2018 Fire Season

NSPR aims to bring you accurate and comprehensive fire coverage in the North State. Here you will find all of our fire updates and stories.

Our staff will not be providing updates on wildfires between 7 p.m. - 6 a.m. You can stay updated on the latest information by tracking and monitoring fires on social media. To ensure you're alerted if there is an emergency in your area, sign up for emergency alerts in your county, and always have an emergency kit ready to go in case of an evacuation. 

Have a fire tip for us? Or photos/video to share? Email nsprnews@csuchico.edu or tweet us @nsprnews.

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What Should Be In Your Emergency Kit?

Jun 28, 2018

Being prepared means being equipped with the proper supplies you may need in the event of an emergency or disaster. Keep your supplies in an easy-to-carry emergency preparedness kit that you can use at home or take with you in case you must evacuate.

At a minimum, you should have the basic supplies listed below:

  • Water: one gallon per person, per day (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home)
  • Food: non-perishable, easy-to-prepare items (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home).
  • Flashlight Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)

The lights are out for about 10,000 Pacific Gas and Electric Company customers in Chico, Redding and Red Bluff.

PG&E spokesperson Melissa Subbotin said Saturday evening that the power outages were due to a request from Cal Fire and to fire burning and damaging the utility’s equipment.

Safety patrols must be done before power can be restored. Power may not be turned back on for many customers until Sunday, Subbotin said.  

Adia White

How many ways can you start a wildfire? You may be surprised that nearly all fires are human caused. That could mean they were started by arson, but many happen by accident. Anything from a chain dragging on the ground to a lawnmower spark can start a wildfire.

courtesy of CAL FIRE

Experts who study fire activity say conditions suggest more wildfires than last year are in store with fire danger just about everywhere in the North State.

Officials are expecting even more wildfires than usual through this year’s fire season, as a combination of a relatively dry winter and late rains have created heightened risks across the North State, and the rest of California.

It may be mid-winter, but Cal Fire officials are urging the public to prepare for the blazing days of summer and fall. And fire season is no joke.

California fire victims have asked for nearly $12 billion in reimbursement from insurance companies just from fires occurring between October and December, according to figures released Wednesday by California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones.

Rebecca and Glenn Kyler

It’s still impossible to say how many homes have been destroyed in the Cascade Fire, which started in the community of Loma Rica Sunday night.

Cal Fire Public Information officer Mary Eldrige says they are hoping to send crews in to assess the damage soon, but the conditions are still too dangerous.

“Considering the treacherous conditions on the fire, our folks that have been sent in to assess,  it’s just too dangerous (for them)," she said. "We have downed power lines, we have active fire, we have falling trees, limbs, that sort of thing.”

Deer Creek resources

Updated 10/11/17 at 9:39 a.m.

A state of emergency has been declared in eight counties in California where wildfires have claimed the life of at least 17 people, including one person in Yuba County who was trying to evacuate from the Cascade Fire, according to Yuba County spokesperson Russ Brown.

Calmer winds and lower temperatures have helped firefighters battle the many active wildfires raging across California, but conditions are expected to worsen significantly.

NWS Sacramento

Updated 9/25 at 3:14 p.m.

Caltrans has partially reopened State Highway 32 east of Chico where a brush fire of between 50 and 60 acres is burning in the Big Chico Creek drainage.

The fire is burning just east of the upper end of Bidwell Park, in the vicinity of the Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve northeast of Altatina Drive.

Traffic is being escorted through the fire area in a single lane. Drivers should expect delays.

Cal Fire says its firefighters are responding to two new fires in the Sierra foothills this afternoon. 

In an alert released on social media, Cal Fire’s Shasta-Trinity Unit said firefighters are en route to an approximately 15-20-acre fire burning near the Pit River, several miles upstream from Big Bend. The lightning sparked fire is located inside the burn scar of the 2009 Chalk Fire. Firefighting aircraft are currently making air drops while ground crews hike into the remote and rugged area.  

North State Fire Update: Sept. 11

Sep 11, 2017
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The Helena and nearby Fork fires, burning near Weaverville, together cover more than 20,000 acres.

Fire activity is expected to increase over the next few days due to warmer weather and firefighters will concentrate on maintaining and extending fire lines and providing structure protection. More than 1,300 personnel are on scene, with approximately 43% containment. A forest closure order is in effect for National Forest Lands affected by these fires. 

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