How we analyzed California’s wildfire evacuation routes

U.S. 04/25/19, 15:46

How many roads are enough to get out?That's the question we wondered after watching tragedy unfold in Paradise, California, last year during the Camp Fire.Paradise had five two-lane roads and one four-lane road leading out of town. But the fire forced officials to close three of those routes, further clogging ...

Riding out a wildfire is risky but can be the only option

U.S. 04/25/19, 13:58

For Californians who might have to escape wildfire again this year, the options are perilous. Many live in communities that don't have well-thought-out public evacuation plans and lack the road capacity that's needed to get everyone out fast.Does this mean people should just shelter in place?Absolutely not, except as a ...

Parents won’t face endangerment counts in enclosed crib case

U.S. 04/25/19, 12:47

The parents of two young boys found confined in enclosed cribs bolted to the bedroom floor in their Northern California home will not face child endangerment charges, prosecutors said.Modoc County District Attorney Sam Kyllo said there was no evidence the children — both under 2 — were being cared ...

Sheltering in place during a wildfire a dicey strategy

U.S. 04/25/19, 12:02

For Californians who might have to escape wildfire again this year, the options are perilous. Many live in?communities that don't have well-thought-out?public evacuation plans and?lack the road?capacity that's needed to get everyone out fast.Does this mean people should just shelter?in place?Absolutely not, except as a last-ditch resort, according to wildfire ...

Sheltering in place during a wildfire a dicey strategy

Business 04/25/19, 11:56

For Californians who might have to escape wildfire again this year, the options are perilous. Many live in?communities that don't have well-thought-out?public evacuation plans and?lack the road?capacity that's needed to get everyone out fast.Does this mean people should just shelter?in place?Absolutely not, except as a last-ditch resort, according to wildfire ...

Sheltering in place during a wildfire a dicey strategy

U.S. 04/25/19, 05:14

For Californians who might have to escape wildfire again this year, the options are perilous. Many live in?communities that don't have well-thought-out?public evacuation plans and?lack the road?capacity that's needed to get everyone out fast.?Does this mean people should just shelter?in place?Absolutely not, except as a last-ditch resort, according to wildfire ...

Column: Fires, floods, quakes are part of California living

U.S. 04/11/19, 13:13

In the winter of 2009, my wife and I found a house that looked like a great place to start our family, a three-bedroom in a hilly subdivision surrounded by dry brush just outside the Redding city limits. By that point, I'd covered wildfires for the Record Searchlight newspaper for three ...

Environmental group questions dozers use to fight wildfires

U.S. 03/14/19, 18:40

Bulldozer drivers cut 305 miles (491 kilometers) of fire lines through scenic forest land last year in a desperate bid to stop a massive wildfire's advance on a Northern California city; an effort an environmentalist group said Thursday was largely ineffective.The Oregon-based Firefighters United for Safety, Ethics, & Ecology organization ...

Woman gets life in California wrong-way, fatal crash

U.S. 12/11/18, 16:08

A Northern California woman who killed a man after she drove head-on into freeway traffic in an apparent suicide attempt has been sentenced to 18 years to life in prison.The Record Searchlight reports 29-year-old Grace Elizabeth Ward was sentenced during a highly emotional hearing in which she sobbed uncontrollably at ...

New study explains creation of deadly California ‘firenado’

U.S. 12/05/18, 22:49

A rare fire tornado that raged during this summer's deadly Carr Fire in Northern California was created by a combination of scorching weather, erratic winds and an ice-topped cloud that towered miles into the atmosphere, according to a study announced Wednesday.The churning funnel of smoke and flame killed a firefighter ...

Man sentenced for stealing California fire evacuees’ trailer

U.S. 10/11/18, 22:17

A man who stole a trailer from a family fleeing a devastating Northern California wildfire has been sentenced to five years in prison.The Shasta County district attorney's office says 20-year-old David Fuentes was sentenced Wednesday for burglary, unlawfully taking a vehicle, looting and probation violation.Authorities say in August, Fuentes stole ...

Crews begin exploratory work to raise Shasta Dam height

California 09/28/18, 15:33

A U.S. Bureau of Reclamation crew has begun testing the strength of Shasta Dam's concrete as part of preparation work to raise its height by more than 18 feet (5.5 meters).The crew is drilling holes on top and on both sides of the dam in Shasta County to determine if ...

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