One person is dead and three are injured after a head on collision Thursday afternoon on Highway 162 in Oroville. The Highway was closed at Arbol Avenue while the investigation continued. The crash happened shortly before 2 Thursday afternoon when the driver of a white pickup swerved into oncoming traffic. That led to the collision and the death of the pickup truck driver. In addition to the fatality, three other people suffered various injuries, one requiring hospitalization. The accident led to detours at the scene until the investigation concluded.
A 30-year-old woman called 9-1-1 alleging that her 35-year-old husband, Manuel De Jesus Perez-Cuadras had assaulted her and pointed a handgun at her before 8 am Wednesday. Deputies learned that Perez-Cuadras was at the home on the 2100 block of Road S. Deputies entered the home and found him hiding in a bathroom cabinet. Deputies had to forcibly remove him from the cabinet after he refused to get out. He was then arrested and booked into the Glenn County Jail.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A Mexican national had pleaded guilty to growing thousands of marijuana plants in a Northern California national forest.
The U.S. Attorney's office in Sacramento said that 30-year-old Mario Lopez-Parra pleaded guilty Wednesday to growing 7,589 marijuana plants in the Shasta Trinity National Forest.
According to the U.S. Attorney's office, investigators observed Lopez-Parra at the site and arrested him on June 24, 2014.
Lopez-Parra is scheduled to be sentenced in January. He faces a maximum statutory penalty of 40 years in prison and a $5 million fine.
A collision blocks traffic on Highway 99 north of Chico. The collision happened in the area of Hamilton Nord Cana Highway just north of Centerfolds after 6:30 am this morning. A pick up truck in the northbound lane crossed over the center divider and collided head on with another vehicle. One vehicle reportedly was seen smoking. According to the CHP, both vehicles had broken front axles. All lanes were blocked. Crews have tried to move one of the vehicles but have not been able to as of yet. The CHP Reports that all lanes are now open.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — One of the biggest gold nuggets found in modern times in Northern California's historic Gold Country is going up for sale.
Weighing in at more than 6 pounds, the so-called "Butte Nugget" is expected to carry a price tag of $350,000.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports the owner of the nugget asked dealer Don Kagin to keep his name and the location of the discovery secret.
What is known is that it was found in July by a gold hunter on public land in the Butte County mountains.
The nugget will be unveiled Thursday at the San Francisco Fall Antiques Show at Fort Mason.
No criminal charges will be lodged against a Butte County Sheriff's Deputy for a fatal shooting in May. Deputy Benjamin Cornelius shot and killed 24 year old Cory Lee Bush in Palermo on May 18th. Deputies were called that evening about a man who was quote "losing it" and tearing up the house. But an investigation found Bush wanted to be killed by authorities, sometimes known as "suicide by cop". District Attorney Mike Ramsey says Bush had a pellet gun when he faced off against Cornelius. Ramsey says Cornelius was acting in self defense and will not face any criminal charges. Cornelius was returned to duty shortly after the incident.
The investigation continues into the beating of an Oroville man during a suspected home invasion robbery last week. Authorities have already arrested two teens who were found with some of the stolen items. But they're seeking more information about the incident. 64 year old Patrick Plaster was not found by authorities until the day after the Thursday incident. He was taken to the hospital and his injuries were initially believed to be life-threatening, but now he's expected to survive. Authorities believe the two juvenile suspects, who are in custody on charges of assault with a deadly weapon, elder abuse and robbery knew their victim. Anyone with information is asked to contact Butte County Authorities.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown is scheduled to meet with the state's largest nurses union to discuss Ebola preparedness at hospitals and other health facilities.
Leaders of the California Nurses Association will meet with him Tuesday as the union presses for more training and protective gear for health workers.
The governor's office says Brown and state public health officials also are meeting this week with hospital executives, physicians, local health officials and emergency responders.
RoseAnn DeMoro, executive director of the statewide union and National Nurses United, says hospitals have been slow in responding to the Ebola threat. The union wants the type of gear used at premiere institutions and practice taking it off.
Also Tuesday, nurses will rally in Oakland urging the state Department of Industrial Relations to adopt stronger safety standards.
Good news for local motorists--the price of gas keeps going down. The website gasbuddy.com says the average price of a gallon of gas in Chico dropped another 6 and a half cents over the last week. And in the last year the price has gone down by 36 cents a gallon. It says the average price for a gallon of gas is 3 dollars and 37 cents. The gasoline pricing website says nationally, gas is at its lowest price since mid January of 2011.
