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Peter Fire in Shasta County | Dixie Fire drone probe | Child care jobs return

The latest North State and California news on our airwaves for Friday, July 15. 

‘I can’t water without PG&E’: Anderson resident describes experience evacuating Peter Fire 

Katie Hoffman lives in the area where the Peter Fire is burning. She owns a small pet grooming business and is co-owner of Tortoise Acres a tortoise and turtle rescue and sanctuary. She spoke with NSPR while trying to find her many animals during the fire. Hoffman said she didn’t receive a notification from officials about the fire and that she had her electricity turned off, which left her without water to protect her property.

— Jamie Jiang, NSPR 

Forward progress stopped on Peter Fire in Shasta County 

Efforts to contain the Peter Fire burning in west Anderson continue. Cal Fire says forward progress of the fire has been stopped, at their last report at 9 p.m. Thursday the fire was 25% contained at 304 acres. The agency says 12 structures have been destroyed. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

NSPR Staff

The Dixie Fire started a year ago: A look at the status of the investigation into the drone that got in the way of the initial firefight

Wednesday marked one year since the start of the Dixie Fire, which remains the state’s largest single fire in history. Cal Fire has determined the fire’s cause to be from a tree contacting PG&E distribution lines, but officials say there’s another reason the fire was able to spread into the massive blaze it did — a drone got in the way of fire suppression efforts. NSPR takes a look at the status of the case.

Jamie Jiang, NSPR 

Child care jobs lost at start of COVID-19 pandemic return

Child care jobs that were cut at the start of the coronavirus pandemic are steadily returning in California. That’s according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Overall, 91% of jobs at daycare centers in California have come back. That might sound good, but the state lags behind the rest of the U.S. economy.

Daisy Nguyen (KQED), The California Report

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