Fire crews have significantly increased their containment of a fire at the edge of Yosemite National Park where an air-tanker pilot fighting the blaze died last week.
Officials say a wildfire burning along a Northern California interstate has destroyed five homes.
Cal Fire officials say that firefighters are battling a total of five fires along eastbound Interstate 80.
Cal Fire has grounded their tanker fleet as federal investigators continue their probe into Tuesday’s air tanker crash.
Officials confirm that a firefighter sustained a “significant injury” in the King Fire area Wednesday.
More than 7,000 firefighters in better-than-expected conditions managed to extend their lines around a huge and unwieldy wildfire that has threatened thousands of homes for well over a week and fouled the air in two states.
For the second day in a row, the National Weather Service has issued a “dense smoke advisory” for Reno and much of the Sierra’s eastern front as the smoky haze from a California wildfire nearly 100 miles away again pushed air quality into the unhealthy range.
Crews have nearly doubled containment of a wildfire threatening thousands of homes in Northern California, as they brace for dry heat and erratic winds that could undo their progress.
As firefighters gain ground fighting the massive King Fire, it’s now becoming clearer how many families have lost everything.
On Wednesday alone, Cal Fire says it used more than 200,000 gallons of retardant. About 530,000 gallons of retardant have come out of McClellan Airfield.
Cal Fire confirms that some buildings in the King Fire area have been damaged or destroyed.
A wildfire that has driven some 2,800 people from their homes in Northern California is growing but not as substantially as in previous days.