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    Trump's response last night in the debate for this showcased the sheer level of his idiocy. Today it's over 100 degrees which is NOT normal for this time of year. This is also a La Nina year which means these higher temps and dry conditions will be continuing. I've lived here 22 years and the fires have never been as extensive and deadly as they've been in the past five years. It gets progressively worse every year.

    But I guess, according to Trump, the first 17 years I lived here trees just didn't exist because it couldn't be climate change or anything.
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    I thought the exact same thing. Poor Brennen Tammons.
    Oh well, back to gum.
    ....or exchanging Puke's wang for spicy nuts.
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    I know, right? What the fuck, puke? Willing to take in Boston, an Irish dude and like, 17 dogs but not Ron? poor Ron.

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    NAPA COUNTY, Calif. (KTXL) — The Glass Fire in Napa and Sonoma counties, which started early Sunday and forced evacuations, has grown to 48,440 acres and is 2% contained, according to Cal Fire.

    Two other fires began overnight and quickly merged with the Glass Fire.

    At least 97 structures have been destroyed in the fire and 18 damaged.

    On Monday evening, the city of Calistoga announced it has issued a mandatory evacuation order for the entire city.

    “Current open evacuation routes include Route 29 South and North, and 128 North. If seeking shelter at a County Evacuation facility please proceed to Crosswalk Church at 2590 First Street, Napa,” according to an alert sent out by Calistoga city officials.

    Evacuation orders have been issued for thousands of people. Anyone in the following areas needs to leave immediately:

    Napa County
    Click here for Napa County’s Evacuation Orders and Warnings Map

    All areas west of Highway 29 to the county line, between Diamond Mountain Road and Petrified Forest Road
    City of Calistoga
    South of Chiles Pope Valley Road
    East of Ink Grade Road
    West of Pope Valley Road
    Community of Angwin
    The community of Deer Park
    East of Howell Mountain Road from Crestmont Drive to Cold Springs Road, including Las Posadas Road and Linda Falls Terrace.
    The area bordered by Spring Mountain Road, Madrona Road, Spring Street and White Sulpher Springs Road.
    North of Bothe State Park to Diamond Mountain Road.
    The east side of Silverado Trail between Taplin Road and Sage Canyon Road and Sage Canyon Road east to Chiles Pope Valley Road.
    Eastside of Silverado Trail from Larkmead Road to Deer Park Road.
    This includes both sides of Deer Park Road up to Crestmont Drive including Sanitarium Road.
    The areas east of Silverado Trail from Pickett Lane to Palisades Road to the end of Palisades Road.
    West of Highway 29 from Deer Park Road to Bothe Park Road, west to the county line.
    Howell Mountain road to the dead-end of Conn Valley and all of Rossi Road and Greenfield Road.
    From the 2900 block of White Sulpher Springs Road (St. Helena City Limits) to the dead-end and north to Spring Mountain Road.
    Areas west of Highway 29 from Deer Park Road to Elmhurst, and all of Spring Mountain Road.
    The east side of Silverado Trail from Pickett Lane south to Meadowood Lane and all roads in between.
    Pickett Road
    Dutch Henry Canyon Road
    Lommel Road
    All of Freisen Drive, including all roads west of College Avenue and Freisen Drive.
    Crystal Springs Road
    Glass Mountain Road
    Fawn Park
    Madrone Knoll Way
    Meadowood Lane including Meadowood Resort
    Deer Park Road from Silverado Trail to Howell Mountain Road
    St. Helena Hospital
    Mund Road
    Sanitarium Road
    Howell Mountain Road from Deer Park Road to College Avenue
    College Avenue from Howell Mountain Road to White Cottage Road
    White Cottage Road from College Avenue to Friesen Drive
    1650 South Whitehall Lane north to White Sulpher Springs Road and west to the county line
    Officials have confirmed that the Adventist Health Hospital in St. Helena is being fully evacuated.

    Sonoma County:
    Click here for Sonoma County’s Evacuation Orders and Warnings Map

    Zone 3G1:

    South of St. Helena Road
    West of the Napa/Sonoma County line
    North of Los Alamos / Cleland Ranch Roads
    East of Calistoga Road
    Zone 3G2:

    South of Cleland Ranch Road
    West of Los Alamos Road
    North and east of Santa Rosa City Limits
    East of Calistoga Road
    Zone 3G3:

    South of Los Alamos Road
    West of Santa Rosa City Limits and Los Alamos Road
    Northeast of Highway 12
    West of the Napa/Sonoma County Line, the easternmost boundary of Hood Mountain Regional Park, and westernmost boundary of Los Guilicos Juvenile Center.
    Zone 2Q1:

    North of St. Helena Road
    East of Calistoga Road/Petrified Forest Road
    Southwest of the Napa/Sonoma County line
    Zone 6A2:

