Sarah Bohannon

Interim News Director

Sarah is one of the early birds of the NSPR team, hosting Morning Edition Monday through Wednesday. She grew up in the North State – in the small town of Biggs – before heading off to enjoy the beautiful beaches of Santa Cruz. After finishing her general education at Cabrillo College, Sarah attended Chico State. There she earned a degree in journalism and a minor in nutrition. During her time at the university, Sarah wrote for the college’s award-winning newspaper, the Orion. She also worked as both a news intern and the associate producer of the series “Reflections” at North State Public Radio. Sarah’s previous experience also includes two years working in multimedia at a local nonprofit, where she created educational materials about farming and nutrition. Along with being the station's interim news director, Sarah is the producer of the programs Cultivating Place, Up the Road and Common Ground for Common Good

Several major fires are still burning throughout California. Here's an update:

·      Wednesday night a brushfire was sparked in Santa Clarita near Interstate 5. According to the Los Angeles County Fire Department Twitter page the Calgrove Fire is currently 398 acres and is 60% contained. All evacuations have been lifted.

It seems bears aren’t the only thing to hibernate over the winter – fires apparently can too.

Smoke is rising from the already charred landscape of the Happy Camp Complex – one of the biggest fires to rage in the North State last year. Burning more than 130,000 acres in the Klamath National Forest last August, the Happy Camp Complex was thought to be put out, but it’s now known that four small areas are still smoldering within the fire’s perimeter. Kerry Greene, public affairs officer for the Klamath National Forest, explains how it’s possible for a fire to burn that long.

A small vegetation fire closed the eastbound lane of Highway 162 near Bidwell Bar Bridge in Oroville Wednesday morning. The fire was contained at ½ an acre. All lanes have been reopened.

The fire was reported around 6:40 a.m. The Cal Fire Butte Unit responded to the fire and had it contained in about an hour and a half. Traffic was periodically halted to allow emergency vehicles to get to the blaze. The cause of the fire is currently unknown and is under investigation.

Today about 4,000 firefighters are still battling major wildfires throughout California, according to a Cal Fire fire summary released this morning. 

In the North State:

·        The 1,550-acre Saddle Fire in Trinity County northwest of Hyampom remains 95 percent contained. Full containment is expected by noon today.  

Non-North State fires:

In Shasta County, authorities have arrested a man in connection with a suspected arson fire that was set Wednesday on the west side of Redding. Firefighters held the Canyon Fire to 23 acres. No homes were lost and no injuries were reported. Authorities arrested 24-year-old Alan Ward on felony charges in connection with the blaze. They say Ward has confessed, and the fire is now 100 percent contained. 

8 a.m. update (6/18):

  • Firefighters in Shasta County started battling a vegetation fire around 6 Wednesday night. At last report, firefighters had stopped the forward spread of the Canyon Fire, which was holding at about 20 acres. The fire is located on Canyon Creek Road and Buenaventura Boulevard in Redding.
  • A fire that started burning Wednesday afternoon in western Tehama County is now 100 percent contained. Before being put out the Fork Fire burned approximately 55 acres off Lowery Road, north of the community of Paskenta. 

Sarah Bohannon / NSPR

Glenn-Colusa Irrigation District has announced it will use more groundwater after farmers in its service area got news Wednesday that they’ll see further surface water cutbacks.

Wednesday night Glenn-Colusa Irrigation District turned on pumps at five wells in Glenn County, which span an area from Hamilton City to Oro Bend. Thaddeaus Bettner is the general manager at GCID.

9:30 a.m. update (6/23):

A public meeting was held Sunday as officials prepared to turn management of the Saddle Fire back to local authorities. The fire is still 95% contained. Total acreage burned is still 1,550 acres. 

9:20 a.m. update (6/19):

The size of the Saddle Fire burning near Hyampom in Trinity County has decreased by 120 acres at the last update this morning. It’s unknown whether that decrease is due to containment or an adjusted estimate of the fire’s size – which is currently 880 acres. 

The fire began Tuesday during a lighting storm. The entire community of Hyampom is under an advisory evacuation, with areas northwest of the town along county road 311 under mandatory evacuation. An evacuation center has been set up by the Red Cross at Hayfork High School. 

About 100 Trinity County residents are being evacuated due to a fire that – at last report – had spread across 750 acres.