A home in rural Nevada City was engulfed in flames after a reported explosion Saturday afternoon.
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.
The drought has moved fire season up this by two months and Cal Fire is warning that 2015 could be a difficult fire season.
A rural Colfax neighborhood is being evacuated after a fire and possible explosion early Friday afternoon.
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.
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.
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.
Two state firefighters have been fired and another has resigned after an investigation prompted by the slaying of a CalFire battalion chief’s girlfriend.
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.
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.
Cal Fire Places 16 Firefighters Placed On Leave Following Investigation Spurred By Sex Tape Allegations
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokeswoman Janet Upton told The Associated Press that the department placed the employees on leave Monday. The formal results of the California Highway Patrol investigation are expected early next month.
The job requires being able to handle physical stress and having endurance while being able to adapt to different sleep cycles—sometimes only 6 to 8 hours in 72 hours of work.