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Eiler Fire Update


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.   

Lodge Lightning Complex Update


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.

Yosemite Wildfire


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.

A suspect takes off in a Sheriff's vehicle leading multiple law enforcement agencies on a chase.


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.

Leaky Pipes


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.

 

Lodge Lightning Complex Update


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.  

Eiler Fire Update


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.

Lodge Lightning Complex


Fire crews continue work hard on the Lodge Lightning Complex wildfire. Lightning strikes caused the blaze which started in the area of Wilderness Lodge on July 30th. Over 12 thousand acres have been burned and it is now 60 percent contained. Evacuation Orders in the area have been downgraded to Evacuation Warnings. The Red Cross has closed the Evacuation Shelter at Legget School but they say it can be re-opened if needed. According to Cal Fire, the cooler weather and increased humidity have assisted firefighters in completing their line in the area of Eel River. Heavy smoke continues to be present throughout the Ukiah Valley.

Eiler Fire Latest


Fire crews are making progress on the Eiler Fire. The fire started southeast of Burney near Old Station in Lassen National Park on the evening of July 31st. The blaze has burned over 32 thousand acres and is 90 percent contained. Cal Fire says that firefighters continue to mop up and patrol the fire perimeter. Fire crews are utilizing Minimal Impact Suppression Tactics in the Thousand Lakes Wilderness where control lines have been more challenging.  

Phone Scam


Chico Police issuing a warning to be alert to phone scams. One recent scam used a technique known as "spoofing". That's where the number you see on your caller ID is not the real number calling. It's to hide a scammer's identity. One spoofing case had the scammers using a local business number to call people and say their bank account had been frozen. They wanted that person's account information. Police say always be suspicious and never give personal information over the phone. 

Shooting Incident


Chico Police on the lookout for those involved in a shooting incident Wednesday night. About 10 the Department received calls about shots fired in a parking lot off Nord Avenue. Eyewitnesses report seeing some sort of altercation between two groups of people. One group fled in a vehicle, and there were reports shots were fired at it. No suspects or victims have yet been located. 

Butte County Road Work


Expect delays and even road closures in Butte County as of next week. The road projects could linger on into winter. Most of the work will be done by the Bureau of Land Management. Doe Mill Road will have delays and even closures beginning this Monday. the road will be closed except for an hour at noon all of the work week. The bridge on Jordan Hill Road northeast of the Skyway will be closed to all traffic from next Monday through December.

Chico Shooting Range Apparent Suicide


Chico law enforcement officials are calling Wednesday morning's incident at Safer Arms an apparent suicide. A man described as a 67 year old Chico resident went to Safer Arms off Dominic Drive in south Chico about 10:30 in the morning. He rented a 44 caliber handgun and proceeded to target shoot at the indoor range area. Police say one of the employees heard a shot from the range that sounded different than the other ones. He looked out and noticed the man was lying on the ground face up. Emergency Crews pronounced the man dead and police investigators said it appeared to be a self inflicted gunshot wound. The investigation continues.

Day Fire Fully Contained


The Day Fire in Modoc County is now at full containment. Lightning is said to have caused the wildfire which started north of the community of Day. The blaze burned over 13 thousand acres and destroyed 6 structures. Cal Fire says that fire crews made great progress making fire lines and mopping up hot spots. With warmer temperatures in the forecast Fire crews will remain vigilant.

Eiler Fire Update


Cooler temperatures are aiding fire crews in fighting the Eiler Fire. The blaze started southeast of Burney near Old Station in the Lassen National Forest. The fire has burned over 32 thousand acres and is now 80 percent contained. According to Cal Fire, the cooler weather has helped firefighters to strengthen the control line and they are close to containing the blaze. 

Nor Cal Wildfires


GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Light rain and cooler temperatures have helped dampen explosive wildfires in Northern California and southwestern Oregon that were threatening more than 1,000 scattered rural homes. But not before some dicey moments Tuesday afternoon when thunderstorms blew through with erratic winds that drove flames out of containment lines. No homes were reported lost.
In southwestern Oregon, a thunderstorm Tuesday afternoon blew the Rogue River Drive fire out of containment lines on the outskirts of Shady Cove. Helicopters and air tankers pounded the fire with water and retardant, while bulldozers carved lines around homes. By Wednesday morning, none of the 130 threatened structures was lost.
In Northern California, two fires on the Klamath National Forest grew by a total of 10 square miles Tuesday, but the changing weather has slowed them down.

