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Gov. Gavin Newsom next to state and county fire...

Gov. Newsom Inks Bill Adding Half A Billion Dollars To Wildfire Prevention

April 13
By Erik Anderson

California's governor signs a legislative package that directs more than half a billion dollars to wildfire prevention efforts.

Firefighters block the road as the flames from ...

California Plans $536 Million For Forests Before Fire Season

April 8
By Associated Press

California plans to authorize $536 million for wildfire mitigation and forest management projects before the worst of the fire season strikes later this year.

Gov. Gavin Newsom tours the North Complex Fire ...

California To Add Nearly 1,400 Firefighters Amid Dry Weather

March 31
By Associated Press

Following a dry winter that is stoking fears of another devastating wildfire season, California Gov. Gavin Newsom said the state will hire nearly 1,400 more firefighters.

Firefighters battling the Willow Fire on a hill...

US Departments Urged To Become Year-Round Wildfire Agencies

March 30
By Associated Press

California’s U.S. senators and 21 representatives asked the departments of Agriculture and Interior to transition their agencies to a year-round wildland workforce because conflagrations are no longer limited to traditional fire seasons.

The orange haze covering the San Diego skyline ...

Property Tax Postponement Deadline Extended For Wildfire-Affected Counties

Feb. 23
By City News Service

Residents of 31 counties in governor-declared disaster areas — including San Diego, Los Angeles and San Bernardino — now have a deadline of June 1 to apply for 2020-21 PTP.

Burn scars from the Valley Fire are seen from H...

Few Fire Insurance Options Left For San Diego County Farmers

Feb. 15
By Camille von Kaenel / inewsource

Our partners at inewsource say an Alpine chicken rancher got a denial last year from California’s last-resort fire insurance plan. It was a surprise that launched a statewide push to change the law.

Firefighters putting out hot spots in the Comet...

California Winds Easing After Sparking Fires, Power Outages

Jan. 21
By Associated Press

A windstorm that fanned brushfires, toppled trees and left thousands of Californians without power focused its remaining energy Wednesday on the southern end of the state, where forecasters warned of the additional threat of heavy rain and flash flooding.

Smoke rises from a Park Fire in Carlsbad, Jan. ...

Live Updates: Evacuations Lifted In Carlsbad Brush Fire

Jan. 20
By KPBS Staff

This is a breaking news blog for all of the latest developments about the brush fire. Check back for frequent updates.

Tease photo for Santa Ana Winds, High Temperatures St...

Santa Ana Winds, High Temperatures Stoke Wildfire Fears

Jan. 15
By Erik Anderson

Wildfire fears come in the midst of a planetary hot spell — 2020 was one of the hottest years on record.

Tease photo for Evacuation Warning Lifted In San Marc...

Evacuation Warning Lifted In San Marcos Wildfire

Jan. 14
By KPBS Staff

Authorities in San Marcos have lifted an evacuation warning for residents after a wildfire, named Comet Fire, broke out Thursday near Palomar College.

The orange haze covering the San Diego skyline ...

Study: Wildfires Produced Up To Half Of Pollution In US West

Jan. 11
Matthew Brown / Associated Press

Even as pollution emissions declined from other sources including vehicle exhaust and power plants, the amount from fires increased sharply, said researchers at Stanford University and the University of California, San Diego.

Emergency responders are shown at Steele Canyon...

Wildfire Evacuations Amid COVID-19 Restrictions Proved Challenging Last Year

Jan. 11
By Camille von Kaenel / inewsource

Our partners at inewsource say an after-action report on the Valley Fire shows how COVID-19 complicated the disaster response. An evacuation any larger would have required calling in more workers to staff multiple group shelters.

Firefighters observe the Creek Fire from their ...

Live Updates: Firefighters Continue To Battle Creek Fire In Fallbrook

Dec. 26, 2020
By City News Service, Jacob Aere

A wind-driven brush fire erupted near Fallbrook Thursday morning, prompting mandatory evacuations and road closures.

A KPBS fire alert graphic is pictured in this u...

Santa Ana Winds Set To Return; Red Flag Warnings Called

Dec. 22, 2020
By City News Service

Santa Ana winds will make a return to the region Wednesday, combining with low humidity levels to create dangerous fire conditions that are expected to continue into Thursday and bring the potential for power shutoffs.

Flames are seen on the hillside in Santee at th...

Santee Brush Fire Spread Halted, Evacuation Notice Lifted

Dec. 16, 2020
By KPBS News

An evacuation notice was issued in Santee due to a brush fire named the Chaparral Fire. Firefighters have halted the spread of the fire.

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