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Forest Service Hiring for a Bunch of Really Cool Jobs in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest

Get paid to make a difference! Now is your chance to work in a field that allows you to enjoy…

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News

Watch: CalFire Rescues Five Car Wreck Survivors in 200-Foot Canyon in NorCal

Photo: CAL FIRE NEVADA-YUBA-PLACER UNIT When an SUV carrying five people drove off a 200-foot canyon near Colfax, a CalFire…

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News

Mount Shasta Could Receive Another 19 Inches of Snow Over the Next Two Days

Flickr/Jonathan Mueller It was a sight we haven’t seen in a while when the clouds cleared over Mount Shasta to…

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Butte

UPDATE: Missing Hiker Found Safe in Upper Bidwell Park

Update 11 am: Here is the original article: Facebook: Nick Smith Nicholas Smith set out around 8 am on Monday…

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News

CDFW: Motorists Should Watch Out For Animals on the Road During “Wildlife Week”

Two young mountain lions are seen near Highway 17 in the Santa Cruz Mountains, near where construction will soon begin…

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Destinations

Tapping California’s North: The Siskiyou Beer Trail

Brought to you by Discover Siskiyou There are few things that hand-in-hand with the outdoors, but as we’ve learned over…

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Outdoors

The Snow is Falling HARD in Tahoe! Here Are the Best Photos/Videos of the First Storm of the Season

It’s September 16th and it looks like winter is coming a little early in Northern California this year! A snowstorm…

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News

Snowstorm Slows Traffic on Highway 80 Over Donner Summit

The first significant storm has officially hit Northern California, and much like any other NorCal storm, it brought snowy conditions…

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Outdoors

Mount Shasta Receives its First Snowfall of the Season

The first significant storm of the season hit Northern California on Sunday evening, bringing with it some light snowfall in…

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News

First Significant Rainstorm of the Year Descending onto Northern California

Although the official end of summer comes on September 23, it seems no one sent Mother Nature the memo. A…

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News

Tahoe Area Receives its First Snow of the Season

It’s early September and we’ve already recorded our first snowfall of the year in the Tahoe area. The snowfall hit…

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Outdoors

Base Jumper Seen Making Illegal 3,000 Foot Leap Off Yosemite’s Glacier Point

A daredevil donning a wingsuit was caught on camera leaping off a 3,000-foot-tall ledge at Glacier Point in Yosemite National…

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Destinations

Following 17-Month Closure, Lassen’s Bumpass Hell Trailhead Reopens to the Public

Bumpass Hell, Lassen Volcanic National Park. Flickr/J. Philipp Krone On Friday, September 13th, Lassen Volcanic National Park officials brought joy…

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Destinations

Hiking the Three Tiers of McCloud Falls

In McCloud, California sits one of the premiere outdoor destinations in Northern California. The three tiers of McCloud Falls offers…

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Outdoors

Terrifying Details Emerge From Hikers Tragic Death on Half Dome

The tragic death of 29-year-old hiker Danielle Burnett sent shockwaves through Yosemite National Park, as the famed hike to the…

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News

Wind-Fueled Walker Fire Grows to 38,000 Acres in Plumas National Forest

Photo: U.S. Forest Service The Walker Fire burning through the Plumas National Forest became the largest wildfire of the season…

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News

Forest Service Begins Another Round-Up of Hundreds of Wild Horses in Modoc National Forest

Photo: U.S. Forest Service In the northeast corner of Northern California sits the Modoc National Forest, which is home to…

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Destinations

Lassen’s Famed Bumpass Hell Trailhead Set to Reopen to the Public

Photo: Lassen Volcanic National Park In April of 2018, Lassen Volcanic National Park officials closed the trailhead for its famed…

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News

Red Bank Fire Outside Red Bluff Grows to 6,500 Acres, Prompting Mandatory Evacuations

Around 12:15 pm on Thursday, a fire was ignited by lightning in rural Tehama County just west of Red Bluff.…

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Events

Win Two Tickets to the Fifth-Annual Jefferson State Flixx Fest

Photo Courtesy of Discover Siskiyou Get ready for the fifth annual Jefferson State Flixx Fest September 19th – 22nd in…