More water wanted for salmon


REDDING, Calif. (AP) — Interior Secretary Sally Jewell agreed to an impromptu meeting with salmon advocates demanding more water for salmon in Northern California's Klamath and Trinity rivers.
After the Tuesday meeting in Redding, California, salmon advocate Regina Chichizola said Jewell agreed to send someone to assess the situation, but made no promises.
Members of the Hoopa Valley Tribe and others have been pressing the Obama administration to release more water from Lewiston Dam on the Trinity. The idea is that more water makes it harder for parasites to infect fall chinook returning to spawn. Disease killed tens of thousands of fish in 2002.
Faced with demands for more water than it has, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has said it would make emergency water releases once significant numbers of fish begin to die.

Man accused of starting wildfire can post bond


FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A federal judge says a Northern California man accused of starting one of the state's largest wildfires when he lost control of his campfire last year can leave jail while the criminal case plays out in court. U.S. District Magistrate Judge Gary Austin said Keith Matthew Emerald, 32, can post a $60,000 property bond if he wants to go free. The judge also set a list of conditions, including one that prohibits Emerald from lighting any campfires.

Bald Fire Update


The Bald Fire is close to full containment. The fire started southeast of Fall River Mills due to lightning strikes in the area on the evening of July 30th. The fire has burned over 39 thousand acres and is now 95 percent contained. The US Forest Service is estimating full containment for Thursday of this week. 

Eiler Fire Update


Progress continues to be made in the battle against the Eiler Fire. The fire started the evening of July 31st, southeast of Burney near Old station in Shasta County and has burned over 32 thousand acres. The fire is now at 70% containment. According to Cal Fire, cooler temperatures are helping firefighters to strengthen the control line. The Cal Fire website has posted that the forest is open for recreation and woodcutting.

A Paradise house fire sends a man to the hospital


An early morning fire Monday sends an elderly Paradise man to the U.C. Davis Burn Center. The fire just after midnight on Woodland Drive seriously injures an elderly man who was air lifted to the center. Cal Fire officials estimate the fire caused about 600 thousand dollars worth of damage. 

Bald Fire Update


Significant progress has been made in battling the Bald Fire. Lightning is said to be the cause of the fire which started the evening of July 30th. The fire has burned over 39 thousand acres and is now 95 percent contained. According to US Forest Service, there was minimal fire behavior on Monday with moisture in the area helping in the fight against the fire. However, winds, in the area, could get up to 40 miles per hour which could cause the flames to spread.

Eiler Fire Update


The Eiler Fire is now more than 50 percent contained. The blaze started southeast of Burney near Old Station in the early evening of July 31st. The fire has burned over 32 thousand acres and is now 60% contained. According to Cal Fire, Mountain View Road from Highway 89, east of Burney High School will be restricted to residents with proper identification only.   

Siskiyou County Firefighters


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Fire officials say three trapped firefighters had to deploy their fire shelters as a rapid wind shift sent a Siskiyou County wildfire burning over their location late yesterday. A fire spokesman says all three survived with no serious injuries. The firefighters had created a predetermined safety zone earlier in the day and retreated there when the fire worsened. Beaver Fire spokesman Corey Wilford said all firefighters in the area retreated as a thunderstorm approached and all were safe late last night.

Day Fire Latest


Great progress has been made in fighting the Day Fire. The fire started north of the community Day in Modoc County last Wednesday evening. The fire has burned over 13 thousand acres with six structures destroyed and six people injured. The blaze is now at 90% containment. Cal Fire is estimating full containment by tomorrow.  

Lassen National Park Fires


Fire crews continue to battle the Eiler Fire. The fire started 12 miles southeast of Burney in the Lassen National Forest last Thursday evening. Over 31 thousand acres have burned with 8 residences, 1 commercial building and 20 outbuildings destroyed by the blaze. The fire is now 45% contained. According to Cal Fire, with the exception of Lassen National Forest all highway closures and evacuations have been lifted. 
Meanwhile....
The Bald Fire is close to full containment. The blaze stared last Wednesday evening after lightning struck in an area southeast of Fall River Mills in the Lassen National Forest in Shasta County. The fire has burned almost 40 thousand acres of old brush, timber stringers and grass. The fire is 91% contained and is estimated to be fully contained sometime today.

