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Martin Espinoza - Staff reporter

Staff reporter at The Press Democrat

martin.espinoza@pressdemocrat.com
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The Latest Stories By Martin Espinoza

Cal Fire responded to a 5 to 10 acre wildland fire outside of Healdsburg Thursday afternoon, the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office said.
The massive wildfire that has laid siege to a wide swath of northern Lake County since late July continued to expand in several directions Tuesday. Thousands of homes remain in jeopardy.
Up to 9,000 residents in communities along Clear Lake were allowed to return home Wednesday. But authorities cautioned the Mendocino Complex fires would not be fully contained for weeks.
Officials say the firefighter was working on an 'active portion' of the record blaze when he was hurt on Monday. He was airlifted to a hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.
Family of the Utah firefighter who died Monday while battling the Ranch fire escorted his body from Ukiah to the Sonoma County airport Wednesday afternoon to be flown home to Salt Lake City.
The Utah man, an expert in wildland firefighting, was one of five firefighters sent from his Salt Lake City area department to battle the record blaze, which has burned more than 305,000 acres in Lake, Mendocino and Colusa counties.
15 licensed child care facilities, including 11 family child care homes and four preschool and after-school programs, were destroyed in the October fires, displacing hundreds of children across Sonoma County.
The Mendocino Complex fires combined are now are among the largest blazes in state history. Evacuation orders stretch across three counties. Gov. Jerry Brown has requested additional assistance from the White House.
A four-month investigation ended Wednesday with the arrests of four men, suspected of transporting and distributing large quantities of heroin in Santa Rosa.
A woman suspected of driving south on northbound Highway 101 has been arrested on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter.
Officials warn of health hazards amid the state's ever-worsening fire season.
Eight people, including children, transported to area hospitals; several in critical condition.
The larger Ranch fire grew by more than 2,000 acres overnight, while crews made progress on containment, Cal Fire said.
The driver, Sherry Risch, has a record of DUI convictions. The victim, Danny Adams, was a veteran builder and motorcycle enthusiast.
The record-breaking 11-day-old blazes have burned more than 283,000 acres across Lake, Mendocino and Colusa counties and displaced tens of thousands of people. The flames currently threaten 11,300 structures.
Dr. Elia Cole got her first introduction to Santa Rosa last December, when the hillsides to the east were still blackened and thousands of residential and commercial lots in the northern part of the city were littered with fire debris.C
The duo tonight will headline “Thicker Than Smoke,” a benefit organized for firefighters and law enforcement officials who lost homes.
Nearly 10 months since the North Bay was ravaged by historic wildfires, fire survivors, their friends, family and neighbors are still grappling with disaster-related trauma, anxiety and stress that just doesn’t seem to go away.
More than 16,000 people remain under evacuation orders. The two blazes have burned more than 150,000 acres, destroyed 41 homes and 47 other buildings.
Two wildfires that ignited in Mendocino County, one near Hopland and the other in Potter Valley, were moving east into Lake County, with the outskirts of Lakeport and Upper Lake under mandatory evacuation orders.
Some Lakeport residents were allowed to return home Thursday, but firefighters braced for dangerous conditions today that could fuel an outbreak of fires across the region as a red flag warning was issued for much of the North Coast.
Authorities in Lake County were scrambling to walk back an 'urgent message' that was causing confusion about evacuation orders in the Mendocino Complex fires.
Healdsburg hospital officials say the partnership would help stabilize the 113-year-old hospital’s finances by giving it access to more financial resources and cost-saving strategies.
There are a number of resources available for Northern California fire survivors and mental health professionals interested in contributing their time and learning more about wildfire trauma-recovery skills.
'The windows shook ... it was just a big boom,' said a witness inside the Kaiser Permanente building north of Santa Rosa, after an explosion involving a tanker truck delivering liquid oxygen prompted evacuation of patients and staff on Wednesday.