    Southwest of Highway 12
    East and north of Warm Springs Road
    Northwest of Arnold Drive
    Zone 6B3:

    Northeast of Highway 12
    Southeast of Nuns Canyon Road/Nelligan Road
    Southwest of Napa/Sonoma County Line
    Northwest of Trinity Road
    Zone 6A1:

    Southwest of Highway 12
    East of Santa Rosa City Limits, the eastern boundary of Annadel State Park, and Savannah Trail
    North of Bennett Valley Road
    West of Warm Springs Road
    Zone 6B1:

    South and west of the Napa/Sonoma County Line
    Northeast of Highway 12 and north of the southernmost boundary of Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
    Northwest of Adobe Canyon Road
    East of Pythian Road and Hood Mountain Regional Park
    Zone 6B2:

    Northeast of Highway 12
    Northwest of Nelligan Road/Nuns Canyon Road
    West of the Napa/Sonoma County line
    Southeast of Adobe Canyon Road and south of Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
    Zone 3P1:

    South of Annadel State Park
    East and south of Santa Rosa City Limits
    North of Bennett Valley Road
    West of Savannah Trail
    Zone 3Q1:

    All of Annadel State Park
    Calistoga – South / Skyhawk Zone, for the following areas within this zone:

    East of San Ramon
    East and South of Mountain Hawk Drive between Highway 12 and San Ramon Way
    Melita, for the following areas within this zone:

    East of Calistoga Road
    North of Melita Road between Queen Anne Drive and Montgomery Drive
    All areas East of Channel drive and South of Montgomery Drive
    Oakmont South

    Oakmont North

    Evacuation Warnings:
    Napa County:
    All areas between Silverado Trail and Highway 29 from Larkmead Lane to Zinfandel Lane, including areas within St. Helena.
    All areas west of Highway 29 from Whitehall Lane to Madrona Avenue, including areas within St. Helena.
    Within the city of St. Helena
    Madrona Avenue to Spring Street, from Hudson Ave to Riesling Way and Sylvaner Avenue.
    From Elmhurst Avenue to Madrona Ave west of Highway 29 to the St. Helena city limits.
    West of Highway 29 from Booth State Park to Diamond Mountain Road west to the county line.
    The east side of Silverado Trail from Howell Mountain Road south to Taplin Road and all roads in between.
    Howell Mountain Road from Silverado Trail to Old Howell Mountain Road and all roads in between.
    East of Highway 29, from Palisades Road to the Lake County line, including Old Lawley Toll Road and Livermore Road.
    Between Highway 29 and Silverado Trail from Dunaweal Lane to Lincoln Ave.
    Deer Park Road south along the east side of Silverado Trail to Howell Mountain Road
    Conn Valley Road, including Meadowood Resort, is also under an evacuation warning.
    West of Highway 128 (Foothill Blvd) to the county line
    North of Petrified Forest Road to the county line
    An evacuation center is now open at Crosswalk Community Church, 2590 First Street. The Napa County Sheriff’s Office asks that people please leave the area and do not park in turnouts.

    Sonoma County:
    Zone 2P1

    South of Porter Creek Road
    East of Mark West Springs Road
    North of Santa Rosa City Limits
    West of Calistoga Road
    Zone 2M3:

    South and east of Franz Valley School Road
    North of Porter Creek Road and Petrified Forest Road
    West of the Napa/Sonoma County Line
    Calistoga – South/Skyhawk

    West and north of Mountain Hawk Drive between Highway 12 and San Ramon Way
    West of San Ramon Way

    West of Calistoga Road
    South of Melita, north of Montgomery Drive and all homes accessed from Violette.
    West of Queen Anne Drive
    Summerfield, all areas within this perimeter:

    East of Summerfield Rd
    South of Stonehedge Dr
    North of the City boundary
    West of the Santa Rosa’s boundary (Annadel State Park)
    Spring Lake, all areas within this perimeter:

    North of Stonehedge Ave
    East of Summerfield Rd
    West of Violetti Rd (East side of Spring Lake)
    South of Highway 12 (Between Mission Blvd and Calistoga Rd)
    South of Montgomery Rd (between south end of Calistoga Rd to Channel Dr)
    Northeast 2, all areas within this perimeter:

    East of Brush Creek Rd
    North of Montecito Blvd
    West of Calistoga Rd
    South of Santa Rosa Boundary (north of Badger Rd area)
    Northeast 3/Middle Rincon, all areas within this perimeter:

    East of Mission Blvd
    North of Highway 12
    South of Montecito Blvd
    West of Calistoga Rd
    Officials warned the North Bay and East Bay of potential fire danger yesterday after issuing a Red Flag Warning.

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    4 People are reported dead from the Zogg Fire in the Redding area.

