Northern California

SAN FRANCISCO | Utility cancels $130 million in worker performance bonuses

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Northern California utility Pacific Gas & Electric said it won’t award $130 million in employee bonuses because of its recent bankruptcy filing, a newspaper reported Saturday. Interim chief executive John Simon cited California’s deadly wildfires and the company’s precarious financial state in an internal email message to workers on Friday, the … Continue reading SAN FRANCISCO | Utility cancels $130 million in worker performance bonuses

Trump’s push for new offshore drilling is likely to run aground in California

—January 27, 2019—(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Charles Lester, University of California, Santa Cruz (THE CONVERSATION) Fifty years ago, on January 28, 1969, a blowout from Union Oil’s Platform A spilled more than 3.2 million gallons of oil into the Santa Barbara Channel. The … Continue reading Trump’s push for new offshore drilling is likely to run aground in California

PARK CITY, Utah | Ron Howard to make doc about town devastated by wildfires

PARK CITY, Utah —January 24, 2019— Director Ron Howard is planning to make a documentary about a Northern California town’s attempt to rebuild after a devastating wildfire last year National Geographic Documentary Films announced the project Thursday which will focus on the Sierra Nevada foothills town of Paradise, California. In November of 2018, flames destroyed … Continue reading PARK CITY, Utah | Ron Howard to make doc about town devastated by wildfires

SAN FRANCISCO | California storm triggers crashes, fears in wildfire areas

SAN FRANCISCO—January 16, 2019— Rain and snow falling across California have forced the closure of a major freeway, snarled commutes and triggered deadly wrecks on slick roads Wednesday as wildfire-ravished communities braced for dangerous mudslides and mountain residents faced a “potentially life-threatening” blizzard. A series of storms have hit this week, and the latest one could … Continue reading SAN FRANCISCO | California storm triggers crashes, fears in wildfire areas

SAN FRANCISCO | Storm hitting California sets off crashes, highway closures

SAN FRANCISCO—January 16, 2019—  Rain and snow falling across California have forced the closure of a major freeway, snarled commutes and triggered deadly wrecks on slick roads Wednesday as wildfire-ravished communities braced for dangerous mudslides and mountain residents faced a “potentially life-threatening” blizzard. A series of storms have hit this week, and the latest one … Continue reading SAN FRANCISCO | Storm hitting California sets off crashes, highway closures

LOS ANGELES | New storm brings risk of blizzard to Northern California

LOS ANGELES—January 15, 2019—Another Pacific storm was set to hit California on Wednesday, bringing a threat of mudslides to the site of the deadliest wildfire in state history and a rare blizzard warning in the Sierra Nevada. An evacuation warning was in place into Thursday morning for Pulga, a canyon community in Northern California. Its … Continue reading LOS ANGELES | New storm brings risk of blizzard to Northern California

RENO, Nev. | APNewsBreak: Agency built pen for possible horse slaughter

RENO, Nev. —Jan 15, 2019— The U.S. Forest Service has built its first corral for wild horses, which could allow it to bypass federal restrictions and sell the animals for slaughter. The agency acknowledged in court filings in a potentially precedent-setting legal battle that it built the new pen in Northern California for mustangs gathered … Continue reading RENO, Nev. | APNewsBreak: Agency built pen for possible horse slaughter

DAVIS, Calif. | Authorities name man who killed rookie California officer

DAVIS, Calif. —Jan 12, 2019—A man who shot and killed a rookie police officer in Northern California before taking his own life during a standoff with police was a 48-year-old convict who had been ordered to surrender a semi-automatic rifle. Kevin Douglas Limbaugh’s name was released Saturday as investigators continued to investigate his motive for … Continue reading DAVIS, Calif. | Authorities name man who killed rookie California officer