Police are investigating an early morning shooting at a Chico apartment complex. Police respond to multiple calls of gun shots fired at a Pine Tree Family Apartments on Cobblestone Drive just after Mid night this morning. When officers arrived they found at least one apartment, a vehicle, and the fitness center shot into. The apartment was occupied by several residents during the shooting but no one was hurt. According to police, the motive for the shooting is not yet known and is currently under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call the Chico Police Department.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A suburban Sacramento teenager who was paralyzed in a summer diving accident has been named his school's homecoming king. Andy Wu was crowned as homecoming king at Bella Vista High School on Saturday night. The Sacramento Bee reports the 17-year-old returned to school within weeks of the accident determined not to let a wheelchair slow him down.
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — A World War II airman will be buried next weekend in Oakland, more than 60 years after he was shot down over Germany. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the crash site was not discovered until 2006 and Cook's remains were not found until digs in 2012 and 2013. He will be laid to rest Sunday with full military honors.
Butte Supervisors tomorrow will be asked to approve a new diversion program. The Social Accountability Program is for young people who've been cited for being drunk in public during holiday events.
Under the plan, a violator would pay an estimated 500 dollar fee, serve 16 hours of community service scrubbing the streets, and attend an 8 hour alcohol awareness class. All this would prevent any conviction from going on a person's record.
The latest figures show an increase in the number of workers for Butte County. The Employment Development Department says Butte County's unemployment rate in September was 7 point 4 percent. That's down from the 8 point 1 percent rate in August and well below last year's 9 point 1 percent. This compares with a rate of 6 point 9 percent for California and 5 point 7 percent for the Nation.
An off-duty Yuba County Sheriff's Deputy involved in an assault in Chico has lost his job. Nelson Manana was involved in fight in downtown Chico that left 30-year-old Felipe Zabala unconscious on St. Patrick's Day. He was arrested for various assault charges as well as threatening a witness. After the arrest Magana, a deputy with the Yuba County Sheriff's Office, was placed on administrative leave. The Sheriff's Office announced Thursday that Magana is no longer a deputy with the department. According to the Appeal Democrat, Magana had been with the Yuba County Sheriff's Office since 1999. His criminal trial, in Butte County, is set to begin on Novemember 10th.
Authorities say a 20 year old Chico State Student's death by train earlier this week was intentional. They've concluded that 20 year old Samantha Lewis wanted to die when she was hit by a train early Monday morning. Lewis was hit by a Union Pacific train a little after 5 AM Monday. She was walking along the tracks south of a walkway that leads from Nord Avenue to the Chico State campus before she was struck by the train.
The man charged with the Boles Fire in Weed this summer wanted to burn down the apartment complex where he once lived. Authorities made that claim when 24 year old Ronald Marshall was arraigned earlier this week. Prosecutors say Marshall apparently wanted the fire to spread to the apartment complex where he once lived. The Bolles fire destroyed more than 160 structures in Weed. Marshall was arrested this past Saturday morning by police in Weed.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California public health officials say they are reviewing emergency response plans should Ebola makes its way into the state. State Health Officer Ron Chapman said Wednesday that the administration of Gov. Jerry Brown has assembled a team to monitor the situation after two Texas nurses tested positive for the virus while caring for an Ebola patient. Chapman said California is trying to determine whether certain hospitals should be designated to treat Ebola patients. California also is asking the federal government to consider adding screenings at its international airports. Many nurses say they have not been briefed about how their facilities will respond should an Ebola patient turn up. California has tested two patients for Ebola, one in Sacramento County and one in Los Angeles County. Both were negative.
A Chico home thought to have an explosive device inside was declared safe early Wednesday afternoon. Butte County authorities responded to the house on Mulberry Street in Chico about 10 AM after reports of a body inside the home and a possible explosive device inside. A caller told Police their roommate was dead of a possible drug overdose. The unidentified body was removed and after a search members of the Butte County Bomb Squad declared the home free of any explosive devices. The all clear sign was given and residents, who'd been urged to leave their homes, were allowed back in.
