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The Gov. Jerry Brown has been out to look at the wildfire damage in Butte County with federal officials. He’s also issued an executive order so it’s quicker for those seeking recovery after the deadliest and most destructive fire plowed thru Butte County. There was a briefing by the Governor yesterday in Chico attended by federal officials, including the U.S. Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke, FEMA Administrator Brock Long and the state’s top fire and emergency management officials. The Governor also spoke to residents dealing with the Camp Fire and visited where Paradise Elementary School once stood. It’s one of more than 10,000 structures that burned in the fire. The executive order means expedited cleanup, the removal of fire debris; extending California’s prohibition on price gouging during emergencies; being able to use suitable fairgrounds and state properties for temporary housing of fire survivors; suspending any planning or zoning requirements and state fees for mobile homes and at mobile home parks to help those without a home. For more info, visit

A man in Del Norte County’s been arrested for an alleged arson. This after reports of a fire 1.5 miles away from HWY 199 on Siskiyou Fork Road. Kym Kemp reporting one deputy and firefighters went to the scene and doused the fire, they found five more fires, two active and a road nearby blocked off to prevent access. There they found a stolen car, from Ashland, Oregon. Evidence was collected and the next morning the stolen car was taken away. Then the next day more fires. A photo of a man who may have been connected to the stolen vehicle turned up and a hitchhiker matching the man’s description was found and arrested a couple days after the initial fires. Michael Lindauer wanted for some warrants and was on probation. He’s booked on several crimes including arson, vehicle theft and the outstanding warrants. He was being held in the Del Norte County jail.

56 people dead in the Camp Fire. The most deadly and destructive in state history. The fire’s acreage climbing, but so is its containment. Cal Fire reports the fire’s burned thru 140,000 acres. Nowhere near the amount charred in the Mendocino Complex, the largest fire ever in Calif. which burned this summer across 4 counties and charred more than 459,000 acres. The Camp Fire’s a week old and has taken down more than 8,600 homes and two hundred businesses. It’s 40% contained. 130 people are still missing and of the bodies that have been found so far, 47 have been positively identified. Rain is in the forecast next week, but right now it’s still dry and warm with low humidity.

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