Sarah Bohannon

News Director

Sarah Bohannon is the News Director of North State Public Radio. She was previously the station’s Morning Edition host and a reporter. She's also produced many of NSPR's programs and podcasts including: After Paradise, a National Edward R. Murrow Award-winning program about post-Camp Fire recovery; California Burning, a five-part series looking into the history and solutions of catastrophic wildfires in California; Cultivating Place; Up The Road; and Common Ground for Common Good. Sarah was raised in Butte County. She holds a B.A. in Journalism from California State University, Chico. 

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Hot temperatures can be dangerous – leading to heat exhaustion or sometimes even more threatening, a heat stroke.

With valley temperatures soaring past 110 degrees in some places Thursday and Friday even those who are well acquainted with the North State’s hot summers should play it safe.

Warning signs of a heat stroke include a thermometer measured temperature above 103 degrees; red, hot and dry skin without sweating; rapid, strong pulse and a throbbing headache.

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. 

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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.