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Emerald Isle, which would have housed up to 70 seniors, was awaiting City Council action on appeal of Design Review Board’s approval.
The National Weather Service said gusting winds and low humidity in hills will create 'critical fire weather conditions.'
‘Bottom line, this legislation will save lives,’ state Sen. Mike McGuire said of his measure establishing statewide protocol for emergency alerts.
A 17-member delegation organized by Rebuild Northbay Foundation got the news on a lobbying trip to Washington.
Proceeds from one of the auction’s 41 lots will go to a fire relief fund focused on housing.
North Bay officials are among those challenging Gov. Brown to ‘walk his talk’ on fighting climate change.
Blazes have burned about 1.3 million acres this year, and the usual peak of fire season is still ahead.
A SMART commuter train struck and killed a man on the railroad tracks in Rohnert Park Thursday afternoon, police said. It was the third pedestrian fatality involving a train for the year-old rail service.
The Sonoma City Council postponed for two years a public vote on a citizen-initiated measure that would have allowed cannabis businesses in the town known for wine.
The suspect, a state prison parolee, is also suspected of two other thefts involving jewelry and gold coins, police said.
Fire officials ask the public to 'apply a critical eye' to people claiming to be working on behalf of disaster victims.
Rancho Adobe fire captain appreciated the resident’s effort to maintain defensible space around the home, but says mowing should be done early in the morning.
The man and his friends spent the weekend at a Guerneville rental home and reported him missing Sunday night.
On Sunday night, a helicopter and about 250 Cal Fire personnel were battling the blaze.
Critics call the bill a bailout for PG&E, while advocates say it is a fair way to protect ratepayers and save the utility from bankruptcy.
A battalion chief said weed abatement work helped firefighters defend homes.
With minimal fire activity, crews focus on reinforcing dozer lines around massive wildfire
The bills prohibit development of oil facilities in the 3-mile area off the coast controlled by the state.
‘I think the risk of doing nothing is far worse than what we’re proposing to do here,’ said Assemblyman Jim Wood.
A big rig pulling an empty trailer ran off the side of Old Adobe Road east of Petaluma Thursday, striking a power pole and bringing down wires that ignited a grass fire, the CHP said.
If approved by the Assembly and Senate, the bill would allow PG&E to seek some support from ratepayers on wildfire costs.
Assemblyman Jim Wood’s measure follows federal approval of drug containing cannabidiol, but the medicine still needs DEA action before it can be prescribed.
The man died over the weekend when he was thrown from a minivan driven by his girlfriend.
Assembly Democrats were wary of enacting any measure that smacked of a bailout for PG&E, a lobbyist said.
The man admitted using his job as a nonprofit agency caseworker to divert funding for homeless veterans to pay his own rent.