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Grants Repair Cal Fire Lookout Towers Ahead Of Busy Fire Season

The lookout towers, including one at Wolf Mountain in Grass Valley, will now reopen. They need volunteers to keep watch. Persistent vandalism forced Cal Fire to shutter the towers for the past two fire seasons.


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Inmate Firefighters Train For Busy California Fire Season During Drought

Cal Fire is busy training thousands of firefighters to defend against what’s expected to be a hot, dry season, including inmate firefighters.


Aftermath of the fire. (Credit: CBS13)

2 Injured After Explosion, House Fire In Nevada City

A home in rural Nevada City was engulfed in flames after a reported explosion Saturday afternoon.


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Low Yuba County Water Levels Have Cal Fire Preparing For Worst In California Drought

The lake that feeds into the Yuba River is 16 feet lower than it was last year, meaning fire crews will likely have to go further to get the water they need.


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Cal Fire Increases Staffing For Potentially Difficult Fire Season

The drought has moved fire season up this by two months and Cal Fire is warning that 2015 could be a difficult fire season.


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Fire, Reported Explosions Prompt Evacuation Of Rural Colfax Neighborhood

A rural Colfax neighborhood is being evacuated after a fire and possible explosion early Friday afternoon.


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Cal Fire Pilot Dies Of Natural Causes While On Duty

Flags will be flown at half-staff at the state capitol to honor a longtime CalFire helicopter pilot who died while on duty this week.


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Report: Cal Fire Firefighter Used State Cellphone, Vehicle To Arrange Sex With Escorts

Newly released documents show an assistant state fire chief was demoted for using a state cellphone and vehicle to arrange sex with escorts and a firefighter was fired for sexually harassing a civilian at a graduation celebration near the state’s fire academy.


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Scathing Cal Fire Report In Wake Of Murder Puts Assistant Chief In Bad Light

The 14-page report to the State Personnel Board links Assistant Chief Mike Ramirez to sexual harassment, drinking on the job and viewing explicit pictures on a state-issued cellphone.


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2 CalFire Employees Fired, 1 Resigns In Wake Of Homicide Investigation

Two state firefighters have been fired and another has resigned after an investigation prompted by the slaying of a CalFire battalion chief’s girlfriend.


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Cal Fire Looking For Help Piecing Together California Governor’s Mansion Fire

Far from the flashing camera lights of the governor’s re-election victory party in November, state arson and bomb investigators are now the ones taking photos at the governor’s mansion, and sharing them, after a suspicious fire over the weekend.


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No Sex Tape, But Investigation Following Murder Has 16 Cal Fire Firefighters On Paid Leave

During the search for Orville Fleming, allegations arose of firefighters having sex with prostitutes at the Ione Fire Academy. That prompted a California Highway Patrol investigation into a possible sex tape that never materialized.