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Extreme fire danger prompted Pacific Gas & Electric Company to interrupt electricity service to thousands over the weekend, in order to reduce the risk of wildfire.

 

NSPR’s Marc Albert spoke with PG&E spokesman Paul Moreno about the company’s decision to trigger precautionary blackouts when dangerous fire weather conditions are occurring.

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Rebuilding after the Camp Fire is not a simple process. To help ease the feeling of overwhelm, a group of organizations committed to seeing the rebirth of the Ridge are holding an informational expo for those planning to return.

Paradise Town Council Member, Melissa Schuster said more than 100 vendors and contractors are expected to be available for residents at the event.  

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The Butte County Board of Supervisors will be asked to approve several housing related measures, offering some financial relief to those displaced by the Camp Fire.

One measure would essentially allow armed services veterans affected by the fire to get building permits for free. The county would use the annual allotment from a state grant to backfill the permit fees.

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Paradise officials are expected to walk a fine line when they meet at the Paradise Alliance Church this evening, balancing fire resistance with reasonable costs at the outset of a lengthy reconstruction process.

A total of 20 items will be considered, some pricey, some not. One proposal would require sprinklers inside new residential construction—at an estimated cost of six to eight thousand dollars. Another is totally free and eliminates the annoyance of repeatedly cleaning out roof gutters, by prohibiting them.

 

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Noticeably cooler air will bring an abrupt end to the year’s first real heat spell. But, despite cooler weather, North State firefighters will be on high alert over the next three days.

The break in the heat is courtesy of a storm dropping into the Pacific Northwest out of the Gulf of Alaska. But once the storm moves east of the cascades, its cyclonic—or circular— movement will send parched air off the Nevada and eastern Oregon desert our way, creating elevated risk of fire over the next several days.

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The Redding City Council has honored the Exchange Club's Firefighter and Police Officer of the Year. 

Travis Baud was the police officer recipient, receiving the honor for regularly leading the effort in the seizure of stolen guns, property, and felony arrests. Baud writes numerous search warrants and targets street-level drug dealers and provides valuable information to the Shasta Interagency Narcotic Task Force and the Neighborhood Police Unit. At the meeting Tuesday night Baud told the council the honor came as a surprise.

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Workers start ten weeks of emergency repairs on a damaged Olivehurst overpass Wednesday night, adding a brief detour to southbound State Route 70.

The overpass was damaged after a backhoe being hauled on a tractor-trailer struck it a month ago, Caltrans said. Repairs will be $1.6M and are expected to be done by late August. Until then, southbound drivers should anticipate a brief detour weeknights between 10 p.m. and 4 a.m.  

 

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Schools throughout Butte County will continue stepped up mental health counseling through the coming school year, thanks to a $1.6 million grant announced Tuesday by the North Valley Community Foundation.

The money will keep professionals and paraprofessionals on the job for another school year as Ridge residents and the displaced continue surviving the effects of the deadliest fire in recorded California history.

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The $290,000 that will fund the project comes from Caltrans. The money is meant for planning and will fund ShastaReady, an emergency preparedness plan. 

 

Michael Kuker, assistant transportation planner with the Shasta Regional Transportation Agency said everything is on the table. That includes notification systems and methods, along with going over data from recent wildfires to identify bottlenecks that slow down both evacuations and responding firefighters. He said they’ll even looking into figuring out how to reroute traffic without overwhelming rural areas. 

 

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As Paradise begins rebuilding, some experts say a large firebreak could make a big difference.

 

The idea: a half mile deep swath of well-managed and maintained open space on the edge of town. Instead of a rat’s nest of manzanita and scotch broom, the wildland would have more fire resistant plants and be trimmed and thinned. In theory, when fire came, it would move slower, giving firefighters time to mobilize, and residents time to get out.

 

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