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 Bethel Church Redding and the Salvation Army are providing meals, food, bedding, cleaning supplies, personal hygiene products and items for babies and toddlers to victims of the Carr Fire. 

 

With parts of the city in ruins, elected leaders gathering this morning to proclaim a local emergency in Redding. The designation will suspend competitive bidding requirements, allowing expedited repairs.

According to City Attorney Barry DeWalt, declaring a local emergency will also make it easier for Redding to receive state aid, along with federal funds, should they be made available.

Brad Alexander, a spokesman for the state Office of Emergency Services said officials’ primary concern has been fighting the fire, evacuations and restoring electricity once danger passes.

A community meeting about the Carr Fire took place at 4 p.m. Monday, July 30th at the Redding Civic Auditorium. You can watch the full viedo of the meeting by clicking here. 

At the meeting officials said that Cal Fire Damage Inspection Specialists have provided affected community members with a live damage assesment map. It can be found at https://tinyurl.com/carrfirestructuremap.

Dave visits with Karla K. Morton and Alan Birkelbach, two poets laureate from Texas. In 2013, Karla herd a speaker talk about the 2016 centennial of the National Parks and decided to do something meaningful to celebrate it. She invited her fellow poet laureate Alan to join her on a quest to share the parks through the lens of poetry by visiting all 60 parks together. Their journey is nearly at the halfway point as of this interview. Journey through what Wallace Stegner called "the best idea America ever had," our national parks and yes, you will hear some lovely poems!

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CalFire is reporting that 536 structures have been destroyed in the Carr Fire. Five people have been killed, including two children. Officials are still assessing the number of destroyed and damaged homes. Currently 5,000 still remain threatened. The Carr Fire is currently the 18th most destructive wildfire that’s happened in California in the last 15 years. It’s nearly 90,000 acres and still 5 percent contained.

The following places are taking monetary donations for victims of the Carr Fire:

We talk with the director and cast from "The Wolves," a Pulitzer Prize nominated drama about nine young women on a high school soccer team, facing the pressures and exhilarations of life. The play is produced by Slow Theatre (the organization that also puts together Chico's popular theatrical event the Butcher Shop). "The Wolves" will be on stage the first weekend in August at 1078 Gallery in its brand new location on Park Avenue in Chico.

The Carr Fire has claimed a second fatality. Officials announced that a City of Redding firefighter was killed last night. A bulldozer operator was killed yesterday.

In a sign of just how out of control the inferno remains, CalFire moments ago said nearly 5,000 structures are now under threat. In an assessment since dawn, officials said 65 structures have been utterly destroyed, another 55 damaged.

CalFire spokesman Scott McLean said the fire has jumped the Sacramento River.

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We head up the road to California’s first mission this week, Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcalá. (“Basilica” was bestowed by the Pope in 1976, a title signifying a church of major historic significance.) The ceremonial establishment of San Diego as Spanish colony came on July 16, 1769, when the assembled multitudes ascended the hill above their encampment. The first official European foothold in California, this “Plymouth Rock of the West Coast” was chosen as both California’s first mission and associated military outpost or presidio because of its commanding views of the valley and the bay. After a solemn mass, Father Junípero Serra, the “father president” of California’s not-yet-founded mission chain, dedicated the site to the glory of God.

The garden is a full contact playground engaging us at all levels: We can hear, we can taste, we can see and smell - touch and feel. Tovah Martin is gardener and garden writer who explores the truth and the manifold joys of this truth in her new book “The Garden in Every Sense and Season” out now from Timber Press. Tovah joins us this week on Cultivating Place to share more. Listen in!

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Catching a wild bird and strapping a band onto its foot may not seem that revealing if you aren’t in the bird world, but for biologists at Lassen Volcanic National Park the information they collect from this type of tracking tells them a lot about the park’s condition.

Each year Lassen Volcanic National Park holds public demonstrations on bird banding, which take place the third weekend in July. This year the demonstration was led by wildlife biologist Mike Magnuson who taught people everything from how to monitor birds to how to tell if they’re male or female.

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