Officials say a fast-growing wildfire in southern Oregon has destroyed homes and forced dozens of evacuations.

State, local and federal firefighters have seen blazes break out exceedingly early in the calendar year, when forests typically would be awash in moisture. Agencies are bracing for one of the longest and most difficult fire seasons in memory.

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection officials arrested a Sacramento man late Friday for allegedly sparking a Shasta County wildfire that has burned 2,930 acres and destroyed six buildings.

A three-alarm fire hit the Happy Harbor Bar & Grill in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Friday morning.

The fire that burned 160 acres at Cal Expo on the Fourth of July poses no threat to Friday’s opening of the California State Fair, fire officials said Wednesday.

Two homes were damaged Wednesday afternoon in south Sacramento after a two-alarm shed fire spread to the houses, according to the Sacramento Fire Department.

Cal Fire investigators are asking the public’s help as they work to determine the cause of the Monticello fire, which as of Tuesday had burned 6,488 acres, primarily in Yolo County.

Firefighters will work under arduous conditions Monday to stop the advance of a wildland fire that so far has burned nearly 6,500 acres in rural Yolo County.

Monday was another hectic day for wildland firefighters. Although evacuations were lifted for residential areas and campgrounds that had been threatened by the Monticello fire in Yolo County, crews continued to battle the fire in more remote areas.

Evacuated Golden Bear Estate residents gathered at the Winters Community Center as the Monticello fire, which started late Friday night on the southeast shore of Lake Berryessa, grew to 7,000 acres.

The Sacramento Fire Department broke its trend of hiring within the organization with its newly appointed fire chief, Walt White. Since his first day on the job on July 2, the region, in the throes of its fire season, has kept him busy. He has already been called to address multiple fires, including one on July 4 near Raging Waters water park at Cal Expo, where thousands of visitors were evacuated.

An attic fire in a home on the 1500 block of 63rd Street in South Sacramento destroyed part of the home’s roof.

As a major wildfire in western Yolo County continued to grow today, fire crews established control lines to protect homes.

The fire was 15 percent contained Saturday afternoon, officials said, down from 25 percent containment earlier in the day. Several hundred firefighters are taming the flames, and 50 rural homes in Yolo County have been evacuated.

A 40-acre grass fire that brushed up against the south side of Bonney Field at Cal Expo forced the postponement of the Sacramento Republic FC’s sold-out game Friday night against the Orange County Blues FC.

Evacuation orders have been lifted for most homes that were threatened by Butts Fire, CAL FIRE public information officer Daniel Berlant said Thursday.

The Sacramento Fire Department responded to a five-acre fire along the American River Parkway around 2 a.m. Thursday.

The latest evidence erupted Tuesday in Napa County with the Butts fire, a 3,800-acre blaze that by Wednesday had forced the evacuation of nearly 200 homes and threatened as many as 380 structures.

One thousand firefighters battled a 3,200-acre fire that threatens hundreds of homes in Napa County all afternoon Tuesday and into the night, and they’re not done yet.

A family of five was displaced by a fire that destroyed their Pocket area home this afternoon.

The Truckee Fire Protection District, along with the National Weather Service, has issued a red-flag warning for fires from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday.

Sacramento Metro fire crews responded to reports of a fire inside a unit at the CubeSmart storage facility at 4950 Watt Avenue in North Highlands just after 12:30 p.m. yesterday.

A three-alarm fire in south Sacramento this evening burned two houses, a detached garage and numerous vehicles on the lot of an auto repair shop.

Crews from the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District extinguished a grass fire that also burned two outbuildings and a reservoir covering at a de-commissioned water treatment plant on Sunday night.

Twenty crews from the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District fought a 10-acre fire that threatened three structures, including a water treatment facility, on Mather Boulevard and Femoyer Street in Rancho Cordova Sunday night.

More than 300 firefighters are working to tame a 100-acre fire that threatened homes and forced an evacuation near Copperopolis in Calaveras County.

A woman was found dead in smoke-filled townhouse in Orangevale this afternoon.

Firefighters pulled a man from a burning home in Arden Arcade Tuesday morning.

A Lincoln woman escaped a fire in her home this morning after she was alerted by her dog.

A 1-acre vegetation fire just east of Auburn took six hours to extinguish overnight and served as the latest sign of how dry conditions have posed unusual challenges this fire season, state officials said.

Residents were initially trapped inside seven units at the Autumn Ridge Apartments, said Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District Capt. Michelle Eidam

The graduation stage was burned to the ground and part of the football field was heavily damaged overnight at Roseville High School.

The former home Sacramento’s popular Squeeze Inn burger joint burned Wednesday night.

The Cosumnes Fire Department reports that three houses were damaged by a grass fire late this afternoon near the Sacramento-Elk Grove border.

The U.S Forest Service plans prescribed fire operations around the Lake Tahoe basin throughout the rest of May, beginning this week at the Luther Pass Campground off Highway 89 near South Lake Tahoe.

A three-alarm fire badly charred two Victorian homes Friday morning in downtown Sacramento, displacing at least a dozen residents.

A two-alarm fire tore through an east Sacramento restaurant early Friday morning, authorities said.

An apparent arson attempt briefly closed Yolo County’s main Woodland courthouse Wednesday morning as investigators sought leads into the overnight incident.

A fire Saturday afternoon caused massive damage to a home in Roseville.

Scores of firefighters responded to a blaze on the fourth floor of a downtown apartment building Saturday afternoon.

Part of Red Corral Road near the Amador County community of Pioneer will be temporarily closed beginning Saturday while crews work to extinguish a fire inside a mine.

Sacramento fire officials say two of four structure fires that broke out within a seven-hour span Thursday in the East Sacramento and Mansion Flats neighborhoods were suspicious, based on evidence investigators have found at the scenes.

The Sacramento Fire Department is investigating as suspicious three residential fires that broke out within less than two hours Thursday in east Sacramento.

Two commercial buildings in downtown Sacramento were destroyed in a two-alarm fire that threatened surrounding buildings in the 1400 block of E Street early Thursday evening.

A report that a woman might be inside a vacant commercial building that burned Monday morning turned out to be unfounded.

Investigators say it could be days or weeks before they understand exactly what led to the deaths of two women in their Placerville home last week, but they indicated Tuesday that they are not searching for suspects.

In a blistering ruling against Cal Fire, a judge in Plumas County has found the agency guilty of “egregious and reprehensible conduct” in its response to the 2007 Moonlight fire and ordered it to pay more than $30 million in penalties, legal fees and costs to Sierra Pacific Industries and others accused in a Cal Fire lawsuit of causing the fire.

An attic fire damaged an Arden Arcade apartment unit this morning.

The cause of an early morning fire in Placerville that injured two men is being looked into by fire and police investigators.

Fire investigators are trying to determine the cause of a fire that damaged two homes in Citrus Heights this afternoon.

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