POLLOCK PINES, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency, freeing up funds to fight wildfires in Northern California. A fire east of Sacramento is threatening more than 2,000 homes and has burned nearly 44 square miles. CalFire says the blaze is just 5 percent contained. Hundreds of homes near Pollock Pines remain under evacuation orders.
Progress is being made in battling the Boles fire in and around the community of Weed. The blaze started in the town of Weed around 1:30 pm on Wednesday. The wildfire has burned 375 acres and is now 60 percent contained. The blaze destroyed 150 structures including two churches. According to Cal Fire, one thousand residences and one hundred commercial buildings are threatened and evacuation orders are still in effect in the Community of Angel Valley and Hoy Road. Highway 97 has been reopened. The cause of the blaze in under investigation.
26 years in prison for the Chico man who plead guilty recently to a count of rape and three counts of kidnapping. Former Physician assistant Lonnie Keith agreed to the plea deal last month after the guilty plea. The 41 year old Keith was convicted for a series of incidents in a south Chico State neighborhood two years ago. He was arrested in early 2013 when a search of his vehicle yielded items that could have been used in the crimes.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California will no longer be the only western state with a pump-as-you-please approach to groundwater.
Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Tuesday requiring local agencies with depleted supplies to begin managing their wells. The state can intervene if necessary.
The worst drought in a generation gave momentum to three bills by Assemblyman Roger Dickinson of Sacramento and Sen. Fran Pavley of Agoura Hills, both Democrats.
Groundwater makes up nearly 60 percent of the state's water use during dry years but is not monitored and managed the same way as water from reservoirs and rivers.
Over-pumping of groundwater has led vast swaths of land to sink.
Republicans and Central Valley Democrats criticized the legislation, saying it punishes well-managed agencies and infringes on water rights.
WEED, Calif. (AP) — Besides destroying or damaging scores of homes and other structures, a fast-moving wildfire struck a blow at the economy of the Northern California timber town of Weed. Workers are assessing damage to the Roseburg Forest Products veneer mill and hope to have a better idea of when it can reopen by Monday.
WEED, Calif. (AP) — Aided by calmer winds and another day of fire-retardant bomber sorties, firefighters are mopping up around a fire in the far Northern California town of Weed.
Fire crews had a handle on the 375-acre fire Tuesday morning after it showed little growth overnight. It is over 20 percent contained.
More than 1,000 people were forced to flee their homes after the fire broke out Monday.
About 100 structures, most of them homes, were destroyed. Some homes were burned to the ground, with only chimneys left standing.
The town's Catholic and Presbyterian churches also burned. Parts of the town's wood-products mill caught fire.
Fires near Yosemite National Park in central California and another east of Sacramento also led hundreds of people to evacuate their homes.
Willows Police along with family & friends continue to search for a woman who disappeared under mysterious circumstances. 23-year-old Angelica Weems has been missing since Sunday afternoon when her and her husband 29-year-old Zir Weems went on a walk while visiting with family members in Willows. Police found Zir that evening on Oak and Ventura Streets. He was bleeding with lacerations to his arms. Police believe the wounds were self inflicted. A box cuter was found next to Zir. Police say Zir, who is recovering at Enloe Medical Center, claims he doesn't know where his wife is. Family members say that Zir has had a history of domestic violence towards his wife and their children.
Police are looking for woman who went missing in Willows Sunday evening. Police found 29-year-old Zir Weems had lacerations on both arms in the area Oak and Vetura streets before 6:30 pm Sunday. He was taken to Enloe Medical Center and was in serious condition - police believe that Weems' injuries were self inflected. He and his wife 23-year-old Angelica Weems were reportedly on a walk when they got into an argument and then she allegedly walked away. Officers searched the area but could could not find her. According to Willows Police, Angelica Weems is considered an at-risk missing person under suspicious circumstances.
A man trying to break up a fight is stabbed in downtown Chico. The off duty bouncer reportedly tried to break up a fight outside Riley's bar and grill Sunday night but a man pulled a knife and stabbed him. The man was tackled several blocks away and reportedly taken to a local hospital. Police say the victim is recovering but the exact nature of his condition is unknown.
The smoke or haze you see in the local area is actually coming from many miles away. Fire officials say smoke is covering much of the North State but it's actually from the King Fire in El Dorado County, east of Placerville. Fire Officials want people to know there are NO fires burning in the local area.
