REDDING, Calif. (AP) — Officials say two Shasta County sheriff's deputies shot a man to death after responding to reports a suicidal person was inside a residence in Redding.
Redding police Lt. Jeff Wallace told the Redding Record Searchlight that the call came in after 8 p.m. Thursday.
Wallace says the deputies heard gunshots inside the residence before the man came out and confronted them.
Wallace says neither deputy was injured.
Both have been placed on administrative leave, following standard procedure.
The Redding Police Department is leading the investigation.
The name of the victim was being withheld pending notification of next of kin.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The USGS says a minor earthquake struck near the town of Alturas in Modoc County. The 3.5-magnitude earthquake hit at 1:47 a.m. today and was near the surface. There were no reported injuries or damages. The USGS says the area has had five quakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater over the past 10 days.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Representatives of two counties in far Northern California are petitioning state lawmakers for the right to form a 51st state called Jefferson. Modoc and Siskiyou county officials submitted petitions from their county governments to the secretaries of the state Assembly and Senate today. Supporters also rallied outside the Capitol in Sacramento.
HAPPY CAMP, Calif. (AP) — A lightning-sparked wildfire in a Northern California forest has forced the evacuation of 200 to 250 scattered rural homes and other buildings. Fire spokesman Ken Sandusky says mandatory evacuations were ordered because of concerns that the fire could quickly cover the 10 miles separating it from the community of Scott River Valley. Officials say the blaze in the Klamath National Forest continues to grow because of westerly winds sending embers far ahead of the main blaze.
The Oregon Fire is now at full containment. The blaze was reportedly started by a vehicle off of Highway 299 at Oregon Mountain Summit near Weaverville. The blaze burned 580 acres and is now 100 percent contained. The wildfire destroyed one structure and caused two injuries.
Road work in downtown Paradise will continue today and on Labor Day. Night work is on tap for the Downtown Safety Project. That involves work from 7 at night to 6 the next morning. Motorists will face some one way traffic control in affected areas along the Skyway...mostly between Pearson and Elliott. The work is tonight, Monday and Tuesday.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Homeowner associations would be prohibited from requiring residents to pressure-wash their driveways or other areas when droughts are declared locally or across California, under a bill sent to Gov. Jerry Brown. Republican Sen. Jim Nielsen of Gerber says some homeowners are caught in bind. They face fines under state regulations that prohibit washing driveways, as well as fines from their associations if they don't follow its rules. SB992 also lets associations fine homeowners for refusing to water their lawns if the housing development uses recycled water for irrigation. A separate bill, AB2100, was signed into law and already blocks such fines under most circumstances. Nielsen's bill passed the Senate 36-0 Wednesday. It arose after reports that some homeowners were being fined for trying to save water amid California's drought.
The Happy Camp Complex of wildfires continues to burn in Siskiyou County. Lightning strikes are said to have caused the blazes near Happy Camp in the early morning hours of August 12th. The wildfires have burned over 27 thousand acres and are still around 20 percent contained. A mandatory evacuation has been issued for the area of Scott Valley Road and Bridge Flat to the intersection of Highway 96. An Advisory Evacuation has been issued for the area north of Highway 96 between Scott River Road and Grider Creek.
Firefighters continue to make progress in battling the Oregon Fire in Trinity County. The blaze reportedly started by a vehicle in an area off of highway 299 at Oregon Mountain Summit near Weaverville late Sunday afternoon. 580 acres have burned and the blaze is now 90 percent contained. According to Cal Fire, crews are making progress in strengthening containment and control lines.
A Butte County Sheriff's Deputy could be in hot water after a cell phone video allegedly shows him abusing an arrest suspect. An Oroville man reportedly captured deputy Sam Burnett, on video, kicking the head of 56-year-old Terry Collins on Myers Street near the Southside Mini Mart just before 11 am Tuesday. Burnett was attempting to arrest Collins who had an outstanding warrant. Collins was seated but Burnett ordered him to lay on his stomach. When Collins didn't move that's when Burnett allegedly kicked him. Butte County authorities have reportedly launched an investigation into the incident and Burnett has been taken off patrol.