Chico Police arrest robbery suspects. A robbery was reported at a Beacon Gas station on Fair Street by Donald Veteto a clerk at the store back in May of this year. He told officers that an Hispanic male had entered the store wearing a mask and handed him a note demanding money. The suspect then took off with an undisclosed amount of cash. During the investigation detectives discovered information that lead them to believe that Veteto was not a victim and may have conspired with others to commit the robbery. In September detectives served search warrants at Veteto's residence in Chico and the home of his sister Maranda and brother-in-law Fernando Medina in Willows. The evidence obtained led detectives that all three were behind the robbery. On Tuesday all three were arrested and booked into the Butte County Jail.
The 25th annual Chico Parade of Lights is upon us. Celebrate the changing of the seasons in downtown Chico on Saturday October 18th starting at 6 pm. The event will go until 9, so come on down bring the family and be a part of this Chico tradition.
5 people are arrested and more than 450 marijuana plants eradicated in a raid by Butte County Drug Agents in the Forest Ranch area. The raid Monday brought authorities to three separate properties--one on O'Donnell Way, one on Doe Mille Road and one on Forest Ranch Way. In addition to the plants and people arrested, agents also found both indoor and outdoor grows along with firearms and more than 200 thousand dollars in cash. The five people were arrested on drug and weapons charges and were from the Midwest.
The man accused of starting the Boles Fire pleaded NOT guilty Tuesday to all charges. 24-year-old Ronald Marshall was arraigned on three charges of arson.He pleaded NOT guilty to all charges and his bail was raised to 2 and a half million dollars. The Boles Fire destroyed more than 140 homes and nine other buildings in Weed. Marshall will be back in court later this month.
Gasoline prices continue their downward trend. The latest Lundberg survey shows gasoline prices have gone down for the 16th week in a row. The average price for a gallon of gas in the Northstate is about 3 dollars 46 cents a gallon. That compares with the national average of 3 dollars 26 cents a gallon. The survey shows since prices peaked in May, they've gone down 46 cents a gallon. And experts predict we could see prices drop another 10 cents in the near future.
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A hearing is scheduled today in the case of a Northern California man accused of starting one of the largest wildfires in the state's recorded history. Prosecutors say Keith Emerald was hunting deer with a bow when he lost control of an illegal campfire Aug. 17, 2013. The fire burned 400 square miles of the Sequoia National Forest, including parts of Yosemite National Park.
A man accused of assault goes on to vandalize a Chico fast food restaurant. A 59-year-old woman reported to Chico police that she had been assaulted by a panhandler on the 600 block of Mangrove just before 11 am Monday. The panhandler was later identified as 41-year-old Christopher Leach. He then fled into the McDonald's on Mangrove and asked if he could use the phone. According to police, when Leach was denied the use of the phone he began breaking property inside the store. Officers arrived and arrested Leach for felony vandalism.
A 13 year old Chicoan gets arrested for assault with a deadly weapon. Chico Police made the arrest after the 13 year old reportedly fired off a flare gun at a man who reported seeing him trying to break into vehicles. The incident happened Sunday morning on Alder Street. the man was not injured, but Police found the 13 year old later that day and took him into custody.
MAMMOTH LAKES, Calif. (AP) — A series of small earthquakes has struck near the mountain resort town of Mammoth Lakes in California's Eastern Sierra late yesterday. The USGS says a magnitude-4.0 temblor occurred at 5:13 p.m. at a depth of 4.3 miles. It was followed by several smaller quakes.
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — Fire crews have significantly increased their containment of a fire at the edge of Yosemite National Park which an air-tanker pilot died last week trying to fight.
The National Park Service said Sunday the fire had burned 311 acres was now 95 percent contained.
They say State Highway 140, which leads visitors into the park's main valley, has reopened.
The road was closed after an air tanker hit the canyon wall and disintegrated, with pieces landing on the highway.
The U.S. Forest says the fire was sparked by hot metal fragments from a vehicle.
Meanwhile, a blaze along Interstate 80 in the small community of Applegate about 40 miles northeast of Sacramento remained at 459 acres and 67 percent contained.
POLLOCK PINES, Calif. (AP) — A massive California wildfire that burned more than 150 square miles, destroyed a dozen houses and drove thousands from their homes has finally been fully contained nearly a month after it broke out.
The U.S. Forest Service says in a statement that after a "grueling month" for firefighters, the so-called King Fire 60 miles northeast of Sacramento was 100 percent surrounded Thursday.
The 97,000-acre blaze was among the biggest in the state this year and caused smoke problems for cities in both California and Nevada.
