2018 Fire Season

NSPR aims to bring you accurate and comprehensive fire coverage in the North State. Here you will find all of our fire updates and stories.

Our staff will not be providing updates on wildfires between 7 p.m. - 6 a.m. You can stay updated on the latest information by tracking and monitoring fires on social media. To ensure you're alerted if there is an emergency in your area, sign up for emergency alerts in your county, and always have an emergency kit ready to go in case of an evacuation. 

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Those who rode out the Carr and other major wildfires may be eligible for significant federal financial help, but time is running out. 

 

 

Applicants for emergency disaster grants have until Oct. 3 to get in their paperwork.

 

Marc Albert

 

This story was last updated on 9/7/18 at 9:02 a.m. 

The Delta Fire continues to grow. As of Friday morning it was 24,558 acres in size and zero percent contained.  According to the U.S. Forest Service, numerous structures are threatened and evacuation orders and warnings remain for parts of Shasta, Siskiyou and Trinity counties. The largest city under immediate threat is Dunsmuir which is under an evacuation warning. NSPR’s Marc Albert ventured through the smoke to Dunsmuir yesterday. He said residents displayed a range of emotions. Longtime resident Curtis Smith said this year’s fires have been the worst in his lifetime. 

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People who suffered some financial loss or inconvenience due to the Carr Fire can still apply for help with groceries, but they’ll have to move fast. 

 

Applicants have until Wednesday evening to apply for emergency food aid in Shasta County.  

 

Jill Haskett is a spokeswoman for the Shasta County Health and Human Services Agency. 

Several urgency ordinances related to the Carr Fire were passed by the Redding City Council Tuesday night. 

As Redding moves to cleanup mode City Manager Barry Tippin asked the council to continue with the declaration of a local emergency.  The Federal Emergency Management Agency will reimburse funds the city has paid out in the wake of the Carr Fire, but only if certain requirements are met.  One is the declaration of an emergency, which allows cleanup efforts to begin without a vote by the council for each item. Tippin told the council the city sustained considerable damage to its trail system including to four bridges. 

Kari Greer/U.S. Forest Service

Wildfires have spread loss and misery across much of California this summer. While firefighters and weather conditions are breaking up blankets of smoke from the Carr Fire and Mendocino Complex the peak of fire season is far from over. New devastating conflagrations in coming months are almost a certainty – meaning more bad air quality likely is too.

NSPR's Marc Albert interviewed Venessa Vidovich, supervising public health nurse for the Shasta County Health and Human Services Agency's Communicable Disease Unit about the dangers that lurk in wildfire smoke and how best to avoid them. 

Record-Breaking Fire Tornado Killed California Firefighter

Aug 17, 2018
AP Photo/John Locher

(AP) – In the history of California wildfires there has never been anything like it: A churning tornado filled with fire, the size of three football fields.

An official report describes in chilling detail the intensity of the rare fire phenomenon and how quickly it took the life of Redding firefighter Jeremy Stoke, who was enveloped in seconds as he tried to evacuate residents on July 26.

Image used courtesy of shastareddingrecovers.org

State agencies will provide free cleanup help to survivors of the Carr Fire, which won’t exactly get people back on their feet, but it will at least open the road to recovery.

Those whose homes were decimated by wildfire in the Redding area can receive both technical help and plenty of elbow grease that should clear the way to rebuilding. Brian Crane, the City of Redding’s Carr Fire recovery director, said the process is more involved than people might think.

Marc Albert

Two members of President Trump’s cabinet received a sobering taste of the power of nature Monday as they toured ruins in and around Redding, where the Carr Fire is blamed for taking eight lives and destroying more than a thousand homes.

A Cal Fire heavy equipment mechanic was killed early Thursday in an apparent single vehicle crash along State Route 99.  

 

Map used courtesy of Cal Fire

On Sunday, The Mercury News published "Homes in the fire zone: Risk growing as more people move to once rural regions,” which was reported by Lisa Krieger and delved into why California’s fire seasons seem to be getting worse, and why large areas once thought nearly immune from such risks are now recognized as quite vulnerable. 

Northern California was mentioned as having many at risk communities. This included the entire City of Chico that is considered to be in the Wildland Urban Interface, defined as where homes are built near or among lands prone to wildfire. 

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