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Brushfire threatens homes in Los Angeles' Pacific Palisades

The Palisades Fire flared up Saturday afternoon and quickly escalated in a region surrounded by dry brush and mountainous terrain.

A giant sequoia in California is still smoldering from last year's wildfires

The burning tree was found by the National Park Service during surveys in the area to assess damage from the 2020 Castle Fire.
A single burning giant sequoia in Board Camp Grove from the 2020 Castle Fire in the southwestern area of Sequoia National Park.
A single burning giant sequoia in Board Camp Grove from the 2020 Castle Fire in the southwestern area of Sequoia National Park.

A potentially historic fire season looms. Congress is split over how to address it.

"I have grown weary of losing great friends and colleagues, and I have grown weary with inaction," a former U.S. Forest Service official said.
Image: Firefighters cut defensive lines and light backfires to protect structures behind a CalFire fire station during the Bear fire,
Image: Firefighters cut defensive lines and light backfires to protect structures behind a CalFire fire station during the Bear fire,

California wildfire that killed 2 was started to cover up murder, officials say

The Markley Fire that started near a dam in Solano County killed two other people and was eventually considered part of the massive LNU Complex.
Image: Flames from the LNU Lightning Complex fires burn around Lake Berryessa in unincorporated Napa County, Calif., on Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020. Fire crews across the region scrambled to contain dozens of wildfires sparked by lightning strikes.
Image: Flames from the LNU Lightning Complex fires burn around Lake Berryessa in unincorporated Napa County, Calif., on Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020. Fire crews across the region scrambled to contain dozens of wildfires sparked by lightning strikes.

California to pour $536 million into fire prevention amid drought concerns

"This is about more than money," said state Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins. "It's about lives, homes, and livelihoods."
Image: California wildfire prevention, backfires
Image: California wildfire prevention, backfires
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Wisconsin in state of emergency for wildfire risks; over 1,400 acres already burned

With more than 300 reported fires this year, an executive order signed by Gov. Tony Evers would allow the National Guard to mobilize to fight the blazes.
Wisconsin DNR fire crews fight a wildfire in Menomonee Falls that burned nearly 450 acres of marshland on Friday, and has since been contained.
Wisconsin DNR fire crews fight a wildfire in Menomonee Falls that burned nearly 450 acres of marshland on Friday, and has since been contained.

Western states brace for 'very active wildfire season' following warm, dry winter

Drought conditions are contributing to the danger, fire and weather officials say.
Image: A firefighting bulldozer battles the Bond Fire wildfire near Lake Irvine in Orange County, California
Image: A firefighting bulldozer battles the Bond Fire wildfire near Lake Irvine in Orange County, California

Garbage truck driver arrested in California Sandalwood fire that killed two people

Antonio Ornelas-Velazquez is accused of igniting the deadly fire that burned more than 1,000 acres in 2019.
Image: Calimesa Fire
Image: Calimesa Fire

First wildfires, now mudslides. California endures year-round disaster season.

Climate change is making linked disasters more common across the U.S., scientists say.
Image: California mudslides
Image: California mudslides

Dry, warm weather fuels unusual January fires in Northern California

Fire crews are working on multiple fronts to contain at least five active fires within the CZU Lightning Complex Fire burn area in Santa Cruz County.
White Road at Freedom and Larkin Valley is closed due to the Nunes Fire in Santa Cruz, Calif.
White Road at Freedom and Larkin Valley is closed due to the Nunes Fire in Santa Cruz, Calif.

Creek Fire forces Christmas Eve evacuations north of San Diego

Thousands of people were told to evacuate the Camp Pendleton military base and nearby communities as the Creek Fire spread.
A wildfire in northern San Diego County, Calif., on Dec. 24 triggered evacuation orders.
A wildfire in northern San Diego County, Calif., on Dec. 24 triggered evacuation orders.