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.

Ways to Connect

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):

The size of the Saddle Fire burning near Hyampom in Trinity County has decreased by 120 acres at the last update this morning. It’s unknown whether that decrease is due to containment or an adjusted estimate of the fire’s size – which is currently 880 acres. 

The fire began Tuesday during a lighting storm. The entire community of Hyampom is under an advisory evacuation, with areas northwest of the town along county road 311 under mandatory evacuation. An evacuation center has been set up by the Red Cross at Hayfork High School. 

About 100 Trinity County residents are being evacuated due to a fire that – at last report – had spread across 750 acres.

Stuart Rankin / Flickr, Creative Commons

Officials expect to have their hands full dousing a large number of forest fires throughout the West this summer and fall, but federal forecasters expect no more than an average fire year across Northern California.

Meeting in Denver with Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, US Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said the nation’s wild lands, especially in the West, face potentially catastrophic conditions, worsened by a changing climate.