It showed explosive growth in the state's drought conditions weeks after starting Sept. 13. Nearly 3,000 people had to evacuate their homes, 12 of which were lost.
Sixty-eight minor buildings were also destroyed.
A man charged with starting the fire, 37-year-old Wayne Allen Huntsman, has pleaded not guilty to arson.
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — Yosemite National Park officials say sparks from a vehicle caused a wildfire that led to the death of an air-tanker pilot this week.
Yosemite said in a statement Thursday afternoon that fire investigators determined the blaze broke out because of hot metal fragments from a vehicle creating sparks.
Investigators had not determined what type of vehicle or what part may have caused the sparks.
Within a few hours of the blaze breaking out Tuesday, a state fire air tanker crashed into a canyon wall, killing 62-year-old pilot Geoffrey "Craig" Hunt of San Jose.
The fire had burned 245 acres and was 10 percent contained Thursday.
Butte County Sheriffs officials have confirmed that the remains found October 5th were in fact those of missing Chico woman Angelica Weems. She was last seen alive on September 13th. Butte County Sheriffs are ruling the death a homicide and ask anyone with information to call Butte County authorities.
APPLEGATE, Calif. (AP) - A series of small wildfires that broke out along I-80 some 40 miles northeast of Sacramento burned one home, threatened dozens more and partially shut down the busy highway. The wildfires have grown to a combined 380 acres. Also yesterday, California's fleet of 22 air tankers was grounded after one of the planes crashed while battling a wildfire in Yosemite National Park, killing the pilot. The CHP says at least two callers reported seeing several car tires burning along the interstate's eastbound shoulder.
There will be two community flu vaccine clinics in Glenn County today. The first of the two clinics will be at the Veteran's Memorial Hall on West Sycamore Street in Willows from 9 am to 11 am. The second will be held in Orland at the Veteran's Memorial Hall on 3rd Street from 2 pm to 4 pm. According to Glenn County Pubic Health, the free flu shots are available for everyone 6 months and older. Free pneumonia shots will also be available for those 65 and over but quantities are limited.
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a pilot is dead after his air tanker crashed while fighting a California wildfire near Yosemite National Park.
State fire spokeswoman Alyssa Smith says Tuesday night that rescue crews reached the wreckage of the crash and confirmed the pilot's death several hours after the plane went down.
The pilot's family has requested no name be released until all immediate family members can be notified.
Witnesses say the plane smashed into a canyon wall about 4:30 p.m. and virtually disintegrated on impact.
The pilot is believed to be the only person aboard the air tanker.
Authorities confirm that the remains found this past weekend outside of Burney are those of a missing San Francisco Bay area man. The Shasta County Coroner's Office say the remains are those of 87 year old Paul Merrill. The Belmont resident was first reported missing September 4th when a family member said he'd not been heard from after going on a trip to the Mount Shasta area. Authorities do not suspect foul play.
A Chico man was stabbed yesterday evening when he refused to give up his cell phone after finishing his jog. The 33 year old victim received minor injuries. He told officers that when he declined the man lunged at him and hit in him the side of the body and took off running northbound. Chico police have not identified the assailant and encourage anyone with information to call the Chico police department.
BELMONT, Calif. (AP) — Police say the remains of a missing 87-year-old San Francisco Bay area man who disappeared last month are believed to have been found in Shasta County. The Mercury News reports that the body was discovered Saturday just outside the town of Burney near where Paul Merrill's 1956 Mercedes-Benz was located last week. Belmont police said there is no indication of foul play.
In response to a growing homeless and transient presence in downtown Chico, city officials are assuring the public that Chico will be clean and safe for shopping this holiday season. Clean and Safe Chico is what city officials are calling the campaign to attract shoppers to downtown retailers. At a press conference held on the steps of the council chambers Monday, city officials said that present police resources will be used to keep downtown safe however Chico Police is open to hiring additional officers.
Authorities continue investigating a fatal shooting early Monday morning on Highway 70 near Oroville. The incident was first reported to the Butte County Sheriff's Office before 2 AM as shots fired into a vehicle on Highway 70 near Nelson Road and the Grand Avenue off-ramp. The two victims were rushed to a local hospital, where one person died. The suspects remain unknown. It is the second shootout in Butte County in the last few days. Saturday afternoon there were reports of shots fired near Flyer''s convenience store off Cohasset Road. Four people were reportedly taken into custody, but three suspects remain at large. Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to contact the Butte County Sheriff's Office.
