Fires

Fires

Day 10: Chimney Fire burns more homes near Lake Nacimiento

The Chimney Fire near Lake Nacimiento has burned 31,644 acres and is 35 percent contained as of 6 a.m. Monday, according to Cal Fire. Hearst Castle remains threatened by the fire, and evacuation orders expanded on Sunday night to Bee Rock and other areas north of Lake Nacimiento.

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Winds shift Cedar Fire toward Wofford Heights; 19,629 acres burned

Two helicopters dropped water overnight on the Cedar Fire in an effort to protect the community of Wofford Heights on the northeast side of Lake Isabella. No structures have been damaged or destroyed by the fire, the U.S. Forest Service reported Monday morning, Aug. 22. Slightly stronger winds shifted smoke from the Cedar Fire Sunday afternoon away from the San Joaquin Valley and into Riverkern and Kernville up the Kern River canyon. The Cedar Fire that started Aug. 16 around 4:30 p.m. had burned 19,619 acres and was 5 percent contained by the latest estimate Monday morning, Aug. 22.

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Chimney Fire threatens Hearst Castle

The Chimney Fire grew to 19,909 acres Saturday, and flames inched closer to historic Hearst Castle. Fire crews attempted to stop the encroaching blaze as it crept to within a few miles of the iconic landmark.

Fires

Blue Cut fire evacuees can return

Less than a week after the destructive Blue Cut fire broke out in the mountains of San Bernardino County, destroying more than 100 homes, authorities canceled all evacuation orders Sunday and allowed residents to return.

Videos

How fire crews on the ground are fighting the Chimney Fire

Several miles from the Hearst Castle in the rolling oak-studded hills north of Lake Nacimiento, Calif., fire crews prepared to head off a northern advance of the flames from the Chimney Fire.
David Middlecamp The Tribune
 How fire crews on the ground are fighting the Chimney Fire 0:37

How fire crews on the ground are fighting the Chimney Fire

Chimney Fire threatens Hearst Castle 1:06

Chimney Fire threatens Hearst Castle

Hear defense lawyer David Markham talk about man accused of setting Clayton Fire 0:32

Hear defense lawyer David Markham talk about man accused of setting Clayton Fire

Roof collapses in intense south Sacramento garage fire 0:27

Roof collapses in intense south Sacramento garage fire