Nancy Pelosi expresses her support for passing the DREAM act at Sacramento State University on Monday, Sept. 18, 2017.
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Nancy Pelosi expresses her support for passing the DREAM act at Sacramento State University on Monday, Sept. 18, 2017.

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

PolitiFact California looks at claims made by elected officials, candidates and groups and rates them as: True, Mostly True, Half True, Mostly False, False and Pants On Fire.

Cal Fire says its firefighters are responding to two new fires in the Sierra foothills this afternoon. 

In an alert released on social media, Cal Fire’s Shasta-Trinity Unit said firefighters are en route to an approximately 15-20-acre fire burning near the Pit River, several miles upstream from Big Bend. The lightning sparked fire is located inside the burn scar of the 2009 Chalk Fire. Firefighting aircraft are currently making air drops while ground crews hike into the remote and rugged area.  

North State Fire Update: Sept. 11

Sep 11, 2017

The Helena and nearby Fork fires, burning near Weaverville, together cover more than 20,000 acres.

Fire activity is expected to increase over the next few days due to warmer weather and firefighters will concentrate on maintaining and extending fire lines and providing structure protection. More than 1,300 personnel are on scene, with approximately 43% containment. A forest closure order is in effect for National Forest Lands affected by these fires. 

Updated 9/8 at 1:04 p.m.

Some residents evacuated due to the Helena fire in Trinity County began returning home to the Junction City area, after the Trinity County Sheriff’s Office lifted evacuation orders at noon.  

Evacuation orders remain in place for homes along: Canyon Creek Road, Valdor Road, Powerhouse Road, Upper Road and Lower Road.  

With the recent decision to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals within sixth months, North State schools are struggling to find ways to support their students.

Chico State, for example, does not ask students for their immigration status. There’s no box on your application that you would check, so it’s hard to know how many students on campus will be directly impacted by the decision. Elizabeth Alaniz is the associate director of financial aid at Chico State.

Redding will hire Roger Moore as its new police chief, City Manager Barry Tippin said in a statement Wednesday.  


Missing Hiker Found Dead

Sep 5, 2017

Siskiyou County authorities say that a search and rescue team found the body of a Florida man missing two weeks. 

Authorities believe 35-year-old Dwayne Hensley of Cocoa tumbled into a ravine while climbing Mt. Shasta. He was last heard from on Aug. 22. 

The body was spotted by a CHP helicopter at about 8,800 feet.   


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Updated 9/3 at 9:04 a.m.

The Ponderosa fire burning in the Sierra foothills of Butte County has grown to nearly 4,000 acres. It is now considered 56 percent contained, according to the latest update from Cal Fire. 

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We may not have Zika, Malaria or any of the classically terrifying mosquito-borne diseases here in the North State, but our resident insects still carry a number of potentially life-threatening diseases. County agencies are now hard at work to determine which ones are around this summer. Mike Kimball is the manager of Yuba Sutter mosquito abatement. He explains one of the many ways they test mosquitoes for viruses.

More than 1,600 firefighters battling a wildfire in the Sierra foothills east of Oroville appear to be making progress. Following an early morning assessment, Cal Fire says the Ponderosa fire is approximately 30 percent contained. 

The fire, started by an errant campfire, incinerated 20 homes and still threatens 500 more. Officials say the fire has scorched 3,680 acres.

Firefighters continue building fire breaks by hand and with bulldozers. Nine air tankers are also making regular drops.