Fire crews continue to fight the Happy Camp Complex of wildfires. Lightning is said to be the cause of the wildfires in the area of Happy Camp in Siskiyou County around 1 am August 12th. Over 24 thousand acres have burned and is now about 20 percent contained. The US Forest Service says that crews continue to build containment lines for the Frying Pan Fire and the Faulkstein Fire.
Firefighters make great progress in battling the Oregon Fire. The blaze started off Highway 299 at Oregon Mountain Summit, near Weaverville in Trinity County just after 4:30 pm on Sunday. 580 acres have burned and is now 85 percent contained. According to Cal Fire, crews continue to make progress in strengthening containment and control lines.
North State Senator Jim Nielsen says big changes are in store for the state's groundwater and laws may be passed WITHOUT public review. He says two bills are moving through the Democratic controlled legislature that would change 150 years of water laws and do nothing about increasing the water supply--which he says is the real cause of the problem. Nielsen says he fears if the state enforces new regulations it could charge fees for violations. He adds the two bills might not even come to committee for public review.
West Nile Virus activity apparently on the rise in Butte County. Officials Monday said 11 humans have tested positive for the virus. The increasing number of mosquito pools and dead birds are having an effect. County mosquito officials say people should take all precautions to deal with the causes of the virus. Since West Nile was first detected in Butte County 10 years ago, there have been 139 human infections, with 7 deaths.
WEAVERVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Evacuation orders have been lifted for residents of some 200 homes, as crews make good progress against a wildfire burning near the Northern California town of Weaverville.
Fire officials said the blaze in Trinity County was 45 percent contained Monday night.
The fire has burned just under 1 square mile, or 580 acres, of timber and brush about 2 miles west of town.
CalFire spokeswoman Cris Hartman said the blaze, sparked Sunday afternoon near Highway 299, damaged one structure, likely a barn or a large outbuilding.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Weaverville is at the base of the Trinity Alps Wilderness area. The Gold Rush-era boomtown is on the National Register of Historic Places.
NAPA, Calif. (AP) — Napa County has been rattled by a small aftershock to the strong and damaging earthquake that hit California's wine capital over the weekend.
The US Geological Survey says the 3.9-magnitude quake struck at 5:33 a.m. Tuesday about 7 miles south of the city of Napa.
A sheriff's dispatcher says the station shook a little, but there have been no calls reporting damage or injuries.
California's wine capital is still recovering from Sunday's 6.0-magnitude earthquake, which is estimated to have caused at least $1 billion in property damage.
There have been a series of small aftershocks, mostly in the 2.0-magnitude range.
NAPA, Calif. (AP) — A powerful earthquake that struck the heart of California's wine country early Sunday woke up many people with dressers, mirrors and pictures crashing down around them.
Scores were injured as the temblor knocked out power to thousands, caused gas and water lines to rupture and sparked fires around the city of Napa.
Queen of the Valley Medical Center in Napa reported treating 172 people in the emergency room. Twelve people were admitted, including an adult who remained in critical condition Sunday night.
Officials are still assessing damage from the quake in hopes of getting a cost estimate they could submit for possible federal assistance. But the initial assessment found that dozens of homes and buildings in the region were unsafe to occupy.
The magnitude 6.0-quake was felt widely throughout the region, with people reporting feeling it more than 200 miles south of Napa and as far east as the Nevada border.
WEAVERVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Crews working through the night in steep terrain are building containment lines around a wildfire near the rural Northern California town of Weaverville that forced the evacuation of about 200 homes.
CalFire spokeswoman Cris Hartman said early Monday that the fire is 25 percent contained.
She says the flames did not spread overnight. The fire has burned a little more than 1 square mile, or 650 acres, of timber and brush about 2 miles west of the Gold Rush-era boomtown.