Chico Little League Softball


An unusual win Thursday for Chico at the Little League Softball World Series in Portland. Their opponent from the Philippines FORFEITED. The team apparently had Visa Problems and could not take part--hence, the forfeit and Chico gets the win. Next up--the game Saturday morning at 10 against Southwest.

Chico State Student Drowning Latest


The Chico State Student found dead in an apartment complex pool last month drowned and DID NOT have any drugs or alcohol in his system. The Butte County Coroner's Office made that finding Thursday in the death of 20 year old Aaron Drange. Drange was found in the West Park Plaza apartment complex pool around 7 the night of July 15th. No word on what events may have led to the drowning.

West Nile Virus


West Nile Virus continues to be a problem to the Northstate, with one fatality and three new cases. The fatality came as an adult in Shasta County reportedly became the second person in the state to die of the virus this year. The first reported case was of a 74 year old woman in Sacramento County. Meanwhile, Butte County Public Health confirms three new cases cropped up in Butte County in the past week. That makes five in the county this year. Officials say all of the cases involve patients over 50 years old. 

Day Fire Update


Firefighters are making great progress in the battling the Day Fire. The blaze started off of Day Road near the community of Day in Modoc County last Wednesday evening. Over 13 thousand acres have burned and the fire is now 80% contained. According to Cal Fire, the recent precipitation has helped fire crews in fire control efforts, but the expected warmer temperatures and lower humidity is a concern.  

Eiler Fire


BURNEY, Calif. (AP) — A rural Northern California town that was under threat from a wildfire is in the clear for now.
Fire officials on Tuesday lifted an evacuation advisory for the Shasta County town of Burney, which has a population of about 3,000 people. State fire spokesman Tom Piranio says another 2,000 or so people in nearby communities who were under mandatory evacuation orders were allowed to return home.
Piranio says higher humidity and rain have helped knock down the fire. Crews also built a protective fire line about 6 miles long just southeast of Burney.
The Eiler Fire has burned through more than 48 square miles in and around the Lassen National Forest. It did not grow overnight and is about 40 percent contained.

Bald Fire Update


Fire crews continue to battle the Bald Fire. Lightning is said to be the cause the of the fire which started eight miles southeast of Fall River Mills in Shasta County last Wednesday night. The fire has burned over 39 thousand acres and is at around 30% contained. According to the US Forest Service, the fire behavior will continue to moderate with the cooler and wetter weather. However, thunder storms and winds associated with the storms are still a concern. 

Day Fire Update


Fire crews continue to make progress in their fight against the Day Fire in Modoc County. Lightning strikes started the blaze near Day Road just 2 miles north of the community of Day in the early evening of Wednesday of last week. Over 13 thousand acres have burned with 6 structures destroyed including 5 residences. The fire is at about 70% containment. The cooler temperatures and higher humidiy have aided the firefighters in battling the blaze.

Wildfire Update


BURNEY, Calif. (AP) — A rural Northern California town that was under threat from a wildfire is in the clear for now. Fire officials have lifted an evacuation advisory for the Shasta County town of Burney, which has a population of about 3,000 people. Another 2,000 or so people in nearby communities who were under mandatory evacuation orders were allowed to return home.

The cause of death of accused murderer Shane Miller has been released.


The Humblodt Coroner's Office along with an Anthropologist with Humboldt State University conducted an examination of the skeletal remains of 46-year-old Shane Miller Monday. According to the Humblodt County Sheriff's Office, the examination determinded that Miller died from a single gunshot wound to his head. Miller was accused of the murder of his wife and two daughters in Shingletown in May of 2013. His remains were found Friday near Petrolia in Humboldt County. 

Northern California Fires Latest


BURNEY, Calif. (AP) — Fire officials say light rain and increased humidity helped crews make progress against two wildfires in a Northern California forest that are just miles apart and are threatening hundreds of homes. The smaller of the two fires in the Lassen National Forest is near Burney and threatening more than 700 homes, some of which have been evacuated. The nearby has forced the evacuation of about a dozen homes.