WEED, Calif. (AP) - Firefighters are gaining ground on a wildfire that raced through the far Northern California town of Weed, damaging or destroying 100 homes and a church. A sawmill was also damaged in the fire. CalFire says the blaze is 20 percent contained and there are no flames or smoke visible this morning. The fire showed almost no growth overnight.
COVELO, Calif. (AP) — A small earthquake rattled parts of Northern California. The U.S. Geological Survey reported a magnitude 3.5 quake struck Sunday at 1:17 p.m. PDT about six miles south of Covelo in Mendocino County. The epicenter was about 120 miles from west of Sacramento. No damage was reported. The quake was about 150 north of the epicenter of a magnitude 6.0 temblor that caused extensive damage in Napa and the surrounding area on Aug. 24.
POLLOCK PINES, Calif. (AP) - Fire officials say one of two wildfires threatening homes in California grew by hundreds of acres overnight. The fire about 60 miles east of Sacramento has forced the evacuation of 133 homes. It grew by about 900 acres overnight to a little more than 6 square miles. It's 10 percent contained. A second fire, near a foothill community south of the entrance to Yosemite National Park in central California, prompted authorities to evacuate about 1,000 residents. Flames damaged or destroyed 21 structures after the fire began yesterday afternoon. It's 20 percent contained.
The Happy Camp Complex of wildfires continues to burn. The blaze started from lightning strikes on August 11th. The fire has burned almost 112 thousand acres and is about 50% contained. According to the US Forest Service, an evacuation order for the area between Scott Bar Post Office and mile maker 25 on Scott River Road has been changed to an evacuation advisory. The area is open to residents only.
Two Redding Police officers are on paid administrative leave after fatally shooting a Redding man last week. Sgt. Rob Sandbloom and Deputy Gerry Maul have been identified as the officers who fatally shot 32 year old Erik Lebak August 29th. Police say Lebak was armed with a shotgun and handgun, fired the shotgun, and the deputies returned fire, hitting and killing Lebak. Anyone with information about this incident is urged to call the Redding Police.
HAPPY CAMP, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters kept a huge blaze at bay in Northern California despite extremely dry conditions and moderate winds that are expected to last until the weekend. The U.S. Forest Service says a red flag warning marking dangerous conditions was set to expire Thursday night but has been extended until 11 p.m. Friday. The fire has yet to burn any structures despite growing to some 120 square miles since it started Aug. 11. It is 19 percent contained. Mandatory evacuation orders were lifted for some of the 270 homes they affected by the wildfire in the Klamath National Forest as most of the fire's activity was greatest in non-populated areas. The fire is threatening about 750 homes. The lightning-sparked fire has cost more than $44 million to fight.
The CHP made over 50 arrests during the Labor Day Weekend. The CHP for the Chico/Valley Division made 55 arrests, 33 of those were for DUI. There was one felony pursuit and one occupied stolen vehicle. The CHP arrest data was posted along with the Chico Police Department's arrest stats for the Labor Day Weekend on the Chico PD's Facebook page.
Also, the Avoid the 8 task force arrested 89 people across Butte County during the 17 day DUI crackdown.
The Chico Police Department posts Labor Day arrest stats. The department posted on their Facebook page Wednesday the total arrests for the Labor Day Weekend from Friday August 29th through Monday September 1st. There was a total of 61 arrests with 13 of those being Chico State students. According to police, the activity level was manageable with a high cooperation level. Violent crime was down, with the exception of the fatal stabbing on Sunday but police say that was not a Labor Day related event.
Wildfires in the Happy Camp area of Siskiyou County continue to burn. The blazes were sparked by lightning strikes in the area on August 12th. Over 71 thousand acres have burned and the fire is still at 15 percent containment. The Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office has changed the Mandatory Evacuations to Advisory Evacuations in the area on Higway 96 from the Klamath River Bridge west of Grider Road to Seiad Creek Road. The Sheriff's Office says that residents should remain prepared to evacuate should fire conditions worsen.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California regulatory judges have recommended a $1.4 billion penalty against the state's largest utility for a 2010 gas pipeline explosion that engulfed a suburban San Francisco neighborhood in fire, killing eight people and prompting national alerts about aging pipelines. The California Public Utilities Commission on Tuesday announced the figure reached by two administrative law judges against Pacific Gas & Electric Co., saying it would be the largest safety-related penalty it had ever imposed.
