Exploding Blaze Erupts West Of Red Bluff

Sep 5, 2019
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A major wildfire has erupted in Tehama County about 25 miles west of Red Bluff and south of state route 36. It is currently burning out of control. 


CalFire reports the Red Bank Fire has already burned 5,000 acres. 


Mandatory evacuations have been ordered.


NSPR's Camp Fire Weekly Call: 8/29

Aug 29, 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.

US Forest Service firefighters, including the Shasta Lake Hotshot Crew 5, backed by helicopters and an engine are responding to a lightning sparked fire near Lake Shasta.

According to Shasta-Trinity National Forest officials, the blaze is near Green Mountain in the vicinity of the reservoir’s Pit River arm.

Noah Berger / AP Photo

The deadliest wildfire in written California history traumatized a region. The scars it left on the landscape and in survivor’s memories will take decades to heal. Parceling out blame for the blaze has become a local obsession.  

Rather than a proverbial, moustache twirling villain, Journalist Mark Arax, in a lengthy cover feature earlier this month in California Sunday Magazine, found multiple causes, some stretching back to the Gold Rush. Marc Albert begins the conversation by asking how the unrelated causes intersected.


NSPR's Camp Fire Weekly Call: 8/22

Aug 22, 2019

Repair and reconstruction continues in the Camp Fire’s wake. County officials have opened a part time satellite permit center on the ridge which should be especially convenient for Magalia residents, meanwhile, in the valley, the first families are moving into a long awaited FEMA housing site and, your questions. 


It’s time for our weekly check in with representatives from agencies assisting Camp Fire survivors. Joining us: Debra Young of FEMA, Justin Jacobs with CalOES, and Casey Hatcher of Butte County, we’ll start with Colette Curtis of the town of Paradise. 


Mountain Fire Grows To 820 Acres, Winds Subside

Aug 22, 2019

Updated at 6:40 p.m. 

Evacuations and road closures remain in place, but Cal Fire is reporting officials are starting to get a handle on the Mountain Fire. 

It’s currently 820 acres in size, according to the Redding Record Searchlight. 

The blaze was moving quickly earlier today, at one point, doubling in size in an hour, but according to Cal Fire Public Information Officer Robert Foxworthy the winds fanning the flames have subsided. He said, even so, it’s important that residents stay vigilant.

“There’s always a chance that we could have to expand the evacuation zone, just due to the fact that the fire isn’t completely extinguished and it’s still burning,” Foxworthy said.

Noah Berger / AP Photo


Firefighters have a busy late summer and autumn ahead across most of Northern California if official forecasts are accurate.  


A new report, prepared by Predictive Services says pretty much all of the Northern half of the state, with the exception of the Northern Sierra, will experience above normal fire activity in coming months. Predictive Services is an inter-agency group assembled by the US Forest Service, US Bureau of Land Management and Cal-Fire that studies weather patterns, air and soil moisture and other factors that can contribute to a fire breaking out, or spreading, well, like wildfire. 

Noah Berger / AP Photo

Recovery after a disaster like the Camp Fire is a long and arduous process, but there are organizations that are in the area and working to make that process a little easier. One of those organizations is United Policyholders. The nonprofit is currently working with those who had insured homes that were damaged or destroyed in the Camp Fire. 


Marc Albert




While the address hasn’t changed, just about everything else has. 


There wasn’t much left after the Camp Fire roared through a vast area of Butte County. Close to eight months later, county officials are celebrating a milestone of sorts. 


Final inspections are finished on the first new post-fire home in unincorporated Butte County. 


NSPR's Camp Fire Weekly Call: 6/27

Jun 27, 2019



Its time for our weekly check in with representatives of some of the agencies working on repairs and recovery after the Camp Fire. Joining us on the line, Colette Curtis of the Town of Paradise, Debra Young with FEMA, Jim Kyle with the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services and Casey Hatcher of Butte County. Casey, let’s start with you. Apparently there are some people wondering about bottlenecks after debris has been cleared?