Crews working to contain one of California’s largest-ever wildfires gained some ground Monday against the flames threatening San Francisco’s water supply, several towns near Yosemite National Park and historic giant sequoias.
A 15-acre brush fire is burning in El Dorado County near Georgetown is now 10 percent contained, say Cal Fire officials.
The American Fire has been burning for nearly two weeks in Tahoe National Forest and has grown to more than 20,000 acres Friday.
Instead of focusing on brush clearing, this forest service researcher says the idea is to let the fire do all the work. So if it burns again, it’s easier to manage. But there could be some pushback from those who feel the best way to deal with fire is to fight the flames and put them out.
The fire in Tahoe National Forest continues to grow slowly as firefighters make more progress containing the blaze.
Thursday afternoon Gov. Jerry Brown issued a state of emergency for the Rim Fire burning in Tuolumne County.
Metro Fire Captain Chris Quinn says the run volume goes up, as some stations have to wait to respond to calls until backup arrives.
Firefighters continue to gain ground on the American Fire, which is burning in the Tahoe National Forest.
A grass fire left nearly 50,000 residents without power with temperatures soaring past 100 degrees after PG&E officials decided to shut off electricity to protect firefighters.
The crew that died were specially trained hot-shot firefighters tasked with building fire lines and escape routes, similar to Cal Fire’s Helitack crews.
Hundreds of Northern California residents were allowed to return to their homes, as crews aided by lower temperatures and higher humidity made progress Wednesday against a wildfire near a main route into Yosemite National Park, a fire official said.
Firefighters are battling a fast-moving grass fire burning west of Roseville.