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History

Video Explores the Human History of Lassen Volcanic National Park

In an installment of Lassen NPS’s video newsletter, Lassen Peek, they give a brief introduction to the human history of the…

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History

This Beautiful Northern California Site was Once a Brutal World War II Internment Camp

When the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor on the morning of December 7, 1941, it started World War II, sending the United…

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Butte

Paradise’s Noble Orchards Looking for Apple Pickers Amidst Camp Fire Devastation

Noble Orchards was a successful apple orchard in Paradise when the Camp Fire hit, burning 11 buildings on their 35-acre…

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News

15 More Earthquakes Shake-Up Area Near Mount Shasta

Yesterday we reported five earthquakes that had hit near Mount Shasta, just north of McCloud, over Labor Day weekend including…

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News

CHP Lambasts Truckers for Dumping Bags of Feces, Urine Along Donner Pass

When you’re heading east or west on Highway 80 near Tahoe’s Donner Pass, it’s not unusual to see semi-trucks parked…

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Outdoors

Watch These Insane Kayakers Plunge Over Pit River Falls

Pit River Falls is easily one of the most underrated waterfalls in NorCal, most likely due to the fact that…

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Tahoe

Watch: Teens Come Face-to-Face with Hungry Bear in Truckee Cabin

Everybody worries about about a late-night breaking and entering, but when its a hungry 250-pound bear, your heart can pound…

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News

Northern California Experienced its 2nd Warmest August in Recorded History

Rafters on the American River. Flickr/Robert Couse-Baker Did you think it was hot in August? Alright, alright… It’s always hot…

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News

5 Earthquakes Recorded Near Mount Shasta

The Labor Day weekend near Mount Shasta received its fair share of shake-ups after five earthquakes were recorded on Sunday…

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News

Sunken Car Discovered in the Sacramento River in Redding

A group of people fishing the Sacramento River in Redding made an unusual discovery when they floated over what appeared…

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News

GIGANTIC 32-Pound King Salmon Caught on the Sacramento River

Fishing guide Kirk Portocarrero is pretty good at netting King Salmon on the Sacramento River in Redding. If you take…

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Lassen

Lassen National Forest Announces Seasonal Campground Closure Dates

Photo: Lassen National Forest The Lassen National Forest’s Almanor Ranger District announces seasonal campgrounds and day-use areas closures beginning September…

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News

Buck with Arrow Stuck in Muzzle Found and Treated Near Yreka

On August 23rd, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife received a group of calls reporting sightings of a nearby…

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News

Map Shows Thousands of Lightning Strikes Hitting NorCal on Wednesday

On Wednesday morning, the National Weather Service warned that thunderstorms were expected throughout Northern California, and boy were they right.…

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Tahoe

Watch: Sheriff’s Deputies Rescue Bear Cub Stuck in Tahoe Dumpster

This isn’t a new situation for Placer County Sheriff’s, who sometimes tend to need to deal with bear incidents more…

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News

Disaster Averted: Hotshots Crew Extinguishes Illegal-Campfire Caused Wildfire in Tahoe Wilderness

Photo: Bill Sanders/U.S. Forest Service A group of campers decided to ignite a campfire in a rock fire ring just…

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News

Whiskeytown Officials Seeking Public’s Help in Identifying Car Thieves

Officials from the Whiskeytown National Recreation Area are seeking the assistance of the local community in identifying two female suspects…

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News

Magnitude 6.4 Earthquake Hits off Southern Oregon Coast with No Tsunami Expected for NorCal

At 8:05 am on Thursday, a magnitude 6.4 earthquake was detected in the Pacific Ocean approximately 171 miles northwest of…

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News

CDFW Seeking Public Comment Regarding Northern California Summer Steelhead

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is seeking information relevant to the proposed listing of Northern California Summer…

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Destinations

The 8 Best Places for a Kayaking Adventure Near Redding, California

Brought to you by Visit Redding Photo: Visit Redding In 2014, Time Magazine created a list of American cities and…

