CAL FIRE

Agencies brace for fire season

Worry over the seemingly eminent fire threat this year is manifesting itself in the preparations being made at state and local fire stations. With the lack of rain and snow a cons ...

Fire forces Colfax-area evacuations

A fire prompted the evacuation of a rural Colfax-area neighborhood due to concern over potentially hazardous materials Friday afternoon. The initial report of the small, localize ...

Auburn city eyes new website

Auburn could soon have a new portal to city-related information if plans to overhaul the antiquated existing website are realized. During discussion at Monday night’s counci ...

Ex-Cal Fire chief could soon face trial on drug charge

Placer County Superior Court proceedings in a drug case involving a former Cal Fire battalion chief in North Auburn have been put on hold until April 6. Ronald Ray Wright was to h ...

Sparse rain means hazardous fire season looms

From the top of the fire lookout tower on Wolf Mountain near Nevada City, you can see for miles in every direction making it a valuable tool in the fight against wildfires. On th ...

Bone-dry January reignites Placer County water, fire concerns

  Placer County-area water providers are ramping up for another year of drought after the driest January in 128 years. But there is still hope on the horizon. Chip Close, N ...

New Cal Fire unit chief takes the helm

From his large wooden desk at the Auburn Cal Fire headquarters, George Morris III has an eagle’s eye view of the fire-prone American River Canyon he is now tasked with protec ...

First responders practice dangerous water rescues

Wind whipped up whitecaps on the already turbulent American River as a Sheriff’s helicopter moved in to position to save a man swept downstream. The name of the game: swift w ...

Agencies practice water rescues

Placer County Sheriff’s deputies and Cal Fire rescue crews worked together to remove a colleague during a swift water rescue training at the confluence of the American River ...

Logging part of rehabilitation in wake of wildfires

Many years ago forests were regulated and kept in check by fire. A fire sparked by lightning would clear dead under brush and give larger, healthier trees room to grow. Today, fir ...