    Update as of 11 a.m.: A fourth death has been confirmed in the Zogg Fire.

    Shasta County Sheriff Eric Magrini made the announcement at an 11 a.m. press conference.

    The man had been airlifted to UC Davis with severe burns Sunday and later died.

    "It's unfortunate, my condolences go out to a fourth death that we've had as a result of this, said Magrini. "This was an individual who was evacuated with significant burns on the day of the origin of this fire. He was transported to a hospital and we received word last night that he succumbed to his injuries. So again, our condolences go out to that family."

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    NAPA COUNTY, Calif. —
    Amid red flag conditions, crews are continuing to attack a wildfire burning in Napa and Sonoma counties that has destroyed more than 220 homes and prompted new evacuation orders.

    Sonoma County Sheriff Mark Essick said at an afternoon news conference that more evacuation orders could be issued.

    "My main message for you today is that more evacuations are possible. Although we have been talking about repopulation in some areas and many people are getting anxious to get home, there is a real certainty that we could have additional evacuations," he said.

    New evacuation orders were issued earlier in the day for the Rutherford area of Napa County. In Sonoma County, Cal Fire is keeping a close eye on Kenwood and Glen Ellen.

    In Napa County, 153 homes have been destroyed by the Glass Fire. Sixty-seven residences and three multiunit residences have burned in Sonoma County. In total, 437 Napa County structures and 150 Sonoma County structures were destroyed by the blaze, as of Thursday night.

    The Glass Fire ignited Sunday east of Calistoga in Napa County. Cal Fire said two additional fires started and merged with the Glass Fire, which is burning in Napa and Sonoma counties.

    As of Friday morning, the fire had charred 60,148 acres with 6% containment, according to Cal Fire.

    Nearly 29,000 structures remain threatened, according to Cal Fire.

    Evacuation orders have been issued in Sonoma and Napa counties:
    Click here to see evacuation orders for Sonoma County
    Click here to see evacuation orders for Napa County
    City of Calistoga evacuation information
    City of Santa Rosa evacuation information
    Some 70,000 people were told to evacuate, including the entire 5,000-plus population of Calistoga in Napa County.

    The entire town of St. Helena was issued an evacuation warning Wednesday, officials said.

    Several homes burned in the St. Helena area Sunday. Wind helped push flames to the eastern edge of Santa Rosa, destroying homes there as well.

    Napa Valley landmarks were also destroyed or damaged in the fire. The Chateau Boswell Winery north of St. Helena was destroyed, and Castello di Amorosa estimates it lost 10,000 cases of wine.

    A number of buildings at the Meadowood resort suffered damage, including the clubhouse that contained the three-Michelin-starred Restaurant at Meadowood. Five-star resort Calistoga Ranch is also gone.

    Evacuation centers
    Napa County evacuation center: Crosswalk Church, 2590 First St. in Napa
    Sonoma County current evacuation center information:
    Battling the blaze
    Cal Fire said Thursday that the fire burned "actively" throughout the day.

    "Crews continue to work on structure defense while building and reinforcing containment lines. Today northwest winds will increase, bringing elevated fire danger," Cal Fire said in its morning incident report.

    "Flames made in tense runs and aligned with the topography. There was spotting up to one mile," Cal Fire said in a Thursday evening report.

    Fire activity is expected to increase due to the weather conditions that are prompting Red Flag warnings across the region.

    "Winds are blowing from the northwest, and the fire area is experiencing near-record temperatures and very low humidity," Cal Fire said in the report.

    The Glass Fire began Sunday as three fires that merged and drove into vineyards and mountain areas into eastern Santa Rosa. The fire's cause is under investigation.

    Some people were injured and Sonoma County sheriff's deputies had to rescue people who ignored evacuation orders, officials said.

    More than 2,000 personnel are battling the fire.

    The fires came as the region approached the anniversary of the 2017 fires, including one that killed 22 people. Just a month ago, many of those same residents were evacuated from the path of a lightning-sparked fire that became the fourth-largest in state history.

    “This land has no fire history that’s recorded. (The Glass Fire) burned in all the acreage that was saved in 2017, so when it came over the ridge into Sonoma County, into the city of Santa Rosa, this is all unburned vegetation that did not burn in 2017," said Billy See, an incident commander with Cal Fire.

    “So, it’s created a problem for the firefighters. It’s been a long season. Most of them have been going since the middle of July without rest – from fire to fire to fire here in the northern part of the state," he said.

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    SHASTA COUNTY, Calif. —
    Crews have been able to make significant progress containing a deadly wildfire in Shasta County that has destroyed more than a hundred structures, Cal Fire said Friday.

    Containment jumped from 9% on Wednesday to 46% as of Friday morning, Cal Fire said. The Zogg Fire has burned an estimated 56,018 acres and destroyed 159 structures.