There's another free flu vaccine clinic happening in Chico this morning. The clinic is taking place at Manzanita Place (Elk’s Lodge), 1705 Manzanita Ave. from now until 1 pm or as long as supplies last. According to Enloe's website, you should park in the rear parking lot and then form a line from the front door to the rear parking lot. This is the second clinic giving away free flu vaccine.
An abandoned home leads Butte Sheriff's Deputies to two men and hundreds of pounds of pot. The tip came early Thursday morning about a foreclosed home in Bangor. There authorities found two men and about 250 pounds of marijuana. 49 year old Reymundo Garcia of Yuba City and 51 year old Robert Mathison of Cloverdale were arrested on various drug charges. Authorities say they were using the property as a marijuana drying and processing facility.
Butte County Sheriff's Deputies on the lookout for a 31 year old Nevada man they say is armed and dangerous. Nathan Philbrook is reportedly one of three Nevada men who came to Oroville to rob a marijuana garden. The other two were arrested after they were stopped Tuesday night in Oroville. 28 year old Randy Hubbard and 31 year old Joseph Miceli, both of Reno, were placed in jail after being charged with various weapons charges and for conspiracy for robbery. Authorities say anyone with information about the other suspect, Nathan Philbrook, is urged to contact Butte County Sheriffs.
Two Butte County residents are appointed to state positions by Governor Brown.
Vina's Stewart Knox has been tapped to be Executive Director of the Employment Training Panel and Charles Horne-Nutte of Paradise has been named to the Area Board 2 of the State's Council on Developmental Disabilities. The two nominations do not need Legislative approval.
Knox is currently director of the Health and Human Services Agency in Nevada County and Horne-Nutt is a care provider for the In Home Supportive Services Public Authority for Butte County.
Police are looking for a man and woman after a shooting at a Chico mobile home park. Two men were walking at the Casa de Flores Mobile Home Park on East Lassen Avenue when a white Dodge pick up sped by around 8 pm Monday. The two men told the driver to slow down. The male driver then yelled back and fired three shots from a handgun. No one was hurt but officers found a bullet hole in a nearby vehicle. The victims told police that a woman was also in the truck with the man.
POLLOCK PINES, Calif. (AP) — The U.S Forest Service has reopened some wilderness areas that were closed because of a massive wildfire in Sierra Nevada foothills.
Forest Supervisor Laurence Crabtree says the Rubicon Trail, Wrights Lake and Desolation Wilderness are among the recreation areas that opened Tuesday. She plans to open more of the Eldorado National Forest soon.
Those areas were closed for two weeks while firefighters battled the King Fire east of Sacramento in El Dorado County.
Fire officials say the King Fire burned more than 150 square miles, destroyed a dozen homes and forced thousands to evacuate their homes. On Tuesday, it was 94 percent contained, with more than 2,000 firefighters still working to tame the blaze.
A man charged with starting the fire, 37-year-old Wayne Allen Huntsman, pleaded not guilty to arson.
Porn charges lead to the arrest of a man who's an employee at Las Plumas High School. 40 year old Javier Torres of Oroville is on administrative leave from his job as a custodian and security guard while his case progresses. He's charged with possessing child pornography and having an inappropriate sexual relationship with a 16 year old student. Butte County Sheriff's Investigators are seeking more information from the public.
An arrest for vehicle theft has Chico Police issuing a warning. 30 year old Elijah Field was arrested Tuesday for possibly being involved in a residential burglary in Chico on Monday. He was arrested after reportedly being in a stolen vehicle that was taken during the burglary Monday. Police say some 15 vehicles have been reported stolen in Chico during the last week of September, along with a sharp rise in home burglaries and license plate thefts. They say most of the vehicles being stolen are early 90's Hondas.
A bear is seen near a Walmart in Willows. A person working in an Orchard behind Wal-Mart reported seeing a black bear walking around in the area on Saturday. Authorities came out to the area and also spotted the bear. Fish & Game was contacted and the bear was moved safely out of the area.
Black bears have been sighted in Redding neighborhoods as well.
Gas prices continue going down in the Chico area. The website gasbuddy.com says Chico gas prices have dropped 2 cents over the last week to an average gallon price of 3 dollars and 54 cents. That's down almost 18 cents in the last month. And a survey shows Chico gas prices have dropped more than 30 cents a gallon since one year ago. the national average has also gone down some 8 and a half cents in the last month.
