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Rices Fire update | North State abortion access | California gun legislation 

The latest North State and California news on our airwaves for Wednesday, June 29.

Rices Fire has potential to cross into Yuba County, officials say 

A fire burning in Nevada County is threatening more than 500 homes and other buildings, and Cal Fire officials say it has potential to cross over to Yuba County.

At a press briefing last night, Cal Fire Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit Chief Brian Estes said the agency’s main suppression efforts are to keep the fire from dropping into the Yuba River drainage.

“If it does go into the Yuba River drainage, and then crosses that drainage, it crosses into Yuba County from Nevada County and we could have some tremendous impacts to the communities of Dobbins, Oregon House and Brownsville,” he said.

Officials have issued evacuation advisories for two evacuation zones — YUB-E095 and YUB-E098 — in Yuba County. The advisories mean residents should stay alert to changing conditions of the Rices Fire.

As of 7:19 a.m. today, the Rices Fire was 769 acres in size with no containment. The cause is under investigation.

Sarah Bohannon, NSPR

Forward progress stopped on Glenn County fire

Firefighters say forward progress has been stopped on the Burrows Fire burning north of the Glenn County community of Elk Creek.

According to Cal Fire, the fire was 75% contained and about 317 acres as of 7:25 a.m. today. No communities are threatened. The cause is under investigation.

Jamie Jiang, NSPR

Abortion access in California isn’t equal statewide, many North State counties don’t have clinics  

With Roe v. Wade overturned, much of the country is looking to California as an abortion sanctuary for those seeking care. But access in the state isn’t distributed equally.

Susie Neilson, data reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle, recently published an article on the issue.

“I think a lot of people nationwide think of California as a haven for abortion, a place where abortion is really easy to access, and while that might be true, relatively speaking on the national level, it is still hard to get an abortion in certain counties in the state,” she said.

Using data from the Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health research program — which is based at UC San Francisco — Neilson found that 22 counties in California don't have any abortion clinics. Counties in the North State without clinics include Glenn, Colusa, Lassen, Plumas, Siskiyou, Tehama and Trinity.

Adia White, NSPR 

State lawmakers approve bill allowing lawsuits against those selling illegal guns 

Gov. Gavin Newsom will soon get the gun bill he requested after Texas passed a law allowing citizens to sue anyone who provides or assists in providing an abortion.

The approval of the bill by the legislature follows two decisions by the Supreme Court last week — one that effectively overturns Roe v. Wade and allows states to create their own abortion laws. The other struck down a New York concealed weapons law. That ruling effectively expanded the rights of gun owners and sellers in states that have restrictive gun laws like California.

The California bill allowing lawsuits over the sale of illegal guns was opposed by groups that are rarely in agreement. Gun rights organizations and the ACLU both criticized creating a bounty to encourage people to bring civil actions to punish crimes.

CapRadio Staff

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