PG&E can appeal the fine. The recommended penalty requires approval by members of the state utility board. PG&E and other parties in the case have 30 days to lodge an appeal. The commission previously ordered PG&E to pay $635 million for pipeline modernization after the Sept. 9, 2010, blast in the suburban San Francisco community of San Bruno.
Chico Investigators are still trying to figure out what led two transients to fatally stab a man early Sunday morning. 44 year old Randall Sexton was stabbed multiple times after reportedly fighting with two transients in the parking lot of the 7-11 on East First and Main Streets just after midnight. Police found and arrested 23-year-old Stephanie Vogel not far from the incident. Later that morning they also arrested 29-year-old Joshua Epstein near the intersection of East 1st Avenue and Mangrove. Both suspects were booked into the Butte County Jail for charges of murder with their bail set at 1 million dollars.
More evacuations in areas around the Happy Camp Complex of wildfires. The Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office issued a mandatory evacuation order Tuesday evening for the areas on the north side of Highway 96 between Scott River Road and Seiad Creek Road. The blazes started in the early morning hours of August 12th due to lightning strikes in the area. The fire has burned over 66 thousand acres and is 15 percent contained.
Two suspects are arrested after a fatal stabbing in Chico. An unidentified 44-year-old man was stabbed multiple times after a getting into fight with two reported transients in the parking lot of the 7-11 on East First and Main Streets before 12:30 am Sunday. Police came out to the scene to find the man unresponsive. He was taken to Enloe Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. According to Chico Police, officers found and arrested 23-year-old Stephanie Vogel not far from the incident. Later that morning police arrested 29-year-old Joshua Epstein near the intersection of East 1st Avenue and Mangrove. Both suspects were booked into the Butte County Jail charged with murder.
HAPPY CAMP, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California wildfire sparked by lightning has burned 100 square miles of dry brush and timber in the Klamath National Forest near Happy Camp.
The U.S. Forest Service says crews are working to keep flames away from homes in the communities of Seaid Valley and Hamburg. No structures have burned.
The fire that began Aug. 11 was 15 percent contained late Sunday. Officials say while the blaze was very active on Sunday there was no significant growth.
The fire is burning along Highway 96, which remained open with traffic control measures in place.
Happy Camp is just south of the Oregon border.
REDDING, Calif. (AP) — Officials say two Shasta County sheriff's deputies shot a man to death after responding to reports a suicidal person was inside a residence in Redding.
Redding police Lt. Jeff Wallace told the Redding Record Searchlight that the call came in after 8 p.m. Thursday.
Wallace says the deputies heard gunshots inside the residence before the man came out and confronted them.
Wallace says neither deputy was injured.
Both have been placed on administrative leave, following standard procedure.
The Redding Police Department is leading the investigation.
The name of the victim was being withheld pending notification of next of kin.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The USGS says a minor earthquake struck near the town of Alturas in Modoc County. The 3.5-magnitude earthquake hit at 1:47 a.m. today and was near the surface. There were no reported injuries or damages. The USGS says the area has had five quakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater over the past 10 days.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Representatives of two counties in far Northern California are petitioning state lawmakers for the right to form a 51st state called Jefferson. Modoc and Siskiyou county officials submitted petitions from their county governments to the secretaries of the state Assembly and Senate today. Supporters also rallied outside the Capitol in Sacramento.
HAPPY CAMP, Calif. (AP) — A lightning-sparked wildfire in a Northern California forest has forced the evacuation of 200 to 250 scattered rural homes and other buildings. Fire spokesman Ken Sandusky says mandatory evacuations were ordered because of concerns that the fire could quickly cover the 10 miles separating it from the community of Scott River Valley. Officials say the blaze in the Klamath National Forest continues to grow because of westerly winds sending embers far ahead of the main blaze.
The Oregon Fire is now at full containment. The blaze was reportedly started by a vehicle off of Highway 299 at Oregon Mountain Summit near Weaverville. The blaze burned 580 acres and is now 100 percent contained. The wildfire destroyed one structure and caused two injuries.