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Cooler temperatures and scattered showers helped firefighters hold the line on the Oregon Gulch fire in the Siskiyou Mountains straddling the Oregon-California border. Fire officials said today the fire remained at 57 square miles for the second day in a row.

Traffic and Safety Grant


Chico Leaders tonight expected to OK a Traffic and Safety Grant for its Police Department. The grant comes to almost 130 thousand dollars and will help cover overtime costs for traffic safety checkpoints and other related activities. The Department can use existing personnel until all the grant funds have been used. The grant runs from October of this year through the end of September of 2015. 

Bald Fire Update


Lower temperatures and higher humidity has helped with fighting the Bald Fire in Shasta County. Lightning strikes in an area Eight miles southeast of Fall River Mills started the fire just after 8 pm on Wednesday. The fire has burned over 39 thousand acres and is at 20% contained. According to the US Forest Service, the cooler weather and higher humidity have moderated the fire. 
 

Northern California Fires


BURNEY, Calif. (AP) — Officials hope humid conditions will aid firefighters battling two wildfires in Northern California that have scorched more than 100 square miles and are menacing a small town.
State fire spokeswoman Capt. Amy Head said Monday that the worst of the two fires raging within miles of each other threatens more than 700 structures.
Authorities report that eight homes have burned as a result of the blazes and residents in the town of Burney face possible evacuation.
Meanwhile, a major wildfire in the Siskiyou Mountains along the Oregon-California border has slowed as temperatures cooled, but it still jeopardizes 270 homes after burning six.
In Washington state, a wind-whipped blaze destroyed about a dozen structures and prompted an evacuation notice for around 80 homes.

Susanville Murder Trial


SUSANVILLE, Calif. (AP) — A special prosecutor has been named in the trial of a man charged in the killing of his girlfriend's husband, who was a police officer in Northern California. The Sacramento Bee reports that the Lassen County Board of Supervisors has approved a contract with Dan Howe to prosecute Robin James for the death of Robert McElrath, a Susanville police officer. The victim's estranged wife Joanna McElrath has already been convicted.

Skeletal remains of murder suspect found.


PETROLIA, Calif. (AP) — Officials say their search for a man suspected of killing his wife and two young daughters last year has ended with the discovery of skeletal remains on a Northern California riverbank. Shasta County sheriff's Detective Dave Eoff said dental records confirmed yesterday that the remains belonged to Shane Miller, who had been wanted for questioning since his wife, Sandy, and the couple's 8-year-old and 5-year-old daughters, were shot to death in their home in the rural community of Shingletown in May 2013.

Bald Fire


Fire crews continue to battle the Bald Fire. The blaze started eight miles southeast of Fall River Mills in the Lassen National Forest just after 8 pm on Wednesday. The fire has burned over 39 thousand acres and is about 5% contained. According to the United States Forest Service, old brush, grass, and isolated timber stringers are the main fuel sources for the fire. No structures have been reported threatened by the fire.

Eiler Fire


BURNEY, Calif. (AP) -- Firefighters are focusing on two wildfires near each other in Northern California that have blackened over 100 square miles. The Shasta County sheriff had the town of Burney on an evacuation watch after ordering residents of three small neighboring communities to leave on Saturday night. State officials said more than 700 homes were threatened.

Day Fire


Lightning causes a fire in Modoc County. The Day Fire started off of Day Road 2 miles north of the town of Day just after 5 pm Wednesday. The blaze has burned 4,500 acres and is about 5% contained. According to Cal Fire, mandatory evacuations are occurring from Schneider Ranch Road to the north end of Day Road with Day Road closed in that area. An Evacuation Center is being established at Fall River High School on Walnut Street in Fall River Mills. 200 structures are reported threatened in the area. Cal Fire says, there is a continued threat of thunderstorms along with erratic winds.     

Bald Fire


No reported containment for a fire in the Lassen National forest. The fire on Bald Mountain has charred over a thousand acres in the Hat Creek Ranger district. Fire officials fear the fire may spread as it burns amid heavy brush and steep terrain. There are no closures at this time but forest Officials urge residents to stay out of the general area. 

Web Fire


The Web Fire is almost fully contained. The fire stared in the remote area of Web Hollow and Big Chico Creek near Forest Ranch early Monday afternoon. The fire has burned 389 acres and as of Thursday evening was 80% contained. Cal Fire estimates full containment at around 8 pm tonight. 

