Evacuation orders lifted for thousands of Californians who fled wildfires – National

Thousands of Californians were allowed to return to their homes Wednesday as calmer winds helped firefighters beat back two wind-driven wildfires that had spurred widespread evacuations. Roughly 100,000 people were ordered to evacuate Monday after the wildfires broke out in brushy hills above cities in Southern California’s Orange County amid fierce winds and extremely […]

Tens of thousands forced from their homes as California wildfires rage – National

Crews tried to beat back two out-of-control wildfires in Southern California on Tuesday that have kept tens of thousands of people out of their homes even as another round of dangerous fire weather raises the risk for flames erupting across the state. Fierce winds that drove twin fires through brushy hills near cities in […]

Winds grow stronger as massive California wildfire threatens to spread further – National

Winds grew stronger Thursday in California’s wine country, threatening to escalate a massive wildfire that has burned for days and destroyed hundreds of buildings. More fire crews and equipment were deployed in and around Calistoga, a town of 5,000 people known for hot springs, mud baths and wineries in the hills of Napa County […]

California evacuees return home to find devastation after wildfire – National

Nikki and Kevin Conant returned to their home in Northern California wine country Wednesday to find only the charred remains of their home and burned pieces of the wine barrels they used to repurpose into custom-made art and furniture. “It was like a part of me is gone, burned up in the fire. Everything […]

California wildfires force evacuation of hundreds of homes, hospital in wine country – National

ST. HELENA, Calif., Sept 27 (Reuters) — A wind-driven wildfires erupted on Sunday in the heart of northern California’s Napa Valley wine country and spread across more than 1,000 acres (404 hectares), forcing the evacuation of several hundreds homes and a hospital, authorities said. Fire crews were out in force, scrambling to fend off […]

California braces for dry, windy weekend weather that may worsen wildfires – National

SAN FRANCISCO — Firefighters and officials at California’s largest utility company braced for hot, dry and windy weather in northern and central areas of the state this weekend that may fan the flames of several major wildfires or ignite new ones. Pacific Gas & Electric warned Friday it may cut power from Sunday morning […]

‘Stubborn’ California wildfire fueled by lack of firefighting resources: officials – National

A lack of firefighting resources in the hours after it was sparked allowed a fast-moving wildfire to make an unprecedented run through Southern California mountains and eventually find fuel in old-growth trees to become one of Los Angeles County’s largest fires ever, an official said Tuesday. The Bobcat Fire has burned for more than […]

Desert homes near Los Angeles threatened by massive California wildfire – National

An enormous wildfire that churned through mountains northeast of Los Angeles and into the Mojave Desert was still threatening homes on Monday and was one of more than two dozen major fires burning across California. Five of the largest wildfires in state history are currently burning and more than 14,500 square kilometers have been […]

‘Nothing left in the bucket’: Resources scarce as crews battle California wildfires – National

Justin Silvera came off the fire lines in Northern California after a grueling 36 straight days battling wildfires and evacuating residents ahead of the flames. Before that, he and his crew had worked for 20 days, followed by a three-day break. Silvera, a 43-year-old battalion chief with Cal Fire, California’s state firefighting agency, said […]

California wildfires: Helicopters rescue dozens more as high winds fan flames – National

Wildfires churned through bone-dry California on Tuesday after a scorching Labour Day weekend that saw a dramatic airlift of more than 200 people trapped by flames and ended with the state’s largest utility turning off power to 172,000 customers to try to prevent power lines and other equipment from sparking more fires. Three early […]