Marc Albert

Reporter, Morning Edition Host

North State Public Radio reporter Marc Albert joined the staff in 2010 as a morning program host. Formerly a reporter at the Oakland Tribune, Alameda Sun, Berkeley Voice and other publications, Marc is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Cruz and attended the University of California at Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. A California resident since 1987, Marc has lived in Kyoto, Japan, Georgetown, Malaysia and Bangkok, Thailand. He originally hails from New York City. His first public radio experience was at age 16, answering phones during pledge drives at the storied WBAI. He later served as a volunteer reporter at KUSP-Santa Cruz, WBAI-New York and KPFA-Berkeley before embarking on a decade plus sojourn in print journalism. He has proudly called Chico his home since 2008.

Noah Berger / AP Photo

Pacific Gas & Electric Company, whose poorly maintained equipment has been blamed for igniting several recent mega fires in Northern California, has agreed to pay $1 billion to local governments.

Attorneys representing 14 local public entities announced the settlement with PG&E on Tuesday to cover “taxpayer losses.” The fires include a 2015 fire in Calaveras County, a series of wine country fires in 2017 and the Camp Fire, which killed 85 people in Paradise and surrounding communities.

City of Redding

Town councils are meeting in many local jurisdictions to weigh issues of importance tonight.

Redding

Redding officials are being asked to approve minor changes to the speed limits on certain segments of certain roads. The changes are being proposed to make speed limits more enforceable under state law.

Klamath National Forest

State Highway 96 remains closed in Siskiyou County due to wildfire. Forest service officials say Caltrans is working to reopen the closed segment—between Highway 263 and the Gottville takeout—by early afternoon. Once reopened, traffic will be escorted by a pilot car. The road will be closed again tonight starting at 10 p.m. The closure will continue until 6 a.m. Wednesday.

Angel Huracha

It’s time for our weekly check in with federal state and local government representatives about the status of recovery in the Camp Fire’s wake.

Joining NSPR's Marc Albert on the line is Debra Young with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Justin Jacobs with the California Governor’s office of emergency services, Casey Hatcher with Butte County and Colette Curtis with the town of Paradise.

Marc Albert

Eager to learn why, and curious about how to cope, several dozen locals attended a Pacific Gas and Electric Company open house in Chico Wednesday evening, days after the company preemptively cut power, due to extreme wildfire risk.

The company is holding similar forums throughout its service area through July.  

Marc Albert

Fully half of the proposals developed to make Paradise more resilient to wildfire wound up dead in the water at the Paradise Town Council meeting Tuesday evening.   

Conceived in the wake of the Camp Fire, the deadliest wildfire in state history, twenty concepts, the vast majority fire related building code changes, were developed over a series of well attended public meetings.

Rich Pedronchelli / AP Photo

Extreme fire danger prompted Pacific Gas & Electric Company to interrupt electricity service to thousands over the weekend, in order to reduce the risk of wildfire.

 

NSPR’s Marc Albert spoke with PG&E spokesman Paul Moreno about the company’s decision to trigger precautionary blackouts when dangerous fire weather conditions are occurring.

Noah Berger / AP Photo

The Butte County Board of Supervisors will be asked to approve several housing related measures, offering some financial relief to those displaced by the Camp Fire.

One measure would essentially allow armed services veterans affected by the fire to get building permits for free. The county would use the annual allotment from a state grant to backfill the permit fees.

Paradise Alliance Church

 

Paradise officials are expected to walk a fine line when they meet at the Paradise Alliance Church this evening, balancing fire resistance with reasonable costs at the outset of a lengthy reconstruction process.

A total of 20 items will be considered, some pricey, some not. One proposal would require sprinklers inside new residential construction—at an estimated cost of six to eight thousand dollars. Another is totally free and eliminates the annoyance of repeatedly cleaning out roof gutters, by prohibiting them.

 

Noah Berger / AP Photo


Noticeably cooler air will bring an abrupt end to the year’s first real heat spell. But, despite cooler weather, North State firefighters will be on high alert over the next three days.

The break in the heat is courtesy of a storm dropping into the Pacific Northwest out of the Gulf of Alaska. But once the storm moves east of the cascades, its cyclonic—or circular— movement will send parched air off the Nevada and eastern Oregon desert our way, creating elevated risk of fire over the next several days.

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