Hartman says the blaze, sparked Sunday afternoon near Highway 299, has damaged one structure, likely a barn or a large outbuilding.
Officials say daylight will bring increased risks as gusty winds and dry conditions return.
The July Complex of wildfires continue to burn. The blazes started in Suskiyou County on August 2nd. Over 32 thousand acres have burned with almost 30 percent containment. According to the US Forest Service, the Log Fire is minimal with crews mopping up and keeping the blaze with in control lines. Residential areas near the Whites Fire are being threatened by that blaze. The Man Fire continues to flank on the north side of Wooley Creek.
An 11-year-old girl was approached by a driver in a white van at the intersection of Dunstone Drive and Foothill Blvd. in Oroville Monday afternoon. The girl was walking home from her school bus stop. The driver asked her is she wanted a ride but she said no and kept walking. According to the Butte County Sheriff's Office, the man drove forward in what seemed to be an effort to block the girl from crossing the street. The girl was able to run around the van and returned home safely. The driver is described as a Hispanic male with a scruffy beard. He was wearing a tan cowboy hat with a red and white bandana around his neck. Anyone with information is asked to call the Butte County Sheriff's Office.
The driver charged with the hit-and-run death of a Chico State student changes his plea in court. 20-year-old Riley Hoover plead no contest to felony counts of driving under the influence causing injury and leaving the scene of the accident at the Butte County Superior Court on Wednesday. Hoover also faced charges of transporting marijuana for sale, manufacturing concentrated cannabis, and money laundering but those charges were dropped as part of the plea agreement. Hoover struck and killed 21-year-old Chico State nursing student Kristina Chesterman while she was riding her bike back on September 2nd. Hoover then left the scene. When officers found him he had a .33 blood alcohol level. Hoover was given a 7-year prison sentence as part of the plea deal. He will be sentenced on September 5th.
Wildfires continue to burn in Siskiyou County. The July Complex of wildfires started after a thunderstorm came through Siskiyou County on Saturday morning August 2nd. The blaze has burned over 31 thousand acres and is now at 25 percent containment. According to the US Forest Service the Log Fire is minimal and the fire will not be staffed at night. For the Whites Fire, crews are improving the line as a defense to residential areas threatened by the blaze. Meanwhile, fire crews are minimizing suppression impacts of the Wilderness for the Man Fire.
A Magalia resident reports a door-to-door fundraising scam. A door-to-door solicitor came to a Magalia home claiming to represent an organization called Fit for Life requesting funds that would be used in part to support UC Davis Children's Hospital. The resident then contacted law enforcement. A press release from UC Davis Health Systems says that it is a scam and does not benefit its children's hospital in any way. Anyone who is approached by solicitors asking for donations on the behalf of UC Davis should not give money to them and should contact local law enforcement agencies.
Close to 14 thousand marijuana plants were seized by Glenn County Authorities in two separate raids. Two gardens in the Mendochico National Forest were raided on Tuesday. One garden was found in the Ice Springs area. Over 700 marijuana plants worth over 300 thousand dollars were eradicated and 24-year-old Ivan Villafano was arrested by agents during the raid. A second garden was found near Shepherd Creek. Agents eradicated over 12 thousand plants.
Glenn County's soon-to-be top prosecutor may soon be a defendant. District Attorney Elect Dwayne Steward was arrested and released Sunday afternoon for misdemeanor child abuse. The incident apparently stems from a domestic violence dispute between Stewart and his wife. It reportedly escalated when Stewart's wife said he'd beaten her 17 year old daughter. The victim made a citizen arrested of Steward for misdemeanor child abuse, but he was released. He is a former Deputy District Attorney for the County who won the election in June to replace incumbent DA Robert Maloney.
45-year-old Mathew Hoaglund reported that his father 78 year-old Melvin Hoaglund, who suffers from Alzheimer's, went missing from their home on County Road 14 in Orland. A passerby told deputies that there was an elderly man laying on the side of the of the road and that he had been there most of the day. According to the Glenn County Sheriff's Office, the man was identified as Hoaglund. He was taken to the Glenn Medical Center and treated for exposure and related ailments.
