CAL FIRE

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 ...

Reader Input: Big fires harbor big mysteries

I am glad to see that Cal Fire has stopped issuing burn permits. Too bad they didn’t have the foresight not to issue one to themselves before their controlled burn got out-of ...

Endangered Ophir fire station stays open for now

Ophir’s fire station will remain open until at least Jan. 1, Placer County supervisors decided Tuesday. The board approved its annual contract with Cal Fire for fire protect ...

State crews team up to clear debris from Alta transient camps

More than 500 50-gallon bags of trash are the byproduct of a multi-agency clean up and fuel reduction effort along Interstate 80 near Alta. Since June 3 crews from Caltrans have c ...

‘Spider’ gnashes to good use in fire prevention

"It’s like a spider on wheels,” came the news pitch about a machine used to clear dense underbrush. “Spider + wheels = the stuff of nightmares,” was ...

Reader Input: Make weed abatement a priority

We are inundated daily about the drought. We hear what lawmakers are doing and not doing on the radio, TV and Internet. It seems so simple to me. If we make fire prevention first ...

Women, children flee burning Auburn group home

Fifteen women and children living at a group home in Auburn safely escaped flames after the Lincoln Way Victorian caught fire Friday. Much of the interior of the three-story ...

Reader Input: Service day a rousing success

The first Auburn Community Service Day was a rousing success as 65 volunteers descended on Recreation Park ready to clear eight Auburn properties in preparation for fire season. ...

Cal Fire helicopter manager, Vietnam veteran to speak at Aviators Association

Fire season will soon arrive in the foothills, and with this in mind, the Auburn Aviators Association invited Vietnam War veteran, Barry Lloyd, to speak about his role as helicopte ...

Reader Input: Strange that they buy ads

Why do PG&E and Caltrans advertise on TV? Do we have another choice? These are the same folks who gave us the San Bruno explosion and fire and the Bay Bridge fiasco. Maybe they ...