Rebecca and Glenn Kyler

It’s still impossible to say how many homes have been destroyed in the Cascade Fire, which started in the community of Loma Rica Sunday night.

Cal Fire Public Information officer Mary Eldrige says they are hoping to send crews in to assess the damage soon, but the conditions are still too dangerous.

“Considering the treacherous conditions on the fire, our folks that have been sent in to assess,  it’s just too dangerous (for them)," she said. "We have downed power lines, we have active fire, we have falling trees, limbs, that sort of thing.”

Deer Creek resources

Updated 10/11/17 at 9:39 a.m.

A state of emergency has been declared in eight counties in California where wildfires have claimed the life of at least 17 people, including one person in Yuba County who was trying to evacuate from the Cascade Fire, according to Yuba County spokesperson Russ Brown.

Calmer winds and lower temperatures have helped firefighters battle the many active wildfires raging across California, but conditions are expected to worsen significantly.

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Last updated 10/9/17 at 6:51 p.m.

Firefighters are responding to a vegetation fire in Butte Creek Canyon east of Chico that broke out about 3 p.m. The last official estimate (via Cal Fire Butte County on Twitter) put the Honey Fire at 75 acres in size.

There’s no perfect plan when it comes to preparing for disasters, but you can make sure they catch you at your best instead of your worst.

This year the North State endured the Wall Fire that destroyed 41 homes, the Ponderosa fire that destroyed 32 and the Helena fire that destroyed over 70. Of course, there was also the Oroville Spillway evacuation, when more than a hundred thousand people had to leave their homes with only an hour’s notice.

Marc Albert

Following a frame-by-frame review of body camera footage from four different Chico Police officers, Butte County District attorney Mike Ramsey determined police acted within reason during a fatal encounter with a 34-year-old Ventura man. 

Ramsey said that the evidence showed that officers and a security guard all feared for their lives during an hour-plus confrontation with Tyler Rushing July 23. Rushing had allegedly burglarized a title company office. 

The Indiana-based Public Interest Legal Foundation is demanding extensive voter registration information and other documents from Plumas County, or threatening to file suit.

The organization says Plumas County has 456 more registered voters than it does adult residents. Spokesman Logan Churchwell declined to say if his organization believed any vote was ever cast illegally, or if the outcome of any election was compromised.

NWS Sacramento

Updated 9/25 at 3:14 p.m.

Caltrans has partially reopened State Highway 32 east of Chico where a brush fire of between 50 and 60 acres is burning in the Big Chico Creek drainage.

The fire is burning just east of the upper end of Bidwell Park, in the vicinity of the Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve northeast of Altatina Drive.

Traffic is being escorted through the fire area in a single lane. Drivers should expect delays.

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Republican Senators Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana are defending their proposal to replace Obamacare today in a Senate hearing.  The Senate Finance Committee begins its deliberations on the bill around 11 a.m.

What’s safer, Highway 99 or 70?

That’s a simple enough question, right? Or at least it seems so.