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California Burning: Episode 5—Our Future With Fire

Sep 29, 2019
Matt Fidler

 

How can we address all the different factors associated with the wildfires plaguing California? On the fifth and final episode of California Burning, we seek solutions. We learn about alternative building materials that can withstand fire, and we go to a fire-resistant house that was the only in its neighborhood to survive the 2018 Carr Fire.  

NSPR's Camp Fire Weekly Call: 9/26

Sep 26, 2019


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 welcomed Butte County spokeswoman Casey Hatcher and Paradise spokeswoman Colette Curtis into our studios, and also heard from Justin Jacobs with the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services and Mickey Rich of the Paradise Irrigation District.

 

Casey Hatcher opens our roundtable with word of a new state program aimed at resolving of a major impediment to rebuilding: burnt trees on private property that owners won’t or can’t afford to remove. 

Preventive PG&E Blackout Stretches Into Second Day

Sep 25, 2019
Ben Margot / AP Photo

Thousands remain without power across the Sierra Foothills as Pacific Gas and Electric Company continues pre-emptive blackouts. Outages stretch from Butte Meadows in Butte County in the north to Foresthill in Placer County in the south.  

 

The company said it restored power yesterday to most affected customers, then began cutting power again early this morning.  

Noah Berger / AP Photo

Over 1000 homes were lost in last summer's Carr and Delta Fires in Shasta County. Many of those homeowners were uninsured, or underinsured, but there is help available.

Only about 20 homes have actually been rebuilt. But almost 200 permits have been issued, and those homes are being rebuilt, or will be rebuilt. That leaves nearly 780 homes in the balance.

NSPR's Camp Fire Weekly Call: 9/12

Sep 12, 2019


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, Colette Curtis spokeswoman for the town of Paradise and Butte County Spokeswoman Casey Hatcher.

CAL FIRE Butte Unit Twitter

Continued cool temperatures, moister air and calm conditions helped firefighters make progress against dozens of fires around the region yesterday and overnight.

 

Containment of the Walker Fire burning in Plumas National Forest increased to 20 percent. Evacuation orders remain in place for Murdock crossing and Stoney Ridge, but have been lifted elsewhere. The fire has burnt through more than 48,000 acres. US 395 remains open. The Evacuation Center in Susanville has closed.

 

CAL FIRE Butte Unit Twitter

 

 

 

Cooler temperatures, higher humidity and fairly calm conditions aided firefighters battling dozens of fires around the region yesterday and today. 

 

 

Evacuation orders associated with the 47,340 acre Walker Fire burning in Plumas National Forest were lifted, though most earlier road closures remain in place. US 395 remains open. The Evacuation Center in Susanville has closed. 

CAL FIRE Butte Unit Twitter

Authorities lifted evacuations related to the Swedes Fire burning west of Chinese Wall Road east of Oroville yesterday and reported good progress, citing help from above in the form of higher humidity and cooler temperatures. 

The now 400-acre blaze has destroyed two structures. CalFire declared it 40 percent contained this morning. More than 500 firefighters are working the fire. Evacuation warnings remain in place. The fire’s cause remains under investigation.

Nevada Seismological Laboratory

Firefighters are continuing their efforts against the Red Bank Fire in Tehama County about 25 miles west of Red Bluff. Efforts appear to be paying off as the fire’s explosive growth yesterday has moderated substantially.

 

The fire has grown to 6,500 acres and is now considered seven percent contained. The fire is burning in difficult terrain south of Highway 36.

 

Mandatory evacuation orders issued yesterday remain in place. 

NSPR's Camp Fire Weekly Call: 9/5

Sep 5, 2019


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.

 

This week, Colette Curtis starts us off with signs more ridge residents are eager to rebuild.  

 

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