Bill Mendonca

Lingering 49 Fire questions spark private investigation, possible lawsuit

Frustrated by what they consider an inconclusive probe, some victims of the 49 Fire are looking for answers outside the Cal Fire investigation. A group of them met Wednesday with a ...

Our View: 49 Fire: Questions smolders six months later

It’s been six months since the 49 Fire destroyed 63 homes and businesses. Thousands of residents have been affected by the arson-caused blaze. The fire did an estimated $40 mill ...

Three arrested for Colfax arson fires

Cal Fire officials arrested three adults this week in connection with four arson fires started in Colfax over the summer. On Friday, Bill Mendonca, Cal Fire investigator, said of ...

Investigator: Nothing new in 49 Fire case

49 Fire investigators have put in more than 1,200 hours, but there are still no answers as to who or what sparked the devastating blaze. This week Cal Fire lead investigator Bill ...

Cause of 49 Fire must be revealed as soon as possible

It’s been more than a month since the 49 Fire and investigators have not yet revealed the cause. Bill Mendonca, lead investigator with Cal Fire, told reporter Jenifer Gee that ...

600-acre forest fire started by fireworks

Investigators are still searching for a group of juveniles who they believe started a 600-plus-acre forest fire in Auburn. The Mammoth Bar Fire shut down Foresthill Road for hour ...

49 Fire investigator discusses search for cause

As investigators work to discover the cause of the 49 Fire, Journal readers are assisting. On Friday, Cal Fire Battalion Chief Bill Mendonca, who is the lead investigator for the ...

Local crews sent to cover state fires

State officials have called for help from local firefighters as large blazes have forced mass evacuations and burned thousands of acres of forestland in California. As of Friday, ...