The threat of wildfire heightened by the state’s drought has prompted CalFire to beef up its seasonal firefighting ranks ahead of schedule.
A new report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office says despite years of study, the U.S. Forest Service and Interior Department have yet to pin down just how effective their aircraft are at fighting wildfires.
More than 40 uncontained, active and large wildfires dot the western U.S. from Arizona to Washington state and Alaska, taxing national firefighting resources and helping to push spending past $1 billion for the year.
The state expects to have nearly as many inmates available to help during this year’s firefighting season as it did before a two-year-old law began sending lower-level felons to county jails instead of state prisons.
The West Sacramento Fire Department is hiring new fire recruits and has begun accepting new applications.
Faced with flames, Carrie Wood didn’t think twice before making her way inside the raging inferno to try to save her wheelchair-bound neighbor.