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Destinations

The Stunning Hike to Kings Creek Falls in Lassen Volcanic National Park

We made the short trek from Redding, California to Lassen Volcanic National park to see one of the premiere destinations…

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Outdoors

Wear a Map of Your Favorite Northern California Park with these New Bandanas

Photo: Wear A Map Outdoor fashion has become a worldwide phenomenon, with apparel giants like Patagonia and Columbia making a…

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Outdoors

You Only Have 3 Weekends Left to Experience Summer Activities at Mt. Shasta Ski Park

View this post on Instagram New extension to the Downhill trail is flowing well 🤙 Planning on getting some more…

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News

Yurok Tribe Acquires 50,000 Acres of Historic Land Surrounding Blue Creek

Photo of Blue Creek emptying out into the Klamath River. Photo: Yurok Tribe The Yurok Tribe celebrated a landmark victory…

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Stories

Donate to Support the Family Who Lost Their Home in the Mountain Fire

The Mountain Fire in the Jones Valley area of Redding is all but extinguished, but like so many other wildfires…

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Outdoors

The Truckee Bike Park is Looking Insanely Awesome Right Now!

Facebook/Truckee Bike Park If you’re into mountain biking, there are a bunch of awesome options in Northern California for an…

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Lassen

Volunteers Needed to Preserve the Historic Harkness Peak Fire Lookout in Lassen Park

Although most historic fire lookouts aren’t in service anymore, Lassen Volcanic National Park still has a working and is looking…

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Video

Watch a CalFire Airplane Destroy a Car with 9,000 Pounds of Fire Retardant

CalFire airplanes have become well known for their visually-stimulating drops of bright-red flame retardant on California fires. And while they’re…

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News

Mountain Fire Destroys 7 Homes in Redding as Containment Grows to 60 Percent

In an instance that had many Redding residents experiencing deja vu following the devastating wildfires of 2018, the looming threat…

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Lassen

Officials Monitoring Lightning-Ignited Wildfire in Lassen Volcanic National Park

The Red Fire in Lassen Volcanic National Park. Photo by National Park Service. A lightning bolt has ignited a small…

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Outdoors

The Best NorCal Fisheries to Celebrate California’s ‘Free Fishing Day’ on August 31

Don’t miss the last chance to fish for free this year! Free Fishing Day in California is being offered by…

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News

Mountain Fire Growth Slows, Containment Moves to 40 Percent with 600 Acres Burned

Update 8:30 am: While the feelings on Thursday afternoon had Redding residents panicked amidst a fast-growing Mountain Fire in the…

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News

Mountain Fire Growth Slows, Containment Moves to 40 Percent with 600 Acres Burned

Update 8:30 am: While the feelings on Thursday afternoon had Redding residents panicked amidst a fast-growing Mountain Fire in the…

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News

Pronghorn Elk Hunting Season Set to Open in Northern California

Photo: California Department of Fish and Wildlife Sagebrush flats, rolling hills, wide-open skies and crisp mornings characterize California’s general pronghorn…

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Outdoors

Terrifying Details Emerge from the Climber Who Fell 30 Feet Down a Crevasse on Mt. Shasta

Photo of crevasse by Siskiyou County Sheriffs Office Officials had a busy day on Thursday, August 15 on Mount Shasta…

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Lassen

Nostalgic Northern California National Park Posters to Hang in your Home

Rob Decker grew up in the Bay Area and found a love for National Parks at a young age. He…

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Video

Fishing Guide Dives into Truckee River to Land MONSTER 30-Inch Brown Trout

Matt Herron is a fly fishing guide in Tahoe and had quite the run in with a giant brown trout.…

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Butte

Experiencing the Delicious Taco Trucks of Chico, California

Chico, California is known to have a robust taco truck culture. With hungry college students looking for a delicious meal…

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History

Remembering the Deadly 75-Foot Tidal Wave that Leveled Crescent City in 1964

Beginning in Northern California and running all the way up to Alaska in the Pacific Ocean sits multiple fault lines…

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Destinations

Lassen Volcanic National Park Named ‘Yosemite Without the Crowds’ by Reader’s Digest

