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At the same time the two tenants charged with the murder of 36 people at a warehouse in Oakland accept a plea deal, relatives of those killed are suing. The Press Democrat reports Derick Almena and Max Harris pleaded no contest Tuesday to 36 counts of involuntary manslaughter. Almena agreeing to 9 years in jail as the master tenant leasing the place out as an artist residence. And Max Harris, the artistic director gets 6 years for the December 2016 fire at the illegally converted warehouse dubbed the Ghost Ship. There was no cause determined by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms for the fire, but prosecutors say the two turned the place into a "death trap" because it was cluttered with highly flammable items and the few exits were blocked. Parents of those killed and lawyers say the Oakland Fire Department failed to inspect the warehouse every year as they were supposed to so they’re suing. The owner of the building has not been charged.

Cooler weather has helped firefighters gain ground on the larger fires in Northern Calif. The biggest, the County Fire is burning in Yolo and Napa Counties behind Lake Berryessa. It’s blackened 86,000 acres and is 30 percent contained. Full containment is expected Tuesday with firefighters working thru the July Fourth holiday. Temperatures were in the low 80’s with higher humidity, plus they added more crew members to the fight. Some mandatory evacuations and advisories should be lifted with others staying in place and some roads continuing to stay closed. The Pawnee fire is set for full containment on Saturday. It’s burned 15,000 acres and is 92 percent contained. 12 homes were destroyed and one firefighter was injured on this fire.


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