A grass fire burned more than 300 acres near Rancho Murieta early Thursday morning.
While Stephanie Douglas, her mother Trudy and cousin Barbara try to remember Sarah Douglas in happier times, it’s not hard to think about how the 26-year-old’s life came to a violent end.
“Whether it’s damage to the aircraft, whether it’s injuries to our pilots, to our firefighters, or worse case, a mid-air collision,” said Cal Fire spokesman Daniel Berlant. “These are not risks we are willing to take.”
Closing arguments begin this morning — in the murder trial of former Cal Fire Battalion Chief Orville Fleming.
Hot, dry California was beginning to feel the full brunt of fire season as blazes burned throughout the state, threatening hundreds of homes, although most areas dodged serious destruction.
Orville Fleming said they were arguing when he went into the kitchen and grabbed a knife, and in his words, just lost it. He said he felt like a zombie when he stabbed her and doesn’t remember anything else after that.
Crews are fighting a grass fire near Highway 49 in the Placerville area.
A jury trial is beginning for a former California fire battalion chief charged with murder in the death of his 26-year-old girlfriend.
Homes were evacuated due to a fire near Shingle Springs, Cal Fire says.
With thousands of lightning strikes over the course of two days from this recent storm, fire crews have their eyes on the skies looking for fires.
He says Cal Fire could do much more to help prevent a devastating blaze. He says for four years, the state has forced many property owners throughout California to pay $117 per year for a state fire prevention fee.
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.