Photo of fire in Redding, Ca.

Fast-Moving Northern California Wildfire Forces Evacuations

REDDING — A fast-moving wildfire in Northern California is threatening thousands of homes and forcing evacuations. The fire in Shasta County started around noon Thursday in a rural area northwest of Redding about 200 miles north of San Francisco. The fir...
Photo of a home burning in Paradise, California.

Millions Live in Parts of California Threatened by Wildfires

SACRAMENTO — Impoverished towns in the shadow of Mount Shasta. Rustic Gold Rush cities in the Sierra Nevada foothills. High-dollar resort communities on the shores of Lake Tahoe. Ritzy Los Angeles County suburbs. Nearly all of Paradise is colored in bright ...
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California’s Worsening Wildfires, Explained

If it seems that wildfires are burning nearly all the time these days, that there’s no longer a definable fire season in California, you’re right. Fourteen of the 20 most destructive fires in state history have...

Jerry Brown’s Last Stand on Pension Reform

Six years ago, as California strained to emerge from the Great Recession, Gov. Jerry Brown worked a minor political miracle — a rebalancing of the massive state pension systems for public employees. by J...
Wildfire burns on hills above rural home.

What Fresno County Is Doing to Prevent Deadly Wildfires

It has become an annual tradition of tragedy — wildfires ravaging large swaths of the California landscape, each year shattering records of destruction seemingly set only months prior. Once again wildfires rage in our own backyard, blazing through countless...
Photo of bulldozers at the River Fire in Northern California

The Rush and Risks of Fighting Fires on a Bulldozer

Not all firefighters carry a hose or shovel. The adrenaline junkies who steer heavy bulldozers across steep ridges face serious hazards, from smoke and flames but also from unsteady dirt and steep terrain that can flip them over. The deaths of two bulldozer...