News Release

California State Guard seeking volunteers for its wildland firefighting unit

Volunteers are trained and receive pay when deployed to protect the community, which may be up to 30 days. 

In 2020, approximately 275 wildland fires burned nearly 200,000 acres of Bureau managed land in California. Photo courtesy of Cal Fire.

News Release

Bureau of Land Management issues seasonal fire restrictions 

Restrictions go into effect May 25.

Photo courtesy of PG&E.

News Release

PG&E expands powerline safety settings

Settings automatically turn off power within one-tenth of a second when a hazard on powerline is detected.

Photo courtesy of PG&E.

News Release

Potential power shutoff in San Benito County next week

Possible shutoffs on Oct. 11 and 12.

Image from the National Weather Service.


Lightning alert issued for parts of San Benito County

Erratic winds and any cloud-to-ground lighting strikes have the potential of starting new wildfires. 

Congressman Jimmy Panetta. File Photo.

Government / Politics

Panetta and others introduce bipartisan bill to reauthorize WHIP program for 2020 wildfires

Legislation would support growers with crops impacted by smoke exposure.

Davenport during CZU Complex Fire. Photo courtesy of Bureau of Land Management.


Assembly Agriculture Committee examines impacts of wildfires on California agriculture

The hearing, led by State Assemblyman Robert Rivas, included speakers who talked of the effects on agricultural workers, farms and farmlands, economic impacts, and agriculture-based wildfire mitigation opportunities.

Red Cross volunteer Robyn Cohen at St. Francis Retreat. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Police / Fire

Red Cross volunteers have short stay at St. Francis Retreat

Members deployed to provide shelter, food and medical services to those affected by regional wildfires.

Aug. 27 evacuation map.


Aug. 27 fire watch for San Benito County

The SCU Lightning Complex Fire has burned 368,671 acres and is 35% contained as of 7:33 a.m. The air quality remains poor with sensitive groups being at risk.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Police / Fire

BLM Central Coast Field Office issues seasonal fire restrictions

Agency expects an increase in wildfire severity based on forecasted climate.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Police / Fire

Bureau of Land Management issues fire prevention order

Order serves as a reminder of basic precautions to reduce wildfires that apply to BLM-managed public lands, areas, roads, waterways and trails.

Two linemen on a telephone pole. Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Police / Fire

PG&E issues warning to prepare for blackouts

Hollister fire chief says city has backup generators, but residents should take precautions.

Briggs Building in downtown Hollister. File photo.


Gavilan College cancels classes due to air quality

Classes have also been canceled for Friday, Nov. 16.

Advisory runs now through Sunday, Oct.15. Photo from Pixabay.


Central Coast Air Quality Officials Issue WildFire Smoke Advisory

San Benito County residents to stay indoors if they have breathing disorders.