SAN JOSE, Calif | Alabama, Clemson arrive in NoCal for fourth playoff meeting

SAN JOSE, Calif. —Jan 04, 2019—No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Clemson have arrived in Northern California, where they will play for the College Football National championship a long way from home. The Tigers were first to arrive at Mineta San Jose International Airport on Friday at about 4:15. Clemson, South Carolina, is about 2,560 … Continue reading SAN JOSE, Calif | Alabama, Clemson arrive in NoCal for fourth playoff meeting

SAN FRANCISCO | California alleges utility falsified pipeline safety records

SAN FRANCISCO  — Regulators on Friday accused one of California’s largest utilities of falsifying safety documents for natural gas pipelines for years following its criminal conviction and multimillion-dollar fine for a pipeline explosion that killed eight people near San Francisco. The California Public Utilities Commission said an investigation by its safety and enforcement division found … Continue reading SAN FRANCISCO | California alleges utility falsified pipeline safety records

SAN FRANCISCO  | With 11 names left, search for wildfire missing winds down

SAN FRANCISCO  — The search for people unaccounted for after the deadliest U.S. wildfire in at least a century is winding down in Northern California, with just 11 names left on a fluctuating list that once approached 1,300 and prompted fears that hundreds had died in the flames. The declining number released late Monday came … Continue reading SAN FRANCISCO  | With 11 names left, search for wildfire missing winds down

SAN FRANCISCO | Dwindling list of missing people brings relief to burn area

SAN FRANCISCO — The search for people unaccounted for after the deadliest U.S. wildfire in at least a century is winding down in Northern California, with just 11 names left on a fluctuating list that once approached 1,300 and prompted fears that hundreds had died in the flames. The declining number released late Monday came … Continue reading SAN FRANCISCO | Dwindling list of missing people brings relief to burn area

PARADISE, Calif | Children return to school 3 weeks after California wildfire

PARADISE, Calif.  — Monday marks a return to school and some semblance of routine for thousands of children who lost their homes to a deadly wildfire in Northern California. Schools in Butte County have been closed since Nov. 8, when the Camp Fire ignited and quickly swept through the towns of Paradise, Concow and Magalia … Continue reading PARADISE, Calif | Children return to school 3 weeks after California wildfire

PARADISE, Calif | Number of missing after California fire dwindles to 49

PARADISE, Calif— The number of people listed as missing after Northern California’s catastrophic wildfire has been whittled to 49. The figure announced Friday night by the Butte County Sheriff’s Office shows authorities have made significant progress in accounting for survivors of the deadliest wildfire in state history. Two weeks ago, the number of people listed … Continue reading PARADISE, Calif | Number of missing after California fire dwindles to 49

SAN FRANCISCO | Fire-scarred California areas escape large-scale rain damage

SAN FRANCISCO— A major storm brought localized mudslides and street flooding to California and some people had to be rescued from stranded vehicles, but fire-scarred areas escaped large-scale damage. Water from flash floods receded in Northern California and crews on Friday cleared debris from roads, culverts and levees that flooded in Chico, said Butte County … Continue reading SAN FRANCISCO | Fire-scarred California areas escape large-scale rain damage

SAN FRANCISCO | Flooding hits Northern California area scarred by wildfire

SAN FRANCISCO— Flash flooding hit a wildfire-scarred area of Northern California on Thursday, forcing officials to deploy swift water rescue teams to save people stuck in vehicles and rescue them from homes after a downpour near the Paradise area. Authorities said they used boats to rescue people from three homes and told people in about … Continue reading SAN FRANCISCO | Flooding hits Northern California area scarred by wildfire

Some of those ‘missing’ after California fire are just fine

Nearly 200 people are on the official list of those missing after Northern California’s catastrophic wildfire. But at least some of them are just fine. Among them is 86-year-old Dixie Singh, who was surprised to find herself on the list when contacted by The Associated Press and says with certainty, “I am alive.” The death … Continue reading Some of those ‘missing’ after California fire are just fine