Man struck and killed by a train identified


The Gridley man hit and killed by a train Monday afternoon has been identified as 51 year old Eloy Sandoval. Sandoval was struck about 2:30 Monday afternoon in an area south of Biggs near the Hastings Avenue and Sixth Street intersection. A Union Pacific Train Conductor reported a pedestrian had been hit by a train.

Web Fire Update


Fire crews are making progress on the Web Fire near Forest Ranch. The fire was reported in the area of Web Hollow and Big Chico Creak just after 1 pm Monday. The blaze has burned almost to 400 acres and is now 75% contained. According to Cal Fire, the forward progression of the fire has been stopped. There are no road closures and no evacuation orders at this time. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Chico Arrest


A man is arrested after trying to flee from Chico Police. A woman contacted police after hearing someone yelling on the roof of her house on Magnolia Avenue around 2:30 am Wednesday. When police came to the house they saw 32-year-old Shawn Cox on the roof acting very paranoid. Cox jumped from the roof and ran off through neighboring yards. Officers followed cox to Mars Way where he broke a window of a residence. Cox took a piece of broken glass and challenged officers. He then started to cut his face and neck with the glass before officers subdued Cox and arrested him. According to police, Cox admitted to recently using methamphetamine.

Shooting suspects on the loose


Chico Police are on the lookout for two suspects in a shooting. A 21-year-old who was delivering newspapers in the area of Centennial and Whitehall Place just after 4 am Sunday. Two hispanic males in their late teens drove by him in a white Honda and yelled at him telling him that he was in a gang controlled neighborhood. One of the suspects leaned out of the car and fired several shots at the victim's vehicle when he tried to drive away. According to police, a resident found a bullet hole at his residence in the neighborhood where the shooting took place. No one was injured and the incident is still under investigation.

Two women are arrested for robbery and elder abuse.


A 77-year-old woman told police that she was involved in a minor accident with 53-year-old Robin Jackson and 53-year-old Teresa Terry who were in a BMW on Cohasset Road just east of the Esplanade around 11 am Wednesday. While Jackson was borrowing the victim's cell phone Terry grabbed some cash and a checkbook from the victim's car. Jackson pushed the victim away after she tried to get her phone back. The victim tried to reach into the BMW to retrieve her checkbook but Jackson and Terry took off. An officer found the suspects in their BMW near Nord and West Sacramento Avenues and the two were arrested.

Glenn County Boating Accident


A boating accident on the Sacramento River is being investigated by the Glenn Couny Sheriff's Office. Two personal water crafts reportedly collided when one of the two crafts operated by 42 year old John Montz Jr. made an abrupt turn right in the path of a second craft operated by 38-year-old Jamie McDonald just before 7:30 pm Monday. According to the Glenn County Sheriff's Office, Montz Jr. was air lifted to a local hospital with a possible leg fracture. 15-year-old Emily McDonald, passenger on Montz's craft, had minor injuries and Jamie McDonald was not injured.

Butte County Fracking Measure


Butte County voters will have to wait to decide on a fracking measure. The Supervisors Tuesday ordered a 30 day study of the proposed initiative, meaning a public vote cannot be taken until November of 2016. The measure needed county clearance by August 8 to be on this fall's ballot. So the 30 day study means the measure cannot be voted on until the next election, which is in 2016. In the meantime, the county will continue on with its own ordinance, which bans fracking in Butte County. 

Web Fire Latest


Fire crews continue to battle the Web Fire. The fire started in the area of Web Hollow and Big Chico Creek near Forest Ranch early Monday afternoon. The fire has burned 375 acres and is 60% contained. A Cal Fire spokes person said that crews made great progress last night. There are still no road closures and no evacuations at this time.

Web Fire Update


The Web fire has now burned more than 175 acres near Forest Ranch. It is 15 percent contained. The fire started northwest of Highway 32 near Web Hollow and Big Chico Creek just after 1 Monday afternoon. According to Cal Fire, the blaze is in an area with heavy timber and access is limited by steep and rough terrain. ONE INJURY HAS BEEN REPORTED SINCE THE FIRE STARTED. THERE ARE CURRENTLY NO EVACUATION ORDERS AND THERE ARE NO REPORTS OF STRUCTURES IMMEDIATELY THREATENED BY THE BLAZE. NO ROAD CLOSURES ARE IN PLACE AT THIS TIME ALTHOUGH CALFIRE IS ADVISING DRIVERS TO USE CAUTION ON HWY 32 and there is talk that if the fire burns up a steep canyon, crews will set a back fire to move the fire AWAY from Highway 32.

