In the years-long legal brawl over the 2007 Moonlight wildfire that torched Plumas and Lassen counties, government attorneys have asked a Sacramento federal judge to kick the lawyers defending Sierra Pacific Industries off the case for alleged unlawful and unethical tactics.
Sacramento City firefighters don’t know who or what started the Saturday afternoon fire on Meer Way, only that the damage to the three homes that back up to the north side of the old Capital Nursery site have officially been declared complete losses.
Though two human-caused fires are not yet fully contained in Desolation Wilderness, U.S. Forest Service’s Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit will lift fire restrictions on National Forest System lands in the basin beginning Friday.
Firefighters may have finally gotten the upper hand on the massive King fire, but its legacy continues as the state wrestles with how to pay millions in firefighting costs incurred in what is being called one of the worst fire years in recent history.
The King fire has reached 87 percent containment and is moving into a mop-up phase, thanks in part to recent rains. Thousands of firefighters have been sent home after two weeks of work, though about 4,800 remain on the job.
Firefighting crews have had no trouble finding enough water to battle the King Fire, despite the drought. But they have had to get creative at times because of very low water levels in many mountain creeks.
Fourteen days after it was set by an arsonist, the now-soggy King fire was 68 percent contained on Friday. The three-quarters of an inch of rain the fell on the blaze Thursday helped to increase containment and slow the pace of the fire.
Rain clouds that blew in Thursday from the Pacific Ocean helped firefighters make substantial progress on the King fire, with the huge blaze declared more than half contained for the first time since it started nearly two weeks ago.
The King fire has raged for nearly two weeks, consumed more than 95,000 acres of timber across two counties and a national forest, chased more than 2,800 people from their homes and threatened the lives and livelihoods of thousands of others.