Wildfires

A U.S. Forestry Service firefighter battled the Caldor Fire in El Dorado County on Aug. 20. (Courtesy Cal Fire)

Hot, dry weather and poor fire conditions expected through end of 2021

State is on pace with number of acres burned at this time last year

 

As California continues battling the Dixie Fire, the U.S. government is funding research to improve adverse health effects caused by wildfire smoke. (Courtesy Cal Fire)

EPA grants nearly $3 million to fund Bay Area wildfire smoke research

Three Bay Area research projects will share nearly $3 million in federal…

 

A worker sets up irrigation lines to water almond tree rootstocks along Road 36 in Tulare, Calif. (Gary Coronado/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Gov. Gavin Newsom extends drought emergency to 41 California counties

Faith E. Pinho Los Angeles Times In a stark indication of California’s…

A worker sets up irrigation lines to water almond tree rootstocks along Road 36 in Tulare, Calif. (Gary Coronado/Los Angeles Times/TNS)
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Wildfires burn around Northern California during first red flag weekend of the year

Firefighters around the region battled wildfires all day Saturday, starting less than…

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Warm weather, high winds increase fire danger in Bay Area

By Eli Walsh Bay City News Foundation Several parts of the Bay…

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The San Francisco Peninsula and East Bay Hills are included in a red flag warning issued for Sunday night that also covers the North Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains and Diablo Range. (Shutterstock)

Winds and dry conditions prompt red flag warning in Bay Area for Sunday night

The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning from Sunday…

The San Francisco Peninsula and East Bay Hills are included in a red flag warning issued for Sunday night that also covers the North Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains and Diablo Range. (Shutterstock)
East Bay hills and Port of Oakland visible from Point San Bruno Park jetty. (Shutterstock)

East Bay agencies urge precautionary evacuations ahead of wind event

At least two East Bay jurisdictions suggested Sunday that residents in the…

East Bay hills and Port of Oakland visible from Point San Bruno Park jetty. (Shutterstock)
Flames and smoke overtake a tree as the LNU Lightning Complex fire spreads in Fairfield, California on August 19, 2020. (JOSH EDELSON/AFP via Getty Images/TNS)

Many wildfires near full containment, but officials fear continuing hot weather

By Molly Burke The Sacramento Bee Thousands of firefighters continue to battle…

Flames and smoke overtake a tree as the LNU Lightning Complex fire spreads in Fairfield, California on August 19, 2020. (JOSH EDELSON/AFP via Getty Images/TNS)
A four-alarm grass fire on Sign Hill in San Francisco produced a large plume of smoke on Friday Oct. 16, 2020. (Michael Barba/S.F. Examiner)

Large grass fire burns South San Francisco hillside near famous sign

A grass fire near the South San Francisco sign Friday afternoon prompted…

A four-alarm grass fire on Sign Hill in San Francisco produced a large plume of smoke on Friday Oct. 16, 2020. (Michael Barba/S.F. Examiner)
Blue Ridge Hot Shots crew members from Arizona join forces with California firefighters from Northern and Southern California on a backfire operation North of Mt. Wilson on Angeles Crest Highway on Tuesday Sept. 22, 2020. Firefighters continue to battle the Bobcat Fire as it continues to burn. (Robert Gauthier/ Los Angeles Times)

Trump administration blocks California wildfire relief

By Andrew J. Campa Los Angeles Times The Trump administration has rejected…

Blue Ridge Hot Shots crew members from Arizona join forces with California firefighters from Northern and Southern California on a backfire operation North of Mt. Wilson on Angeles Crest Highway on Tuesday Sept. 22, 2020. Firefighters continue to battle the Bobcat Fire as it continues to burn. (Robert Gauthier/ Los Angeles Times)
A PG&E logo on a work truck parked outside the Embarcadero substation at Folsom and Fremont streets San Francisco on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

PG&E plans rolling blackouts due to high winds

PG&E warned ratepayers this week that it may need to proactively issue…

A PG&E logo on a work truck parked outside the Embarcadero substation at Folsom and Fremont streets San Francisco on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Bay Area hits record for number of Spare the Air alerts in 2020

Bay Area hits record for number of Spare the Air alerts in 2020

Smoke from wildfires has pushed the number of Spare the Air alerts…

Bay Area hits record for number of Spare the Air alerts in 2020
Smoke from the Glass Fire rises from the hills on September 27, 2020 in Calistoga, CA. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Evacuation order lifted for City of Calistoga as Glass Fire reaches 17 percent containment

The evacuation order covering the City of Calistoga that was issued six…

Smoke from the Glass Fire rises from the hills on September 27, 2020 in Calistoga, CA. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
On September 29, 2020, in Angwin, California, a firefighter stands amid smoke during a lull in the fire with little wind as the Glass fire continues. (Paul Kuroda/Zuma Press/TNS)

Red flag warning reissued in Glass Fire burn zone

By Vincent Moleski and Molly Burke The Sacramento Bee Oct. 3—Nearly 4…

On September 29, 2020, in Angwin, California, a firefighter stands amid smoke during a lull in the fire with little wind as the Glass fire continues. (Paul Kuroda/Zuma Press/TNS)
Wildfires and smoke-filled air have become increasingly common in California in recent years. (Shutterstock)

California can do better on climate

By Scott Wiener The night of August 29, 2018 capped off a…

Wildfires and smoke-filled air have become increasingly common in California in recent years. (Shutterstock)
A US Flag flaps in the wind as the Shady Fire impacts structures along CA-12 on Monday, Sept. 28, 2020 in Santa Rosa, CA. (Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Glass Fire tops 42,000 acres, but milder weather helps fight

The Glass Fire remained at 0 percent containment Tuesday evening, but there…

A US Flag flaps in the wind as the Shady Fire impacts structures along CA-12 on Monday, Sept. 28, 2020 in Santa Rosa, CA. (Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times/TNS)
Nearly 50,000 facing evacuations as fires besiege California wine country

Nearly 50,000 facing evacuations as fires besiege California wine country

By Luke Money, Anita Chabria, Rong-Gong Lin II and Hayley Smith Los…

Nearly 50,000 facing evacuations as fires besiege California wine country
North Bay fires spreading rapidly, prompting evacuations

North Bay fires spreading rapidly, prompting evacuations

Wildfires prompt extended Spare the Air Alert; heat advisory, red flag warnings in effect

North Bay fires spreading rapidly, prompting evacuations
Muni riders enjoyed one day of free transit after weeks of poor air quality due to smoke. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Despite long run of ‘Spare the Air’ days, free transit remains a rarity

In response to weeks of unhealthy air quality caused by smoke from…

Muni riders enjoyed one day of free transit after weeks of poor air quality due to smoke. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)