PARADISE, Calif | Zinke says Northern California fire costs likely in billions

PARADISE, Calif. — Costs associated with a deadly Northern California wildfire will likely be in the billions, said U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on Monday. Zinke, who was back in the town of Paradise on Monday, said he has never witnessed such devastation. The Camp Fire killed at least 85 and leveled thousands of homes. … Continue reading PARADISE, Calif | Zinke says Northern California fire costs likely in billions

LOS ANGELES | Catastrophic Northern California fire is finally contained

LOS ANGELES — A massive wildfire that killed dozens of people and destroyed thousands of homes in Northern California has been fully contained after burning for more than two weeks, authorities said Sunday. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said the Camp fire had been surrounded by firefighters following several days of rain … Continue reading LOS ANGELES | Catastrophic Northern California fire is finally contained

PARADISE, Calif | Rain slows search for remains but helps ease California fire

PARADISE, Calif. — Rain helped extinguish a deadly wildfire in Northern California’s Gold Rush country, but the moisture also turned ash into thick paste and hindered the hunt for telltale fragments of bone that could indicate a body. Searchers resumed their grim task Friday afternoon after a downpour eased up in Paradise, California. They fanned … Continue reading PARADISE, Calif | Rain slows search for remains but helps ease California fire

What makes a California wildfire the worst? Deaths and size

The so-called Camp Fire in Northern California in many ways has become the worst wildfire the history of a state whose topography and climate have long made it ripe for devastating blazes. With terrain ranging from steep, tree-topped mountains to dry, brush-covered hillsides, and matched with a climate that frequently varies from light rainy seasons … Continue reading What makes a California wildfire the worst? Deaths and size

CHICO, Calif. | Northern California rain hampers life for wildfire survivors

CHICO, Calif.— Amy Sheppard packs her belongings into a plastic garbage bag as rain drips around her, readying to move on from a field by a Walmart where thousands of evacuees had taken refuge from a deadly Northern California wildfire. Sheppard, 38, her sister and niece, who is 1, are looking to move into a … Continue reading CHICO, Calif. | Northern California rain hampers life for wildfire survivors

SACRAMENTO, Calif | Light rain falling in N California could hurt search effort

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Light right falling Wednesday in some areas of Northern California could aid crews fighting a deadly wildfire while raising the risk of flash floods and complicating efforts to recover the remains of those killed. Heavier rain was expected later in the day in the Paradise burn area, where a monstrous wildfire has … Continue reading SACRAMENTO, Calif | Light rain falling in N California could hurt search effort

SACRAMENTO, Calif. | We need hundreds’: Fire victims’ families urged to give DNA

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Authorities are using a powerful tool in their effort to identify the scores of people killed by the wildfire that ripped through Northern California: rapid DNA testing that produces results in just two hours. The system can analyze DNA from bone fragments or other remains, then match it to genetic material provided … Continue reading SACRAMENTO, Calif. | We need hundreds’: Fire victims’ families urged to give DNA

CHICO, Calif. | The Latest: PG&E line suspected in fire had issues in 2012

CHICO, Calif. — The Latest on California’s wildfires (all times local): 10:50 a.m. A transmission line that utility Pacific Gas & Electric Company says malfunctioned minutes before Northern California’s deadly wildfire was supported by steel towers that toppled over in a fierce 2012 storm. The Mercury News of San Jose reported Tuesday that trouble on … Continue reading CHICO, Calif. | The Latest: PG&E line suspected in fire had issues in 2012

CHICO, Calif. | Rain could hamper search for victims of California wildfire

CHICO, Calif.— It’s been 12 days since Christina Taft started the frantic search for her mother Victoria, who refused to evacuate their Paradise home as flames neared, and six days since she gave authorities a cheek swab to identify remains that are likely her mother’s. She still hasn’t received confirmation that her mother is dead, … Continue reading CHICO, Calif. | Rain could hamper search for victims of California wildfire