Air-quality officials issue a smoke advisory as 1,000-acre blaze burns near Fairfield.
Blaze prompts residents to flee homes in a sparsely populated area east of Mount Diablo.
Update on June 3, 2013: A large fire is raging north of Los Angeles CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — A huge Southern California wildfire carved a path to the sea and burned on the beach Friday, but firefighters got a break as gusty Santa Ana winds turned into breezes. Temperatures remained high, but humidity levels were […]
It didn’t rain very much. It’s unusually hot. And now the state is literally on fire. Up on Echo Summit in the Sierra, Frank Gehrke, chief surveyor for the California Department of Water Resources told the Associated Press he wasn’t finding a snowpack. “I’m finding nothing,” he said. “Seriously, there is no snow on the […]
(BCN) Hundreds of firefighters are continuing to battle three large vegetation fires in Sonoma and Napa counties this afternoon. The biggest of the three blazes is the Yellow Fire in Sonoma County, which has burned at least 125 acres of oak woodland and rolling hills east of Healdsburg, according to Cal Fire. It started around […]
RICHMOND, Calif. (AP) – Chevron Corp. says it failed to properly document tests of a corroded pipe near the one that failed and caused a fire at a Northern California refinery, and the oversight led to a failure to inspect all corrosion-prone pipes in the same area. The company on Friday released its investigative report […]
That large smoke plume visible in much of the East Bay this afternoon? It’s got nothing to do with any of the refineries in the region. The smoke is coming from a vegetation fire on Sherman Island, north of Antioch in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. The accompanying picture is from KQED Science reporter Lauren Sommer, […]
The U.S. Forest Service says hundreds of thousands of oak trees have died over the last year due to the plant disease known as Sudden Oak Death. Scientists still don’t have a reliable way to control the epidemic. The spike in tree deaths, more than 300,000 in California this past year, is due to the […]
PG&E can’t afford to pay out $2.55 billion to victims of the San Bruno gas line fire, the utility’s CEO said on Thursday, disputing an analyst’s estimate. At a press conference, CEO Anthony Earley dismissed the figure, which, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, came from a consultant hired by the Public Utilities Commission. The […]
Wildfires are giving a new meaning to the name Burning Man as smoke from the Rush Fire near Ravendale, Calif. clouds the event that launched on Monday. Megan Miller, a spokesperson from the annual festival of alternative culture, had this to report: The smoke from the Rush fire in northern California is blowing over Black […]