Road work in downtown Paradise will continue today and on Labor Day. Night work is on tap for the Downtown Safety Project. That involves work from 7 at night to 6 the next morning. Motorists will face some one way traffic control in affected areas along the Skyway...mostly between Pearson and Elliott. The work is tonight, Monday and Tuesday.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Homeowner associations would be prohibited from requiring residents to pressure-wash their driveways or other areas when droughts are declared locally or across California, under a bill sent to Gov. Jerry Brown. Republican Sen. Jim Nielsen of Gerber says some homeowners are caught in bind. They face fines under state regulations that prohibit washing driveways, as well as fines from their associations if they don't follow its rules. SB992 also lets associations fine homeowners for refusing to water their lawns if the housing development uses recycled water for irrigation. A separate bill, AB2100, was signed into law and already blocks such fines under most circumstances. Nielsen's bill passed the Senate 36-0 Wednesday. It arose after reports that some homeowners were being fined for trying to save water amid California's drought.
The Happy Camp Complex of wildfires continues to burn in Siskiyou County. Lightning strikes are said to have caused the blazes near Happy Camp in the early morning hours of August 12th. The wildfires have burned over 27 thousand acres and are still around 20 percent contained. A mandatory evacuation has been issued for the area of Scott Valley Road and Bridge Flat to the intersection of Highway 96. An Advisory Evacuation has been issued for the area north of Highway 96 between Scott River Road and Grider Creek.
Firefighters continue to make progress in battling the Oregon Fire in Trinity County. The blaze reportedly started by a vehicle in an area off of highway 299 at Oregon Mountain Summit near Weaverville late Sunday afternoon. 580 acres have burned and the blaze is now 90 percent contained. According to Cal Fire, crews are making progress in strengthening containment and control lines.
A Butte County Sheriff's Deputy could be in hot water after a cell phone video allegedly shows him abusing an arrest suspect. An Oroville man reportedly captured deputy Sam Burnett, on video, kicking the head of 56-year-old Terry Collins on Myers Street near the Southside Mini Mart just before 11 am Tuesday. Burnett was attempting to arrest Collins who had an outstanding warrant. Collins was seated but Burnett ordered him to lay on his stomach. When Collins didn't move that's when Burnett allegedly kicked him. Butte County authorities have reportedly launched an investigation into the incident and Burnett has been taken off patrol.
Fire crews continue to fight the Happy Camp Complex of wildfires. Lightning is said to be the cause of the wildfires in the area of Happy Camp in Siskiyou County around 1 am August 12th. Over 24 thousand acres have burned and is now about 20 percent contained. The US Forest Service says that crews continue to build containment lines for the Frying Pan Fire and the Faulkstein Fire.
Firefighters make great progress in battling the Oregon Fire. The blaze started off Highway 299 at Oregon Mountain Summit, near Weaverville in Trinity County just after 4:30 pm on Sunday. 580 acres have burned and is now 85 percent contained. According to Cal Fire, crews continue to make progress in strengthening containment and control lines.
North State Senator Jim Nielsen says big changes are in store for the state's groundwater and laws may be passed WITHOUT public review. He says two bills are moving through the Democratic controlled legislature that would change 150 years of water laws and do nothing about increasing the water supply--which he says is the real cause of the problem. Nielsen says he fears if the state enforces new regulations it could charge fees for violations. He adds the two bills might not even come to committee for public review.
West Nile Virus activity apparently on the rise in Butte County. Officials Monday said 11 humans have tested positive for the virus. The increasing number of mosquito pools and dead birds are having an effect. County mosquito officials say people should take all precautions to deal with the causes of the virus. Since West Nile was first detected in Butte County 10 years ago, there have been 139 human infections, with 7 deaths.
WEAVERVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Evacuation orders have been lifted for residents of some 200 homes, as crews make good progress against a wildfire burning near the Northern California town of Weaverville.
Fire officials said the blaze in Trinity County was 45 percent contained Monday night.
The fire has burned just under 1 square mile, or 580 acres, of timber and brush about 2 miles west of town.
CalFire spokeswoman Cris Hartman said the blaze, sparked Sunday afternoon near Highway 299, damaged one structure, likely a barn or a large outbuilding.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Weaverville is at the base of the Trinity Alps Wilderness area. The Gold Rush-era boomtown is on the National Register of Historic Places.
NAPA, Calif. (AP) — Napa County has been rattled by a small aftershock to the strong and damaging earthquake that hit California's wine capital over the weekend.
The US Geological Survey says the 3.9-magnitude quake struck at 5:33 a.m. Tuesday about 7 miles south of the city of Napa.
A sheriff's dispatcher says the station shook a little, but there have been no calls reporting damage or injuries.
California's wine capital is still recovering from Sunday's 6.0-magnitude earthquake, which is estimated to have caused at least $1 billion in property damage.
