COLUMN: Road Warriors close ranks to fight wildfire danger

San Juan Canyon residents write about their efforts to protect their community and maintain an accessible road for emergency services.

Williams Hill Recreation Area in Bradley, California. Photo courtesy of Bureau of Land Management.

News Release

Bureau of Land Management reminds residents to recreate safely

The Bureau provides guidelines on camping, water safety, wildfire prevention and fire restrictions.

Claudia Fisher hauling cut wood to pile during the Dead Cypress Community Workday. File Photo provided by San Benito Fire Safe Council.


Fire department, residents on high alert as fire season approaches

Resources and tips for all who live in San Benito County.

Wood going through the chipper. Photo courtesy of San Benito Fire Safe Council.


Fire Safe Council to host wildfire preparedness workshop

Workshop will be followed by a hands-on work party.

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Community Opinions

PUBLIC LETTER: Ban all fireworks in State Responsibility Area regions

The San Benito Fire Safe Council writes that the potential for catastrophic wildfire in most of the unincorporated areas of the county is currently alarmingly high.

Farmworkers in San Benito County. File photo by John Chadwell.

News Release

Farmworker Wildfire Smoke Protections Act heads to Senate

AB 73 ensures the state’s stockpile of N95 masks will be utilized for farmworkers during a wildfire outbreak.

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Hwy 198 at Hwy 25 to close due to wildfire

Long term closure begins July 19; several other closures could impact San Benito commuters.

A Hollister firefighter works to contain a brush fire at Park Hill in Hollister on June 12. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Police / Fire

Fire near Park Hill in Hollister forces evacuations

The Hollister Fire Department has not yet reported what started the brush fire.

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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.

Wood going through the chipper. Photo courtesy of San Benito Fire Safe Council.

Police / Fire

Get prepared for fire season

While sheltering in place, take time to prepare for wildfire season. San Benito Fire Safe Council shares the details on Cal Fire's Ready, Set, Go program.

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Police / Fire

Antelope Fire burns near Paicines

Blaze near intersection of Panoche Road and New Idria Road is 95 percent contained as of Tuesday evening.

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


Trail Fire contained near Thousand Trails campground

Local rancher initiated fire suppression.

Cal Fire was one of the state agencies that spoke at the wildfire town hall meeting on April 4. Photo courtesy of Jim Gillio.

Police / Fire

State, local agencies discuss wildfire preparedness and prevention

Residents attend town hall hosted by San Benito Fire Safe Council.

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Local fire groups to hold town hall on wildfire preparation

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

Donations dropped off from James Reid and the 3 Percent United Patriots. Photo courtesy of James Reid.

Community sends donations to Camp Fire victims

Some affected by Camp Fire were former San Benito County residents.