You don’t hear about Lassen Volcanic National Park when the top national parks in the United States are discussed, and…

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News

National Weather Forecaster Predicts a Warm, Dry Winter for Northern California

The winter of 2019 was historic for many reasons. Ski resorts experienced record snowfall and the incessant downpour of rain…

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News

Missing Hiker Found Dead in the Trinity Alps Wilderness

It was a sad ending to a 5-day search and rescue mission for missing solo hiker Daniel Komins in the…

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News

Squaw Valley Offering $60 Season Passes for Military Veterans

Military personnel at Squaw. Photo: Squaw Alpine Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows is showing their support for military veterans by providing…

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News

Catch a Big Sturgeon and Receive a Reward from California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Are you planning to go sturgeon fishing in California this year? Keep an eye out for a white tag on…

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News

Busy Day: Officials Rescue Two People in a Matter of Hours on Mount Shasta

It was a busy day for search and rescue officials on Mount Shasta on Thursday, with two separate incidents bringing…

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News

Toxic-Blue Algae Known for Killing Dogs Found in Whiskeytown Ponds

Flickr/daveynin Officials from the Whiskeytown National Recreation have announced that two ponds on the north side of Whiskeytown Lake are…

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News

5.4 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Off the Coast of Eureka

Eureka Beach At 8:23 am on Friday, a 5.4 magnitude earthquake hit 360 miles off the coast of Northern California,…

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News

Officials Continue Search for Lost Solo Hiker in the Trinity Alps

Photo of lost hiker Daniel Komins During the late evening of August 14, 2019, the Trinity County Sheriff’s Office received…

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News

Excessive Heat Warning Issued for Northern California this Week

Beating the heat on Lake Tahoe This past weekend, Northern California saw a crazy thunderstorm that brought thousands of lightning…

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Stories

The West is on Fire: New Film Documents the Lives of Surfing Firefighters in California

“I think that when people think of news here in California, they think of large-scale wildfires.” “The entire state’s a…

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Outdoors

Fly Fishing for Rainbow Trout on the Sacramento River with Chris King from The Fly Shop

We joined Chris King, one of the premiere fly fishing guides on the Sacramento River, to catch some rainbow trout…

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News

Mill Creek Watershed in the Redwood National Park Closed for Public Safety

Mill Creek, Redwood NP & SP. Flickr/Redwood National and State Parks The Mill Creek Watershed (Hamilton Road) area of Redwood…

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Outdoors

Meet the Good-Samaritan Kayaker Who Returns Lost Items on the American River

Karl Bly returning lost items on the American River. Photo: American River Lost & Found Karl Bly has been diving…

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Weather

This Map of Lightning Strikes in NorCal this Week is TERRIFYING

We’ve reported heavily on the thunderstorm and subsequent lightning strikes that were so prominent over the weekend in the Northern…

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Bay Area

The Battle Between Ranchers and Tule Elk Coming to a Head in Point Reyes

Flickr/DAVID MCSPADDEN Point Reyes National Seashore, sitting north of San Francisco on the California coast, is home to a flourishing…

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Lassen

Hailstorm Blankets Lassen Volcanic National Park During its Busy Birthday Weekend

Facebook/Lassen Volcanic National Park It was supposed to be a busy weekend in Lassen Volcanic National Park. On Lassen’s 103rd…

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Outdoors

See the Best Photos/Videos from the Crazy NorCal Thunderstorms this Week

The skies were bright in some parts of Northern California Friday night, with hundreds of lightning strikes filling the air…

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News

Lightning Ignited 36 Fires in NorCal National Forests this Week

It was a busy week for firefighters in Northern California national forests this week, with two days of thunderstorms bringing…

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News

578 Lightning Strikes Have Ignited 7 Fires in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest in the Past 24 Hours

Flickr/Patrick Dirden Dangerous lightning strikes have been prominent throughout Northern California and Southern Oregon over the past 24 hours and…

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Outdoors

MONSTER 25-Inch Rainbow Trout Caught on Fall River

We’re in the thick of fishing season and some real pigs are getting caught on Northern California waterways. Fishing guide…