There have been a series of small aftershocks, mostly in the 2.0-magnitude range.
NAPA, Calif. (AP) — A powerful earthquake that struck the heart of California's wine country early Sunday woke up many people with dressers, mirrors and pictures crashing down around them.
Scores were injured as the temblor knocked out power to thousands, caused gas and water lines to rupture and sparked fires around the city of Napa.
Queen of the Valley Medical Center in Napa reported treating 172 people in the emergency room. Twelve people were admitted, including an adult who remained in critical condition Sunday night.
Officials are still assessing damage from the quake in hopes of getting a cost estimate they could submit for possible federal assistance. But the initial assessment found that dozens of homes and buildings in the region were unsafe to occupy.
The magnitude 6.0-quake was felt widely throughout the region, with people reporting feeling it more than 200 miles south of Napa and as far east as the Nevada border.
WEAVERVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Crews working through the night in steep terrain are building containment lines around a wildfire near the rural Northern California town of Weaverville that forced the evacuation of about 200 homes.
CalFire spokeswoman Cris Hartman said early Monday that the fire is 25 percent contained.
She says the flames did not spread overnight. The fire has burned a little more than 1 square mile, or 650 acres, of timber and brush about 2 miles west of the Gold Rush-era boomtown.
Hartman says the blaze, sparked Sunday afternoon near Highway 299, has damaged one structure, likely a barn or a large outbuilding.
Officials say daylight will bring increased risks as gusty winds and dry conditions return.
The July Complex of wildfires continue to burn. The blazes started in Suskiyou County on August 2nd. Over 32 thousand acres have burned with almost 30 percent containment. According to the US Forest Service, the Log Fire is minimal with crews mopping up and keeping the blaze with in control lines. Residential areas near the Whites Fire are being threatened by that blaze. The Man Fire continues to flank on the north side of Wooley Creek.
An 11-year-old girl was approached by a driver in a white van at the intersection of Dunstone Drive and Foothill Blvd. in Oroville Monday afternoon. The girl was walking home from her school bus stop. The driver asked her is she wanted a ride but she said no and kept walking. According to the Butte County Sheriff's Office, the man drove forward in what seemed to be an effort to block the girl from crossing the street. The girl was able to run around the van and returned home safely. The driver is described as a Hispanic male with a scruffy beard. He was wearing a tan cowboy hat with a red and white bandana around his neck. Anyone with information is asked to call the Butte County Sheriff's Office.
The driver charged with the hit-and-run death of a Chico State student changes his plea in court. 20-year-old Riley Hoover plead no contest to felony counts of driving under the influence causing injury and leaving the scene of the accident at the Butte County Superior Court on Wednesday. Hoover also faced charges of transporting marijuana for sale, manufacturing concentrated cannabis, and money laundering but those charges were dropped as part of the plea agreement. Hoover struck and killed 21-year-old Chico State nursing student Kristina Chesterman while she was riding her bike back on September 2nd. Hoover then left the scene. When officers found him he had a .33 blood alcohol level. Hoover was given a 7-year prison sentence as part of the plea deal. He will be sentenced on September 5th.
Wildfires continue to burn in Siskiyou County. The July Complex of wildfires started after a thunderstorm came through Siskiyou County on Saturday morning August 2nd. The blaze has burned over 31 thousand acres and is now at 25 percent containment. According to the US Forest Service the Log Fire is minimal and the fire will not be staffed at night. For the Whites Fire, crews are improving the line as a defense to residential areas threatened by the blaze. Meanwhile, fire crews are minimizing suppression impacts of the Wilderness for the Man Fire.
A Magalia resident reports a door-to-door fundraising scam. A door-to-door solicitor came to a Magalia home claiming to represent an organization called Fit for Life requesting funds that would be used in part to support UC Davis Children's Hospital. The resident then contacted law enforcement. A press release from UC Davis Health Systems says that it is a scam and does not benefit its children's hospital in any way. Anyone who is approached by solicitors asking for donations on the behalf of UC Davis should not give money to them and should contact local law enforcement agencies.
Close to 14 thousand marijuana plants were seized by Glenn County Authorities in two separate raids. Two gardens in the Mendochico National Forest were raided on Tuesday. One garden was found in the Ice Springs area. Over 700 marijuana plants worth over 300 thousand dollars were eradicated and 24-year-old Ivan Villafano was arrested by agents during the raid. A second garden was found near Shepherd Creek. Agents eradicated over 12 thousand plants.
