California wildfire

What makes a California wildfire the worst? Deaths and size

The so-called Camp Fire in Northern California in many ways has become the worst wildfire the history of a state whose topography and climate have long made it ripe for devastating blazes. With terrain ranging from steep, tree-topped mountains to dry, brush-covered hillsides, and matched with a climate that frequently varies from light rainy seasons … Continue reading What makes a California wildfire the worst? Deaths and size

CHICO, Calif. | Rain could hamper search for victims of California wildfire

CHICO, Calif.— It’s been 12 days since Christina Taft started the frantic search for her mother Victoria, who refused to evacuate their Paradise home as flames neared, and six days since she gave authorities a cheek swab to identify remains that are likely her mother’s. She still hasn’t received confirmation that her mother is dead, … Continue reading CHICO, Calif. | Rain could hamper search for victims of California wildfire

CHICO, Calif. | Frantic search goes on for missing after California wildfire

CHICO, Calif.  — Desperate families posted photos and messages on social media and at shelters in hopes of finding missing loved ones, many of them elderly, nearly two weeks after the deadliest, most destructive wildfire in California history. The death toll stood at 77 Monday, with about 1,000 people unaccounted for. “I have an uncle … Continue reading CHICO, Calif. | Frantic search goes on for missing after California wildfire

Months after California wildfire, pets and owners reunited

Embers falling on their heads, Venesa Rhodes and her husband had seconds to rush their two beloved cats into their SUV before a wildfire last summer would overtake them all. One cat got in. But the other, named Bella, bolted and disappeared as the blaze bore down. The couple had no choice but to flee, … Continue reading Months after California wildfire, pets and owners reunited

SACRAMENTO, Calif. | State says seniors were abandoned during California wildfire

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Staff at two senior care centers abandoned residents during an evacuation as wildfires swept through Northern California last October, state officials said Thursday as they moved to revoke licenses from the Santa Rosa facilities and their top administrators. Nobody in either facility died. A Department of Social Services complaint says more than … Continue reading SACRAMENTO, Calif. | State says seniors were abandoned during California wildfire

LAKE ELSINORE, Calif | Crews make progress battling Southern California wildfire

LAKE ELSINORE, Calif — Firefighters made significant progress trying to tamp down a wildfire that threatened homes and has been raging for days south of Los Angeles, officials said Saturday. Aircraft have been making flight after flight, dumping water and bright pink retardant to protect Lake Elsinore and other foothill communities as the fire sweeps … Continue reading LAKE ELSINORE, Calif | Crews make progress battling Southern California wildfire

UPPER LAKE, Calif. | Repeat wildfire evacuations leave some Californians weary

UPPER LAKE, Calif. — Jessyca Lytle fled a fast-moving Northern California wildfire in 2015 that spared her property but destroyed her mother’s memorabilia-filled home in rural and rugged Lake County. Less than three years later, Lytle found herself listening to scanner traffic and fire-proofing her mother’s new home Tuesday as another wildfire advanced and turned … Continue reading UPPER LAKE, Calif. | Repeat wildfire evacuations leave some Californians weary

REDDING, Calif. | 2 children, great-grandmother perish in California wildfire

REDDING, Calif.— The death count from a Northern California wildfire rose to five Saturday after two young children and their great-grandmother who had been unaccounted for were confirmed dead. “My babies are dead,” Sherry Bledsoe said through tears after she and family members met with Shasta County sheriff’s deputies. Bledsoe’s two children, James Roberts, 5, … Continue reading REDDING, Calif. | 2 children, great-grandmother perish in California wildfire

REDDING, California | The Latest: Police: 3 confirmed dead in California wildfire

REDDING, Calif. — The Latest on wildfires burning in California (all times local): 1:15 p.m. Family members say three people missing in a Northern California wildfire have been confirmed dead.  Sherry Bledsoe said Saturday that her two children and her grandmother died in the fire near Redding. The fatalities bring the death toll to five … Continue reading REDDING, California | The Latest: Police: 3 confirmed dead in California wildfire

IDYLLWILD, California | Governor declares emergency as fires rage throughout state

IDYLLWILD, Calif.  — Fire stoked by hot and windy weather raged through a forest in far northern California on Thursday. In mountain communities east of Los Angeles, calmer conditions aided firefighters on the lines of a suspected arson wildfire that forced thousands of people to flee. California Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday issued emergency proclamations … Continue reading IDYLLWILD, California | Governor declares emergency as fires rage throughout state

LOS ANGELES  | The Latest: Arson arrest made in California wildfire

LOS ANGELES  — The Latest on wildfires in California (all times local): 9:20 p.m. Authorities have arrested a man on suspicion of starting a wildfire east of Los Angeles that has burned five homes and forced an entire town to evacuate.   State fire officials say 32-year-old Brandon N. McGlover of Temecula was arrested Wednesday … Continue reading LOS ANGELES  | The Latest: Arson arrest made in California wildfire

Police arrest man suspected of starting California wildfire

A man was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of starting a fire that burned five homes and prompted evacuation orders for an entire Southern California mountain town. Brandon N. McGlover, 32, of Temecula was booked on suspicion of setting five fires, including a blaze threatening an estimated 600 homes in the San Jacinto Mountains east of … Continue reading Police arrest man suspected of starting California wildfire

LOS ANGELES | The Latest: California wildfire briefly shuts down highway

LOS ANGELES — The Latest on the wildfires around the West (all times local): 7:45 p.m. A new wildfire sparked in Northern California briefly shutting down a highway Sunday night. The 500-acre Grant Fire flared up near Interstate 580 at the Altamont Pass, which is about 40 miles east of Oakland. The San Francisco Chronicle … Continue reading LOS ANGELES | The Latest: California wildfire briefly shuts down highway

President declares disaster over deadly California wildfire

VENTURA, Calif./January 2, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — President Donald Trump on Tuesday declared a major disaster in California over a wildfire that destroyed more than 1,000 buildings as fierce winds whipped it through Ventura and Santa Barbara counties last month. The declaration makes federal funding available to state and local governments and some nonprofit organizations for … Continue reading President declares disaster over deadly California wildfire

‘Something did survive’ California wildfires: Goldfish

SANTA ROSA, Calif./December 27, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) –What Logan Hertel and his friends found in the scorched remains of their Northern California neighborhood wasn’t a photo album, wedding ring or even a skittish cat separated from its family. What they discovered were goldfish — plain, sickly and living off ash in a grimy tub. Somehow the … Continue reading ‘Something did survive’ California wildfires: Goldfish