Saying the state’s budget surplus should be used to pay down debt, Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday called a special session of the Legislature to make changes to a rainy-day fund measure on the November ballot.
Hitting a rock or other obstacle with a titanium-coated club creates sparks that could ignite dry underbrush.
Signs of drought are everywhere.
Hot, dry winds are hindering firefighting efforts.
“The fires that are ripping through Oregon and Idaho and California and the West are just proof that the fire prevention policy is broken,” Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., chairman of the Senate Natural Resources Committee, said from Lincoln City.
Gusty, hot winds blew an Arizona blaze out of control Sunday in a forest northwest of Phoenix, overtaking and killing 19 members of an elite fire crew in the deadliest wildfire involving firefighters in the U.S. for at least 30 years.
Residents of a tiny mountain town breathed easier Friday after air tankers and helicopters blunted the run of a massive wildfire in Northern California just outside Lassen Volcanic National Park.
Residents in the area of Pilot Hill in El Dorado County can breathe easy again after firefighters announced Thursday they fully contained the Salmon Fire.
Hundreds of evacuees have been allowed to return home as crews are continuing to make progress against a Northern California wildfire that has now grown to about 5 square miles.
A strong smell of smoke and hazy skies over the Sacramento area on Monday night were blamed on a Solano County fire.
Wildfires across the West are burning homes, businesses, highways and other infrastructure necessary for everyday life — and the disaster isn’t over when the wildfire is snuffed out and the firefighters go home.
Wildfires sparked by lightning strikes burned Sunday near homes in areas of central California, causing some residents to flee some mountain communities.