A fire in the Southern California mountains that threatens thousands of buildings was 40 percent contained on Friday — double the previous figure — as cooler weather helped slow the spread of the blaze.
The Washington Fire burning near Lake Tahoe is five percent contained, up from zero percent containment Tuesday.
High fire danger has prompted the Forest Service to enact temporary fire restrictions in moderate and high-hazard areas of the Stanislaus National Forest to prevent wildfires.
A wind-whipped wildfire moved closer to the Sierra Nevada town of Markleeville, California, on Sunday, and authorities are telling residents to be prepared to evacuate.
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.
Authorities say they have fully contained a Central California wildfire that sent several hundred campers home.
Fire officials in California say 40 homes have been destroyed in a wind-driven wildfire that has charred more than 10 square miles of land near the Nevada state line.
It starts with tiny sugar pine seedlings that will one day blossom and be placed back on the once charred land. The U.S. Forest Service raises more than 3 million trees each year to replace area hit hard by massive wildfires.
Madera County sheriff says the man confessed to burning a deer carcass to get rid of the smell on a property near Oakhurst where he was doing work.
More than 7,000 firefighters in better-than-expected conditions managed to extend their lines around a huge and unwieldy wildfire that has threatened thousands of homes for well over a week and fouled the air in two states.
Hundreds of homes remained threatened by the King Fire burning near Pollock Pines Sunday night.
A fast-moving wildfire in Northern California is threatening more than 100 homes, at least some of which are under mandatory evacuation orders.