Less Resources Needed for Fires

YREKA, Calif. — As of Friday, the Oregon Gulch Fire was 50 percent contained, and the Little Deer Fire was 87 percent contained. With the fires less of a threat from earlier in the week, many of the 15 hundred personnel at the Yreka High School Fire Camp are being sent home or reassigned. Fire agencies have … Continue reading »

Officials Assess OR Gulch Fire Damage

YREKA, Calif. — The Oregon Gulch Fire’s stable acreage is making it less of a threat for fire officials. Now, investigators are working their way into the area to check the damages. Cal Fire field observers have been working their way through the burned areas in Siskiyou County, looking to gather information on land and structure … Continue reading »

Teens Help Fire Camp Run Smoothly

YREKA, Calif., — Incident command for the portion of the Oregon Gulch Fire that falls into CAL FIRES’ jurisdiction is set up at Yreka Union High School. The school’s entire campus is put to use including the classrooms which double as finance and logistical offices. Behind a lot of that coordination is the California Conservation … Continue reading »

California Crews Battle OR Gulch Fire

YREKA, Calif. – The Oregon Gulch Fire is burning more than 9,000 acres in California.  On Sunday, fire crews were back on the line.  Most of the fire to the west and south has been “black lined.”  Fire officials said this is not a containment line, but a fire line that keeps the fire from … Continue reading »

CAL FIRE Battles Widespread Fires

SISKIYOU COUNTY, Ca. — California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) reported Thursday morning that they had 15 new fires started by Wednesday afternoon’s thunderstorms. As of Thursday, all of those fires are contained, but crews are still out making sure there are no hot spots and reinforcing fire lines. All of these … Continue reading »

Fire Near Weed is Under Investigation

YREKA, Ca. — If you saw smoke coming from the South this weekend, it may have been from a small fire in Weed, Ca. The California Department of Foresty and Fire Protection (CAL Fire) got multiple 911 calls for a report of a vegetation fire behind the Roseburg Mill in Weed on Sunday afternoon. CAL Fire … Continue reading »

Fire Department Walkout Fallout

HORNBROOK, Calif. — An investigation is underway at a small volunteer fire department in Northern California. Hornbrook firefighters were ordered to return to their fire house Thursday after walking out earlier this week. A special all-staff meeting Thursday morning included an equipment inventory and safety check. The fire district’s board president says taking the inventory … Continue reading »

California Preparing for Fire Season

YREKA, Calif. — Fire officials are calling this start to the wildfire season in California “unprecedented.” That’s why Cal Fire is already working to bring its full staff on. Governor Jerry Brown has declared this week “Wildfire Awareness Week.” It’s in response to one of the driest winters in the region. In fact, Cal Fire … Continue reading »

Cal Fire Charges New Fee

YREKA, Calif. — After a year and a half of budget cuts, California Fire’s deficit will now be partially funded through a new fee charged to certain homeowners. That bill is set to reach homeowners across California in the next few weeks and while some say it’s an unexpected burden others say they’re happy to … Continue reading »

Cal Fire Monitors Lightning-Caused Fires

By Bryan Navarro YREKA, Calif. — A storm producing lightning moved through the region last night. Cal Fire officials say Monday’s thunderstorms were the biggest they’ve seen so far; they counted 88 strikes, starting at least two fires. Cal Fire shows the storm’s surge through Siskiyou County. Witnesses say the clouds hung low and the … Continue reading »