Photo of cars at Yosemite gate

Cars Packed With Visitors Line Up to See Yosemite Valley

Hikers and nature lovers returned to Yosemite National Park's scenic valley Tuesday after a rare 20-day closure because of smoke from wildfires. Some said they didn't mind the hazy air that obscured scenic vistas; others came prepared with eye drops and face m...
Photo of air tanker dropping flame retardant on the Ferguson Fire

Ferguson Fire 80% Contained. Crews Protect Yosemite Valley.

Having contained 80% of the Ferguson Fire, the team battling the biggest blaze in Sierra National Forest history is focused on keeping the flames out of iconic Yosemite Valley, officials said Friday morning. "The final piece that must be secured remains bet...
Photo of a 747 air tanker dropping fire retardant in Lakeport, Calif.

Northern California Cyclone of Flames Hit 143 MPH

Experts say a deadly Northern California wildfire burned so hot at its peak that it created a cyclone of flames that reached 143 mph, ripping through the region with the force of a destructive Midwest tornado. National Weather Service meteorologist Duane Dy...
Photo of the River Fire consuming a home

Gov. Brown Pledges Any Resources Needed for Fires

UPPER LAKE, Calif. — A massive wildfire in Northern California has torched more than 1,000 homes in and around the city of Redding, authorities said Wednesday as some evacuees were allowed to return home and ne...