2020 Fire Season

NSPR aims to bring you accurate and comprehensive fire coverage in the North State. Here you will find all of our fire updates and stories.

Our staff will not be providing updates on wildfires between 7 p.m. - 6 a.m. You can stay updated on the latest information by tracking and monitoring fires on social media. To ensure you're alerted if there is an emergency in your area, sign up for emergency alerts in your county, and always have an emergency kit ready to go in case of an evacuation. 

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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. 

After Paradise: Two Years

Nov 10, 2020

It's been two years since the catastrophic Camp Fire ripped through Paradise, Magalia, Concow, and surrounding communities. In this special report, we look back at lessons learned from that tragedy... from fire management to affordable housing.

 

Also have a conversation with the Butte County sheriff about how his office has used what happened in the Camp Fire to inform multiple crises since then. And Up the Road's Kim Weir shares stories from the Ridge.

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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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Two years ago, on Nov. 8, 2018, the Camp Fire set blaze when a faulty electric transmission line sparked just outside Paradise. 

More than 13,000 homes were destroyed, 85 lives were lost, and 27,000 people struggled to escape with their lives. 

Alastair Gee And Dani Anguiano, journalists for The Guardian, investigated the most destructive American wildfire in a century in their book, "Fire in Paradise: An American Tragedy."

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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.

How To Vote In A Pandemic When You’ve Lost Your Home In A Wildfire

Oct 25, 2020
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In August, as lightning strikes ignited fires around his Napa County home, Ian MacMillan escaped the flames with his wife, three kids and mother-in-law. A month later, when another wildfire roared through Northern California’s wine country, they had to flee their home again.

“It sounded like a war zone,” MacMillan, 41, said. “The fire was blazing, the winds were bad and you could hear the propane tanks going off.”

This time, their house didn’t make it.

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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. 

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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. 

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