Evacuees gathered at Anzar High School on July 21, 2022. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Police / Fire

Aromas fire evacuees find aid and shelter at Anzar High School

The Red Cross, Animal Services, Sheriff’s Department and others provide help on short notice.

Brook Hollow Fire, July 8, 2022. Photo by Chris Mora.

Police / Fire

Cal Fire responding to vegetation fire in north San Benito County

Forward progress stopped at four acres.


Cal Fire responding to two fires in San Benito County

Update: both fires were contained as of June 14 at 9:30 p.m.

Fire at San Juan Elementary. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Police / Fire

Fire breaks out at San Juan Elementary School

Staff was evacuated safely. No students were on campus at the time of the fire.

Emergency drills involving multiple city and county agencies are held at least once a year. Photo by John Chadwell.


County prepares for disasters, from earthquakes to power grid failure

The San Benito County’s Office of Emergency Services has plans for most emergencies, but says residents also need to have plans to survive the initial days or weeks following a disaster.

prescribed burners. Photo courtesy of Devii Rao.

News Release

Workshop about fire and grazing on rangelands

The 1-hour virtual event will include updates on a project exploring differences in greenhouse gas emissions and particulate matter from burned grasslands that were grazed versus those that were ungrazed.

Councilman Tim Burns asked that the contracts be brought to the special council meeting for review. Photo by John Chadwell.

Government / Politics

Hollister council to renegotiate, terminate contracts

The city will move to end its agreement with the Economic Development Corporation and revise three fire service contracts.

Four Hollister firefighters have joined the fight against the Dixie Fire that has burned over 200,000 acres in Northern California as of July 27. Photo courtesy of Cal Fire.


Hollister firefighters move to fight Dixie blaze

A team of five will be on the front line 14 days in Butte and Plumas counties to help personnel from throughout the state fight the largest fire currently in California.

Employee, Susan Tiffan (left), and owner, Sheila Stevens in She's Consignment Store. Photo by Jenny Mendolla Arbizu.


She’s Consignment rises from the ashes

Closed by fire, the store has reopened in a new spot.

Officers from city, state and federal agencies honored those who died in the line of duty in 2020. Photo by John Chadwell.


Local law enforcement holds ceremony for officers killed in 2020

18 California officers died in the line of duty.

HFD Battalion Chief Charlie Bedolla speaking with Hollister Mayor Ignacio Velazquez at the site of an early morning fire on April 2. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Police / Fire

Early morning fire damages homeless camps, communication lines

Cause is under investigation; damage assessment needed for San Juan Road bridge.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

News Release

Fire activity in the area of 5500 Frazier Lake Road

Large amount of embers leaving the area in a south westerly direction.

Firefighters battled two structure fires in downtown Hollister within minutes of each other in the early morning hours of Nov. 2. Photo by John Chadwell.

Police / Fire

Investigation underway after four separate fires in downtown Hollister

Early morning blazes occur minutes apart from each other; HPD arrests one suspect.

Hollister District 1 Councilwoman Carol Lenoir. File photo by John Chadwell.


COMMENTARY: Support for businesses downtown after recent fire

Hollister Councilwoman Carol Lenoir writes in response to the recent fire in her district.

Hollister Fire Department responded to a downtown fire that damaged about four businesses. Photos by Noe Magaña.

Police / Fire

Four firefighters injured during downtown Hollister fire

Four businesses affected, cause of fire still unknown.