U.S. Forest Service
The Pentagon is providing close to 200 active duty soldiers to assist local agencies battling nearly 20 wildfires burning across drought-stricken California.
With more frequent red flag alerts combined with Southern California’s extreme drought conditions, state and federal agencies are getting up to speed on the latest firefighting aircraft.
Seven bald eagles were spotted during an organized count at sites across San Bernardino County last weekend.
Federal officials are expected to file charges against the person they believe started the wildfire that raged through Yosemite National Park and the Sierra Foothills earlier this year.
California is heading into the peak of fire season, however much of this year’s federal money to battle wildfires has already been spent.
The Mountain Fire, which scorched 27,531 acres near Idyllwild since it broke out July 15, was fully contained Tuesday.
The Mountain Fire, which has burned 27,531 acres near Idyllwild since it broke out July 15, was 99 percent contained Monday afternoon.
An electrical equipment failure on private property caused the Mountain Fire, which has burned more than 27,500 acres in the Idyllwild area.
A squirrel that tested positive for plague prompted the days-long closure of a campground in the Angeles National Forest.
Full containment was initially expected Wednesday, however, officials said the fire was only at 91 percent contained.
The flag outside the U.S. Forest Service headquarters remained at half-staff to honor the 19 firefighters killed while battling an Arizona wildfire Sunday.
The wildfire alert level in the Angeles National Forest will increase Tuesday.
The Hathaway Fire, which has scorched 3,807 acres in the San Gorgonio Wilderness area, was 73 percent contained as of Monday night.
Firefighters are conducting mop-up operations at the scene of the big wildfire that scorched 32,032 acres in the span of a week near a utility facility near Palmdale.
The Powerhouse Fire burning in San Francisquito Canyon in the Angeles National Forest grew to 1,500 acres Friday and was 15 percent contained, the U.S. Forest Service said.