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It’s official, the cause of the Camp Fire, PG&E equipment. Cal Fire out with its findings yesterday, that Pacific Gas & Electric lines in Pulga, and another near Concow and Rim roads started the deadliest fire in Calif. history. At least 85 people were killed in the fire that started last November. More than 153,000 acres burned and nearly 18,000 structures, making it the most destructive too. Cal Fire reporting “after a very meticulous and thorough investigation” it determined the Camp Fire was caused by electrical transmission lines owned and operated by Pacific Gas and Electricity located in the Pulga area. They added the fire started in early morning hours when high winds were blowing in red flag conditions causing “extreme rates of spread, rapidly burning into Pulga to the east and west into Concow, Paradise, Magalia and the outskirts of east Chico.” The investigative report has been forwarded to the Calif. Atty General and Butte County District Attorney.

A bear burned in the Camp Fire is returned to the woods. The bear cub was found in March with burns and starving. The Calif. Dept. of Fish and Wildlife suspects the cub’s mother probably died in the fire. The agency and the Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care Center helped heal the baby bear which was only around 15 pounds when it was found. The bear released in a grassy area near water, trees, berries and other food sources, and away from potential human contact. The orphaned bear named “Paradise” now up to 45 pounds.

Cal Fire reports this week’s rains not a great thing for fire season. That’s because it helps fuels grow, so there’s dead brush growing and new brush under it, also growing. Fire preparedness exercises happening in Humboldt this week with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Local inmate crews from Chamberlain Creek and Parlin Fork learning fire management and personal safety skills and also how they should conduct themselves in a Cal Fire Base Camp.

Vegetation management and controlled burns a hot topic across the state. In Mendocino County, the Board of Supervisors discussing the best ways to manage vegetation removal with the Air Quality Control District, controlled burns while monitoring air quality and reducing the impact of smoke on public health. It comes after the district announced a new permitting process for burns. They did take back one requirement though for a year-round air quality burn permit. The board and district also discussed a possible new coastal permitted burn zone in the county because of different wind patterns. They’ll take up the matter again at next week’s board meeting.

Since the Mayor of Clearlake resigned last week and the Vice Mayor moved up to Mayor and there’s a new Vice Mayor, a new council member is needed. Lake Co News reports now the Clearlake City Council is looking for applicants to fill the vacant seat, which expires in November 2020. The council is in charge of the city’s budget and figures out the level of public services and the future of the community including its growth, financing and strategic planning. Those seeking the position have to be Clearlake residents. They get a $300 stipend monthly.  Applications can be found on the City’s Web site at or by contacting City Clerk Melissa Swanson at 707-994-8201, Extension 106.

A midair crash between a couple of crop dusters kills the pilots. The two crashed in the air near Pleasant Grove. The Sutter County Sheriff’s Office confirms Burton Haughey of Wheatland, and Brian Van Dyke of Rio Oso were killed in the crop duster planes. The FAA put out a statement saying they were informed of the crash over Striplin and they’re investigating along with the National Transportation Safety Board. The Sheriff’s office reports the planes about 150 yards away from each other at the time of the crash.

So those sexually abused by priests don’t sue, some Roman Catholic dioceses in Calif. are compensating victims. The Sacramento Bishop put out a statement saying it’s part of their effort to own and atone for the church’s failure to protect kids and young people abused by Catholic priests. So six dioceses in California are creating the program including in Los Angeles, Fresno, Sacramento and San Diego. The program to start before the end of the summer. Anyone accepting the compensation has to promise not to sue. Calif. dioceses have already paid almost $1.5 billion in settlements to thousands of abuse victims over the last twenty years.

A man working for years at one of the biggest wine companies in the country has been killed in an ATV accident. Luis Gonzalez Valencia of Santa Rosa died after his vehicle rolled over in a vineyard in Bennett Valley. The 62 year old had worked for Jackson Family Wines 25 years. His daughter noticed he hadn’t come home when he was supposed to from work and found him under the overturned all-terrain vehicle. The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Dept. reports he was wearing a helmet as he inspected irrigation lines. This is the first time Jackson had a fatal accident at one its vineyards.


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