San Bernardino National Forest / U.S. Forest Service

Fire activity decreased overnight, and containment of the Apple Fire has grown to 45%. Fire activity has slowed enough that fewer resources are needed as crews push towards containment. While the efforts may not be visible from far away, firefighters continue to work to keep the fire in established control lines. In the north, crews are securing the perimeter by building fireline and carefully inspecting the area for any hotspots. In some areas, specialized crews will be using suppression strategies with the least environmental impacts in the wilderness.


Current Situation (Inciweb 8/9/2020):

Rick Dulock - KVCR

According to inciweb’s Saturday morning update, the Apple Fire, which started Friday, July 31 near Cherry Valley has now burned 32,412 acres and is 35% contained. Three people have been injured and four homes have burned. The number of personnel assigned to fight the Apple Fire has increased to 2,845. This includes 42 hand crews, 276 engines, 24 dozers, 40 water tenders, 18 helicopters and two airplanes.
The Current Situation (inciweb  8/8/2020 at 9:10 a.m.):

Longtime Inland Empire journalist and KVCR contributor Cassie MacDuff and KVCR's Alfredo Cruz review some of the big Inland Empire news stories from the past week, including:

Forum - A New Statewide Call In Show for Listeners of 91.9

Aug 6, 2020
Mina Kim - Host of Forum 10am Hour / KQED

The Inland Empire has joined a growing number of communities around California who now have access to a statewide conversation on public radio called Forum. Now airing on 91.9 KVCR from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Monday through Friday, listeners are connected to conversations led by journalists, with experts and newsmakers, addressing issues and topics that are important to California residents. Listener calls and comments are a key part of the show.


In the spring, as COVID-19 halted the economy, automobile use plummeted. And so did greenhouse gas emissions. Now, a whitepaper from the University of California Riverside's(U.C.R.) Center for Economic Forecasting and Development says this will not last and, instead, California’s goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions may be out of reach. 

Monday through Thursday at lunchtime, Empire KVCR News has your daily news rundown. Stories highlighted today include:

  1. The “Festival of Lights” in Riverside will go ahead as planned during the Christmas season, but with limited city funding.
  2. Youth sports are allowed to resume in Riverside County amid Coronavirus protocols.
  3. The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians made the decision to cancel California’s largest pow wow which was planned for October.
  4. New research shows that atmospheric rivers and snow droughts could become more common.

Like so many annual events, California’s largest pow wow is facing cancellation this year due the COVID-19 pandemic. 

In an announcement by the San Manuel Pow Wow Committee on August 4, the members say they made the decision to cancel this year's event with a heavy heart.

The pow wow was planned for October at the San Manuel Stadium in San Bernardino. But the committee says cancellation is the most responsible decision in order to protect the health and safety of their tribe and traveling guests.

8/5/20 – Dr. David Lo Discusses Vaccines

Aug 5, 2020

Lillian Vasquez speaks with Dr. David Lo, a Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Sciences and the Senior Associate Dean for Research at the UC Riverside School of Medicine. Dr. Lo reviews the history of vaccines and discusses the vaccine situation regarding COVID 19.

For more information about Dr. Lo, visit

Monday through Thursday at lunchtime, Empire KVCR News has your daily news rundown. Stories highlighted today include:


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For nearly five months, nursing homes, assisted living facilities and the people who live in them have been on lockdown. Many states, including Florida, have not allowed in-person visits since March. The policy was imposed to shield a very vulnerable population from COVID-19. But as NPR's Greg Allen reports, families, health care workers and elected officials say the isolation is taking a toll on the people it's designed to protect.

Updated at 6:48 p.m. ET

A California judge has ordered Uber and Lyft to reclassify their workers from independent contractors to employees with benefits, a ruling that could be consequential for gig economy workers if it survives the appeals process.

For many businesses, the coronavirus pandemic has created a coin shortage. All the sheltering at home put a crimp in the normal circulation of pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters, and now some retailers are asking customers to pay with exact change.

Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, the main opposition candidate in Sunday's presidential election in Belarus, is refusing to accept the landslide victory declared by the five-term incumbent, Alexander Lukashenko.

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