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Butte County fire sirens | Mill Fire settlement | Cal Fire hazard map

The latest North State and California news on our airwaves for Thursday, Dec. 15.

Butte County supervisors explore outdoor warning sirens for the foothills

The Butte County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday gave the go-ahead to seek proposals for a project that could bring a network of 70 fire-warning sirens from Cohasset, Forest Ranch and Magalia to Concow, Berry Creek and the Feather Falls area, among other communities.

— Andre Byik, NSPR

Cal Fire seeks public comment on updated fire hazard map

Cal Fire is asking for public comment on a new Fire Hazard Severity Zones map. The map is intended to more accurately reflect zones in California that are susceptible to wildfire. The agency is seeking public comment on the maps during a seven-week process conducted via mail, email, online and through 57 in-person public hearings around the state.

— CapRadio Staff 

Lumber company settles with Mill Fire survivors

The owner of a Northern California lumber mill linked to September’s deadly Mill Fire in Siskiyou County has settled with hundreds of people who brought claims against the company. Terms of the settlement with Roseburg Forest Products have not been released. The cause of the fire has not been determined, but investigators have focused on whether equipment at the lumber mill was to blame.

— Saul Gonzalez (KQED), The California Report

COVID cases on the rise this holiday season

COVID-19 cases continue to rise, and once again hospitals in some parts of the state are feeling the pressure. As of mid-December, Stanislaus, Fresno and Placer counties had the highest hospitalization rates in California, with 19 or more people hospitalized with the virus per 100,000 residents. Those counties were followed by Butte and Colusa, which both had between 16 and 19 people hospitalized with the virus per 100,000 residents.

— Ana Ibarra, CalMatters

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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.
Adia White is a broadcast journalist and producer with nearly 10 years of experience. Her work has appeared on WNYC, This American Life, Capital Public Radio and other local and national programs. She started at North State Public Radio as a freelance reporter in 2017 before leaving for a stint at Northern California Public Media in Santa Rosa.