of Weed destroying or damaging 150 buildings and leaving many residents homeless.
Smoke from the King Fire in El Dorado County has prompted health advisories from air districts in Nevada and California.
UPDATED (AP) -- A fire in Siskiyou County has destroyed more than 100 homes in the town of Weed.
UPDATE 10:20PM.- The King Fire forced the closure of a stretch of Hwy 50 Tuesday night, and has grown to 12,780 acres. Additional evacuations were ordered, including the entire community of Swansboro. Pollock Pines schools will be closed Wednesday.
Dry, hot weather is leading to an unprecedented fire season throughout California.
UPDATED 6:45PM.: The King Fire near the Sierra community of Pollock Pines - about 60 miles from Sacramento - has grown to 8,600 acres. Containment has shrunk to 5 percent.
Crews gained ground on the Courtney Fire in Madera County, which is now 35 percent contained.
A fast-moving fire that started late Sunday morning in a rugged area in El Dorado County is forcing road closures and evacuations. UPDATE: 9:20PM: Fire grows to 2,500 acres; 10 percent contained. Additional evacuations ordered.
Crews made good progress battling the Dog Bar Fire in Nevada County overnight. Officials say all evacuations have been lifted, as the threat to homes and structures has lessened considerably. UPDATED: Dog Bar Fire is now 75 contained.
UPDATE - 11:30PM: All evacuations have been lifted in the area of the Dog Bar Fire, which has been revised to 155 acres, and is 30 percent contained. Six structures have been lost.
(AP) -- The Meadow Fire in Yosemite National Park is about 10 percent contained.
Forest officials say a fire in the Klamath National Forest has destroyed four homes. The fire is 30 percent contained as of Wednesday afternoon.
Firefighters continue to battle a wildfire burning in Yosemite National Park.
The Meadow Fire has now burned roughly 2,500 acres -- up from 700 acres last night.
A pair of wildfires -- one inside Yosemite National Park, and another 15-miles south of the park -- have forced officials to evacuate about 300 homes and 100 backcountry campers.
(AP) -- About 250 homes remain under mandatory evacuation orders in northern Siskiyou County, and almost 700 more are considered "threatened" by the Happy Camp fire, which has already burned 100 square miles.
(AP) -- Firefighters say they're getting the upper hand on a wildfire near Yosemite National Park that forced more than a thousand people to leave their homes and destroyed eight buildings.
(AP) -- Firefighters from throughout California are being dispatched to protect homes that are under threat from a wildfire burning in the foothills near Yosemite National Park.
The Junction Fire in Madera County just outside Yosemite National Park has prompted an air alert by the regional pollution control district.
(AP) -- Firefighters are bracing for a windy day as they continue to battle two wildfires burning in Northern California.
The National Weather Service says thunderstorms and lightning possible as front approaches California.
(AP) -- The U.S. Attorney's Office has indicted a man with starting last year's Rim Fire, which burned 25,000 acres in the Yosemite and the Stanislaus Forest.
Thousands of firefighters are working to control large wildfires in California.
(AP) -- Evacuation orders have been lifted or will be lifted for residents affected by several fires.
Authorities continue to battle a blaze that has scorched parts of the Sierra National Forest to the San Joaquin River.
UPDATED -- The Eiler and Bald fires in the Lassen National Forest have burned tens of thousands in acres.
The El Portal Fire in the Stanislaus National Forest and Yosemite National Park is almost fully contained as of Monday morning, and is expected to be fully contained later today.
Cooler weather and higher humidity have helped firefighters in their efforts to contain the French Fire, which has scorched 12,837 acres in the Sierra National Forest. The fire was 30 percent contained as of late Sunday.
(AP) Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency, as more than a dozen wildfires are threatening areas across central and northern California, with extreme drought conditions putting other areas at risk.
Investigators have determined the French Fire was caused by an abandoned camp fire. The blaze has grown to 11,466 acres, and is 15 percent contained. Evacuations have been ordered and campgrounds closed. UPDATE: 10:15 P.M.
Foresta residents were escorted home Friday afternoon, as firefighters on the El Portal Fire near Yosemite National Park have containment at 78 percent. UPDATED: 11:42p.m.
UPDATED -- A major route into Yosemite National Park has re-opened. Highway 120 was temporarily closed at the Big Oak Flat Road entrance station due to the El Portal Fire burning in the park.
A new wildfire is burning in the Foresthill area of Placer County.
UPDATED -- Officials say the Sand Fire in Amador and El Dorado counties is now 85 percent contained at about 4,240 acres.
(AP) -- Fire crews continue to battle a wildfire that has charred some 3,060 acres in Yosemite National Park Tuesday.
As firefighters continue to mop up after the Sand Fire, people return to their homes...or what is left of them.
UPDATE 9:30 A.M. -- A wildfire continues to burn near Yosemite National Park Monday.
Crews continue to make headway on the Sand Fire, as containment now stands at 75 percent. Evacuation orders have been reduced in most areas. UPDATE: 7:20 p.m.
The El Portal Fire, which started on Saturday, has burned 1,900 acres on the Stanislaus National Forest and 200 acres in Yosemite National Park. (Photo courtesy of Edie Howe) UPDATE: 10:20 p.m.
The Sand Fire is holding at 3,800 acres, with 50 percent containment. Fifty-one structures have burned, including 13 residences. The fire began Friday near Highway 49 and Sand Ridge Road at the Amador-El Dorado county line. UPDATE: 10:05 p.m.
The wildfire raging in Shasta County h as now burned 8,700 acres and is 35 percent contained.
(AP) -- The Bully Fire in Shasta County has burned 6,400 acres and is 20 percent contained, according to Calfire.
(AP) -- Authorities believe a wildfire in Shasta County was sparked by the exhaust from a truck driven by a Sacramento man delivering supplies to an illegal marijuana plot.
(AP) -- Calfire says the Monticello Fire burning southeast of Lake Berryessa in Yolo County is now 71-percent contained.
Firefighters across the state scrambled last week to respond to hundreds of wildfires.
(AP) -- A wildfire in Yolo County that has burned to the edge of a rural neighborhood is contained at 35 percent.
A fire in Yolo County has burned 6,488 acres and is 30 percent contained. UPDATED 9:25 p.m. Sunday
Fireworks show will go on, but Sac Republic FC game postponed after aA grass fire burns on the south side of Cal Expo in Sacramento. Crews on the scene are still setting back fires even though they say the fire is out. UPDATED 5:55 p.m.
Firefighters continue to make progress on the Butts Fire, causing officials to lift all evacuation orders. The fire is 55 percent contained.
The fire raging near in Napa and Lake counties continues to burn as 1,000 firefighters work to contain the blaze.
(AP) -- The wildfire burning in Napa County has consumed more than 4,300 acres and destroyed nine buildings -- including two homes.
A wildfire in Napa County has burned 3,200 acres and is 30 percent contained.
Fire restrictions are in effect for the Lake Tahoe Basin beginning Thursday.
Officials say a fire burning in Mariposa County that has burned nearly 700 acres is close to being fully contained.
Five firefighters have been injured in a Central California wildfire that has burned through more than 1,300 acres in two days.
(AP) -- Fire officials say a wildfire burning near Reno is close to being fully contained.
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