With climate change, wildfires threaten disaster and chaos in more California communities, more often.
But experts say it's possible to avoid catastrophic harm to human and forest health by setting planned burns before human error, lightning or arson choose when fires start.
Cal Fire now intends to triple the amount of prescribed fire on lands the state controls. That follows a May executive order from Gov. Jerry Brown to improve forest management.
It's a small step toward addressing a major deficit. According to one report, an area the size of Maryland -- including state, private and federal land -- needs maintenance or planned fire to become healthier.
Brian Masterson, who has served as the director of Rohnert Park's Public Safety Department for nearly a decade, is retiring next month.
The announcement comes as Masterson's department faces increasing scrutiny over an asset and marijuana seizure program. In April, the city launched an internal investigation into a suspicious traffic stop that took place in December.
In June, KQED reported about a series of questionable seizures made by Rohnert Park Public Safety officers during traffic stops conducted 40 miles north of the city along Highway 101.
In the letter announcing his resignation, Masterson did not directly address the internal investigation or the scrutiny of his department.
A section of Highway 1 wiped out by a monster landslide near the southern end of Big Sur reopened Wednesday after 14 months of re-engineering and construction.
Caltrans announced Tuesday night that the final phase of the $54 million project — which restored the broken highway just south of the community of Gorda and 25 miles north of San Simeon — went faster than expected.
If you've ever driven in California, you've probably had a motorcycle drive between you and another car. It's called lane splitting, and a 2014 study found that 80 percent of California motorcyclists do it on freeways.
One of the biggest misconceptions is that when motorcyclists are lane splitting, they're breaking the law. But they're not.
So why is California the only state in the country where it's legal? And is it safe? Bay Curious investigated.