    "Firefighters had a very successful day that increased containment," Cal Fire said in an incident report Thursday night. "The fire had minimal growth in size [Thursday]."

    The wildfire continues to burn grass, oak woodland, chaparral and mixed timber.

    "Hot, dry conditions are forecasted again for [Thursday night] with a northwest, downslope wind developing across the area [Thursday] evening," the report said.

    Cal Fire officials confirmed Wednesday that a fourth person died from the wildfire. They were found badly burned and were taken to an area hospital, where they were pronounced dead.

    On Friday, some evacuation orders were lifted in Shasta County and fire officials have begun to repopulate the town of Platina.

    Click here to see current evacuation orders.

    The vegetation fire ignited Sunday and quickly grew in size. Residences are widely scattered in the forested area, about 10 miles southwest of the city of Redding in a region torched just two years ago by the massive and deadly Carr Fire — infamously remembered for producing a huge tornado-like fire whirl.

    More than 1,700 personnel are battling the blaze, according to Cal Fire. With an increase of resources and fire personnel, Cal Fire expects containment of the fire to increase every day.

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    MONVROVIA (CBSLA) ? Containment numbers on the Bobcat Fire which has burned for more than three weeks in the Angeles National Forest jumped overnight, but crews will have to contend with another day of triple-digit temperatures Thursday.

    The Bobcat Fire, one of the largest in Los Angeles County history, has scorched 114,901 acres and is 75% contained as of Thursday morning. The fire has destroyed at least 83 homes in the Antelope Valley foothills and damaged another 28, according to the latest numbers from the U.S. Forest Service.

    Another 79 structures have been destroyed and 19 damaged.

    Evacuation orders remain in effect for Paradise Springs, Upper Big Tujunga Canyon and along the Angeles Crest Highway (State Route 2).

    Just under 1,000 firefighters are still battling the blaze on the ground with the help of 14 water-dropping helicopters. A heat wave which has forced the state of California to implement a Flex Alert is expected to bring triple-digit temperatures to several parts of the Southland Thursday along with elevated fire danger.

    The Bobcat Fire, one of the largest in L.A. County history, broke out a little after noon on Sept. 6 near the Cogswell Dam and the West Fork Day Use area. The fire is churning through thick vegetation and dry brush in steep terrain, some of which has not burned in more 60 years.

    It first threatened the San Gabriel foothill communities of Arcadia and Monrovia to the south, before turning its attention north to the Antelope Valley.

    The fire also threatened the historic Mount Wilson Observatory for a period of several days, but crews were able to valiantly protect the structure.

    Federal authorities are investigating whether a disturbance at a Southern California Edison substation may have sparked the fire. Last week, SoCal Edison revealed that federal investigators are looking into a disturbance at a nearby substation which occurred mere minutes before the fire was reported.

    The initial report of fire was at 12:21 p.m. on Sept. 6. The utility says five minutes earlier, at 12:16 p.m., a circuit at the substation experienced a possible disturbance or event. Edison says cameras captured smoke developing in the area around 12:10 p.m., prior to the activity on Edison?s circuit.

    The Angeles National Forest is one of seven national forests in California that remains closed to the public because of the wildfires. The closure will last through at least Oct. 8. All 18 of California?s national forests were closed for a significant portion of September, but several have since been reopened.

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    SANTA ROSA (CBS SF) — Several firefighters battling the Glass Fire were evaluated for possible exposure to carbon monoxide Tuesday with one requiring further hospitalization, Cal Fire officials said.

    Cal Fire spokesman Robert Foxworthy said five ambulances were called to the Sonoma County fairgrounds base camp in Santa Rosa to help evaluated the firefighters. He did not release any other information.

    “Sixteen firefighters on the Glass Fire were evaluated this morning for a possible carbon monoxide exposure that occurred at a location off-site out of the fire area,” Cal Fire officials said in a statement released Tuesday afternoon. “The firefighters were evaluated by Santa Rosa City Fire Department in conjunction with the medical staff assigned to the incident. One firefighter was transported to a local hospital for further evaluation and all others were released back to the fire line.”

    The incident came after a 24-hour span where firefighters were able to extend the containment of the fire to 50 percent and as the evacuation orders were reduced to warnings allowing residents who were forced to flee the flames in St. Helena, Pope Valley, Angwin except for addresses on Crestmont Drive and Ink Grade Road, Conn Valley and the Silverado Trail-area to return to their homes.

    Among those mandatory orders downgraded to warnings were all addresses on both sides of Silverado Trail between Deer Park Road and Zinfandel Lane to include addresses in the Madrone Knoll area, Fawn Park Road, Camino Vista and Via Monte. Also all addresses on the east side of Silverado Trail between Zinfandel Lane and Highway 128/Sage Canyon Road.

