California wildfires

Lake Tahoe is shrouded by smoke near Tahoe City, as fires this summer continue to plague the Tahoe Basin, at times creating the worst air quality in the nation. (Max Whittaker/New York Times)

Devastating fires could damage Lake Tahoe’s iconic blue waters

By Rachel Becker CalMatters Smoke and ash from wildfires near Lake Tahoe…

  • Aug 31, 2021

 

Flames crest over a ridge Aug. 18 near Genesee as a water tender sits ready to protect the Walking G Ranch, which was once a summer camp. (Christian Monterrosa/New York Times)

Returning home to a valley filled with flames

Childhood memories are replaced by wrath of Dixie Fire

  • Aug 25, 2021

 

A plane approaches the huge Dixie Fire in Butte and Plumas counties. (Courtesy Cal Fire)

Study links wildfire smoke to rise in COVID-19 cases, deaths

Exposure to smoke intensifies risks for those who are infected, experts say

  • Aug 25, 2021

 

To minimize risk of wildfire, PG&E officials say power likely will be cut on Aug. 17 in small portions of more than a dozen California counties. (Shutterstock)

PG&E may cut power for 39K residents in 16 counties due to wildfire risk

PG&E officials said late Sunday the utility may have to proactively turn…

  • Aug 16, 2021
To minimize risk of wildfire, PG&E officials say power likely will be cut on Aug. 17 in small portions of more than a dozen California counties. (Shutterstock)
Lucy Walker’s documentary “Bring Your Own Brigade” covers the complexities of California’s biggest wildfires. (Courtesy CBS Films)

‘Bring Your Own Brigade’ examines why California wildfires are intensifying

Experts describe how deadliest blazes occurred, and what could be done so they won’t happen again

Lucy Walker’s documentary “Bring Your Own Brigade” covers the complexities of California’s biggest wildfires. (Courtesy CBS Films)
A large crowd cheers at a rally at Mission High School before a protest march commemorating George Floyd and those killed by police on June 3. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

2020: The year in pictures

A global pandemic, rising social justice movement, City Hall scandal and climate-changing fires made for truly unforgettable days and months

A large crowd cheers at a rally at Mission High School before a protest march commemorating George Floyd and those killed by police on June 3. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Embers blow in the wind as the Camp Fire burns a KFC restaurant on Nov. 8, 2018 in Paradise, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/TNS)

Trump backs off threat to audit California wildfire fighting agreement

A growing dispute between the Trump administration and California firefighting agencies over millions of dollars in back pay has ended.

Embers blow in the wind as the Camp Fire burns a KFC restaurant on Nov. 8, 2018 in Paradise, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/TNS)
Five months after the Valley Fire killed four and wiped out homes, many Lake County residents face personal and logistical hurdles that put full recovery years away, if ever, for some. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Long road to recovery after devastating California wildfire

MIDDLETOWN — A real estate agent waits to rebuild her home on…

Five months after the Valley Fire killed four and wiped out homes, many Lake County residents face personal and logistical hurdles that put full recovery years away, if ever, for some. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
AP Photo/Reed SaxonLos Angeles City firefighters extinguish flames that swept up a hillside behind a parking lot at Palisades Charter High School in the Pacific Palisades area of Los Angeles Thursday

Crews make gains on worst of San Diego fires

Gusty winds failed to return Thursday morning in San Diego County wildfire…

AP Photo/Reed SaxonLos Angeles City firefighters extinguish flames that swept up a hillside behind a parking lot at Palisades Charter High School in the Pacific Palisades area of Los Angeles Thursday
AP Photo/Jae C. HongFirefighter Jeff Newby watches a fire burn as he battles the Colby Fire on Friday

Wildfire in suburban LA 84 percent contained

Crews continue to build containment lines around a wildfire near Los Angeles…

AP Photo/Jae C. HongFirefighter Jeff Newby watches a fire burn as he battles the Colby Fire on Friday