A fast-growing wildfire in Northern California has forced the evacuation of about 150 homes near of the historic town of Weaverville.

Smoke apparently coming from a large alfalfa fire outside of Dixon could be smelled Thursday morning in Sacramento.

A wildfire northeast of Bakersfield burning in steep terrain has destroyed eight homes and 10 other structures, authorities said, but residents of some 200 homes under evacuation orders were allowed to return home Wednesday evening.

Officials say they have gained the upper hand on a central California blaze in the foothills near Yosemite National Park that forced more than 1,000 residents to flee their homes.

A dinner to benefit those who suffered loss during the Sand fire is scheduled for Aug. 22 at the El Dorado County fairgrounds in Placerville.

Amador winemakers wonder what effects the Sand fire will leave on the upcoming harvest.

Firefighters have contained a large grass fire near Winters in Yolo County, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

A two-alarm fire that broke out in Elk Grove this afternoon displaced a family of two adults and three children, according to Cosumnes Fire Department officials.

Firefighters continue to make progress on three north state wildland fires, allowing officials to lift all evacuations and major road closures.

A two-alarm grass fire at Laguna Star and Fieldale drives near Elk Grove’s Laguna Creek area has been contained after burning between 3 and 4 acres.

Business owners impacted by Northern California wildfires may request various forms of tax relief, the California State Board of Equalization announced Wednesday (Aug. 6).

A bear found burned on all four paws is recovering at a Lake Tahoe wildlife rehabilitation center where a cub six years ago suffering similar wounds was nursed back to health.

The Bald and Eiler fires, burning in Lassen and Shasta counties, were among 11 major wildfires burning in Northern California on Monday and were of particular concern for the threat they posed to homes in rural communities.

Authorities say alleged marijuana farmer Freddie Alexander Smoke III was indifferent to the danger of fire. They say Smoke, a 37-year-old Sacramento man, failed to consider that his rental truck and its hot exhaust pipe might ignite the dry grass July 11 as he was hauling soil amendments to a pot garden in Shasta County.

A grass fire swept through more than 30 acres on the American River Parkway near Cal Expo on Saturday afternoon before being contained by firefighters.

Two fires sparked by lightning earlier in the week mushroomed in size Friday, forcing around 60 rural residents to evacuate their homes in the Modoc County community of Day.

Full containment is expected on Saturday

El Dorado County has launched a website and hotline assist in the Sand fire recovery efforts.

Residents of the rural community of Day were moving out Thursday afternoon as flames from a 2,500-acre fire prompted the Modoc County Sheriff’s Office to issue a mandatory evacuation notice.

A fire along the El Dorado Trail has prompted police to increase patrols and crack down on illegal camps along the bike path.

An apartment fire in Parkway neighborhood of Sacramento sent two people to the UC Davis Medical Center with smoke inhalation Wednesday morning.

The Sand fire in El Dorado and Amador counties was reported 95 percent contained Wednesday, and fire crews were dispatched to a small fire burning in remote Placer County timber just north of Foresthill.

As firefighters wrap up the Amador County’s 4,000-plus acre Sand fire, all evacuations have been lifted in the area.

Residents who suffered property damage in the Sand fire are eligible for immediate property tax relief, according to the El Dorado County Assessor’s Office.

Two workshop buildings were damaged and several homes were threatened by a grass fire Tuesday afternoon on a large parcel in south Sacramento, near Cosumnes River College.

Mark Ransdell and seven fellow firefighters died without federal benefits 11 years ago on their way home from battling an Idaho blaze.

Firefighters battling the Sand fire in Amador County’s wine country continue to make good progress despite hot weather.

A fire on the western edge of Yosemite National Park has blackened more than 2,600 acres and prompted evacuations of three campgrounds and the communities of Foresta and El Portal, fire officials said Sunday.

Firefighters are making good progress in battling the Amador County wine country blaze that has scorched nearly 4,000 acres and destroyed 13 homes.

Fire crews massed manpower and materiel against a stubborn Sierra Nevada wildfire Sunday as volunteers unleashed a major effort to save stranded animals.

With 1,200 El Dorado and Amador county residents leaving their homes this weekend because of the Sand Fire, neighboring communities have stepped in to provide clothing and shelter evacuees and their animals.

Gold Country residents got a firsthand look Saturday at the extreme fire danger California faces as the Sand fire blazed through forests and homes in El Dorado and Amador counties and forced hundreds of people to flee their homes with only minutes of warning.

The fire that forced more than 1,200 residents to evacuate their homes in El Dorado and Amador counties has destroyed 10 homes and seven outbuildings, according to Cal Fire. The 3,800-acre blaze is 35 percent contained this afternoon from 20 percent on Saturday.

Firefighters are battling three blazes in the region, each with its own set of circumstances.

Sacramento-area residents will see a worsening of their air quality this evening due to the effects of the Sand fire that has burned more than 4,000 acres in El Dorado and Amador counties.

Elizabeth Bulloch talks about being forced from her Fresh Water Lane home by the Sand Fire that started on Friday and continues to burn fiercely in the dry, hot foothills of El Dorado and Amador counties .

Mandatory evacuations were announced this afternoon for River Pines Estates, a community of 200 homes in Amador County, as the Sand fire intensity increase, according to Cal Fire.

The American River Parkway, crown jewel of Sacramento with 23 miles of forests, beaches, bike paths and hiking trails, is bone dry this year and causing unprecedented headaches for area firefighters.

An outbuilding in South Sacramento suffered considerable damage during a grass fire Saturday afternoon.

An auto-related businesses in East Sacramento went up in flames Friday morning but quick work by firefighters kept the blaze from spreading to adjacent businesses and an electrical substation.

Sacramento fire crews on Tuesday evening knocked down a fire that burned an area along the American River bike trail, prompting closure of the Capital City Freeway for about 20 minutes.

The Franklin Field airport in Elk Grove reopened Tuesday afternoon after firefighters extinguished a 120-acre grass fire nearby, according to the Cosumnes fire department’s Twitter.

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.

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