Due to weather conditions Butte County officials extend the Check Before You Light Advisory for the Chico area. According to a Butte County Air Quality Management District press release, a strong high pressure weather system is creating an extended period of weak winds and cold nights. It is also creating strong pollution-trapping inversions. That's why the Butte County Air Quality Management District is asking residents in the Chico area to refrain from using their wood stoves and fireplaces today until midnight tonight. Officials say the air quality is expected to be the poorest during the evening and overnight hours when inversions trap wood smoke close to the ground.
The Butte County Air Quality Management District issued the advisory Wednesday and is now continuing it today until Midnight tonight. Officials are asking residents in the Chico area to voluntarily refrain from using their woodstoves and fireplaces today due to an air quality forecast that they say is unhealthy for sensitive groups.
To check today's air quality you can go to www.bcaqmd.org or call the CBYL Hotline at 332-9409 or toll free at 1-855-332-9409.
The Butte County Air Quality Management District is asking Chico area residents to voluntarily refrain from using their wood stoves and fireplaces today until 12:01 am Thursday morning. This due to an air quality forecast that is unhealthy for sensitive groups.
According to a Butte County Air Quality Management District press release, wood stove and fireplace use is already restricted within Chico city limits by a city ordinance.
For more information you can call the C-B-Y-L Hotline at 332-9409 or you can go to www.bcaqmd.org or you can also check their twitter feed.
An Accident on the Lower Skyway Saturday Evening kills 1 and injuries another.. Chico Police report that an accident at the Skyway and Notre Dame Blvd. occured around 630P Saturday. The Police say the 2 vehicle accident involved a Toyota and Buick Cutlass, when 1 of the Vehicles traveling Westbound on the Skyway ran the Light at the intersection causing the collision with the 2nd Vehicle. Both Drivers received injuries in the collision and were transported to the Hospital where 1 of the Injured later died of their Injuries. Authorities have not released the names of those involved.
The Investigation into the Accident continues.
The annual bike giveaway kicks off at 2 pm this afternoon the Butte County Sheriff's Office on Gillick Way in Oroville. Some 75 bikes have been refurbished. Those bikes along with helmets will be given to children in need. The bike giveaway is conducted by members of the Sheriff's Office and STARS volunteers.
The Chico City Council moves further discussions of development impact fees to next year.
There are 15 subcategories of the Urbanization and Street Facilities fee. 13 of those categories have already been approved by the council and at Tuesday night's meeting a 14th was added. That category is the Sewer-Water Pollution Control Plant and Sewer-truck line fees. The fee program update will be brought back at the second meetinig in January.
A multiple vehicle collision on the Skyway slowed the morning commute. The CHP reported that 4 vehicles were involved in the collision which happened on the westbound lane near Lookout Point just before 8 am this morning. There were no injuries reported in the collision.
FEMA has given nearly one million dollars to Butte County residents and business owners that were affected by the La Porte and Cherokee fires. More than 530 Butte County residents have received close to 970 thousand dollars in assistance. Businesses reportedly received around 27 thousand dollars in low interest loans.
New fire safety rules have been adopted by the state. The Public Utilities Commission recently ordered PG&E to increase the minimum clearances between electrical equipment and trees. Officials say most of the state's foothill and mountian areas are part of a high fire-threat district. This includes foothill areas in Butte County. Officials say that the Sacramento Valley floor is excluded as a non-fuel area. PG&E officials say they expect to remove nearly 150 thousand dead or dying trees accross the state.
Firefighters responded to a fire at a Paradise bank early this morning. Cal Fire crews arrived at the Bank of West on Clark Road in Paradise around 4:30 this morning to find the building fully engulfed. Along with Cal Fire and Paradise Fire crews there were firefighters from Chico and Gridley who assisted. The fire gutted the building and Cal Fire says the vault was destroyed in the fire.The fire caused downed lines which inturn caused power outages for 2,000 Paradise residents. Most PG&E customers have now had their power restored. Clark and Bille roads were closed to traffic while crews worked at the scene.
A suspect leads law enforcement on a Chase in and around north Chico this morning. A man was reported to be driving erratically on northbound Highway 99 as a pursuit started with Chico Police before 4 am. The suspect drove into a field outside of Chico before getting onto southbound Highway 99. Officers reported at least one tire had blown out on the suspect's vehicle. By that time the Butte County Sheriff's Office and the CHP had joined the pursuit. Chico Police Dispatch reported that the suspect ended up westbound on Bell Road where he was stopped near Meridian Road and was taken into custody nearly an hour after the pursuit started.
The CHP reported on their website a multiple vehicle collision on Highway 99 and Skillin Lane northwest of Oroville just after 8:30 this morning. CHP officers say there are 3 to 4 vehicle involved. No word on injuries at this time.
Chico Police dispatch reported a hit and run collision around 8 this morning. A tan Chevy truck hit a parked car and then took off down West 8th Street.
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