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North State homeowners living in fire-prone areas will be shielded for at least a year from having their property insurance policies canceled or not renewed.


State insurance commissioner Ricardo Lara issued another moratorium that will help fire victims —– including those from the Zogg and North Complex fires. 

Scott Rodd / CapRadio

As this year’s historic wildfire season winds down, Californians living in fire-prone territory got temporary relief from another threat: they can’t lose their homeowners’ insurance policies for another year.

Premiums and nonrenewal rates have skyrocketed in California’s fire-prone regions since 2015 as companies are loath to pay for damages wreaked by the state’s increasingly devastating fires. 

Andre Byik

Amber Kay and her mother, Linda Armstrong-Glanzer are at the Ono-Igo Community Church handing out donations like food and household items. They’re there for Zogg Fire survivors. Kay says at this point, the need is high.


“Right now we’re doing more kitchen, bathroom — a lot of people are currently moving into RVs, so anything you’d need to live in an RV,” she said. “Or even some of them — tents on their property even. So, we’re doing camping. Tools. We have a lot people out here that needed tools. So, just trying to get what people need.”


Survivors also need water. Kay says areas in the burn scar are still without power — meaning wells don’t work. Her family has been through fire before. They understand the trauma.

Andrew Nixon / CapRadio

California has a data issue and it's a big deal as fire seasons and climate change worsens, according to a new report around the cost of wildfires. 

“Fire has really changed the situation and we just need to figure out now — throwing in climate change — how to manage this problem and keep our state and our economy on track,” said Michael Wara, director of the Climate and Energy Policy Program and a senior research scholar at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment.

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Winds as fast as 94 mph sped through parts of Northern California Sunday and Monday, prompting red flag warnings through parts of the state that have already been damaged by a record wildfire year.

Daniel Berlant, assistant deputy director of Cal Fire, said the gusts were so high, that they resembled “hurricane-level winds.” 

But on the west coast, the worry isn’t hurricanes — it’s wildfires. And those high winds across the state have led to extreme fire danger.

UC Davis

The west's epic wildfire season shows no signs of letting up as one Red Flag Warning follows another and millions of acres burn. Dave talks to three experts from the University of California at Davis. Forest ecology experts Malcolm North and Andrew Latimer weigh in on the state of wildland ecosystems past, present and future as they respond to long-term mismanagement, drought, and a rapidly changing climate. 

Noah Berger

Meteorologist Emily Heller says the weather lately reminds her of what Northern California saw in 2018 just before the Camp Fire set the town of Paradise ablaze. For weeks, there was no rain, excessive heat, and dry winds. 

“The Camp Fire started November 8, and we hadn't gotten any rain to that point,” said Heller, who works with the National Weather Service in Sacramento. She said the first rains typically come in October. But for the rest of this October, rain isn’t in the forecast. Fire season won’t end until rain storms fully soak the region, she says, and until then fires could spread easier because of wind, so people should do whatever they can to prevent fires from igniting. 

'We Will Rebuild': Zogg Fire Evacuees Wait To Return Home

Sep 30, 2020
Cal Fire SHU

Residents in Shasta County have faced mandatory evacuation as the Zogg Fire has burnt through 51,955 acres with 7 percent containment. 

Brian Miller, a 58-year-old retiree, lives on Zogg Mine Road in Igo. He and his girlfriend evacuated with their dogs and cat.


Sep 10, 2020
Noah Berger / AP Photo

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.  

Noah Berger / AP Photo

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.