A 110 acre grass fire is burning about 10 miles southeast of the community of Ravendale in Lassen County. The Shinn Fire is located at Shinn Peak and was sparked during a thunderstorm Tuesday night. At last report it was 60% contained. Fire crews are also working on two smaller lightning sparked fires in the area.

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“I need you to come out the front door of the house, Skip, with your hands up and empty. Skip, we are not going away. We need to talk.”

That’s Chico Police Officer Peter Durfee speaking through a megaphone earlier today. He was calling out to the final suspect from a robbery last night who had holed up in a house on the 1300 block of Chestnut Street. For now, we only know him as “Skip.”

He finally did come out. Police took him into custody right around 1 o’clock this afternoon.

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Work resumed Wednesday morning on the major flood protection project along the Feather River in southern Butte County that was delayed several months after the discovery of Native America artifacts during construction.


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The message is simple: leave the rockets red glare, the bombs bursting in air this year, to the pros.

With North State forests and grasslands seemingly as parched as the Mojave, traditional Independence Day revelry runs the risk of sparking devastating wildfires.

“Every year we have fires up and down the state of California started by fireworks, whether they be illegal fireworks or even the safe and sane product when not used correctly can start a fire,” says Tonya Hoover, the California state fire marshal.

Rapinoe Heads To World Cup Finals

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Team USA is going to the Women's World Cup championship.

Going with them is Palo Cedro native Megan Rapinoe. The midfielder returned for Tuesday’s semifinal following a one-game suspension.

Rapinoe and her teammates have allowed only one goal in the entire tournament.

England and the defending Women's World Cup champion Japan play Wednesday for the right to play the Americans in Sunday's championship in Vancouver.

A hawk in south Chico has tested positive for West Nile virus.

Butte County Mosquito and Vector Control says that the virus has been found in the county every year since 2004. Since then, there have been 153 residents infected with seven deaths reported.

Mosquitoes can spread the virus from an infected bird to humans or horses. There are vaccinations available for horses, but not humans.

The district advises that people stay indoors during the evening and morning hours when mosquitoes are most active. Protection is also available with repellant containing deet.

A fire destroyed a home outside of Redding Monday night. According to the Redding-Record Searchlight the home, on Plateau Circle, off Placer Road was reported around 5:30 pm, and caused about $350,000 in damages. Firefighters reportedly called in bulldozers and aircraft because the fire threatened nearby vegetation. The cause of the house fire is currently unknown and under investigation.

Other North State fires: 

Gov. Brown Signs Mandatory Vaccine Bill

Jun 30, 2015
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Most California school children will have to be vaccinated if they want to attend school in the state. Governor Jerry Brown signed a mandatory vaccine bill into law Tuesday.

The bill eliminates the personal belief exemption for children whose parents do not want them to be vaccinated.

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Some holders of highly coveted “senior” water rights received some unwelcome and unprecedented news late Friday — they’re officially in the same boat as everyone else.

For the first time, water rights dating as far back as the mid-19th century are being curtailed. Citing drought conditions, the State Water Quality Control Board told 11 entities, including the operators of three canals and two irrigation districts to stop taking water from the San Joaquin River and its tributaries.

All of the new restrictions are south of the Delta.

North State fires:   

·        In Plumas County fire fighters are mopping up 25 small lightning started fires in the Plumas National Forest. The fires were sparked during a series of thunderstorms Saturday. They've collectively being called the Beckwourth Lightning Complex. None of the fires burned more than two acres. Fire crews will continue to work in the area as fire danger increases this week.

More California fires:


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