    The burn zone grew to 66,840 acres overnight as had the toll on homes and businesses infected by the fire. With Cal Fire damage assessment teams more than halfway through their survey of the burn area, they have reported that 600 homes — with nearly an even split between Napa and Sonoma counties — and 333 commercial structures have been destroyed.

    Another 153 homes have suffered some kind of damage.

    Nearly 3,000 people remain under mandatory evacuation in Sonoma County and east Santa Rosa alone, down from the nearly 34,000 driven from their homes early in the blaze.

    For many Angwin residents the most recent evacuation and close calls in the past have them questioning whether or not it’s time to leave wine country.

    Nina Elliott, now living at a Napa hotel, has had to flee her home four times in the last five years. She says that’s no way to live and it doesn’t look like things are going to change.

    “It’s just hotter, it’s drier, less rain and more volatile,” she said. “And we almost feel it’s ‘when’ Angwin is going to burn, not ‘if’ anymore.”

    Those living in wine country used to love the arrival of Fall and the excitement of the harvest.

    “And now, it’s more dread than anything else and it’s worrisome,” said evacuee Curtis Sosna.

    “I love Napa! I love going wine tasting,” said Elliot. “I just loved everything about it and now, I can’t exactly say the same, you know? I hope they can go back to it but I don’t know…I don’t know if it will ever be normal.”

    “It is going to keep happening,” said Angwin evacuee Vesna Sherman. “I don’t see how it wouldn’t.”

    But Chris Carmichael sees it differently. He moved to Angwin in the 1990s from North Carolina, and says there is risk anywhere you live.

    “I love California,” he said. “Yeah, it’s a tinderbox, it burns. But the Southeast has hurricanes, tornadoes.”

    In a Tuesday morning update, Cal Fire said the most active firefight was in the higher terrain of the Napa Valley, particularly near the border with Lake County to the north.

    “The Glass Fire burned actively throughout the day, especially in higher terrain due to critically dry fuels and rugged topography,” CAl Fire officials said. “Aggressive mop up and tactical patrol continue in areas where the fire’s forward progress has stopped. Crews are working aggressively to construct and reinforce existing control lines.”

    But during his Tuesday morning update, Cal Fire Ops Chief Sean Norman was optimistic about the progress being made on the north edge of the blaze.

    “All our line held with no spot fires (overnight),” he said. “You saw about a 50 percent reduction in smoke production yesterday and I would expect to see that reduced again today by about 25 percent…Helicopters worked with firefighters to put water on the fire’s edge.”

    Meanwhile, the Santa Rosa Press Democrat was reporting that Cal Fire was investigating reports that private citizens started backfires near their homes during the height the fire in attempt to protect them from the flames.

    Cal Fire spokesman Scott McLean told the paper that his agency received reports of “backfires or something of that nature being put into play by individuals not assigned to the incident.”

    He declined to say whether the investigation is in Napa or Sonoma counties.

    “You just don’t arbitrarily put fire on the ground without notification. There’s so much danger to that,” McClean said. “There’s always reaction to that action, that’s how serious it is.”

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    California's Glass Fire is now 50% contained, according to California's fire authority. The fire, which has burned through acres of California, including Napa and Sonoma, is just one of the wildfires currently ablaze in the state.

    According to Cal Fire, the fire has burned nearly 67,000 acres, with crews battling higher temperatures at higher elevation levels. In a press release on Tuesday, Cal Fire announced that 16 firefighters were assessed for possible carbon monoxide exposure outside of the fire zone, but only one firefighter was transferred to the hospital. The other 15 were released "back to the fire line."

    According to the National Weather Service of Sacramento, the containment could be aided by cooler temperatures sweeping across Northern California, in addition to expected widespread rain. However, firefighters are still monitoring forward progress of the fire, as well as in place evacuations. The fire has destroyed 600 homes, and threatens 21,000 others if the blaze continues, according to California Fire.

    South of the Glass fire, California's August Complex blaze has become what experts call a "gigafire" as the fire has burned over one million acres of land. This marks the first gigafire in the history of California, the largest in the state's history. According to Cal Fire, the blaze is 59% contained.

    The current fires across California have accounted for almost four million burned acres in 2020, marking a fire season that has produced five of the largest fires in California history. In an effort to fight climate change, Governor Gavin Newsom signed an executive order in September to drastically reduce the state's fossil fuel reliance in the next fifteen years. "This is the most impactful step our state can take to fight climate change," Newsom said in a statement announcing the change. "For too many decades, we have allowed cars to pollute the air that our children and families breathe. Californians shouldn't have to worry if our cars are giving our kids asthma. Our cars shouldn't make wildfires worse – and create more days filled with smoky air."

