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Lightning Sparks Blazes Across State

Lightning Sparks Blazes Across State

Hundreds of lightning strikes overnight have sparked three dozen new wildfires in Northern California, authorities said Sunday. According to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, 36 blazes triggered by 800 lightning strikes were small and quickly put out. Meanwhile, about 3,000 firefighters continued to make progress on five…

Fiery Violence Leaves Two Dead

Fiery Violence Leaves Two Dead

Two men who were found last week with gunshot and burn wounds have died. Placer County Sheriff’s deputies say 34-year-old Warren Alexander Galsote and 33-year-old Jason John Benson have died from their injuries. Investigators say both of the victims were shot in the head at least once, in addition to…

Officials Work to Preserve Salmon, Combat Salination & Maintain Water in Folsom Lake

Officials Work to Preserve Salmon, Combat Salination & Maintain Water in Folsom Lake

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation officials say they plan to begin releasing more fresh water from Folsom Lake and Lake Oroville in order to counter saltwater that infiltrates the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta during drought conditions. Drew Lessard, Area Manager for the Central California Area Office spoke with KAHI’s Sarah McCormick this…

Firefighters Make Progress Containing Washington Fire

Firefighters Make Progress Containing Washington Fire

Firefighters continue to make progress on the Washington Fire, as officials report containment now stands at 56 percent containment. There are 860 personnel working the incident, according to fire officials. Highway 4 from Markleeville to Ebbetts Pass is now open to through traffic only. Adjacent forest lands in and near…

California State Assembly Takes on Immunization Bill

California State Assembly Takes on Immunization Bill

The California Assembly is taking up a heated bill, to increase vaccination rates in schools today. The legislation aims to increase school immunization rates by eliminating the personal belief exemption. It comes after a December outbreak of measles at Disneyland that infected more than 100 people in the U.S. and…

Ophir Station 182 Remains Open… For Now

Ophir Station 182 Remains Open… For Now

Last week, the Placer County Board of Supervisors voted to keep the Ophir Station, 182 viable during this fire season. Monday, Sarah McCormick chatted with John McEldowney, program manager for the Office of Emergency Services in Placer County, he says they continue to look at ways to keep the station open year round.  It’s…

Folsom Boaters Watch Levels Drop

Folsom Boaters Watch Levels Drop

In a bitter-sweet twist, the first official day of summer marked the last day of boating season at Folsom Lake. People who dock their boats at Folsom Lake were forced to remove them from the slips this weekend because of rapidly dropping water levels due to the drought. Folsom Lake officials…

Firefighters Work Across the State: Cal-Fire Update

Firefighters Work Across the State:  Cal-Fire Update

  Firefighters are continuing to gain control over a wildfire burning in the San Bernardino National Forest, authorities said Tuesday. The Lake fire, the largest wildfire currently burning in California, which ignited last Wednesday, has burned 17,405 acres and is 30% contained, the U.S. Forest Service said Tuesday morning. The…

Blaze Stopped in Placerville

Blaze Stopped in Placerville

Early Friday morning, a small, slow-moving grass fire threatened several homes in Placerville, but firefighters successfully contained the one acre blaze. The fire started about 4:15 a.m. and burned through dry grass on a hillside off Placerville Drive. Homeowners along Boulder Lane were told to shelter in place while El…

Yuba County Fire at 75% Containment

Yuba County Fire at 75% Containment

As of Friday morning, firefighters have about 75 percent containment on the Yuba County fire that has grown to about 180 acres. All of those acres were scheduled to be part of a controlled burn that got out of hand. About 15 homes were under evacuation in the Oregon House area. Officials set…