Glenn County's soon-to-be top prosecutor may soon be a defendant. District Attorney Elect Dwayne Steward was arrested and released Sunday afternoon for misdemeanor child abuse. The incident apparently stems from a domestic violence dispute between Stewart and his wife. It reportedly escalated when Stewart's wife said he'd beaten her 17 year old daughter. The victim made a citizen arrested of Steward for misdemeanor child abuse, but he was released. He is a former Deputy District Attorney for the County who won the election in June to replace incumbent DA Robert Maloney.
45-year-old Mathew Hoaglund reported that his father 78 year-old Melvin Hoaglund, who suffers from Alzheimer's, went missing from their home on County Road 14 in Orland. A passerby told deputies that there was an elderly man laying on the side of the of the road and that he had been there most of the day. According to the Glenn County Sheriff's Office, the man was identified as Hoaglund. He was taken to the Glenn Medical Center and treated for exposure and related ailments.
The July Complex continues to burn in Siskiyou County. A storm moved across Siskiyou County with over 900 down strikes causing several fires on August 2nd. The July Complex is composed of the Whites, Log, Leef, Ray's, and Man Fires. Over 34 thousand acres have burned with 18 percent contained. The US Forest Service says that crews will continue to construct fire lines and to patrol those lines.
Fire crews continue to battle the Happy Camp Complex wildfire. A series of storms that moved through the Klamath National Forest ignited approximately 20 fires near Happy Camp on August 12th around 1 am. The blaze has burned over 7 thousand acres and is 10 percent contained. According to the US Forest Service, aggressive suppression efforts have minimized the growth of most of the small fires. The larger fires continue to grow however, due to dry fuels and steep inaccessible terrain.
The Eiler fire is near full containment. The blaze started southeast of Burney near Old Station in Shasta County on July 31st around 6 pm. The blaze has burned over 32 thousand acres and is now 97 percent contained. Cal Fire Estimates full containment to be sometime tomorrow.
Fire crews continue to make progress in battling the Lodge Lightning Complex. The blaze started in the Wilderness Lodge and Eel River Canyon areas of Mendocino County on July 30th just before 6:30 pm. The blaze has burned over 12 thousand acres and is now 85 percent contained. Crews continue to mop up and look for hot spots.
MARIPOSA, Calif. (AP) - Firefighters from throughout California are being sent to protect homes threatened by a wildfire burning in the foothills near Yosemite National Park. Fire officials say the blaze in Madera County already has destroyed eight structures and is threatening 500 others. Mandatory evacuation orders have gone out to some 13,000 phone numbers for homes and businesses in the area. The fire has burned nearly 2 square miles.
39-year-old Omar Cazares allegedly used a rock to break the window of an SUV parked at the Sheriff's Office in Oroville around 7:30 pm Monday. Cazares then drove off initiating a pursuit. Cazares led deputies down Highway 99 all the way to Lomo just south of Live Oak. That's when the suspect hit spike strips disabling the vehicle. Cazares was arrested after a brief struggle with deputies.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — A new study of California records shows that Bay Area water providers have been losing about 23 billion gallons of water a year due to aging and broken pipes as the state grapples with an historic drought.
The San Jose Mercury News reports that Bay Area water agencies have lost from 3 to 16 percent of their treated water due to damaged underground pipes. The newspaper says the pipes have leaked enough water annually to meet the needs of 71,000 families for an entire year.
Cities including Antioch, Benicia, Santa Clara, Los Altos and Hayward are among those affected according to 2010 Department of Water Resources records.
The newspaper says it is difficult to know exactly how much water is being lost due to no mandatory or standard auditing practices for the state's 362 urban water suppliers.
Fire Crews are making progress on the Lodge Lightning Complex wild fire. Lighting is said to be the cause of the blaze which started in the areas of Wilderness Lodge and Eel River Canyon in Mendocino County on July 30th just before 6:30 am. The blaze has burned over 12 thousand acres and is now 80 percent contained. Cal Fire says that crews continue to patrol the areas looking for spot fires but the rugged terrain can make access difficult.
The Eiler fire is almost at full containment. The blaze started southeast of Burney near Old station in the Lassen National Forrest around 6 pm July 31st. The fire has burned over 32 thousand acres and is now 97 percent contained. According to Cal Fire, crews are re-enforcing fire lines and are continuing to mop up while also patrolling the fire perimeter.
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