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Transportation

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.

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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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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 provided by San Benito Fire Safe Council.

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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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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.

Agriculture

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.

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State, local agencies discuss wildfire preparedness and prevention

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

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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.

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.

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.

Calfire air attack dropping retardant on the Panoche Fire. Photo courtesy of Nick Peters.

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Two wildfires burning in south San Benito County

The two fires are in various stages of containment.

Airline Fire view from Bitterwater Valley burning alongside the ridge line. Photo courtesy Gail Ivens.

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Multiple Wildfires Burning in South San Benito County

The fires are in various stages of containment.

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CalFire launches app to alert homeowners of wildfire danger

Free cell phone app includes safety checklist, notifications and fire map