Black Butte Lake Drowning


Tehama County authorities are ruling a drowning Sunday afternoon in Black Butte Lake accidental. Eyewitnesses report seeing 33 year old Mandeek Singh of Corning jump into the water off the dock and after a short struggle he went under. Divers were unable to recover the body until Monday morning. Sheriff's Coroner investigators removed the body and are considering the drowning accidental.

Butte County Fracking Petition


The on again off again petition on fracking in Butte County is on again. The measure that would go before voters has been held up as county officials checked meeting times and valid signatures. But now it appears the matter will be before Butte Supervisors. One county official says time is of the essence, for the measure must  receive county clearance by August 8th or it won't be on this November's ballot, instead having to wait until November of 2016. The measure asks voters if hydraulic fracturing in Butte County should be banned.  

Web Fire


The Web fire burns more than one hundred acres near Forest Ranch. The fire started northwest of Highway 32 near Web Hollow and Big Chico Creek just after 1 pm on Monday. According to Cal Fire, the blaze is in an area with heavy timber and access is limited by steep and rough terrain. By Monday night the fire had burned 130 acres and was 10% contained.

Bully Fire Suspect Charges


Authorities have added manslaughter to the charges facing the man who is suspected of starting the Bully Fire in Shasta County. The added charge against 37 year old Freddie Smoke the 3rd comes after officials found the body of a man inside the fire lines two weeks ago. Authorities say the truck Smoke was driving ignited some dry grass in the area of Roaring Creek Road. They say he was bringing soil to an illegal marijuana grow site. They're on the lookout for Smoke, who is free on bail after the original charges were filed.  

Sand Fire


PLYMOUTH, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters in Northern California are battling a wildfire that has destroyed 10 homes and forced hundreds of evacuations in the Sierra Nevada foothills, while a fire near Yosemite grew significantly overnight. Fire officials say the Sand Fire has burned about 3,800 acres in Amador and El Dorado counties since Friday. CalFire spokesman Lynne Tolmachoff says the fire threatens hundreds of homes east of Sacramento.

Bully Fire Contained


The Bully Fire has been fully contained. The fire started in the area of Bully Choop Road July 11th. According to Cal Fire, the blaze burned over 12 thousand acres before being contained on Saturday.

Fire South of Oroville


A vegetation fire burned south of Oroville over the weekend. Fire crews came out to an area west of the Memorial Cemetery near Lincoln Blvd. before 1 am on Saturday. Firefighters were able to contain the fire to about 4 acres. The fire burned dry brush between the cemetery and the railroad tracks. According to authorities, no structures were damaged and no one was hurt. The fire is under investigation.

Body found in Bidwell Park.


Police say the body is of a female in her 50's and she was found near the south side entrance to One Mile, reportedly in a Homeless Encampment Thursday morning. A news release says the death does NOT appear to be suspicious.

Willows Assault Arrest


A Willows man is arrested for an alleged physical assault. A 34-year-old woman called 911 and alleged that she had been physically assaulted by her husband, 35-year-old Jose Fabian at their residence on Country Road KK before 9 pm Wednesday. The woman told a Sheriff's deputy that Fabian, who came home intoxicated, had hit her in the face and tried to strangle her but she was able to get away. She found a worker in a nearby field and he stayed with her until the deputy arrived. Fabian was arrested and booked into the Glenn County Jail.

Zeigler Sentenced


A man gets more than 25 years in state prison for a stabbing and shooting in downtown Chico. 25 year old Anthony Zeigler was sentenced Wednesday after being convicted of an assault with a knife and another incident involving assault with a firearm. Authorities say Zeigler stabbed a man after a fight in a Chico bar a year ago May. Then earlier this year, he was convicted of shooting a person in the knee. He will also have to pay the shooting victim more than 10 thousand dollars in restitution and more than 9 thousand to the State Victim Compensation Fund. 