The July Complex continues to burn in Siskiyou County. A storm moved across Siskiyou County with over 900 down strikes causing several fires on August 2nd. The July Complex is composed of the Whites, Log, Leef, Ray's, and Man Fires. Over 34 thousand acres have burned with 18 percent contained. The US Forest Service says that crews will continue to construct fire lines and to patrol those lines.
Fire crews continue to battle the Happy Camp Complex wildfire. A series of storms that moved through the Klamath National Forest ignited approximately 20 fires near Happy Camp on August 12th around 1 am. The blaze has burned over 7 thousand acres and is 10 percent contained. According to the US Forest Service, aggressive suppression efforts have minimized the growth of most of the small fires. The larger fires continue to grow however, due to dry fuels and steep inaccessible terrain.
The Eiler fire is near full containment. The blaze started southeast of Burney near Old Station in Shasta County on July 31st around 6 pm. The blaze has burned over 32 thousand acres and is now 97 percent contained. Cal Fire Estimates full containment to be sometime tomorrow.
Fire crews continue to make progress in battling the Lodge Lightning Complex. The blaze started in the Wilderness Lodge and Eel River Canyon areas of Mendocino County on July 30th just before 6:30 pm. The blaze has burned over 12 thousand acres and is now 85 percent contained. Crews continue to mop up and look for hot spots.
MARIPOSA, Calif. (AP) - Firefighters from throughout California are being sent to protect homes threatened by a wildfire burning in the foothills near Yosemite National Park. Fire officials say the blaze in Madera County already has destroyed eight structures and is threatening 500 others. Mandatory evacuation orders have gone out to some 13,000 phone numbers for homes and businesses in the area. The fire has burned nearly 2 square miles.
39-year-old Omar Cazares allegedly used a rock to break the window of an SUV parked at the Sheriff's Office in Oroville around 7:30 pm Monday. Cazares then drove off initiating a pursuit. Cazares led deputies down Highway 99 all the way to Lomo just south of Live Oak. That's when the suspect hit spike strips disabling the vehicle. Cazares was arrested after a brief struggle with deputies.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — A new study of California records shows that Bay Area water providers have been losing about 23 billion gallons of water a year due to aging and broken pipes as the state grapples with an historic drought.
The San Jose Mercury News reports that Bay Area water agencies have lost from 3 to 16 percent of their treated water due to damaged underground pipes. The newspaper says the pipes have leaked enough water annually to meet the needs of 71,000 families for an entire year.
Cities including Antioch, Benicia, Santa Clara, Los Altos and Hayward are among those affected according to 2010 Department of Water Resources records.
The newspaper says it is difficult to know exactly how much water is being lost due to no mandatory or standard auditing practices for the state's 362 urban water suppliers.
Fire Crews are making progress on the Lodge Lightning Complex wild fire. Lighting is said to be the cause of the blaze which started in the areas of Wilderness Lodge and Eel River Canyon in Mendocino County on July 30th just before 6:30 am. The blaze has burned over 12 thousand acres and is now 80 percent contained. Cal Fire says that crews continue to patrol the areas looking for spot fires but the rugged terrain can make access difficult.
The Eiler fire is almost at full containment. The blaze started southeast of Burney near Old station in the Lassen National Forrest around 6 pm July 31st. The fire has burned over 32 thousand acres and is now 97 percent contained. According to Cal Fire, crews are re-enforcing fire lines and are continuing to mop up while also patrolling the fire perimeter.
Fire crews continue work hard on the Lodge Lightning Complex wildfire. Lightning strikes caused the blaze which started in the area of Wilderness Lodge on July 30th. Over 12 thousand acres have been burned and it is now 60 percent contained. Evacuation Orders in the area have been downgraded to Evacuation Warnings. The Red Cross has closed the Evacuation Shelter at Legget School but they say it can be re-opened if needed. According to Cal Fire, the cooler weather and increased humidity have assisted firefighters in completing their line in the area of Eel River. Heavy smoke continues to be present throughout the Ukiah Valley.
