Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office

A $50,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrests of suspects involved in the death of a man whose body was found in a ravine in April in Siskiyou County. The body of 31-year-old Spencer Richard Hodgson was recovered April 8th near Yreka Walker Road in the vicinity of Klamath River, northwest of Yreka.


An autopsy determined he had been shot. The coroner’s office has labeled the death a homicide. Hodgson, who lived in the area had ties to Santa Cruz. Hodgson’s pickup truck and dog were located by authorities. The dog was returned to Hodgson’s family.

James Lewis


Smokey Bear is arguably the most effective advertising campaign in American history—but Smokey’s message created a fear in many of us that’s led to a misunderstanding of fire.

In this first episode of California Burning, we explore what Smokey got wrong, and we learn how a series of unprecedented wildfires in the early twentieth-century started forest management policies that have contributed to the catastrophic wildfires we’re experiencing today.

Matt Fidler

Native Californians used fire to maintain the forests that surrounded them for more than 14,000 years. This prevented future wildfires and supported many plants and animals that need fire to thrive. On the second episode of California Burning, Matt shadows a pyrogeographer and learns how the Yurok Tribe on the Klamath River and the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band of Santa Cruz are bringing fire back to the land.

California Burning: Episode 3—One Foot In The Black

Sep 29, 2019
Matt Fidler

Fire behavior is complicated, but can often be predicted. On the third episode of California Burning, we dive into the science of fire by visiting a wildland fire lab and a sustainable timber operation. We also hear from firefighters, forest rangers, and the “Helltown Hotshots” who risked it all to save their town during the Camp Fire.

Matt Fidler


Wildfires are no longer isolated to our forests in California. They now also threaten our cities. On the fourth episode of California Burning, we focus on where urban and wild spaces meet and hear from people who have experienced some of the most tragic fires in California’s history.

Matt Fidler


How can we address all the different factors associated with the wildfires plaguing California? On the fifth and final episode of California Burning, we seek solutions. We learn about alternative building materials that can withstand fire, and we go to a fire-resistant house that was the only in its neighborhood to survive the 2018 Carr Fire.  

It’s again time for our weekly check-in with representatives from some of the lead agencies attempting to help Camp Fire survivors. Earlier today we welcomed Butte County spokeswoman Casey Hatcher and Paradise spokeswoman Colette Curtis into our studios, and also heard from Justin Jacobs with the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services and Mickey Rich of the Paradise Irrigation District.


Casey Hatcher opens our roundtable with word of a new state program aimed at resolving of a major impediment to rebuilding: burnt trees on private property that owners won’t or can’t afford to remove.

Calling them a threat to critical water infrastructure, and the agriculture dependent on it, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife announced new tactics and an infusion of $10 million in its war against a South American swamp rodent.  


Weighing in at about 20 pounds, the web-footed prolific breeders—called nutria—look a bit like small beavers with rat-like tails. Officials fear that their normal behaviors—burrowing and chomping on aquatic plants—could undermine California’s levees.  

Ben Margot / AP Photo

Thousands remain without power across the Sierra Foothills as Pacific Gas and Electric Company continues pre-emptive blackouts. Outages stretch from Butte Meadows in Butte County in the north to Foresthill in Placer County in the south.  


The company said it restored power yesterday to most affected customers, then began cutting power again early this morning.  

Winnemem Wintu Tribe

Trying to raise environmental awareness and gain status as a federally recognized tribe, members of the Winnemem Wintu are scheduled to hold a forum dubbed ‘When Salmon Speak’ Wednesday at Redding’s Old City Hall.


It’s part of the fourth annual ‘Run4Salmon,’ a series of sacred ceremonies and political events following the migratory path of salmon from the Golden Gate to the headwaters of the Sacramento River.