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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 received updates from Debra Young, a public information officer from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, Justin Jacobs, representing the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services and Colette Curtis spokeswoman for the town of Paradise and Butte County Spokeswoman Casey Hatcher.

Nichols, Melburg And Rossetto

Firefighters were on high alert yesterday as thunderstorms and dry lightning struck Northern California. Though conditions didn’t prompt a Pacific Gas & Electric Company public safety power shutdown, concern that one could happen at any time has prompted discussion of setting a dusk to dawn curfew in Chico.

 

Activists dismissed Police Chief Michael O’Brien’s proposal at a city council meeting August 6th, and the concept seemed to have little support from the council.

 

Visiting Redding

The Trinity River will run considerably higher and faster Sunday afternoon through Thursday, as officials up releases from Lewiston Dam sixfold. 

 

The higher water is to accommodate the Hoopa Valley Tribe’s upcoming Boat Dance Ceremony in Hoopa.  

US Forest Service firefighters, including the Shasta Lake Hotshot Crew 5, backed by helicopters and an engine are responding to a lightning sparked fire near Lake Shasta.

According to Shasta-Trinity National Forest officials, the blaze is near Green Mountain in the vicinity of the reservoir’s Pit River arm.

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The deadliest wildfire in written California history traumatized a region. The scars it left on the landscape and in survivor’s memories will take decades to heal. Parceling out blame for the blaze has become a local obsession.  

Rather than a proverbial, moustache twirling villain, Journalist Mark Arax, in a lengthy cover feature earlier this month in California Sunday Magazine, found multiple causes, some stretching back to the Gold Rush. Marc Albert begins the conversation by asking how the unrelated causes intersected.

 

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A fire in Shasta County that prompted evacuations and road closures in the community of Jones Valley northeast of Redding Thursday remains at 600 acres and is now 40 percent contained, according to a Cal Fire briefing held at the Shasta District Fairgrounds in Anderson earlier Friday morning. 

Although firefighters have started containing the Mountain Fire, Cal Fire officials reminded crews going into the field that the blaze is burning in an area that has been historically challenging for the unit. They said priorities include buttoning up the northwest side of the fire, finishing mopping up hotspots and staying safe.

“We have an apparent amount of snags, steep slopes, shifting winds today, spot fires, there could be insects and snakes,” an official said.

Firefighters will be working in 105 degree heat with changing winds.

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As part of a swing through Northern California yesterday, Democratic Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders visited Paradise before hosting a town hall meeting in Chico.

 

At times jovial, and displaying a down-to-earth authenticity that has earned him loyal followers among progressive Democrats, Bernie Sanders packed the Masonic Family Center to capacity.


Repair and reconstruction continues in the Camp Fire’s wake. County officials have opened a part time satellite permit center on the ridge which should be especially convenient for Magalia residents, meanwhile, in the valley, the first families are moving into a long awaited FEMA housing site and, your questions. 

 

It’s time for our weekly check in with representatives from agencies assisting Camp Fire survivors. Joining us: Debra Young of FEMA, Justin Jacobs with CalOES, and Casey Hatcher of Butte County, we’ll start with Colette Curtis of the town of Paradise. 

 

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The Town of Paradise has hired one of Congressman Doug LaMalfa’s former aides to help shepherd and coordinate recovery efforts. 

 

Laura Page, who served as the congressman’s Senior District Advisor, starts a new job this morning: orchestrating the delivery of the town’s top priorities. 

Butte County officials announced the arrest of a man in connection with an unsolved murder that occurred in 1991.  

 

The Sheriff’s office announced Monday that 55-year-old Richard Pyle was taken into custody in Stockton Thursday in connection with the disappearance and suspected murder of Tracy Zandstra. 

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