Fire crews are making progress on the Eiler Fire. The fire started southeast of Burney near Old Station in Lassen National Park on the evening of July 31st. The blaze has burned over 32 thousand acres and is 90 percent contained. Cal Fire says that firefighters continue to mop up and patrol the fire perimeter. Fire crews are utilizing Minimal Impact Suppression Tactics in the Thousand Lakes Wilderness where control lines have been more challenging.
Chico Police issuing a warning to be alert to phone scams. One recent scam used a technique known as "spoofing". That's where the number you see on your caller ID is not the real number calling. It's to hide a scammer's identity. One spoofing case had the scammers using a local business number to call people and say their bank account had been frozen. They wanted that person's account information. Police say always be suspicious and never give personal information over the phone.
Chico Police on the lookout for those involved in a shooting incident Wednesday night. About 10 the Department received calls about shots fired in a parking lot off Nord Avenue. Eyewitnesses report seeing some sort of altercation between two groups of people. One group fled in a vehicle, and there were reports shots were fired at it. No suspects or victims have yet been located.
Expect delays and even road closures in Butte County as of next week. The road projects could linger on into winter. Most of the work will be done by the Bureau of Land Management. Doe Mill Road will have delays and even closures beginning this Monday. the road will be closed except for an hour at noon all of the work week. The bridge on Jordan Hill Road northeast of the Skyway will be closed to all traffic from next Monday through December.
Chico law enforcement officials are calling Wednesday morning's incident at Safer Arms an apparent suicide. A man described as a 67 year old Chico resident went to Safer Arms off Dominic Drive in south Chico about 10:30 in the morning. He rented a 44 caliber handgun and proceeded to target shoot at the indoor range area. Police say one of the employees heard a shot from the range that sounded different than the other ones. He looked out and noticed the man was lying on the ground face up. Emergency Crews pronounced the man dead and police investigators said it appeared to be a self inflicted gunshot wound. The investigation continues.
The Day Fire in Modoc County is now at full containment. Lightning is said to have caused the wildfire which started north of the community of Day. The blaze burned over 13 thousand acres and destroyed 6 structures. Cal Fire says that fire crews made great progress making fire lines and mopping up hot spots. With warmer temperatures in the forecast Fire crews will remain vigilant.
Cooler temperatures are aiding fire crews in fighting the Eiler Fire. The blaze started southeast of Burney near Old Station in the Lassen National Forest. The fire has burned over 32 thousand acres and is now 80 percent contained. According to Cal Fire, the cooler weather has helped firefighters to strengthen the control line and they are close to containing the blaze.
GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Light rain and cooler temperatures have helped dampen explosive wildfires in Northern California and southwestern Oregon that were threatening more than 1,000 scattered rural homes. But not before some dicey moments Tuesday afternoon when thunderstorms blew through with erratic winds that drove flames out of containment lines. No homes were reported lost.
In southwestern Oregon, a thunderstorm Tuesday afternoon blew the Rogue River Drive fire out of containment lines on the outskirts of Shady Cove. Helicopters and air tankers pounded the fire with water and retardant, while bulldozers carved lines around homes. By Wednesday morning, none of the 130 threatened structures was lost.
In Northern California, two fires on the Klamath National Forest grew by a total of 10 square miles Tuesday, but the changing weather has slowed them down.
REDDING, Calif. (AP) — Interior Secretary Sally Jewell agreed to an impromptu meeting with salmon advocates demanding more water for salmon in Northern California's Klamath and Trinity rivers.
After the Tuesday meeting in Redding, California, salmon advocate Regina Chichizola said Jewell agreed to send someone to assess the situation, but made no promises.
