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San Bernardino National Forest officials warn peak fire season is not yet over and are asking residents to keep on guard while enjoying the forest this holiday week.

A combination of dry vegetation and forecasted Santa Ana winds Thanksgiving weekend means wildfires could still easily ignite and be difficult to control. 

To reduce fire risks, the forest service will continue to prohibit campfires, smoking, and target shooting.

Also, access remains closed for the burn areas of the recent Apple, El Dorado, and Snow fires.

  With fire season underway, Southern California Edison is offering a series of public meetingsonline to answer community questions about the utility’s wildfire mitigation plan. Webinars kicked off Wednesday evening.

Residents can expect power outages again this year as part of Southern California Edison’s wildfire prevention measures. With stay at home orders still in effect this may present a new challenge for those working from home.

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Governor Gavin Newsom says he wants the Legislature to find a way to pay for California's devastating wildfires without bankrupting utilities.  Capital Public Radio's Chris Nichols says Newsom gave them until July to find a solution.

Newsom spoke after a team of experts delivered a report on how to reduce the state’s catastrophic fires … and some options for how to pay for them.


California Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a statewide emergency on wildfires today [Friday]. Capital Public Radio's Ezra David Romero reports.

Newsom made the declaration in Lake County, which has been devastated by recent wildfires. The executive order expedites forest-thinning projects that could help protect 200 communities in fire prone parts of the state.

Some environmental groups applaud the decision. Jay Ziegler is with The Nature Conservancy.

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2018 saw massive wildfires across California, from the Camp Fire in Butte County, to the Holy Fire in Riverside County.  With these wildfires becoming the new normal, are San Bernardino mountain communities - particulalry the Rim of the World communities - at risk?  KVCR's Benjamin Purper reports.

In November, President Trump suggested that California start raking its forest floors to prevent wildfires.

Well, here in the San Bernardino National Forest, that’s exactly what they’re doing.

Forest Service worker: “This is called a rogue…”


Hundreds of people displaced by November's Camp Fire gathered last week in Paradise to formally start the process of redesigning their town.  As Capital Public Radio's Pauline Bartolone found, fire survivors saw opportunities to make their community better than it was before.

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At a preliminary hearing to determine whether Holy Fire suspect Forest Gordon Clark can be tried on arson-related charges, a fire investigator told the court that Clark denied starting the fire.  The investigator said Clark insisted that "in a lucid dream," he saw who really started the fire.  More on yesterday's (Wednesday) hearing from KVCR's Ken Vincent.


Thousands of families in California are still reovering from this year's deadly wildfires.  Many face a tough decision of whether to rebuild.  And if they do, how to rebuild.  The increase in destructive wildfires has brought more attention to materials and the techniques that make buildings less likely to burn.  Marketplace's Amy Scott reports.

Californians are talking about how to clean up the state's dense forests and make them safer from wildfire.  But what does it cost to do this?  Cap[ital Public Radio's Ezra David Romero visits the Tahoe National Forest in Norther California to find out.

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Thousands of people who escaped the Camp Fire that destroyed Paradise last month didn't just lose their homes.  They may have lost their vehicles, their jobs, and sentimental items that can't be replaced.  But as Capital Public Radio's Pauline Bartolone found, some ar e still struggling to replace basic medical needs.

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Even though large wildfires have become common in California, they are still taking many by surprise.  They are often deadly, like the Camp Fire that killed 85 people.  But as Capital Public Radio's Ezra David Romero reports, Some people didn't evacuate... and survived.


The Camp Fire destroyed homes and lives across Butte County.  It also wiped out local government's ability to pay for basic services, from roads to law enforcement, right when those communities need it most.  Capital Publci Radio's Chris Nichols reports on efforts at the state Capitol to help these local governments recover. 

Woolsey Fire Update: 91% Contained

Nov 19, 2018

More Malibu residents forced to flee the Woolsey Fire are back home today, in time to face a rain forecast for Wednesday that brings fears of possible mudlsides as the estimated date for full containment of the fire was moved back to Thursday. 

