Anzar Fire on July 21, 2022. Photo by Fire Capt. Curtis Rhodes.

Police / Fire

Cal Fire responding to fire in Aromas

Fire is estimated to have burned 104 acres and is 100% contained.

Photo provided by UCCE.

Nonprofits

Central Coast Prescribed Burn Association receives a new Cal Fire grant

Funds will enable the tri-county group to expand operations.

Hollister Fire Department responding to the Fairview Road fire. Photo by John Chadwell.

News

Seven small blazes keep local and state firefighters busy

Fairview Road fire could have been ‘substantially bigger’ under different weather conditions, battalion chief says.

CalFire units are on scene of a vegetation fire burning off Panoche Road in San Benito County. Photo courtesy of PG&E.

News

CalFire responding to Panoche Fire

CalFire estimates 145 acres burned.

Photo by Jake Medina.

Police / Fire

Coyote Fire continues burning near Panoche Valley

1,508 acres scorched at 100% containment as of July 18; resident calls Cal Fire response ‘amazing.’

The Bitter Fire south of Paicines on June 16. Photo courtesy of the Cal Fire BEU Facebook page.

Police / Fire

Cal Fire battles blaze south of Paicines

As of June 21, the Bitter Fire is 100% contained with approximately 895 acres burned.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Police / Fire

Cal Fire declares fire season in San Benito and Monterey Counties

State fire agency said substantial rainfall this winter and spring created significant crop of annual grass that has now cured. The brush and trees have begun their summer transition to highly flammable vegetation.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Police / Fire

Prescribed burns planned in Forest of Nisene Marks State Park

Though the burns will take place in Santa Cruz County, smoke may be visible in San Benito County.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Police / Fire

Prescribed burn planned for San Benito County

Smoke is expected to be visible from King City, Bitterwater, Pinnacles National Park, New Idria, southern San Benito County and the San Joaquin Valley.

Local rancher Bryan Granger assisting Cal Fire with the Trail Fire on July 16. Photos provided by Lacey Bourdet.

Agriculture

Trail Fire contained near Thousand Trails campground

Local rancher initiated fire suppression.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Nonprofits

Local fire groups to hold town hall on wildfire preparation

April 4 session covers prevention and response in hazard zones of San Benito County.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Agriculture

Landowners aim to fight fire with fire

Meeting looks at prescribed burning on county rangelands.

Photo courtesy of the Cal Fire San Benito-Monterey Unit Facebook Page.

Police / Fire

Prescribed burn planned for San Benito County

Smoke to be visible from Hollister, San Benito County, Santa Clara Valley and Salinas Valley.

HFD and CalFire hot on the heels of hometown blazes

This year California is seeing an earlier, longer and more destructive wildfire season because of drought conditions, with warmer weather also being a factor. Large fires erupted this summer as the state has seen record-setting temperatures, though fire season has begun to wind down. San Benito County residents have expressed concern about which agency—Hollister Fire Department or

Photo of the Beaver Fire in San Benito County in Summer 2018. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Health

California wildfires affecting air quality

San Benito County Public Health Services reminds you to check air quality monitors for up-to-date information.