California wildfire News

Northern California Wildfires Insured Losses Reach $9B

More than $9 billion in insurance claims have been filed following wildfires that ravaged Northern California two months ago, the state’s top insurance regulator said Wednesday. The figure represents residential, commercial, automobile and other property claims filed with 260 insurers …

California Wants $7.4B Federal Aid for Wildfire Rebuilding

California Gov. Jerry Brown and lawmakers asked the U.S. government Friday for $7.4 billion to help rebuild after a cluster of fires tore through the heart of wine country, killing more than 40 people and leaving thousands without housing. In …

California Wildfire Victims Face Choice: Rebuild Fast or Better

The most destructive complex of wildfires in California history wreaked most of its damage and deaths among housing subdivisions in this San Francisco Bay Area bedroom town, leaving survivors with little but white ash and hard choices: Rebuild quickly as …

Wildfire Recovery May Take Years in Northern California

It will take at least months and likely years to fully recover from devastating wildfires that ripped through Northern California earlier this month, destroying at least 8,900 structures and killing 42 people, Sonoma County officials said Saturday. “We don’t control …

Small Sparks Can Lead to Big Wildfires

A carelessly discarded cigarette, a downed power line, a car’s backfire or a chainsaw’s pull. Just about anything could have started any one of the wildfires now tearing through Northern California, authorities said. “Every spark is going to ignite a …

Wine Country Wildfires Torch California Homes

Firefighters are currently battling 15 expanding wind-whipped fires across Northern California’s wine country, triggering a rush by residents to flee the area. The wildfires in nine counties have already burned over 73,000 acres in the past 12 hours, according to …

Western Wildfires Force Thousands to Evacuate Homes

Wildfires forced thousands to flee their homes across the U.S. West during a sweltering, smoke-shrouded holiday weekend of record heat. The fires Sunday caused evacuations in Glacier National Park in Montana and many other parts of the West; compelled crews …

Latest California Wildfire Costliest Ever at $200M

A wildfire burning for nearly two months on California’s scenic Big Sur coast has surpassed $200 million in firefighting costs, becoming the costliest to fight in U.S. history, according to date released Monday. The fire has cost $206.7 million to …

GPS Placed California Arson Suspect at Scene of Wildfire That Destroyed 189 Homes

A GPS tracker placed a California arson suspect’s vehicle at the scene of a destructive wildfire north of San Francisco last month about a minute before it started, according to an investigation of the suspect in the blaze that destroyed …

Despite Wildfire Danger California Residents Refuse to Evacuate

A wildfire quickly turned into an inferno and within hours had ravaged pine forests near the California ski town of Wrightwood – but only half of its more than 4,500 residents heeded mandatory evacuation orders. Officials say it was another …