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Wildfire Stories

  • King Fire Burn Area To Reopen

    Tuesday, April 21, 2015

    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.


    CAL FIRE Closely Monitoring Water Levels

    Monday, April 13, 2015

    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.

  • Amy Quinton / Capital Public Radio

    California Storm May Bring Mudslides In King Fire Area

    Wednesday, December 10, 2014

    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.

  • USFS / Inciweb

    Damage From King Fire Could Get Worse

    Friday, November 14, 2014

    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.

  • Photo / Craig Rose

    CAL FIRE Tanker May Have Hit A Tree Before Crashing

    Wednesday, October 15, 2014

    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.

  • Rich Pedroncelli / AP

    King Fire Now Fully Contained

    Friday, October 10, 2014

    (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.

  • see-through-the-eye-of-g / Flickr

    Authorities Lift Fire Restrictions In Lake Tahoe Basin

    Friday, October 03, 2014

    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.

  • Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

    9/29 King Fire Monday Update: More Containment Reported

    Monday, September 29, 2014

    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.

  • Attacking The King Fire From The Air

    Wednesday, September 24, 2014

    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

  • Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

    Using Calculators To Fight King Fire

    Tuesday, September 23, 2014

    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.

  • Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

    King Fire Friday Update: Size, Containment Grows Overnight

    Friday, September 19, 2014

    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.

  • Storify: The King Fire On Social Media

    Thursday, September 18, 2014

    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.

  • Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

    Tough Choices For Those Threatened By King Fire

    Wednesday, September 17, 2014

    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.

  • Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

    King Fire Update: Latest Evacuation Orders, Road Closures

    Wednesday, September 17, 2014

    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.

  • Photo courtesy Kathryn Smith / YubaNet.com

    Crews Make Progress On Dog Bar Fire; Evacuations Lifted

    Sunday, September 14, 2014

    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.

  • Happy Camp Wildfire Forces Additional Evacuations

    Wednesday, September 03, 2014

    (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.

  • El Portal Fire Nearly Contained At 4,700 Acres

    Monday, August 04, 2014

    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.

  • U.S. Forest Service via Twitter

    Abandoned Campfire Determined To Be Cause Of French Fire

    Saturday, August 02, 2014

    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.

  • Sand Fire Evacuees Returning Home

    Monday, July 28, 2014

    As firefighters continue to mop up after the Sand Fire, people return to their homes...or what is left of them.

  • Photo courtesy Yubanet.com

    Firefighters Make Progress On Sand Fire; Hundreds Still Evacuated

    Sunday, July 27, 2014

    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.

  • Monticello Fire Challenges Crews

    Monday, July 07, 2014

    (AP) -- A wildfire in Yolo County that has burned to the edge of a rural neighborhood is contained at 35 percent.

  • Wildland Fire South Of Cal Expo Contained At 40 Acres

    Friday, July 04, 2014

    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.


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