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Winding Fire damage | Monkeypox caution | Forest recovery threatened

The latest North State and California news on our airwaves for Thursday, July 21. 

Winding Fire destroys 6 homes; all evacuation orders lifted

The Winding Fire in Yuba County has destroyed six homes, according to county officials. The fire started Monday three miles south of Oregon House, and Cal Fire said Thursday the fire was holding at 82 acres and was 80% contained. All evacuation orders and warnings have been lifted.

— Andre Byik, NSPR 

Monkeypox risk low in Shasta County but awareness advised, officials say

Monkeypox cases are on the rise in California. As of Tuesday, the California Department of Public Health reported 356 probable and confirmed cases of the virus across the state. Shasta County health officials say no cases have been detected in the county. They say transmission risk is low, but residents should be aware of the virus.

Sarah Bohannon, NSPR  

California lawmaker calls monkeypox response ‘maddeningly slow’

State Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon said he sent a letter Wednesday to U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra, urging the declaration of a public health emergency for monkeypox. He called the response to the virus “maddeningly slow.”

CapRadio Staff

Report: Rate of tree deaths threatens California climate solution

California’s trees are dying at an alarming rate, and the loss is posing a direct threat to one of the state’s climate solutions. According to a new report out of UC Irvine, the state’s forests are not keeping up with large wildfires. And ongoing droughts are making it difficult for forests to recover, affecting the state’s ability to naturally capture and store emissions from burning fossil fuel.

Megan Jamerson (KCRW), The California Report

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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.
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.