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McKinney Fire update | Fire smoke protection | Monkeypox emergency

The latest North State and California news on our airwaves for Tuesday, Aug. 2. 

McKinney Fire burns 85 square miles; firebreaks created around Yreka

The deadly McKinney Fire in Siskiyou County has burned more than 55,000 acres and was 0% contained, according to Cal Fire’s update Monday night. The Associated Press reports rainy and cloudy weather has helped the firefight, and firefighters have created firebreaks around the threatened city of Yreka.

NSPR Staff

How to protect yourself from wildfire smoke

The North State has largely been spared from smoke this year, but during peak fire season, it’s always good to be ready. The Butte County Air Quality Management District is particularly concerned about people sensitive to smoke. Staying indoors and properly fitted N-95 masks can offer protection.

— Ken Devol, NSPR

California declares state of emergency for monkeypox

After pressure from LGBTQ advocates and some local officials, California Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency Monday in response to the monkeypox outbreak. Newsom’s office says his action will bolster the state’s ability to distribute tests, vaccines and other support. Read the full story.

CapRadio Staff

Federal program could help state infrastructure amid disasters

The mix of fires, drought and even record rainfall in some parts of California are taking a toll on the state’s infrastructure. A new federal program unveiled last week could funnel hundreds of millions of dollars to the Golden State to help safeguard its roads and bridges.

Caleigh Wells (KCRW), The California Report

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