Members of the Hoopa Valley Tribe and others have been pressing the Obama administration to release more water from Lewiston Dam on the Trinity. The idea is that more water makes it harder for parasites to infect fall chinook returning to spawn. Disease killed tens of thousands of fish in 2002.
Faced with demands for more water than it has, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has said it would make emergency water releases once significant numbers of fish begin to die.
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A federal judge says a Northern California man accused of starting one of the state's largest wildfires when he lost control of his campfire last year can leave jail while the criminal case plays out in court. U.S. District Magistrate Judge Gary Austin said Keith Matthew Emerald, 32, can post a $60,000 property bond if he wants to go free. The judge also set a list of conditions, including one that prohibits Emerald from lighting any campfires.
The Bald Fire is close to full containment. The fire started southeast of Fall River Mills due to lightning strikes in the area on the evening of July 30th. The fire has burned over 39 thousand acres and is now 95 percent contained. The US Forest Service is estimating full containment for Thursday of this week.
Progress continues to be made in the battle against the Eiler Fire. The fire started the evening of July 31st, southeast of Burney near Old station in Shasta County and has burned over 32 thousand acres. The fire is now at 70% containment. According to Cal Fire, cooler temperatures are helping firefighters to strengthen the control line. The Cal Fire website has posted that the forest is open for recreation and woodcutting.
An early morning fire Monday sends an elderly Paradise man to the U.C. Davis Burn Center. The fire just after midnight on Woodland Drive seriously injures an elderly man who was air lifted to the center. Cal Fire officials estimate the fire caused about 600 thousand dollars worth of damage.
Significant progress has been made in battling the Bald Fire. Lightning is said to be the cause of the fire which started the evening of July 30th. The fire has burned over 39 thousand acres and is now 95 percent contained. According to US Forest Service, there was minimal fire behavior on Monday with moisture in the area helping in the fight against the fire. However, winds, in the area, could get up to 40 miles per hour which could cause the flames to spread.
The Eiler Fire is now more than 50 percent contained. The blaze started southeast of Burney near Old Station in the early evening of July 31st. The fire has burned over 32 thousand acres and is now 60% contained. According to Cal Fire, Mountain View Road from Highway 89, east of Burney High School will be restricted to residents with proper identification only.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Fire officials say three trapped firefighters had to deploy their fire shelters as a rapid wind shift sent a Siskiyou County wildfire burning over their location late yesterday. A fire spokesman says all three survived with no serious injuries. The firefighters had created a predetermined safety zone earlier in the day and retreated there when the fire worsened. Beaver Fire spokesman Corey Wilford said all firefighters in the area retreated as a thunderstorm approached and all were safe late last night.
Great progress has been made in fighting the Day Fire. The fire started north of the community Day in Modoc County last Wednesday evening. The fire has burned over 13 thousand acres with six structures destroyed and six people injured. The blaze is now at 90% containment. Cal Fire is estimating full containment by tomorrow.
Fire crews continue to battle the Eiler Fire. The fire started 12 miles southeast of Burney in the Lassen National Forest last Thursday evening. Over 31 thousand acres have burned with 8 residences, 1 commercial building and 20 outbuildings destroyed by the blaze. The fire is now 45% contained. According to Cal Fire, with the exception of Lassen National Forest all highway closures and evacuations have been lifted.
The Bald Fire is close to full containment. The blaze stared last Wednesday evening after lightning struck in an area southeast of Fall River Mills in the Lassen National Forest in Shasta County. The fire has burned almost 40 thousand acres of old brush, timber stringers and grass. The fire is 91% contained and is estimated to be fully contained sometime today.
An unusual win Thursday for Chico at the Little League Softball World Series in Portland. Their opponent from the Philippines FORFEITED. The team apparently had Visa Problems and could not take part--hence, the forfeit and Chico gets the win. Next up--the game Saturday morning at 10 against Southwest.
