The Washburn Fire in California has crossed into the Sierra National Forest. National Park Service officials said more road closures were made as the fire keeps spreading. It's 23-percent contained as of last night and is burning over 42-hundred acres of land. The park superintendent said the fire appears to have been started by a person.
Butte County Sheriff's Office and Search and Rescue teams recovered the body of a 14-year-old boy , found dead near the bottom of a steep rock embankment in Berry Creek during a search effort Wednesday night. Deputies said they were contacted by the Boys Father who reported that they went camping with his son and a family friend, identified as Christopher Stephenson. He said they were camping in the area of Bald Rock Trailhead near Bean Creek Road. The man said he got separated from his son and Stephenson, prompting a response from deputies, the Butte County Search and Rescue team and a helicopter. Stephenson still had not been located as of Thursday afternoon, according to deputies
The Town of Paradise will receive State Funding to help with Rebuilding roads damaged in the Camp Fire
The funding was announced Thursday by Assembly Republican Leader James Gallagher and Republican Leader Jim Nielsen.
The funding will allow the Town of Paradise to repair roads over the next eight years as it continues to recover. The $9.3 million in state funding replaces the lost gas tax revenue caused by decreases in population following the Camp Fire.
Some cities in the state are considering bans on new gas stations to fight climate change. The L-A Times reports several Bay Area cities are following in Petaluma's steps in a decision made by the Sonoma County city last year to stop approving the development of new gas stations. City council officials in Los Angeles are also working on a similar ban. They plan on having a hearing later in the summer which would also propose any expansions of current gas stations to be limited to serving zero-emissions vehicles and providing non-fuel related facilities
Habitat for Humanity of butte county announces they received a grant thru us bank to assist those who lost homes and are affected by the higher rebuild costs in Paradise due to the camp fire...the US Bank foundation donated 15,000 to help provide affordable home ownership . habitat established the project to increase the number of homes built in the Camp Fire area.
More than five years after heavy rainfall damaged Oroville Dam's main and emergency spillways, the California Department of Water Resources will begin making repairs to the spillway. The DWR's multi-year project to repair eight gates gets underway today. Water Resource officials say local users should be aware of increased construction in the area. The project was first established after the 2017 dam emergency that saw the evacuation of more than 180,000 people living downstream along the Feather River.
Detectives with the Chico Police department traveled to Fairfield this week where they arrested a man who allegedly convinced a 10-year-old girl to send him nude photos and videos. 19-year-old Ethan Alfonso was aprehended on Thursday. Police began investigating after a report that a suspect preyed on the girl - threatening to release the images if she didn't send more. Police identitfied Alfonso during the investigation. He faces charges including 10 counts of child molestation and possession of child porn.
Governor Newsom is investing more money into combating hate crimes. The Governor announced yesterday 30-million-dollars has been awarded to 12 organizations across the state. The grant money will help provide services to survivors of hate crimes and create hate prevention measures. The Attorney General released a report last month which showed hate crimes increased by nearly 90-percent over the past decade.
The state will soon produce its own insulin. Governor Newsom approved a measure yesterday which invests one-hundred-million-dollars into the development of low-cost insulin. The funding will also help create a manufacturing facility with the goal to make a generic option and sell it below market value. The Governor says the price for a vial of insulin ranges from three-hundred to five-hundred-dollars. The drug would be available to both insured and uninsured residents.
The California Assembly has approved a controversial bill allowing Los Angeles, Oakland and San Francisco to set up places where opioid users could legally inject drugs in supervised settings. The move Thursday follows months of debate. Proponents say it would save lives, while detractors say it would enable drug addiction. The Assembly's approval sends the bill back to the state Senate for final consideration. The idea is to give people who would use drugs anyway a location to inject them while trained staff are available to help if they suffer accidental overdoses. The move comes amid a national opioid crisis and spike in overdose deaths.
Butte County Fire crews continue making progress on the Nelson Fire burning west of Oroville. Cal Fire says the 250 acre blaze is 60-percent contained as of Thursday night. The Butte County Sheriff's Office lifted the evacuation warning in the area. The CHP says Cottonwood Road is closed between Highway 99 and at Table Mountain Road.
Cal Fire says crews have also stopped forward spread of the Sandra Fire north of Bangor. The 40-acre fire at Sandra and Wayman Lane was reported at 30-percent contained overnight. Evacuation orders have been reduced to a warning. Two shelters have been set up for residents and animals.
A new Butte County Grand Jury finds Oroville city officials violated their own policies -- including Mayor Chuck Reynolds and City Administrator Bill LaGrone. KRCR reports the investigation was opened following complaints from citizens. The complaints include individuals holding multiple offices, bullying subordinates and Brown Act violations - blocking members of the public from meetings. Mayor Reynolds told KRCR the timing of the allegations are suspect given the November election is near and called them vague. The City has 90 days to respond to the findings.