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News

NorCal Slammed with Hundreds of Dangerous Lightning Strikes With More on the Way

View this post on Instagram A little bit of last night's action at the Sundial. Torn between getting rest and…

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News

Forest Service Announces Large Prescribed Burn Project in the Trinity Alps Wilderness

Flickr/zug zwang The Shasta-Trinity National Forest is planning a large-scale prescribed fire project called the Trinity Alps Wilderness Prescribed Fire…

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Destinations

The Best Places to See the Perseid Meteor Shower in Northern California

Photo by Michael Andrews On the nights of August 12th and 13th, the Swift-Tuttle comet will put on an extraordinary…

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History

Take a Historical Audio Tour Through the Modoc War

In the 1870’s, the national headlines set there eyes on the Modoc War, a bloody battle between the army and…

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Lassen

Trail Cam Footage Shows Lassen Pack Pups Howling in NorCal Wilderness

It was recently announced that the Lassen Pack, California’s only known wolfpack, welcomed a litter of three new pups. While…

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News

Update: Forward Progress Stopped on Palo Cedro’s Gilbert Fire

Update: CalFire has announced that the Gilbert Fire, which grew to 25 acres, closed down Old Highway 44 and forced…

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Eating NorCal

Sad News: Wildcard Brewing Co. Closes its Doors After 7 Years

Facebook: Wildcard Brewing Co. In a sad and surprising turn of events, Wildcard Brewing Co. has announced it will be…

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News

Judge Halts Work to Raise Shasta Dam

The Shasta County Superior Court issued a preliminary injunction that halts Fresno-based Westlands Water District from working on the Shasta…

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News

Injured Hiker Rescued by Deputy on Horseback Near Toad Lake

Photo: U.S. Forest Service On Sunday, the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a hiker who had injured…

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News

Tucker Fire Grows to 14,217 Acres with 10 Percent Containment

Photo: U.S. Forest Service The Tucker Fire grew significantly on Monday night, ballooning from 2,000 to 11,000 acres overnight. As…

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Hikes

The Historic Hike To Faery Falls

Combining history and nature, the Ney Springs Canyon Trail near Siskiyou Lake in Mount Shasta City is an easy hike…

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Lassen

Millions of Butterflies Have Arrived on Lassen Peak for Yearly Migration

Every year in the fall, Lassen Peak is bombarded by millions of California Tortoiseshell Butterflies during their yearly migration. This…

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Lassen

Harmful Algae Blooms Have Turned Lassen’s Willow Lake ‘Pea Soup’ Green

Willow Lake has turned green due to the toxic algae blooms. Photo by Craig Hemping, Lassen National Forest. Located between…

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News

And the Winner of the State of Jefferson Brewfest Ticket Giveaway Is…

Our friends at Discover Siskiyou wanted to give away two tickets to our audience for the State of Jefferson Brewfest…

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Events

Explore the Cosmos at Lassen’s Dark Sky Festival this Weekend

Flickr/LassenNPS Friday through Saturday, August 2-3, 2019Join park rangers, astronomers, and astrobiologists in celebrating all that is out of this…

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News

Tucker Fire Balloons to 11,000 Acres in Modoc County

Photo: U.S. Forest Service On Monday, the Tucker Fire sat at around 2,500 acres but with warm, dry conditions in…

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News

Mammoth Mountain Finally Ends its Epic Winter of 2019

View this post on Instagram Tradition. 🙌🏽 #closingday 🎥 @blake.kehoe #mammothstories A post shared by Mammoth Mountain (@mammothmountain) on Jul…

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News

Inspectors Prevent Two Boats Infested with Invasive Mussels from Entering Tahoe

If you’ve ever driven through a boat inspection station in the Tahoe area, they usually look pretty inactive. But with…

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Destinations

Discover a Wildlife Utopia at Lassen’s Manzanita Lake

Sitting right outside Redding, California is one of the most underrated National Parks in the United States – Lassen Volcanic National Park.…

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Outdoors

Canadian Geese Swim with the Sheriff’s Dive Team on Lake Tahoe

When you’re part of the Tahoe Dive Team, you have an important duty to help the people out at Lake…

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