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Environmental groups to Humboldt County: no more new cannabis grows |Oct 16, 2017

The heads of five environmental organizations are calling on Humboldt County officials to focus their attention on combatting illegal cannabis grows before permitting new farms. The

State to fire victims: Don’t sift through the ash |Oct 16, 2017

The Mendocino County Sheriff’s office announced Saturday that he expected the remainder of East and West Roads in Redwood Valley to have evacuations lifted at noon Sunday. The county on Saturday afternoon urged people going back into burned zone not to try to clean up or look for things in the ash around your house.

Community roundup: What’s happening in the area |Oct 16, 2017

Food distribution from pantry this week The monthly government food commodities provided by Food for People in Eureka will be distributed at the Christian Science Reading Room on Maple Lane in Garberville on Oct.

Fundraiser helps SoHum’s community park |Oct 16, 2017

A costume fashion show set for Oct. 21 at 8 p.m. in Eureka is serving as a fundraiser for Southern Humboldt Community Park. The show is at the Historic Eagle House in Eureka and the theme is “Up Up and Away, An Odd and Elegant Steampunk Adventure.

Humboldt County to benefit from housing bill package, McGuire says |Oct 16, 2017

Humboldt County is poised to benefit from a recently approved package of state bills that aims to increase California affordable housing options, according to North Coast state Sen. Mike McGuire. Gov.

Brown vetoes bills banning smoking on state beaches, parks; pot use still not allowed |Oct 16, 2017

Cigarette butts are the most common type of litter on California’s beaches, but Gov. Jerry Brown recently vetoed two bills that would have banned smoking at all state beaches and state parks in California.

Garberville CHP officers assist in wildfire relief |Oct 16, 2017

Humboldt County and city agencies are mobilizing dozens of officials to support efforts to help as Mendocino County deals with devastating fires. Along with county agencies, two officers from the Garberville CHP station remain in Mendocino to help with road closure, according to Garberville CHP Sgt.

Cannabis farmers face doubly uncertain future after California wildfires |Oct 16, 2017

Redwood Valley >> “This time of year, everyone’s harvesting. And now, the annual paycheck that we’ve been working all year to earn may have been burnt to a crisp or will soon dry out due to lack of water.

2:10 p.m. Bear Fire update: Air crews resume operations after drone slows progress |Oct 18, 2017

BOULDER CREEK >> A dozen helicopters have resumed operations Wednesday afternoon, after being grounded for about an hour after a drone was spotted above the Bear Fire. The air support team is now back to its mission: drawing water from the Lexington Reservoir and smaller reservoirs in Santa Clara County, and dousing the 271-acre blaze.

Redwood Valley residents after the fire: “We need prayers. And Dumpsters.” |Oct 17, 2017

Redwood Valley >> There was at least one good thing about the winds whipping up the fires a week ago. “Our daughter couldn’t sleep because of the wind, so she was up around midnight and saw the flames coming over the hill,” said Leslie Ford, whose ranch in Redwood Valley borders on Potter Valley, where the devastating Mendocino Lake Complex fire reportedly began in the darkness between Oct.

Warnings issued on rental price hikes after fires |Oct 19, 2017

Consumer groups and government officials are issuing warnings amid scattered reports of North Bay rental price hikes and allegations of gouging in the aftermath of last week’s devastating wildfires.

North Bay firefighters report drone interference |Oct 17, 2017

Firefighting teams trying to tamp down the still-active fires in the California Wine County have a message for any would-be drone operators hoping to capture video of the disaster from the air: Don’t even think about it.

Boulder Creek families weather Bear Fire, gather family and pets close |Oct 18, 2017

BOULDER CREEK >> The sound from Philip DeGreen and Jane Wohlhueter’s front door at 4:30 a.m. Tuesday went something like this: “Thump thump thump. Phil and Jane, wake up!” The Boulder Creek family was one of about 200 households receiving reverse 911 calls alerting them to a

Firefighter killed in crash in Napa area ID’d as Missouri volunteer |Oct 18, 2017

The fire fighter killed in a traffic accident in Napa County on Monday, was identified as 38-year-old Garrett Paiz, a volunteer firefighter from Missouri, Napa County Sheriff’s Office officials announced.

Bear Fire burns in Santa Cruz Mountains, threatens 150 homes |Oct 17, 2017

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY >> A 152-acre wildfire in the Santa Cruz Mountains was 5 percent contained at 10 a.m. Tuesday, according to Cal Fire. The fire is an immediate threat to about 150 homes. All residents have been evacuated successfully from those homes, and no one is trapped behind the fire lines, according to Cal Fire.

York Fire sparked by cigarette butt, official says |Oct 17, 2017

Monterey >> A lit cigarette butt sparked the blaze along South Boundary Road near Ryan Ranch that led to residents near York School being evacuated Sunday. “Careless smoking, it happens a lot,” said Kim Bernheisel, a Cal Fire spokesman, about the cause of the fire.

Tanker truck goes over Highway 101 guardrail, limit traffic to one lane |Oct 19, 2017

The following is from a Caltrans District 1 Facebook post: Parts of District 1 are experiencing high winds and rains this afternoon. Please drive with extra caution, and SLOW DOWN. This empty tanker truck ended up over the guardrail just south of Willits on U.

Santa Rosa couple claims PG&E negligence led to wildfire |Oct 19, 2017

A Santa Rosa couple who lost their home in the deadly fires that tore through Sonoma County last week filed a lawsuit Tuesday blaming PG&E for the blaze. The lawsuit is the first against the utility company for its possible involvement in the North Bay fires and comes even before investigators have determined what caused the deadly fires.

Cannabis growers face tall task in rebuilding after wildfires |Oct 19, 2017

As wildfires have raged across Northern California, claiming lives and scorching more than 200,000 acres, they are also taking a toll on cannabis farmers who have lost both homes and valuable crops — and have little hope of getting help from insurance or banks in an industry that remains legally hazy.

Elderly woman and caregiver among dead in Mendocino Lake Complex Fire |Oct 19, 2017

The remaining five names of those who died in the Mendocino Lake Complex (Redwood) Fire and where they were found have been released by the Sheriff’s Office.