CAL FIRE

Fire burns house on Main Street in Dutch Flat

A fire that broke out at about 7 p.m. Saturday destroyed a house in Dutch Flat. “(Crews) are still waiting for it to burn enough to step inside,” Cal Fire Captain Dan ...

Tips for a fire safe holiday season

When most people think about Thanksgiving, they envision turkey, pumpkin pie and time spent with their loved ones. Who thinks of fire at this time? Daniel Berlant does, and th ...

Vehicle fire spreads to hillside in Colfax

Air and ground crews were able to quickly extinguish a vehicle fire that spread to a hillside in Colfax Wednesday afternoon. The vehicle, described as a recreational vehicle, caugh ...

'Wild Bill' made a life of fighting fires

There aren’t many who can say they fought fires side by side with their fathers, but for Kurt Taylor, a third generation firefighter, those are some of his best memories of h ...

Damper weather but fires burn on

Though there’s rainy weather in the forecast, firefighters battling the Butte and Valley Fires can’t be complacent, said Cal Fire Public Information Officer, Daniel Ber ...

Heavy smoke over Auburn likely caused by Butte Fire

While the smoke was heavy over Auburn Thursday afternoon, there were no fires burning in Placer County, according to Cal Fire Captain, Dave Bookout, and a report of a fire in the O ...

Fire burns in steep terrain near Blue Canyon airport

A wildland fire burning two miles southwest of Blue Canyon was holding steady at five acres. Cal Fire reported the fire, first called in late Tuesday, was located in steep terrain ...

$18 million cost for Lowell Fire near Dutch Flat

A fire that threatened the Placer County communities of Dutch Flat and Alta is nearing containment – but at a high cost. George Morris, Cal Fire unit chief for Placer, Nevad ...

Reader input: Cal Fire meeting on fire very thorough

I attended a meeting (Wednesday) about the Lowell Fire in Dutch Flat. Speaking as a former public information staffer for Placer County, who’s attended her share of these m ...

Placer crews protecting close to home on Lowell Fire

While more than 2,200 firefighters have converged on the Lowell Fire, near Dutch Flat, for a contingent of about 60, it’s personal. That’s the number of firefighters a ...

Systems of support pave way for crews, evacuees

Behind every firefighter working to contain a fire, there’s a large system of support to care for him or her. There’s a second system of support to care for the people ...

Lowell Fire grows to 1,500 acres; mandatory evacuations in place

Update: 10 a.m. Sunday, July 27 -  A fire that broke out at about 2:30 p.m. Saturday north of Gold Run has grown to 1,500 acres, not 4,000 as originally determined. "WIt ...

Gaines moves to shield Cal Fire efforts from drone interference

  Responding to continued drone interference to emergency responders from the air, Sen. Ted Gaines plans to introduce legislation that could lead to jail time for drone opera ...

Baxter Fire: Fast spread, faster containment

Firefighters battled and ultimately stopped a rapidly spreading fire in rural neighborhoods approximately three miles northwest of Auburn Wednesday evening. The Baxter Fire -- nam ...

Storms bring Sierra fire risk

An energy packed storm system has weather watchers and the state’s fire agency looking toward the Sierra Nevada for lightning strikes this weekend and into next week. Thunde ...