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    The Bruder Fire burning in the south end of Redlands grew to more than 100 acres overnight, forcing officials to keep evacuation orders in place Thursday morning.

    CalFire initially tweeted the fire had grown from 60 acres to 100 acres overnight, but later told KTLA the blaze had spread to 125 acres.

    The fire is 30% contained with 265 firefighting personnel at the scene, CalFire stated in the tweet.

    Thirty engines, six hand crews, three water tenders and two dozers are also being used to contain the fire.

    The blaze broke out Wednesday at about 8:50 p.m. in the 13200 block of Bruder Lane.

    Evacuations were ordered for homes south of E. Sunset Drives and north of Live Oak Canyon Road from the I-10 Freeway to San Timoteo Canyon Road, according to Cal Fire?s San Bernardino Unit. There were also evacuations orders in the area of Puesta Del Sol, they said.

    Winds were not an issue for firefighters Wednesday night but forecasters are calling for gusty Santa Ana winds to return to the Southland on Thursday.

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    There is a report of a wildfire threat in South San Francisco.

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    South San Francisco is the last place I expect a wildfire to happen.

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    VACAVILLE, Calif. —
    Crews battled a fire that sparked near Interstate 80 in Vacaville on Friday.

    The Dixon Fire Department said the blaze was at Midway Road and Gentile Lane.

    The vegetation fire started at a building supply yard located at Midway Road and westbound I-80, according to the City of Vacaville.

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    SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — Crews have contained a 4-alarm fire that was burning on Sign Hill in South San Francisco.

    Smoke could be seen coming from the popular sign on the hill near San Francisco International Airport.

    Fire officials say the blaze was contained around 2 p.m.

    Firefighters remain on the scene as they work to fully extinguish the fire.

    Mandatory evacuations are underway for:

    Carnelian Road
    Sonja Road
    Mountain Road
    Ridgeview Court
    Viewmont Terrance
    The Municipal Services Building & Social Hall (33 Arroyo Drive) is being used as a temporary evacuation center in South San Francisco.

    Governor Gavin Newsom announced on Twitter that he just got off the phone with President Donald Trump who has approved California’s major disaster declaration request.

    This comes after the Trump administration this week rejected California’s request for disaster relief funds aimed at cleaning up the damage from six recent wildfires among the siege of deadly and destructive blazes that have scorched the state.

    Any additional evacuation orders or warnings will be updated as they are received.

    This is a developing story.

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    I used to live in South San Francisco and this city was least likely to get hit by wildfires. Its more known for having more fog than San Francisco City proper itself.

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    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — President Donald Trump’s administration abruptly reversed course and approved California’s application for disaster relief funds to clean up damage from six recent deadly and destructive blazes that have scorched the state, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Friday.

    “Just got off the phone with President Trump who has approved our Major Disaster Declaration request. Grateful for his quick response,” Newsom said in a brief statement.

    Neither he nor the White House immediately gave details on why the administration shifted positions only hours after it initially denied the state’s request for a declaration that officials said could provide the state with hundreds of millions of dollars.

    White House spokesman Judd Deere previously said California’s request “was not supported by the relevant data” needed for approval and that Trump agreed with a recommendation from the Federal Emergency Management Agency administrator to reject the declaration.

    “The Governor and (GOP) Leader (Kevin) McCarthy spoke and presented a convincing case and additional on-the-ground perspective for reconsideration leading the President to approve the declaration,” Deere said in a statement after Trump’s change of heart.

    The state had planned to appeal the denial and believed it had a strong case, Brian Ferguson, a spokesman with the governor’s Office of Emergency Services, said before the reversal.

    Newsom had asked for the major disaster declaration on Sept. 28 to cover fires in Fresno, Los Angeles, Madera, Mendocino, San Bernardino, San Diego and Siskiyou counties.

    The 30-page request described the disasters and pointed out that damage assessments were incomplete because the fires were still raging and access was difficult.

    Federal major disaster declarations allow for cost-sharing for damage, cleanup and rebuilding between the state and federal governments. They also activate relief programs led by FEMA.

    The dispute surfaced as a representative of one fire-stricken area warned that time was running out to clean up debris before rain and snow arrived, bringing the threat of mudslides and toxins being washed into a river watershed.

    Denials of relief are rare and Newsom, a Democrat, has previously praised the Republican administration for approving aid related to the fires and the coronavirus pandemic. The White House said Trump quickly approved wildfire relief that was supported by damage estimates.

    Among the fires listed in the now-approved aid application is the Creek Fire, which erupted in the Sierra Nevada on Sept. 4 and is 60% contained after burning 850 homes and more than 537 square miles (1,391 square kilometers) in Fresno and Madera counties.

    Republican state Assemblyman Jim Patterson of Fresno said before the reversal that he had consulted with area congressional offices.

