Computer Models Failing To Accurately Predict Wildfire Paths In California Drought"These fires are actually exceeding what our models will even predict," said Ken Pimlott, director of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
Firefighters Call Rocky Fire Conditions Unpredictable As Flames Cross Highway 20One woman watching helplessly from her folding chair started to cry when she said she’s almost sure her home would be lost.
Gov. Jerry Brown Declares State Of Emergency For California WildfiresBrown's order requires all state agencies to provide assistance if needed to respond to the fires and mobilizes the California National Guard to help with disaster response.
Super Scooper Helps U.S. Forest Service Get Handle On California WildfiresThe shiny new plane at the Lake Tahoe airport is drawing lots of attention. It can repeatedly scoop water from a lake and drop it on fires.
Adventure Fire Burns 100 Acres, 75 Percent ContainedHand crews, air tanker, and 10-year-old James Smart battled the fast-moving flames on his grandparents’ campsite.
Firefighters Warn Drones Could Hinder Battle Against California WildfiresCal Fire says drones are becoming an increasing problem, interrupting wildfire fighting efforts in California four times in the last week.
Australian Officials Offer Help As California Drought Creates Busy Wildfire SeasonIn a diplomatic gesture of support, an Australian contingency from the state of Victoria is promising to help California navigate through the dire drought and wildfire season.
Cal Fire: Drones Ground Planes, Complicating California Wildfire Fighting Efforts“Whether it’s damage to the aircraft, whether it's injuries to our pilots, to our firefighters, or worse case, a mid-air collision,” said Cal Fire spokesman Daniel Berlant. “These are not risks we are willing to take.”
Mutual Aid System Spreads Fire Support Across California, But Not Too Thin In Communities Firefighters from across California are pulled in when big wildfires break out across the state as part of a unique mutual aid program the state has used for decades.
High Winds Spark Fast-Moving Elk Grove FireInvestigators say the strong winds that fueled the flames are also to blame for starting the fire. The winds caused a high-voltage power line to arc, sending sparks down to the dry grass below.
Grants Repair Cal Fire Lookout Towers Ahead Of Busy Fire SeasonThe lookout towers, including one at Wolf Mountain in Grass Valley, will now reopen. They need volunteers to keep watch. Persistent vandalism forced Cal Fire to shutter the towers for the past two fire seasons.