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Portrait of an arsonist: 49 Fire probes continue a year after Auburn's worst blaze

Picture a reality show that follows an arsonist around like the one authorities believe set the 49 Fire. Most likely you’ll be watching a loner who hasn’t done well in school, ...

Don't spark a fire while preventing one

Doing the right thing the wrong way can have disastrous results, especially when clearing property to prevent wildfires. According to Chelsea Fox, spokesperson for Cal Fire, a res ...

Investigators probe Christian Valley house fire

Investigators remained tight-lipped Thursday on details surrounding a July 12 fire in Christian Valley that caused major damage to a house. Chelsea Fox, Cal Fire spokeswoman, said ...

49 Fire investigator: “We understand frustration”

The chief investigator on the nine-month-long 49 Fire investigation says his Cal Fire team is cognizant of the level of frustration in the community over the unsolved case. “We t ...

Thunder Valley Casino skyscraper now has Placer County firefighting equipment to match

Placer County’s new ladder truck will take Placer County firefighters to heights only dreamed of a few short years ago. The ladder truck, which cost nearly $1 million, was parke ...

Man dies in Penryn fire

A 75-year-old Penryn man died in a fire in his home early Sunday morning, but his wife, Gretel Heinrichs was able to escape without injury. Fire units from Penryn, Loomis, Newcast ...

Man dies on Western States Trail near Auburn

A sunny afternoon trek Friday on the Western States Trail just outside Auburn turned into a grim – and ultimately unsuccessful – battle to save a man’s life after he suffered ...

Fire scorches, closes North Auburn smoothie business

A North Auburn smoothie maker is closed and 15 employees are temporarily out of work after a fire Saturday morning at the business. Jamba Juice, located in the Auburn Village Shop ...

NEW UPDATE: Old Foresthill Divide road link re-opens, fire still under investigation

Old Foresthill Road was open again Wednesday to through traffic after being shut down late Monday because of a wildland fire. The fire erupted in the late afternoon, burning a tot ...

Update: Foresthill Fire contained

The Foresthill Fire is 100 percent contained as of Monday morning, according to Bill Mendonca, battalion chief for Cal Fire. The fire, initially estimated to be about 50 acres, w ...

50 acres burn in Foresthill Sunday

About 50 acres 3 miles east of Foresthill continued to burn Sunday afternoon. The fire was one of many along the Sierra Nevada that started because of a dry lightning storm Satur ...

Helmet proves a lifesaver for inmate worker

Bleeding from a head wound and dazed by a blow from a large, falling rock, an inmate worker was treated near the Foresthill Bridge on Monday. But before the man was taken away to ...

Soaring temperatures, winds fanning fire danger in the foothills

As of early Thursday evening, the Auburn area managed to make it through a day unscathed where some areas saw wildfires and record high temperatures. “We’ve had a couple veget ...

Cuts could shut fire station

Proposed state budget cuts could close 20 Cal Fire stations statewide including Auburn's Bowman station. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has asked Cal Fire to cut more than $52 million ...

Happenstance ignited longtime career for fire captain

It was in 1985 that Capt. Bob Drexel, then 22, became a firefighter, almost by accident. Drexel, 45, has worked at Cal Fire Station 10 in Auburn for almost a year. It was a fluke ...