Another Northstate county joins the State of Jefferson movement.


Score another one for the fledgling State of Jefferson. Sutter County Leaders opted Tuesday to join the movement to withdraw from California and create a new state. Sutter now joins five other counties to be part of the movement. They are Tehama, Glenn, Modoc, Siskiyou and Yuba. The efort to create a new state requires the approval of the State Legislature and the Congress. 

More on the burglary in Chico earlier this week...


Some of the property stolen recently by two burglars apparently belongs to a Chico businessman. The owner of a Chico auto shop notified authorities that he saw some items that belonged to him while watching a newscast on television Tuesday night. The Nord Avenue business owner claims he saw some items that were stolen from his business over the weekend. The discovery stems from a burglary on Tuesday afternoon on Greenwich Drive in Chico. Two men were arrested.

Bully Fire Update


The Bully Fire is no more than 90 percent contained. The wildfire has burned over 12 thousand acres and is 93 percent contained. According to Cal Fire, firefighters continue to strengthen established containment lines and resources will remain committed to the mopping up of the area. There are no road closures in effect at this time.

Thousands of dollars of diesel stolen from a Glenn County Farm.


Robert Vanella the owner of Vanella Farms on County Road 20 in Orland reported the theft to the Glenn County Sheriff's Office just before 2 pm on Monday. It is unknown at this time how much diesel was stolen but Vanella told deputies that the tank had just been filled and he believed anywhere from 500 to 5000 gallons was stolen. According to the Sheriff's office, the estimated loss could be as high as $20,000. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Glenn County Sheriff's Office.   

More West Nile Virus Activity in Butte County.


Mosquito officials say 8 more groups of mosquitoes have tested positive for the virus. The Mosquito and Vector Control District reports 4 of the groups were found southwest of Palermo, two south of Chico and two west of Dayton. Tuesday's find comes less than a week after the district announced the discovery of mosquitoes that tested positive for the virus.  

Chico Burglary


Two would be burglars didn't make off with any loot AND get arrested. The man who was the victim reportedly chased down one suspect and detained him until police arrived. The incident happened Tuesday afternoon on Greenwich Drive in Chico as the thieves were seen stealing items from a boat parked in a driveway. One suspect was detained and arrested and the other was arrested a few minutes later after fleeing on his bike. And all of the stolen property was returned.

Update on the body found found in a burned vehicle in a Chico orchard.


 
Authorities say the man who was found inside a burned vehicle in Chico last month DID commit suicide. Firefighters found 29 year old Andrew Kurbow's body in the early morning hours of June 11 after responding to reports of a vehicle burning in an orchard near Marian Avenue. The case was initially declared suspicious. 

The Bully Fire is over 85 percent contained.


According to Cal Fire the blaze has burned over 12 thousand acres and is about 86% contained. Progress is being made on all areas of the fire and fire crews continue to strengthen established containment lines. All evacuation orders and advisories in the area have been lifted. 

Fire officials are saying that the Cherokee Fire has been contained.


According to Cal Fire, ten acres had already burned by the time fire crews arrived near Cherokee Road northeast of Oroville just before 3 pm Monday. The fire burned a total of about 16 acres before it was fully contained around 6:30 pm Monday. No structures were threatened from the fire.

The autopsy report has been released for victims of the I-5 Bus collision.


WILLOWS, Calif. (AP) — Authorities have released the cause of death for nine of the 10 victims of a Northern California crash between a charter bus full of students and a FedEx tractor-trailer.
Glenn County Sheriff Larry Jones said Monday that seven of the victims in April's crash succumbed from asphyxiation due to smoke inhalation. Two others died of multiple traumas from the collision.
The cause of death for a 10th victim was being handled by Sacramento County medical examiners. Jones said that person died at a hospital burn unit.
The bus was carrying 44 students from Southern California for a free tour of Humboldt State University on the state's far north coast. Many were hoping to be the first in their families to attend college. Five students and three adult chaperones died, along with the drivers.
The cause of the crash is under investigation.

Fire crews are close to containing the Bully Fire.


According to Cal Fire the wildfire has burned over 12 thousand acres with the blaze more than 75% contained. Firefighters continue to mop up and strengthen control lines. All evacuation orders and advisories in the area have been lifted and there are no evacuation shelters open at this time.

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