Cal Fire

49 Fire investigator discusses search for cause

As investigators work to discover the cause of the 49 Fire, Journal readers are assisting. On Friday, Cal Fire Battalion Chief Bill Mendonca, who is the lead investigator for the ...

Local crews sent to cover state fires

State officials have called for help from local firefighters as large blazes have forced mass evacuations and burned thousands of acres of forestland in California. As of Friday, ...

Early dry conditions point to busy fire season ahead

A scorching start to fire season has sent a clear message to fire officials about the summer ahead. “We are active very early,” said Bill Mendonca, battalion chief with Cal Fi ...

Winds, dry conditions spark multiple blazes

PENRYN — Windy conditions throughout the state and foothills sparked dozens of wildland, vegetation and structure fires Tuesday including a 15-acre blaze that charred grass and t ...