    “I have gotten encouraging response that FEMA is beginning to understand that they may have made a mistake here,” he said.

    Patterson said, however, there was no time to waste on bureaucratic finger-pointing and lauded the state Office of Emergency Services for pushing ahead with funding from a California disaster law in which the state will pay 75% and counties pay 25%.

    “Obviously, the problem is our clock is ticking and time is running out, and we’re going to see rain pretty soon, snow pretty soon,” he told an online briefing. “If we don’t get into those areas quickly we’re going to miss this window and we’re going to end up seeing mudslides where this toxic debris goes into the San Joaquin River watershed.”

    No major new fires were reported statewide early Friday, but warnings of dangerously hot, dry and gusty conditions that can fan fires were expected to remain in effect until the evening. Nearly 9,000 firefighters remain on the lines of 21 fires.

    Near San Francisco’s international airport, crews were battling a smoky grass fire burning on a highly visible hill with an iconic sign welcoming people to “South San Francisco.” The city of nearly 70,000 people said on social media that authorities were on the scene and evacuation instructions would follow if needed.

    Numerous studies have linked bigger wildfires in America to climate change from the burning of coal, oil and gas. Scientists have said climate change has made California much drier, meaning trees and other plants are more flammable.

    It has been a disastrous wildfire season in California, with more than 8,500 blazes burning more than 6,400 square miles (16,000 square kilometers) since the start of the year. Thirty-one people have died and some 9,200 buildings have been destroyed.

    Thousands of Northern California residents remained without electricity Friday after a utility cut off service to prevent the latest round of powerful winds from damaging equipment and sparking wildfires amid a fall heat wave.

    Power restorations began Thursday afternoon and by evening Pacific Gas and Electric said about 30,000 customers were still in the dark — down from about 45,000 the previous night.

    All electricity was expected to be restored by late Friday, PG&E said.

    The utility better targeted outages this time after it was criticized in 2019 for cutting power to about 800,000 customers and leaving about 2 million people in the dark for days.

    Most of this year’s fires have occurred since mid-August, when an unusual siege of thousands of lightning strikes ignited huge blazes.

    The causes of two fires that broke out in September remain under investigation. PG&E equipment is being examined in connection with the Zogg Fire in Northern California, and Southern California Edison equipment is under scrutiny in the Bobcat Fire near Los Angeles.

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    A brush fire that exploded in eastern Orange County Monday morning as Santa Ana winds pummeled Southern California left two firefighters critically injured while thousands evacuated the Irvine area.

    The blaze, dubbed the Silverado Fire, erupted in the Santa Ana Mountains around 6:45 a.m. at Santiago Canyon and Silverado Canyon roads. The flames spread to the south and southwest as forecasters predicted gusts of up to 60 to 70 mph.

    The fire was initially reported at 10 acres, but it had grown to 4,000 acres by 1 p.m., and to 7,200 acres by 4:30 p.m., according to the Orange County Fire Authority. It’s 0% contained.

    2 firefighters hospitalized with burns
    Two of 500 firefighters who responded to the blaze suffered critical injuries and are currently intubated at the Orange County Global Medical Center in Santa Ana, OCFA said at 2:30 p.m.

    The hand-crew firefighters are 26 and 31 years old, and at least half of their bodies were covered in second- and third-degree burns, according to the Fire Authority.

    Thousands evacuate Irvine; Tustin residents on high alert
    Orange County residents can sign up for alerts on and check mandatory and voluntary evacuation orders through this map from the county.

    About 90,800 residents were evacuating the Irvine area, as of 4:30 p.m., Chief Shane Sherwood of OCFA said at an afternoon news conference.

    A mandatory evacuation was issued for areas north of Irvine Boulevard between Jamboree Road and Bake Parkway, and as of 1:30 p.m., for residents in the areas from Irvine Boulevard south to Trabuco Road, and from Jeffrey Road East to Portola High School. Additionally, the communities of Baker Ranch and Foothill Ranch in Lake Forest were under mandatory evacuations.

    As of 5 p.m., a mandatory evacuation was also issued for the area between Great Park Boulevard and Bake Parkway, and north of Toledo Way until Irvine’s city limits.

    Evacuation centers established at the following facilities remain open:

    Woodbridge High School
    Las Lomas Community Center
    Turtle Rock Community Center
    University Community Center (currently at capacity)
    Quail Hill Community Center
    Los Olivos Community Center (currently at capacity)
    Harvard Community Center (currently at capacity)
    Rancho Senior Center
    Meanwhile, Tustin officials requested some residents and businesses to voluntarily evacuate.

    “Be ready to go,” OCFA Capt. Greg Barta said. He asked residents to follow OCFA on Twitter for updates.

