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Correction: We have corrected the headline for this story to show predictions for the 2021 wildfire season are for potentially worse than average conditions, not similar to 2020.

Very little rain and snow are expected across California over the next few weeks, and what the clouds have dropped in the Sierra Nevada so far is about half of average for this time of year.

That has scientists worried California is headed not only for prolonged drought, but a fire season similar to or worse than the one that devastated the state in 2020.  

Whack And Stack: PG&E’s Toppling Of Trees Creates New Hazards

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Kristi and Brian Anderson have some thoughts about how the first year of California’s “get-tough-on-utilities” approach to preventing wildfires is going: Badly. Very badly.

The Andersons, who live in Bonny Doon, nestled in the mountains near Santa Cruz, lost their home four months ago in the CZU Lightning Complex fires.

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Shasta and Tehama filed a lawsuit against Pacific Gas and Electric on Thursday.

The counties are seeking to reclaim costs for injuries and damages to public resources related to the Zogg Fire.

The lawsuit alleges that PG&E failed to remove a hazardous pine tree which, according to the suit, fell on a charged utility line and ignited the fire on Sept. 27.

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The Community Housing Improvement Program is working hard to get Camp Fire survivors back home, not in Paradise or Magalia, but in Biggs. 

CHIP is a nonprofit corporation that provides low-income families an opportunity for homeownership.

The program is now accepting applications for 10 solar-powered homes to be built in Biggs, with priority for families burned out in the Camp Fire.  

CHIP Housing Specialist Judy Orozco explains the basics of the program.

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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. 

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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. 

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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.

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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.