The Chico State Student found dead in an apartment complex pool last month drowned and DID NOT have any drugs or alcohol in his system. The Butte County Coroner's Office made that finding Thursday in the death of 20 year old Aaron Drange. Drange was found in the West Park Plaza apartment complex pool around 7 the night of July 15th. No word on what events may have led to the drowning.
West Nile Virus continues to be a problem to the Northstate, with one fatality and three new cases. The fatality came as an adult in Shasta County reportedly became the second person in the state to die of the virus this year. The first reported case was of a 74 year old woman in Sacramento County. Meanwhile, Butte County Public Health confirms three new cases cropped up in Butte County in the past week. That makes five in the county this year. Officials say all of the cases involve patients over 50 years old.
Firefighters are making great progress in the battling the Day Fire. The blaze started off of Day Road near the community of Day in Modoc County last Wednesday evening. Over 13 thousand acres have burned and the fire is now 80% contained. According to Cal Fire, the recent precipitation has helped fire crews in fire control efforts, but the expected warmer temperatures and lower humidity is a concern.
BURNEY, Calif. (AP) — A rural Northern California town that was under threat from a wildfire is in the clear for now.
Fire officials on Tuesday lifted an evacuation advisory for the Shasta County town of Burney, which has a population of about 3,000 people. State fire spokesman Tom Piranio says another 2,000 or so people in nearby communities who were under mandatory evacuation orders were allowed to return home.
Piranio says higher humidity and rain have helped knock down the fire. Crews also built a protective fire line about 6 miles long just southeast of Burney.
The Eiler Fire has burned through more than 48 square miles in and around the Lassen National Forest. It did not grow overnight and is about 40 percent contained.
Fire crews continue to battle the Bald Fire. Lightning is said to be the cause the of the fire which started eight miles southeast of Fall River Mills in Shasta County last Wednesday night. The fire has burned over 39 thousand acres and is at around 30% contained. According to the US Forest Service, the fire behavior will continue to moderate with the cooler and wetter weather. However, thunder storms and winds associated with the storms are still a concern.
Fire crews continue to make progress in their fight against the Day Fire in Modoc County. Lightning strikes started the blaze near Day Road just 2 miles north of the community of Day in the early evening of Wednesday of last week. Over 13 thousand acres have burned with 6 structures destroyed including 5 residences. The fire is at about 70% containment. The cooler temperatures and higher humidiy have aided the firefighters in battling the blaze.
BURNEY, Calif. (AP) — A rural Northern California town that was under threat from a wildfire is in the clear for now. Fire officials have lifted an evacuation advisory for the Shasta County town of Burney, which has a population of about 3,000 people. Another 2,000 or so people in nearby communities who were under mandatory evacuation orders were allowed to return home.
The Humblodt Coroner's Office along with an Anthropologist with Humboldt State University conducted an examination of the skeletal remains of 46-year-old Shane Miller Monday. According to the Humblodt County Sheriff's Office, the examination determinded that Miller died from a single gunshot wound to his head. Miller was accused of the murder of his wife and two daughters in Shingletown in May of 2013. His remains were found Friday near Petrolia in Humboldt County.
BURNEY, Calif. (AP) — Fire officials say light rain and increased humidity helped crews make progress against two wildfires in a Northern California forest that are just miles apart and are threatening hundreds of homes. The smaller of the two fires in the Lassen National Forest is near Burney and threatening more than 700 homes, some of which have been evacuated. The nearby has forced the evacuation of about a dozen homes.
GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Cooler temperatures and scattered showers helped firefighters hold the line on the Oregon Gulch fire in the Siskiyou Mountains straddling the Oregon-California border. Fire officials said today the fire remained at 57 square miles for the second day in a row.
Chico Leaders tonight expected to OK a Traffic and Safety Grant for its Police Department. The grant comes to almost 130 thousand dollars and will help cover overtime costs for traffic safety checkpoints and other related activities. The Department can use existing personnel until all the grant funds have been used. The grant runs from October of this year through the end of September of 2015.
