Northern California wildfires

People around California and around the world saw videos and stories of residents desperately trying to flee the massive wildfire in Paradise last fall.  Capital Public Radio's Sally Schilling reports residents in other fire-prone areas - like Nevada County in northern California are wondering how they would escape.

More than a thousand people are still unaccounted fior after the Camp Fire disaster in Butte County. North State Public Radio's Sarah Bohannon has more on why that list is still considered to be somewhat – and what's being done to find people who are safe. 

Everyone was on their best behavior Saturday when President Trump, Governor Jerry Brown and Governor elect Gavin Newsom viewed the damage from California's two massive wildfires. the blazes have combined to kill more than 70 people and destroy nearly 14 thousand structures. Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports. 

Fighting Fires From the Air In California

Nov 16, 2018
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For all of the work they do on the ground, firefighters often can use a little help from above in the form of water and fire retardant drops. Capital Public Radio's Bob Moffitt tells us about the people who work to help fight fire from the air.

Wildfire Recovery - Who Pays?

Sep 24, 2018

California Governor Jerry Brown has signed a bill that shifts billions of dollars of wildfire recovery costs from electric utility shareholders to ratepayers. KVCR's Rick Dulock brings in CapRadio's Ben Adler on this story.

Cal Fire says mandatory wildfire evacuations in the state are down to roughly 200 people... the lowest level in weeks.  As Capital Public Radio's Randol White explains, crews are gaining control of nearly a dozen large fires.

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It's peak tourist season in Yosemite, but the most popular destination is eerily quiet.  There are no hiker on trails or climbers on the Valley's cliffs, because smoke from the Ferguson Fire has shut down parts of the park indefinitely.  In Capital Public Radio's latest "Yosemiteland" podcast episode, reporter Ezra David Romero discusses how fire might alter the park's iconic landscape.


The fires in Yolo and Lake counties have doubled the acreage burned so far this season in California.  Capital Public Radio's Bob Moffitt reports Cal Fire is concerned with what this week could bring.

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The fight over whether PG&E is liable for last year's fires in Northern California is ongoing.  Capital Public Radio's Ezra David Romero reports that Cal Fire blames the utility for causing many of them.

Sonoma County sheriff's officials are blaming the far-right website Breitbart for spreading false information about an arson arrest tied to Norther California's deadly wildfires.  Capital Public radio's PolitiFact reporter Chris Nichols checked out the website's inflammatory claims.