There's minimal fire activity for the King Fire in El Dorado County. The blaze started on September the 13th and has burned over 97 thousand acres and has destroyed 12 homes and 68 other minor structures. According to Cal Fire, crews are removing hazardous trees and removing road debris to make roads safe for public travel. Fire crews are also actively suppressing fire on an island of fuel within the containment line. The blaze is now 92 percent contained.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California has exhausted its initial firefighting budget just three months into its fiscal year, forcing Gov. Jerry Brown's administration to shift $70 million from a reserve fund as the state enters what is traditionally the worst of its fire season.
The Department of Finance notified legislative budget writers Monday that the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection has spent the $209 million budgeted this fiscal year for emergency wildfire suppression.
The administration is transferring additional money from its $449 million special fund for economic uncertainties.
Keely Bosler, the finance department's chief deputy director, says the move is necessary as California battles "one of its worst fire seasons in recent memory."
CalFire spokesman Daniel Berlant says the first of Southern California's dry Santa Ana winds are expected later this week.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — As California's severe drought continues, state and local agencies are looking at budgeting water use by creating a daily water allocation for each household. The San Gabriel Valley Tribune reports that a household would get a certain number of gallons allotted to it for indoor water use and another for outdoor water use.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — With harvest time across California, many of the state's once-robust crops are expected to be smaller than usual this year due to the state's historic drought. The Sacramento Bee reports that the water shortage has led to shrinking grape, almond, rice, orange and pistachio crops.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Additional rain and high humidity allowed crews to make even more progress toward taming a massive wildfire in Northern California. Officials say the 2-week-old blaze has burned nearly 152 square miles of a heavily forested region east of Sacramento. It was 89 percent contained.
PLACERVILLE, Calif. (AP) — A day of light rain has brought big gains against a Northern California wildfire, reducing the number of threatened homes from thousands to hundreds.
State fire officials say fewer than 300 structures are threatened by the King Fire east of Sacramento on Thursday night, a figure they put at 12,000 at the beginning of the day.
Calls for evacuation in two communities were reduced from mandatory to voluntary, leaving just one neighborhood under strict evacuation orders. It wasn't immediately clear how many people remained away from their homes.
The rains had brought fears of flash floods and dangerous conditions in the huge burn area, but they remained light and helpful to the firefight.
The blaze is now 55 percent contained after burning almost 150 square miles.
The price of a gallon of gasoline may soon start with a "2'' across much the country. Gasoline prices typically decline in autumn. This year they're getting a big push lower from falling global oil prices. A forecast by GasBuddy.com says by the end of the year, up to 30 states could have an average gasoline price of under $3 a gallon.
Residents in Cohasset whose wells have run dry still have a chance to get drinkable water. Various community and county groups have banded together to provide access to the water. People in need can have up to 200 gallons of potable water a week. It's available at the Cohasset Elementary School. The groups got together when it became clear that some residents had wells that were either going dry or producing little water because of the current dry conditions.
In Tehama County, meanwhile, the state has joined with Home Depot to donate 30 thousand water conservation tool kits for disadvantaged households. The kits contain items that help stretch a water supply as far as possible. The kits are available at various locations in Red Bluff, Corning or the City of Tehama.
Fire activity has been minimal for the Happy Camp Complex of wildfires. The blazes started after lightning struck the area of Happy Valley in the Klamath National Forest back in August. The Wildfires have burned over 132 thousand acres and is 86 percent contained. According to the US Forrest Service, fire activity was minimal with no growth overnight on Wednesday. Due to rain coming through the area crews will be near the fire area monitoring water run off.
PLACERVILLE, Calif. (AP) — A massive blaze in California that threatens thousands of homes has become the second-most expensive blaze to fight in the state this year.
State fire spokesman Daniel Berlant said Wednesday the King Fire east of Sacramento has cost more than $53 million since it began nearly two weeks ago.
Berlant said that figure ranks behind the $86 million that has been spent to tame a still-burning fire in the Klamath National Forest along the California-Oregon border.
However, those figures are nowhere near the more than $127 million spent to stop the Rim Fire last year in Yosemite National Park.
More than 7,600 firefighters are currently battling the King Fire that has stretched into Nevada and destroyed 12 homes and threatens another 12,000.
The fire is nearly 40 percent contained.
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