Lower temperatures and higher humidity has helped with fighting the Bald Fire in Shasta County. Lightning strikes in an area Eight miles southeast of Fall River Mills started the fire just after 8 pm on Wednesday. The fire has burned over 39 thousand acres and is at 20% contained. According to the US Forest Service, the cooler weather and higher humidity have moderated the fire.
BURNEY, Calif. (AP) — Officials hope humid conditions will aid firefighters battling two wildfires in Northern California that have scorched more than 100 square miles and are menacing a small town.
State fire spokeswoman Capt. Amy Head said Monday that the worst of the two fires raging within miles of each other threatens more than 700 structures.
Authorities report that eight homes have burned as a result of the blazes and residents in the town of Burney face possible evacuation.
Meanwhile, a major wildfire in the Siskiyou Mountains along the Oregon-California border has slowed as temperatures cooled, but it still jeopardizes 270 homes after burning six.
In Washington state, a wind-whipped blaze destroyed about a dozen structures and prompted an evacuation notice for around 80 homes.
SUSANVILLE, Calif. (AP) — A special prosecutor has been named in the trial of a man charged in the killing of his girlfriend's husband, who was a police officer in Northern California. The Sacramento Bee reports that the Lassen County Board of Supervisors has approved a contract with Dan Howe to prosecute Robin James for the death of Robert McElrath, a Susanville police officer. The victim's estranged wife Joanna McElrath has already been convicted.
PETROLIA, Calif. (AP) — Officials say their search for a man suspected of killing his wife and two young daughters last year has ended with the discovery of skeletal remains on a Northern California riverbank. Shasta County sheriff's Detective Dave Eoff said dental records confirmed yesterday that the remains belonged to Shane Miller, who had been wanted for questioning since his wife, Sandy, and the couple's 8-year-old and 5-year-old daughters, were shot to death in their home in the rural community of Shingletown in May 2013.
Fire crews continue to battle the Bald Fire. The blaze started eight miles southeast of Fall River Mills in the Lassen National Forest just after 8 pm on Wednesday. The fire has burned over 39 thousand acres and is about 5% contained. According to the United States Forest Service, old brush, grass, and isolated timber stringers are the main fuel sources for the fire. No structures have been reported threatened by the fire.
BURNEY, Calif. (AP) -- Firefighters are focusing on two wildfires near each other in Northern California that have blackened over 100 square miles. The Shasta County sheriff had the town of Burney on an evacuation watch after ordering residents of three small neighboring communities to leave on Saturday night. State officials said more than 700 homes were threatened.
Lightning causes a fire in Modoc County. The Day Fire started off of Day Road 2 miles north of the town of Day just after 5 pm Wednesday. The blaze has burned 4,500 acres and is about 5% contained. According to Cal Fire, mandatory evacuations are occurring from Schneider Ranch Road to the north end of Day Road with Day Road closed in that area. An Evacuation Center is being established at Fall River High School on Walnut Street in Fall River Mills. 200 structures are reported threatened in the area. Cal Fire says, there is a continued threat of thunderstorms along with erratic winds.
No reported containment for a fire in the Lassen National forest. The fire on Bald Mountain has charred over a thousand acres in the Hat Creek Ranger district. Fire officials fear the fire may spread as it burns amid heavy brush and steep terrain. There are no closures at this time but forest Officials urge residents to stay out of the general area.
The Web Fire is almost fully contained. The fire stared in the remote area of Web Hollow and Big Chico Creek near Forest Ranch early Monday afternoon. The fire has burned 389 acres and as of Thursday evening was 80% contained. Cal Fire estimates full containment at around 8 pm tonight.
The Gridley man hit and killed by a train Monday afternoon has been identified as 51 year old Eloy Sandoval. Sandoval was struck about 2:30 Monday afternoon in an area south of Biggs near the Hastings Avenue and Sixth Street intersection. A Union Pacific Train Conductor reported a pedestrian had been hit by a train.
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