Man charged with causing 2013 Rim Fire in California

1407442202000-177611621A man has been charged for allegedly causing last summer’s massive Rim Fire.

The suspect is Keith Matthew Emerald, 32, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of California. He is facing charges of timber-set fire and lying to a government agency, both felonies, and fires left unattended and not extinguished, and violating a fire restriction order, both misdemeanors. At the time of Rim Fire, there was a temporary fire restriction in place. –Read More

Mendocino fire grows to 4,300 acres

Slowly but steadily growing, the Lodge Lightning Complex fire in Mendocino County now has burned 4,300 acres of forest at a firefighting cost of $5.4 million, according to Cal Fire.

A survey Wednesday by Cal Fire officials showed that flames have spread east along the Eel River canyon and were within one mile of the Big Bend Lodge area, along Low Gap creek. –Read More

Moister and Cooler Weather Helps a Bit

fire543The Eiler Fire in Shasta County is now 20 percent contained and has burned 28,600 acres, according to the U.S. Forest Service. The conflagration, 4 miles south of the town of Burney, is likely to be contained by Aug. 20, fire officials say. Now 1,171 firefighters are battling the blaze.

Cal Fire reports that the Bald Fire, also in Shasta County, is 30 percent contained and has consumed 39,850 acres. –Read More