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Yuba County fire destroys homes | Rices, Jan-Dar fire updates | Sacramento mass shooting

The latest North State and California news on our airwaves for Tuesday, July 5.

Fire destroys several homes in Olivehurst

A fast-moving fire in Yuba County destroyed several homes Saturday in the community of Olivehurst.

Dubbed the 11th Fire, the fire destroyed three homes and an outbuilding, according to Russ Brown, the county’s media and community relations coordinator.

“Services are being put together to make sure those families are housed, to have a place to be while they kind of figure out what to do next,” Brown said.

The Yuba County Office of Emergency Services said anyone impacted by the fire should reach out to Yuba County Health and Human Services.

Jamie Jiang, NSPR

Firefighters make good progress on Rices, Sandra, Jan-Dar fires

All evacuations and road closures have been lifted for the Rices Fire burning in Nevada County. Cal Fire’s Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit reported Monday that favorable weather conditions allowed firefighters to extinguish hot spots and keep the fire from entering Yuba County.

The fire began as a structural fire last Tuesday. At the last report from Cal Fire this morning, the fire was 904 acres in size and 85% contained. Full containment is expected today.

Fifteen firefighters and one civilian have been injured in the Rices Fire. Thirteen structures have been destroyed, including five homes. So far, the fire has cost $15.5 million to fight, according to theNational Interagency Fire Center.

Separately, in Butte County, theJan-Dar Fire, which started late Monday afternoon in the community of Bangor, is now 50% contained at 30 acres. The fire prompted evacuation orders and warnings near Oro Bangor Highway. All evacuations were lifted for the fire Monday night.

Also in Butte County, the Sandra Fire burning near Forbestown was fully contained over the weekend at 34 acres. In its final update on the fire published Sunday, Cal Fire reported the fire resulted in two injuries. Three outbuildings and two structures were destroyed.

Jamie Jiang, NSPR

One dead, four wounded in Sacramento mass shooting

One person was killed and four others were shot early Monday morning in downtown Sacramento, police say. It’s the second mass shooting in the central city in the last three months.

Family members have identified the dead man as Greg Grimes, an assistant football coach at Sacramento’s Inderkum High School. Police say they have made no arrests.

The scene is four blocks from the California State Capitol and six blocks from the scene of a mass shooting on April 3 in which six people died and twelve were wounded.

Police say the April shooting was a gang shootout. Three people were arrested and charged in that incident.

CapRadio Staff

Governor signs bill aimed at reducing plastic pollution

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill into law last week taking aim at plastic producers. The law outlines a roadmap toward reducing the state’s reliance on single-use plastics.

Among its measures, Senate Bill 54 mandates a 25% reduction of single-use plastic packaging within three years. It also requires that all single-use packaging be recyclable or compostable by 2032.

Under the law, producers of single-use packaging will also financially contribute to state efforts aimed at cutting plastic pollution.

CapRadio Staff

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In other news

  • Shasta County exodus under anti-mandate board continues: “Director of Adult Services Paige Greene is the latest Shasta County department head to leave her job. Since the recall of Supervisor Leonard Moty in February, which ushered in a new majority on the Board of Supervisors, three high-ranking administrators have left.” — Redding Record Searchlight
  • California cuts cannabis taxes to heal ailing industry: “Gov. Newsom and the Legislature cut a California cannabis tax, but not everyone is convinced it’s enough to stabilize the legal market. Social equity operators say the changes don’t do nearly enough to help them.” — CalMatters

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