Sep 10, 2020
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You'd be forgiven this week for having a sense of horrible déjà vu. Orange skies. Smoke. Fire. Evacuations. We’ll hear about major losses in Berry Creek and talk with someone from CalFire about what it’s like for firefighters out on the line in this kind of heat. Plus, a pyrogeographer explains some of the differences in fire behavior between the Bear Fire and the Camp Fire. That’s all ahead.  

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In California, wildfires are a fact of life. And when a fire starts in your community, knowing where to turn for critical information can save you time and stress.

We’ve assembled a list of the places you can find official updates on everything from fire size and location, to evacuation orders and road closures. Keep in mind that emergency situations develop quickly, so information may come haphazardly and from different sources along the way.

CapRadio is running a blog with updates on active fires in Northern California.


Editor's note: This post is no longer being updated. Get current updates on active fires burning in Northern California from CapRadio's live blog, or use this guide to track information from local fire agencies.


California’s wildfire season has been growing longer, deadlier and more destructive every year. As residents worry about their area being hit next, there are steps that they can take to help protect themselves and their property when wildfire strikes.

Before A Fire

The first step to prepare yourself for a wildfire in your area is to sign up for emergency alerts with your county. Find your county in the list below with a link to the sign-up form. Email us at nsprnews@csuchico.edu if there's an issue with one of these links, or if your county isn't listed.

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It’s been months since the North State’s last appreciable rain. Grasses and shrubs in the valley and low foothills are already tinder dry. Intense summer is quickly desiccating vegetation higher up. 

As California’s fire season begins in earnest, NSPR’s Marc Albert checked in with Cal Fire Butte County spokesman Rick Carhart about projections that firefighters will be very busy across a wider area than recent years, while COVID-19 idles one of Cal Fire’s key weapons: inmate fire crews. 

Camp Fire Survivors — We need your help to report on food access and recovery.

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Reconstruction continues with Camp Fire survivors continuing to apply for building permits at a brisk pace, while federal and state aid home-rehabilitation funds are being partly reconfigured into deferred-payment, low-interest loans to help fire survivors rebuild.

Meanwhile, there’s more clarity about trees at risk for toppling across privately-owned roads, including information vital for those who took initiative and removed the trees themselves. 

A breakthrough was announced with federal officials, who have OK’ed funds for logging hazard trees threatening privately-owned roads in the burn scar. County officials had lobbied heavily, arguing that without an exemption, the trees would hinder reconstruction.

Also, rates may have increased, but officials say a dozen firms are selling homeowners insurance on the ridge. We also hear from operators of a new non-profit matching fire survivors with people considering having a roommate or housemate. 

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There’s additional hope for Camp Fire survivors wanting to rebuild in the town of Paradise who are also short on cash.


New state money is available to help fill the hole between fire survivor’s assets, and the cost of rebuilding their home.

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Elected leaders in Butte County will consider dipping into fiscal reserves today as Camp Fire related expenses keep piling up.


At their meeting this morning, the Board of Supervisors will be asked to transfer about a quarter of reserve funds — $1 million — to cover expenses related to the Camp Fire.