2017 Fire Season

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A small vegetation fire closed the eastbound lane of Highway 162 near Bidwell Bar Bridge in Oroville Wednesday morning. The fire was contained at ½ an acre. All lanes have been reopened.

The fire was reported around 6:40 a.m. The Cal Fire Butte Unit responded to the fire and had it contained in about an hour and a half. Traffic was periodically halted to allow emergency vehicles to get to the blaze. The cause of the fire is currently unknown and is under investigation. 

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California’s drought has killed so many trees that the Board of Forestry and Fire Protection is adopting emergency regulations to remove them. The board is concerned about the growing threat of wildfires.


Today about 4,000 firefighters are still battling major wildfires throughout California, according to a Cal Fire fire summary released this morning. 

In the North State:

·        The 1,550-acre Saddle Fire in Trinity County northwest of Hyampom remains 95 percent contained. Full containment is expected by noon today.  

Non-North State fires:


Rising temperatures and falling humidity are making the difficult work of firefighters that much more challenging as several major wildfires burn across the state.

The 1,500-acre Saddle Fire in Trinity County northwest of Hyampom remains 95 percent contained, with full containment expected by noon tomorrow.

The 25-acre Sanhedrin Fire in the Mendocino National Forest east of the Sanhedrin Wilderness Area was declared fully contained this morning.


Firefighters continue to gain the upper hand on several forest and wildfires burning across California before hotter and more challenging conditions arrive later this week.

11:40 a.m. update (6/22):

The Cook Fire, which has been burning since a controlled burn went awry Thursday in Yuba County near the UC Berkeley Field Station, has now been 100 percent contained, according to Cal Fire.

10:30 a.m. update: (6/22):

The Cook Fire in Yuba County was 95 percent contained as of Sunday evening, Cal Fire reports


In Shasta County, authorities have arrested a man in connection with a suspected arson fire that was set Wednesday on the west side of Redding. Firefighters held the Canyon Fire to 23 acres. No homes were lost and no injuries were reported. Authorities arrested 24-year-old Alan Ward on felony charges in connection with the blaze. They say Ward has confessed, and the fire is now 100 percent contained. 

8 a.m. update (6/18):

  • Firefighters in Shasta County started battling a vegetation fire around 6 Wednesday night. At last report, firefighters had stopped the forward spread of the Canyon Fire, which was holding at about 20 acres. The fire is located on Canyon Creek Road and Buenaventura Boulevard in Redding.
  • A fire that started burning Wednesday afternoon in western Tehama County is now 100 percent contained. Before being put out the Fork Fire burned approximately 55 acres off Lowery Road, north of the community of Paskenta. 

Four Firefighters Injured While Battling Saddle Fire

Jun 16, 2015

Action News Now reports via the U.S. Forest Service that four firefighters have been injured while fighting the Saddle Fire, burning near the town of Hyampom in Trinity County. Injuries included heat exhaustion, a dislocated kneecap, second-degree burns, and a cut that required stitches.


9:30 a.m. update (6/23):

A public meeting was held Sunday as officials prepared to turn management of the Saddle Fire back to local authorities. The fire is still 95% contained. Total acreage burned is still 1,550 acres. 

9:20 a.m. update (6/19):