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Neighbor who spotted rolling flames from balcony rushed to pound on the front door and warn residents.
Police say the suspect sped through Roseland, ran a red light, crashed into two other cars and attempted to flee on foot.
Two bills seen as important bulwarks against expanded oil drilling along California’s coast face key deadlines Thursday in Sacramento.
Rachel Binah, a longtime anti-oil activist in Mendocino County, called Thursday’s action a “milestone.”
In Windsor, a leader of the incorporation movement is returning to the community after losing his Fountaingrove home in October’s wildfires.
Assemblyman Jim Wood of Santa Rosa says efforts like fuel reduction won’t help without sustained funding.
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 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.
Lawmakers are set to pivot this week from their high-stakes discussions of power company liability to fire prevention.
Containment of the 328,226-acre blaze reached 67 percent, Cal Fire said, but full containment isn’t expected until Sept. 1.
‘Fire Victims Day at the Capitol’ was billed as an opportunity for people who lost homes and loved ones to ‘come and be heard’ as lawmakers are contemplating changes to California liability law.
California lawmakers resumed hearings Tuesday geared toward power-grid safety and other high-stakes policy shifts.
PG&E says the proposal would compensate survivors more quickly. But state Sen. Bill Dodd, head of a panel preparing a wildfire response bill, called the utility-backed plan ‘incredibly flawed.’
Sonoma Clean Power has put up $1.5 million to boost electric vehicle sales and provide home chargers.
The more renewable sources are used to generate electricity, the cleaner electric vehicles run, and they always pollute less than gasoline powered vehicles, according to government figures.
State legislators face an Aug. 31 deadline for dealing with wildfire liability as Gov. Brown proposes easing the rules for PG&E and other utilities.
Warning that climate change will make wildfires more destructive and costly, Gov. Brown proposed softening the standard that makes PG&E and other utilities financially liable when their equipment causes wildfires.
A majority of respondents said the county is going in the right direction. But the poll also showed a equal split over whether quality of life had gotten worse or stayed the same.
‘There’s a lot at stake for a lot of people,” Assemblyman Jim Wood says, with North Bay wildfire damages estimated at $10 billion.
A group of American mountaineers, including a Santa Rosa man, have returned from their trip to Iran, where they scaled 18,605-foot Mount Damavand in a peace mission.
North Coast Rep. Jared Huffman, who just returned from a congressional visit to South Korea, said lawmakers are trying to determine if the recent diplomatic opening with North Korea is real.
A wildfire has exploded near the rural community of Guinda, in Yolo County. Includes live video.
Smoke poured into the North Bay on Saturday as two blazes, one new, the other a week old, erupted amid high heat, strong winds and low humidity that’s set to linger through Sunday.
Gov. Brown is leading an effort that could reapportion the estimated $10 billion in damages from the October wildfires, a move supported by PG&E, which under current law could be liable for the damages even if it is not deemed negligent.
The 1,640-year-old redwood was kept a secret for a century. Now it will become the crown jewel of a new park in Sonoma County following its acquisition by Save the Redwoods League.