Firefighters this morning (Friday) continue to work on containing a brush fire that started yesterday afternoon near Corona.  The so-called Skyline Fire has burned 250 acres and at last report last night was 5% contained.


Yosemite National Park is still accepting visitors in spite of a major wildfire looming nearby.  The Ferguson Fire has already scorched more than 20,000 acres and is only 7% contained.  And now, possible thunderstorm activity can make matters worse for the more than 2,100 firefighters battling the blaze...and tourists.  Capital Public Radio's Nadine Sebai reports.


Thunderstorm acitivty in the Sierra Nevada today could cause dangerous conditions for crews fighting a major wildfire near Yosemite National Park.  Capital Public Radio's Randol White has this update on the fire that has already scorched more than 17,000 acres.


The Valley Fire burning for more than a week – since Friday, June 6 -  in the San Bernardino National Forest near Forest Falls, is holding at just under 1,400 acres burned, and remains 29 percent contained. 


UPDATED 7:00AM FRIDAY, JULY 13, 2018   The Valley Fire, which was first reported a week ago today in the San Bernardino National Forest along Highway 38 near Forest Falls, is 29 percent contained after having burned just under 1,400 acres.   Authorities say the size of the area burned has been held in check by wet weather in the mountains this week.  However, those showers and thunderstorms also caused mud and debris flows through some of the burn area, and that resulted in closures of portions of Highway 38 in the Forest Falls area yesterday, and the closure of H


UPDATED AT 7:00AM THURSDAY, JULY 12, 2018:    Today (Thursday) is day 6 of the fight against the Valley Fire, burning in the San Bernardino National Forest east of Forest Falls and Angelus Oaks.  Fire lines have established 24 percent containment, and the acreage burned is still being estimated at less than 1,400 acres.


UPDATED AT 8:00AM WEDNESDAY 7/11/2018:    The Valley Fire, now in its 5th day burning in the San Bernardino National Forest east of Highway 38 near Angeles Oaks is now 24 percent contained at just under 1,400 acres.  The unified command leading the multiple agencies fighting the blaze says containment continues to be slow for two reasons… one, the weather: Fire behavior remained quiet yesterday due to cloud cover, a light rain, and higher humidity.


UPDATED AT 8:00AM TUESDAY 7/10/18:    The Valley fire, which has been burning in the San Bernardino National Forest near the communities of Forest Falls and Angelus Oaks since Friday, as of this morning (Tuesday) is 13 percent contained at just under 1,400 acres.  Hwy 38 between Bryant St.



The Valley Fire burning in the San Bernardino National Forest east of Highway  38 north of Forest Falls  has consumed 1,341 acres and is 13 percent contained as of 8am this morning (Monday).  The fire was reported early Friday morning.

Evacuation orders for the communities of Forest Falls and Mountain Home Village have been lifted.. However,. Hwy 38 is still closed from Bryant Street in Yucaipa  to Angelus Oaks   because of fire danger and several thunderstorms that resulted in some flooding and debris.

The County Fire, located east of Lake Berryessa and covering parts of Yolo and Napa Counties, now covers 86,000 acres and is 30% contained. KVCR's Rick Dulock has an update.


The fires in Yolo and Lake counties have doubled the acreage burned so far this season in California.  Capital Public Radio's Bob Moffitt reports Cal Fire is concerned with what this week could bring.

Inland firefighters are working to contain The Euclid Fire that burned more than 100 acres and shut down lanes of the 71 freeway in Corona for hours yesterday (Tuesday). 


New charges have been filed against a transient suspected of starting a wildfire south of Banning 5 years ago that burned thousands of acres and destroyed dozens of structures.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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A call to change the mentality over the way forests are managed is the topic of the latest research by the Little Hoover Commission.  Capital public Radio's Ezra David Romero reports.

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Some 150 homes that were in last fall's Canyon Fire burn area in southwest Corona are under mandatory evacuation orders because of the risk of damaging mudflows and debris from the hills above those homes.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

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Voluntary evacuation orders were issued yesterday for residents of south Corona who's homes are in the Canyon Fire burn area.  The Canyon Fire burned 2,600 acres last fall, and there is concern that today's heavy rain could cause flooding and mudslides that would put homes in the burn area in danger.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.


The River Bottom fire that started late yesterday (Thursday) morning in the Santa Ana Riverbed west of downtown Riverside is 70% contained at 50 acres.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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As California fire officials continue to investigate whether downed power lines caused any of the state's recent major wildfires, utility regulators yesterday (Thursday) tightened safety rules for power lines in high-fire-hazard areas.  Capital Public Radio's Sally Schilling reports.


Even though 5 of the 6 major wildfires that have been burning in Southern California this week are at or near full containment, the director of Cal Fire - the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection - is preparing the agency for a year-round fire season.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has that story, and an update on the status of Southern California wildfires.

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Of the 6 major wildfires that have been burning in Southern California over the past week, 1 is completely contained, 2 are nearing complete containment, and another is nearly 90 percent contained.  That remarkable feat has come because of the non-stop effort of thousands of firefighters and the deployment of hundreds of ground and air units, which has nearly depleted Cal Fire's annual firefighting budget.  Details on all of this in a report from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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Here's an 8:30am Friday wrapup of details on the six major wildfires burning in Southern California, including two new inland fires.

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Strong Santa Ana winds continue to fan the flames of a handful of major wildfires that have burned tens of thousands of acres, destroyed scores of homes and other structures, and resulted in the evacuation of hundreds of thousands of people from Southern California neighborhoods.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has this updated rundown of active Southern California wildfires.


As of this morning (Wednesday), firefighters are battling five major wildfires in Southern California.  One of them is in the Inland Empire.  We get more from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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As of Tuesday morning, firefighters were battling 3 wildfires in Southern California.  The biggest regional blaze is the Thomas Fire in Ventura County.  In Los Angeles County, the Creek Fire started last night and quickly ripped through acreage in the San Fernando Valley.  And in the inland Empire, a smaller fire being called the Riverdale Fire is being fought in the Santa Ana riverbed in Riverside.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has details.

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A brush fire that started in the community of Oak Glen near Riley's Farm on Wednesday is being held to 50 acres, with no injuries or structures damaged.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.



Favorable weather conditions and a boost in resources have helped firefighters increase containment of the
Wildomar Fire from 75 percent Saturday evening (Oct 28) to 90 percent Sunday morning, while holding the blaze to 850 acres burned.  


The Wildomar Fire burning near Lake Elsinore and Wildomar has consumed 850 acres and is 50 percent contained.  On Friday evening, Oct 27, all evacuations associated with the Wildomar Fire were lifted and residents were allowed to return to their homes.  If winds and weather cooperate, authorities anticipate full containment on Monday, Oct. 30.

An increasing number of wildfires in recent years has governors in the West pushing for more federal money to help fight them.  As Capital Public Radio's Randol White explains, this requires changes to the way Congress does it's wildfire budgeting.

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The Wildomar Fire burning west of Lake Elsinore, Wildomar, and Murrieta has burned 700 acres and is 15 percent contained as of the latest report at 9:00am Friday. 

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Two brush fires - burning simultaneously within a few miles of each other - alongside the northbound lanes of State Highway 57 between Brea and Diamond Bar resulted in a partial shutdown of the northbound 57 early this morning, and tied up traffic both directions between the 91 freeway in Fullerton and the 60 freeway in Diamond Bar.  The Inland Valley Daily Bulletin reports that the blaze burned about 25 acres of brush along the east side of the 57 freeway north of Bre