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Big Basin Redwood Park Reopens July 22: Reservations Open July 1Big Basin Redwood Park Reopens July 22: Reservations Open July 1
By - posted 7/1/2022
Bay Area Updates, Fire Updates, Outdoorsy, Parks & Beaches

California State Parks and Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks just announced that Big Basin Redwoods State Park will partially reopen July 22 for limited day-use access through a reservation system. Reservations will be available starting July 1. Big Basin has been closed to the public since the CZU Lightning Complex Fire tore more...

Iconic "Pioneer Tree" at CA State Park Has Burned DownIconic “Pioneer Tree” at CA State Park Has Burned Down
By - posted 3/25/2022
Bay Area Updates, Fire Updates

Sadly, the iconic “Pioneer Tree” at Samuel P. Taylor State Park in Marin County is no longer standing. A fire was reported in the park around 11:25 am on Thursday, March 24, and was contained to approximately 1/2 acre with no threat of further spread. Unfortunately, the 200-foot tall tree, which more...

SF’s Brand New “Floating” Fire Station OpensSF’s Brand New “Floating” Fire Station Opens
By - posted 3/10/2022
Brand New, Fire Updates, Only in San Francisco

Mayor London N. Breed, San Francisco Public Works, and the San Francisco Fire Department (SFFD) today celebrated the completion of San Francisco’s new floating Fireboat Station No. 35, an innovative project that meets the present-day needs of maritime-based operations for first responders. As the City’s newest fire station and the more...

Fire Burns Through Popular Mission Taqueria, Displaces 22 PeopleFire Burns Through Popular Mission Taqueria, Displaces 22 People
By - posted 2/3/2022
Bay Area Updates, Fire Updates, San Francisco

Thanks to SFGate for sharing the sad news that a two-alarm fire early Thursday in San Francisco’s Mission District sent two people to the hospital and displaced a total of 22 people. Crews responded to a 12:18 a.m. report of the fire at 3036 16th St., where a debris fire that is more...

SF's Waterfront Park Playground Destroyed by FireSF’s Waterfront Park Playground Destroyed by Fire
By - posted 10/4/2021
Bay Area Updates, Fire Updates, Outdoorsy, Parks & Beaches

A fire consumed a beloved playground late Thursday night near the Ferry Building. Park rangers were alerted at 11:30 p.m. that firefighters had extinguished a blaze at the children’s play area of Sue Bierman Park. Both the San Francisco Police Department and San Francisco Fire Department are investigating. The fire destroyed a more...

All California National Forests Closed Through Sept. 17All California National Forests Closed Through Sept. 17
By - posted 8/31/2021
Fire Updates, Travel, What's Closed / What's Open

To better provide public and firefighter safety due to the ongoing California wildfire crisis, USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region is announcing a temporary closure of all National Forests in California. This closure will be in effect from Aug. 31, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. through September 17, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. “We more...

Hwy 50 Closed, Much of Tahoe Ordered EvacuatedHwy 50 Closed, Much of Tahoe Ordered Evacuated
By - posted 8/30/2021
Fire Updates, Tahoe

UPDATE: As of 11:40am on August 30 a mandatory evacuation order has been issued by CalFire for the entire city of South Lake Tahoe all the way to Nevada Stateline. Evacuation Routes: • Evacuate Eastbound on Highway 50 towards Nevada. Evacuation Shelters: • Truckee Veterans Hall 10214 High Street, Truckee, CA 96161 • Douglas County more...

EPA Grants Nearly $3 Million To Fund Bay Area Wildfire Smoke ResearchEPA Grants Nearly $3 Million To Fund Bay Area Wildfire Smoke Research
By - posted 8/26/2021
Bay Area Updates, Fire Updates

Three Bay Area research projects will share nearly $3 million in federal grants to study how people can reduce their exposure to toxic wildfire smoke, according to an announcement Wednesday from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The University of California, Berkeley, Stanford University and Oakland-based Public Health Institute were all awarded more...

See the Aerial Photo of Last Week's Bay Bridge Vehicle FireSee the Aerial Photo of Last Week’s Bay Bridge Vehicle Fire
By - posted 8/23/2021
Fire Updates, Transportation, Wow

Last week, a vehicle caught fire on the Bay Bridge, shortly before 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, August 19, prompting the closure of all westbound lanes just west of Treasure Island. According to CHP Officer Mark Andrews, the vehicle that caught fire contained five occupants, although none were injured. The closure caused more...

SF School District Aims to Spend $2.9 Million for Air PurifiersSF School District Aims to Spend $2.9 Million for Air Purifiers
By - posted 8/23/2021
Bay Area Updates, Fire Updates, Only in San Francisco

San Francisco Unified School District officials are looking into spending $2.9 million on portable air purifiers to combat poor air quality from wildfires, district officials said on Monday. Most classrooms rely open windows to prevent the spread of COVID-19 — a main concern as in-person learning resumed just last week — more...

6,000+ in 3 Bay Area Counties May Lose Power Tuesday in PG&E Power Shutoff6,000+ in 3 Bay Area Counties May Lose Power Tuesday in PG&E Power Shutoff
By - posted 8/17/2021
Bay Area Updates, Fire Updates

PG&E has expanded the scope of a planned power shutoff that will affect parts of the North Bay and elsewhere in Northern California starting Tuesday night. The Public Safety Power Shutoff, PG&E’s term for its action to shut off power in certain areas to try to prevent its equipment from starting more...

Historic 1930s Big Sur Cliffside Resort Burns in FireHistoric 1930s Big Sur Cliffside Resort Burns in Fire
By - posted 8/11/2021
Fire Updates

By Megan Munce, Bay City News Foundation Parts of the historic Lucia Lodge in Big Sur burned down late Tuesday night in a fire, the cause of which is still under investigation. Big Sur Fire crews responded at about 11:30 p.m. to the lodge along state Highway 1 and found that flames more...

Bay Area Has 20% Chance of Thunderstroms Monday & TuesdayBay Area Has 20% Chance of Thunderstroms Monday & Tuesday
By - posted 7/26/2021
Bay Area Updates, Fire Updates

Strong winds from the south may blow in some thunderstorms Monday and Tuesday, sparking a higher risk of wildfires in the greater Bay Area, according to the National Weather Service. As of 11am on July 26, the National Weather Service said there was a 20% chance of Thunderstorms either on Monday more...

Amazing Big Sur Trail Reopens For First Time Since 2008Amazing Big Sur Trail Reopens For First Time Since 2008
By - posted 6/16/2021
Fire Updates, Outdoorsy, Parks & Beaches, Reopening, Uplifting, What's Closed / What's Open

Thanks to KCBS for letting us know that the popular Pfeiffer Falls Trail in Big Sur is reopening for the first time in 13 years. Save the Redwoods League and California State Parks are reopening a fully renovated Pfeiffer Falls Trail in Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park on June 18, 2021. This is the first time more...

Hot, Dry Bay Area Summer Ahead: Wildfire Season in HereHot, Dry Bay Area Summer Ahead: Wildfire Season in Here
By - posted 6/3/2021
Bay Area Updates, Fire Updates

By Jana Kadah, Bay City News Foundation With hotter temperatures and drier seasons, Bay Area wildfires are becoming more intense — and this upcoming fire season will likely be no different. Jonathan Cox, deputy chief of Cal Fire’s San Mateo County division, said in the past decade, each year’s wildfire season more...