Sierra Nevada News

Megadrought Threatens California Power Blackouts This Summer

The historic drought that’s choked off rivers and reservoirs from the Rocky Mountains to the California coast is threatening to strain power grids this summer, raising the specter of blackouts and forcing the region to rely on more fossil fuels. …

California Drought Deepens as Wet Season is Anything but

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) _ California is experiencing one of the driest starts to spring in decades, data showed Friday, and absent a heavy dose of April and May showers the state’s drought will deepen and that could lead to stricter …

Thousands in Sierra Without Power Nearly Two Weeks After Storm

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) _ Thousands of residents in the Sierra Nevada remained without running water, heat or power nearly two weeks after a powerful December storm dumped heavy snow that downed trees and damaged electrical equipment. More than 250 crews …

2 Dead in Submerged Car as California Storm Worries Spread

LOS ANGELES (AP)–Heavy overnight rains in Northern California left two people dead in a submerged car as authorities on Thursday urged residents of several Southern California mountain and canyon communities to voluntarily leave their homes because of possible mud and …

Father, Son Arrested in Wildfire That Threatened Lake Tahoe

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP)–A father and son were arrested Wednesday on suspicion of starting a massive California wildfire that destroyed many homes and forced tens of thousands of people to flee Lake Tahoe communities earlier this year, authorities said. David Scott …

Fires Threatening California’s Sequoias Continue to Grow

THREE RIVERS, Calif. (AP) — California firefighters battled fast-growing forest fires threatening giant sequoias and small communities in the Sierra Nevada on Monday and worked to fully surround a suspected arson wildfire that destroyed homes last week. More than 2,000 …

California Wildfires Make Run Toward Giant Sequoia Groves

THREE RIVERS, Calif. (AP) — Two lightning-sparked wildfires in California merged and made a run to the edge of a grove of ancient sequoias, momentarily driving away firefighters as they try to protect the world’s largest tree by wrapping its …

Sequoia National Park’s Giant Trees at Risk as Fires Grow

SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — More firefighting resources were being brought in Thursday to battle two forest fires that have shut down California’s Sequoia National Park and threaten its ancient trees. A national interagency management team “equipped to handle …

Hot, Dry Air, Possible Lightning Raise California Fire Worry

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (AP) — The interior of California was very hot and dry Wednesday and the forecast called for a risk of fire-starting dry lightning as thousands of firefighters already have their hands full with wildland blazes that …

California Fire Threat High Despite Progress Near Tahoe

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (AP) — California could be on track for one of its worst fire seasons ever as hotter, drier conditions across the north raise the threat of new fires or existing ones flaring into dangerous life, officials …