California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection

When The Fire Comes And There's No Home To Evacuate And Nowhere To Go

How the Thomas fire is affecting an already vulnerable homeless community.<p>In some parts of Santa Barbara County, the Thomas fire has caused apocalyptic scenes. Ash is everywhere, the air is smoky and there’s a persistent pink haze to the light that is like a constant dusk.<p>The Thomas fire erupted …

Santa Barbara County

Thomas fire could surpass 1889 Santiago Canyon fire, believed to be California's largest

Ever since the Thomas fire erupted Dec. 4, it has steadily burned its way up the list of California’s largest wildfires since the Great Depression.<p>That list however does not include what some consider to be California’s largest known wildfire — the 1889 Santiago Canyon fire, which scorched 300,000 …


PG&E may shut off power lines to prevent fires in this weekend’s wind storm

With another windstorm bearing down on Northern California, Pacific Gas and Electric Co. warned Friday that it may take a step it has long resisted — …


California will set more fires to try to stop wildfires

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California's seemingly endless cycle of wildfires is prompting authorities to make plans to set more "controlled burns" to thin forests choked with dead trees and withered underbrush that serves as kindling to feed monster blazes that force entire communities to flee, destroy …


Southern California wildfires trigger mass destruction, hurting families, economy

Thousands of people in Southern California have been forced to evacuate as wind-whipped wildfires continue to blaze across Ventura County.<p>Officials said the so-called “Thomas Fire,” which started on Dec. 4 about 60 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles, has now caused at least 50,000 people to …

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California Wildfires

<b>To the Editor:</b><p>Re “In Southern California, a Shangri-La Ringed by Flames and Blanketed in Ash” (news article, Dec. 10): Although I was born and raised in New York City, I call California my home. In the many decades I have lived here, numerous natural disasters have struck the Golden State. Yet none …


Firefighter killed battling wildfire raging in Southern California

CALIFORNIA<p>Firefighter killed battling wildfire<p>A firefighter died Thursday while working a colossal wildfire burning in coastal mountains northwest of Los Angeles that has become the fourth largest in modern California history.<p>The death was confirmed by Chief Ken Pimlott of the California Department …


Military Drone Deployed To Increase Monitoring Of California Wildfires

The state firefighting service of California collaborated with a unit of California Air National Guard and deployed military wartime drones in order …


The California Wildfires Officially Claim 1,000 Structures As The Thomas Fire Continues To Gain Ground

Although the six blazes consuming Southern California have faded from national news coverage, the Santa Ana winds are still causing flames to churn up brush and ash on a largely uncontained basis with no clear end in sight. CNN reports that the fires have now destroyed over 1,000 structures, and …

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How much did climate change affect California's wildfires? Depends on where you are.

Scientists don’t see a climate trend in the ongoing fires around Los Angeles.<p>Across the United States, some 58,000 wildfires have burned more than 9.2 million acres this year, making the air in many towns and cities too dangerous to breathe. All told, 2017 is now second only to 2015 as the worst …

Climate Change

Hero Firefighters Rescue a Box of Tiny Kittens From California Wildfires

We were so sad to hear about the devastating wildfires in Southern California, which have caused at least one death and the destruction of more than …

California Wildfires

Cave saves Napa winery from wildfire

Cave saves Napa Valley winery from Atlas Peak fire<p>NORTH BAY BUSINESS JOURNAL | December 12, 2017, 7:01AM<p>More business coverage of the North Bay fires …


With California Wildfires, Insurers' Losses Keep Spiraling Higher

Raging wildfires in Southern California could push the amount of insured losses this year from natural disasters to a record.<p>Insurers and reinsurers are already on track for one of the largest ever industrywide losses from natural catastrophes. Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, along with two …


5 things you need to know Monday

Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore has a rally scheduled Monday night in Dale County in the Wiregrass — a region key to his chances — with former President Trump adviser Steve Bannon and U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas. In the last few days before the Dec. 12 election for Alabama’s junior U.S. …


'An unprecedented loss of life': The grim toll of Southland fires on animals born to run

The evacuation of San Luis Rey Downs was orderly at first. Trainers at the 500-stall facility for racehorses in northern San Diego County led thoroughbreds from the stables into trailers or onto a nearby racetrack.<p>But as the Lilac fire raced closer, choking the paddocks with smoke and setting palm …

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California in flames

According to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, the 2017 California wildfire season is the worst on record.<p>California is …


The Burning Earth Bears Witness in California

From Counterpunch<p>(Image by Photo by Glenn Beltz | CC by 2.0) Permission Details DMCA<p>- Advertisement -<p>Watching the first 10 minutes of the "Public" …

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Navy, Marines deploy firefighting helicopters in Southern California

Across California, active-duty, reserve and National Guard commanders began mobilizing military might to support firefighters battling blazes.


After new wildfires, why would anyone live in California?

LOS ANGELES — Flames pour down a hillside in the darkness like molten lava. Homes explode in flames. Subdivisions look like they were incinerated in a carpet bombing. And it’'s all right there to see, on live T.V.<p>No wonder a grandmother sent her granddaughter in Colorado a picture from California …

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California Wildfire Torment Far From Over as Winds Keep Blowing

Firefighters trying to contain blazes raging in Southern California won’t get much relief from the weather this weekend.<p>Dry and warm Santa Ana winds …


How Will the Southern California Wildfires Affect Local Real Estate?

It's the uncertainty that has kept <b>Howard Behar</b> on edge. From the windows of his four-bedroom Bel Air home in Los Angeles, the entertainment lawyer …


SoCal Wildfire Victim Tells Her Story

The ongoing SoCal wildfires have burned more than 100,000 acres, forced thousands of people to evacuate, and destroyed hundreds of structures. Cal Fire says there is no end in sight.

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Week in Images

Our week through the lens:<br>4-8 December 2017


Edison's stock price drop pegged to Southland wildfires

As wildfires spread through the Southland this week, Southern California Edison’s parent company saw its stock price plummet on investors’ fears that the utility could be forced to pay costs related to the blazes.<p>Wall Street’s initial response to the area’s many fires, the first of which started …


Why catastrophic wildfires are razing so many communities

A deeper dive into the day's most important stories<p><i>Welcome to The National Today, which takes a closer look at what's happening around some of the</i> …

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Purple Is The Color Of The Year For 2018

The color of the year for 2018 is a vivid purple, according to Pantone, which gives the title to a new hue every December.<p>Specifically, "PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet" is the chosen hue. ("Ultra violet" with a space, we'll note: actual "ultraviolet" light is, by definition, invisible.)<p>Each color of …


At the edge of a 90,000-acre wildfire, this man reached out to save a rabbit

Just steps away from a fire that had recently spread to more than 90,000 acres, a man panicked – but not for his own safety, a video shows.<p>As cars …