More than a thousand people are still unaccounted fior after the Camp Fire disaster in Butte County. North State Public Radio's Sarah Bohannon has more on why that list is still considered to be somewhat – and what's being done to find people who are safe. 

Everyone was on their best behavior Saturday when President Trump, Governor Jerry Brown and Governor elect Gavin Newsom viewed the damage from California's two massive wildfires. the blazes have combined to kill more than 70 people and destroy nearly 14 thousand structures. Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports. 

California Wildfire Victims May Get Some Tax Relief

Nov 19, 2018

California Senators Dianne and Kamala Harris are co-sponsors of a new bill that will give tax breaks and other beneifts to victims of some California wildfires. Capitol Public Radio's Drew Sandsor has the story. 

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Outgoing California Governor Jerry Brown and Governor-Elect Gavin Newsom held a media availability yesterday (Tuesday) after meeting in private at the state's Capitol.  The two discussed a lot but on the top of the list was the deadly wildfires current spreading throughout the state.  Capital Public Radio's Nadine Sebai reports.


President Trump claimed in a recent tweet 'there is no reason' for California's deadly fires other than poor 'forest management.'  Capital Public Radio's PolitiFact reporter Chris Nichols fact-checked that claim.


Santa Ana winds will make a return to the Inland Empire today, raising the risk that wildfires could break out.   KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.


Local firefighters have been working on a small brush fire  adjacent to the 15 freeway south of Highway 138.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

Firefighters are battling a brush fire in the San Gabriel mountains north of Glendora that was reported over the weekend.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.


The Holy Fire that has been burning for much of August in the Santa Ana Mountains experienced a flare-up that caused concern for communications towers on Santiago Peak.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.


Local public safety officials want to meet with Idyllwidl-area residents tonight to talk about the potential for flooding and mud and debris flows from the Cranston Fire burn area to impact local mountain communities.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.


The Holy Fire - which started in the Cleveland National Forest near Trabuco Canyon Rd. and Holy Jim Rd. in Orange County - has been declared completely snuffed, after burning above Riverside County communities in the foothills of the Santa Ana Mountains west of Lake Elsinore and Temescal Valley.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.


California lawmakers have released an outline of a plan to improve the state's preparedness and response to wildfires - and to soften the financial cost of those fires on electric utilities.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.


The Holy Fire burning in the Santa Ana Mountains west of the I-15 corridor between Corona and Lake Elsinore is 92 percent contained, as of Monday morning, 8/20.  More details from KVCR's Ken Vincent.


Criminal proceedings have been suspended in the prosecution of 51-year-
old Forrest Gordon Clark ... the man suspected of setting the Holy Fire ...
and the judge presiding over the case ordered that he undergo a pair of
psychiatric evaluations. Clark repeatedly disrupted his scheduled arraignment
hearing Friday ... when he was supposed to enter a plea.   More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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KVCR's Ken Vincent has this update of Inland Empire wildfire-related news, including from the Holy Fire, the Crantson Fire, and the Valley Fire.

Thunderstorms moved through the Inland Empire mountain communities Thursday, prompting warnings of debris and mud flows for residents living in burn areas of recent area wildfires. 

In the San Gorgonio Mountains, there were online video reports of some flooding in the Valley Fire burn area near Forest Falls and Angelus Oaks along Highway 38. 



The Holy Fire is up to 78% containment this morning (Thursday), still being held for several days now at just under 23,000 acres.  Authorities say firefighters will welcome the higher humidity and the chance of showers today.  But with that chance of showers comes a chance of debris flows into populated communities, and lightning strikes that could start new blazes. 

Crews in California are getting a better handle on a number of large wildfires burning thoughout the state.  As Capital Public Radio's Randol White explains, in spite of the positive strides, it's still a very dangerous situation.