    Road closures
    Officials have blocked traffic on the 241 Freeway from Santiago Canyon Road to the 133 Freeway, Portola Parkway from the 241 to Jamboree Road, and Santiago Canyon Road from Cooks to the 241.

    The eastbound and westbound 91 Freeway to State Route 241 was also blocked, California Highway Patrol officials said around 4:30 p.m., along with State Route 133 from the 5 Freeway to the 241.

    Videos show flames on that freeway raging near Santiago Canyon Road, as well as what appeared to be ranch equipment charred by a road.

    At around 1 p.m., a spot fire by the Irvine Boulevard overpass sent massive flames up into the air as motorists traveled through thick smoke near the 133 Freeway.

    School closures
    A dozen of campuses, including those within the Irvine and Tustin unified school districts, were evacuated after the fire ignited. Parents and guardians were notified, according to officials.

    UC Irvine also suspended on-campus operations due to smoke from the fire.

    All Irvine Unified School District schools will remain closed on Tuesday.
    SoCal Edison shuts off power
    Southern California Edison confirmed that it was in the process of shutting off power in the Trabuco Canyon area.

    The utility worked on cutting service to about 18,000 customers, mostly in San Bernardino County, due to fire risk posed by the winds, a spokesperson told KTLA Monday morning.

    Santa Ana winds
    Forecasters expect winds to peak in the morning but warned that they will remain gusty throughout the day. The National Weather Service urged communities between Tustin and Foothill Ranch to “stay vigilant.”

    The Weather Service recorded gusts up to 84 mph in Freemont Canyon, about 6 miles away from the blaze.

    “All air support has been grounded due to high winds. If you are in the evacuation area please evacuate immediately,” fire officials said in a tweet.

    Thick smoke billowed over residential areas that surround the fire, triggering a health warning from the O.C. Health Care Agency.

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    SOLANO COUNTY, Calif. (KTXL) — Firefighters responded to a three-alarm grass fire burning outside the south gate of Travis Air Force Base near Highway 12 on Monday.

    The Suisun City Fire Departments says firefighters arrived in the area around 2 p.m. when the fire had already burned 5 acres.

    With strong winds to fuel it, the fire has since reached more than 300 acres, according to fire officials.

    No homes were threatened and no evacuations were ordered, according to the Solano County Office of Emergency Services.

    Just before 4 p.m., fire officials at the scene said crews were mopping up and no additional resources were needed.

    The cause of the fire was not immediately known.

    EL DORADO NATIONAL FOREST, Calif. (KTXL) — Despite extreme fire conditions, U.S. Forest Service firefighters were able to contain a wildfire that started early Monday morning.

    While the Point Fire was contained at 20 acres, forestry officials are still concerned about the long-term fire hazard conditions in the high Sierra.

    “We are at the driest fuel conditions ever,” said Jeff Marsolais, forest supervisor at El Dorado National Forest.

    It was a close call after flames were spotted by a fire lookout tower in the El Dorado National Forest, 16 miles east of Foresthill. With winds gusting at 30 miles an hour, air support was not possible, but forestry crews were put on 24-hour shifts for this wind event.

    “We actually had crews on overnight last night as part of this wind event, and we were able to send the out very, very early as soon as the fire call came in,” Marsolais said.

    The fire is burning slash piles left from the aftermath of the massive King Fire in 2014, with crews having to deal with spot fires caused by the heavy winds.

    To make matters worse, several fire facilities in the El Dorado National Forest are running on generator power because of the PG&E power shutdown.

    Usually, by this time of year, there would be at least one wet storm to ease fire conditions and even end the fire season, but this year has been different.

    “There was no summertime precipitation, no thunderstorms that we normally get,” Marsolais said. “[Instead] there was a winter last winter that was drier than normal, and of course, it’s been very hot all summer long.”

    While temperatures took a dramatic dip this week, the humidity and wind are the bigger concerns.

    The nearby Fork Fire has been burning for a month and a half, and although it is mostly contained, the wind threatens to fan still smoldering embers.

    “These kinds of conditions with the winds and the fuel conditions are the recipe for large fire growth, so we’ve been monitoring very closely the Fork Fire,” Marsolais said.

    Camping and campfires have been banned in California National Forests for months, but an illegal fire prompted a response today near Wright’s Lake.

    In the past week, there have been 15 known illegal fires in the El Dorado National Forest that spans Amador and El Dorado Counties — bad news for the growing number of homes and businesses that surround the boundaries of the National Forests.

    Forestry officials are not only concerned about the weather in the next few days, they are keeping a close eye on long-range weather forecasts that call for a drier-than-normal winter, so fire conditions could run into the holidays and beyond.

    The extreme fire danger warning will continue through the evening and is expected to ease with a “critical” warning for tomorrow.

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