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Regional monkeypox cases | Neighbors and wildfire | Gun bills signed

The latest North State and California news on our airwaves for Friday, July 22. 

Monkeypox largely not in the North State, but officials say it’s only a matter of time

Monkeypox cases continue to rise in California. As of Thursday there were 434 probable and confirmed cases throughout the state. That’s an increase of 78 cases since Tuesday. The California Department of Public Health told NSPR it isn’t currently reporting county-level statistics. To find out the number of cases in the North State, NSPR reached out to health departments in the 11 counties that make up the station’s listening area.

— Sarah Bohannon, NSPR 

You can harden your home to wildfire, but you really need your neighbors to harden theirs, too

People living in the suburbs or a city like Chico may think they’re relatively safe from wildfires. But Tom Esgate, managing director of the Lassen Fire Safe Council says that’s not true. Earlier this year he told NSPR the problem is burning embers, which can be catapulted miles ahead of an advancing fire. He says any house that isn’t hardened and catches on fire can trigger a chain reaction of other houses igniting. Most counties in the North State have Fire Safe Councils that provide trainings about preparing houses to better withstand wildfires.

Ken Devol and Sarah Bohannon, NSPR  

Winding Fire in Yuba County nearly fully contained

Cal Fire’s Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit said Thursday the Winding Fire that started Monday three miles south of Oregon House was 95% contained. The fire has been held to 82 acres. Six homes were destroyed, and the agency says engines and other resources could patrol the area over the next few days.

Andre Byik, NSPR

Newsom signs gun bills to restrict 3D-printed weapons, beef up school safety

Gov. Gavin Newsom Thursday signed a handful of bills to crack down on gun sales in California. The bills further restrict who, where, and what kind of firearms can be sold in the state. One measure also bans individuals from making 3D-printed guns and requires anyone who sells three or more per year to get a manufacturing license from the state.

CapRadio Staff

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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.