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Dixie Fire: SPECIAL COVERAGE (9/9)

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Firefighters watch the Bear Fire approach in Oroville, Calif., on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020. The blaze, part of the lightning-sparked North Complex, expanded at a critical rate of spread as winds buffeted the region.

Firefighters continue to battle more than a dozen major fires across the state. Cal Fire is urging residents to remember that fire season is far from over.

More than 700 people remain evacuated due to the Dixie Fire across Lassen, Shasta, and Plumas counties. With more than 1,200 structures destroyed, many residents are not able to return.

In today's half-hour, an update on the fire weather conditions for the week and what to look for as the fast-growing wildfire litigation industry races to recruit victims.

Also, NSPR's Alec Stutson speaks with Journalist Jane Braxton Little about her decades of reporting on fires and the conditions that lead to this year's wildfire season.

Plus, this Wednesday marked the first anniversary of the fire that destroyed Berry Creek and Feather Falls. The North Complex fire destroyed 1,200 structures and killed 16 people.

NSPR's Sarah Bohannon recently visited Berry Creek to speak with survivors about the conditions they've been living in and why they feel like they've been forgotten.

Adia White is a broadcast journalist and producer with nearly 10 years of experience. Her work has appeared on WNYC, This American Life, Capital Public Radio and other local and national programs. She started at North State Public Radio as a freelance reporter in 2017 before leaving for a stint at Northern California Public Media in Santa Rosa.
Sarah is an award-winning reporter, producer and editor. She’s worked at North State Public Radio for six years and was previously the station’s News Director before leaving to study at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism.
A graduate of California State University, Chico, Andre Byik is an award-winning journalist who has reported in Northern California since 2012. He joined North State Public Radio in 2020, following roles at the Chico Enterprise-Record and Chico News & Review.
Ken came to NSPR through the back door as a volunteer, doing all the things that volunteers do. Almost nothing – nothing -- in his previous work experience suggests that he would ever be on public radio.
Matt Fidler is a producer and sound designer with over 15 years’ experience producing nationally distributed public radio programs. He has worked for shows such as Freakonomics Radio, Selected Shorts, Studio 360, The New Yorker Radio Hour and The Takeaway. In 2017, Matt launched the language podcast Very Bad Words, hitting the #28 spot in the iTunes podcast charts.
Alec Stutson grew up in Colorado and graduated from the University of Missouri with degrees in Radio Journalism, 20th/21st Century Literature, and a minor in Film Studies. He is a huge podcast junkie, as well as a movie nerd and musician.
Angel Huracha has been a part of the journalism field since 2006 and has covered a range of topics. He is a graduate of Chico State with a Bachelor's degree in news-editorial and public relations with a minor in English.