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June 12, 2008
Fire in South Land Park

Firefighters are battling a blaze that is threatening homes in the South Land Park area.

The fire broke out just after 12 p.m. near Lake Park and Silver Lake Drive, south of Reichmuth Park, said Sacramento Fire Capt. Jim Doucette.

There are big trees and grass on fire.

Two or three houses are threatened, but have not been damaged so far, he said.

The residents have not been asked to leave their homes.

June 12, 2008
Chico woman searching for husband
Nancy Niederholzer seeks her husband, Bob, who she said was last seen Wednesday afternoon on Honey Run Road trying to rescue their dog, Molly.
"I told him to take Molly and get out of here," Niederholzer, 77, said at the Neighborhood Church shelter. Anyone with information about Bob, who is in his 80s, is asked to call the shelter at (530) 879-8838.
Nancy said she thinks Bob is all right because he "is very ingenious and very wise about things."
The two were among residents evacuated from their home due to the Humboldt fire.
June 12, 2008
Mother, daughter evacuated from home
Germaine Jackson, 14, and her mother Kimberly Jackson, 43, were evacuated from their home along Wayland Road near Paradise. They took refuge at the shelter set up at a church in Chico. On Thursday morning, Germaine spoke with the Bee's Chelsea Phua about the approaching fire and being evacuated.
June 12, 2008
Video from fire near Chico

June 12, 2008
Fire raging in Santa Cruz mountains
Update: Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has declared a state of emergency in Santa Cruz County as a result of the wildfire burning there.

"... The state is committed to doing whatever it takes to assist the locals and provide the resources needed to battle the Martin fire," Schwarzenegger stated in news release issued late Thursday morning.

On Wednesday, the governor directed additional resources and personnel to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection and the Office of Emergency Services to aid in aggressive firefighting efforts.


A 700-acre fire is spreading rapidly in the Santa Cruz mountains west of San Jose and is threatening more than 1,000 homes.

The Martin fire began just before 3 p.m. Wednesday near Highway 9, near the town of Bonny Doon. The fire, which is burning heavy brush and pine, is 5 percent contained, according to online California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection fire information, which was updated at 6:30 a.m. Thursday.

The fire is threatening 1,000 homes, 50 commercial business and 50 outbuildings. Mandatory evacuations are in place for Bonny Doon. A large number of road closures also are in place.

An evacuation center has been set up at the San Lorenzo Valley Middle School off Highway 9 in Felton. 

June 11, 2008
Evacuations ordered in Chico fire
Dozens of Chico residents have been ordered to immediately evacuate their homes due to a wildfire in Stillson Canyon, off Highway 32.

The Humboldt fire has burned 200 acres since it started at 12:13 p.m. Wednesday and is not contained, said Cindy Wilson, a Cal Fire/Butte County Fire information officer.

Homes are being evacuated along Honey Run Road, Zinfandel Road, Pam Court, Dough Mill Ridge and along a portion of Centerville Road.

June 11, 2008
Grass fire burning in Rio Linda
Firefighters are responding to a grass fire in Rio Linda.

The fire was reported at 2:57 p.m. in the 6900 block of 26th Street, near Elkhorn Boulevard, a fire dispatcher said.

The fire is near a recreational vehicle storage facility, according to unconfirmed reports heard over a police scanner.

Details will be posted here as they become available.
June 11, 2008
Fire danger shuts three Fairfield park areas
Fairfield officials announced this afternoon that the city has closed two open space areas and a park due to the elevated fire danger.

Spyglass Open Space, the Serpas Ranch/Rolling Hills Open Space and Rockville Hills Regional Park have been closed until the current weather conditions subside, a city e-mail stated.
The park and open space areas will be shut at all access points.

The closures are prompted by the red flag warnings in effect for the area.

June 11, 2008
Wind, low humidity are bad cocktail for fire risk
From Maddalena Jackson:

The reason we have windy conditions right now is that there is a high and low pressure system too close to one another, according to a National Weather Service meteorologist.

This causes a wind rotation in different directions and the wind is funneling between the two and downward. This is a larger-than-normal pressure system.

The fire risk is high right now because we have extremely dry conditions and wind. It wouldn't be as bad if there were just high temperatures without wind.

Firefighting is harder in the foothills when these conditions exist because of uneven terrain, making fire predictability harder.

The intensity of the fire risk the Sacramento region is currently experiencing isn't typically seen until October.
June 11, 2008
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June 11, 2008
Update on the Lincoln fire - news from the scene
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(Photo by Carl Costas)

From Bill Lindelof:

Two fire trucks are still smoking after being burned during a 65-acre fire in rural Lincoln Wednesday.

There were two firefighters in one truck and one firefighter in another when the fire overcame the vehicles.

All three firefighters suffered non life-threatening injuries. Two of the firefighters were taken by helicopter to UC Davis Medical Center. The other was taken to Sutter Roseville Medical Center.

The trucks continue to smolder underneath a thin grove of eucalyptus trees that serve as a windbreak on a rural piece of property.

The trees also burned.

The fire is now under control, but crews are keeping close watch on the burn area.

Fire officials won't release the identities of the injured firefighters, but a news release by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's office identified them as being Cal Fire firefighters. The two taken to UC Davis suffered moderate to severe burns to the face and arms and the third is being treated for minor facial burns at Sutter Roseville Medical Center.

The fire burned vacant rice fields near the Lincoln Airport. Also nearby are a hay business and stacks of large timber.

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