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Zogg Fire Grows to 31,000 Acres with No Containment in Shasta County

After a full day of speculation as to the size of Shasta County’s Zogg Fire, Cal Fire has confirmed that…

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History

On This Day in History: President John F. Kennedy Dedicates the Whiskeytown Dam

On November 22, 1963, President John Fitzgerald Kennedy was assassinated as his motorcade drove through Dallas, Texas. Less than two…

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News

Evacuations Announced in Unincorporated Redding as Zogg Fire Grows to 15,000 Acres

Update – 10 am: The Redding Police Department has announced there are no evacuations in the city limits, but only…

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News

Winds Up to 65 MPH Bring More Critical Fire Weather to Northern California on Monday

Zogg Fire in Shasta County Sunday night saw a flurry of wildfire action stoked by dry conditions and howling winds…

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News

Zogg Fire Grows in Shasta County with ‘No Immediate Threat to Redding’

The Zogg Fire continued to burn in Shasta County overnight as firefighters battle the more than 7,000 acres blaze. The…

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News

Terrifying Live Video Shows Santa Rosa Homes Up In Flames Amidst Howling Wind

In the middle of the night in the areas of Sonoma and Napa, the Shady Fire and Glass Fire had…

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Video

Video Shows Firefighters Escaping Extreme Fire Conditions on the Zogg Fire Near Redding

The Zogg Fire exploded west of Redding on Sunday afternoon, growing to 7,000 acres within hours leaving many Shasta County…

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News

Highway 50 Reopens to Vehicles Over Echo Summit Near Tahoe Following 2-Week Closure

When CalTrans announced they would be performing a three-week maintenance overall on Highway 50 near Lake Tahoe in September, drivers…

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News

Whiskeytown NRA Closes Portions of the Park with Wildfire Burning Nearby

A wildfire started in Igo Sunday afternoon, quickly growing to 400 acres and forcing Whiskeytown National Recreation Area to close…

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News

Potentially Record-Breaking Heatwave Brings Dangerous Fire Weather to Northern California

The past week has seen moderate weather conditions throughout Northern California, giving residents a reprieve from the heat and firefighters…

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Outdoors

Man Wins GoPro’s Million Dollar Challenge with Insane Yosemite Rock Swing Stunt

View this post on Instagram Overwhelmed by all the positive messages I’ve gotten in the last couple days since finding…

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Talking NorCal

Normalcy in NorCal, Trinity River Rafting & Nile Zacherle from Mad Fritz | Talking NorCal

On this episode of the Talking NorCal podcast, Zach and Bob discuss the Northern California news of the week, including…

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News

Yosemite Announces Reopening Following Weeklong Closure Due to Wildfire Smoke

With hazardous air due to wildfire smoke, Yosemite National Park was forced to close on September 17. Today, the park…

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Butte

Watch the World’s Largest Devil’s Toothpaste Explosion in Northern California

Mark Rober ia a former NASA engineer and popular content creator who has amassed over a billion views on YouTube…

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Outdoors

Kayak the Whitewater Rapids of the Klamath River with Directors of Toughness

We were first introduced to the Directors of Toughness when they summited Mount Shasta, showing the sheer will and determination…

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Destinations

8 Gorgeous Day Hikes Around Redding, California

Brought to you by Visit Redding Lassen Peak The sun is shining and it’s the perfect time of year to go…

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Outdoors

Check Out this 30+ Pound King Salmon Landed on the Sacramento River

The salmon runs are going crazy in Northern California right now, and there’s no better place to land a king…

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Lassen

Gain Free Access to Lassen this Week to Celebrate National Public Lands Day

Visitors assisting with wayside cleaning on Public Lands Day, September 22, 2018. Photo: National Park Service. To celebrate National Public…

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Destinations

This Fascinating Northern California Lake Sits at 125 Degrees Year-Round

Boiling Springs Lake in Lassen Volcanic National Park. Photo: National Park Service The outdoor destinations in Lassen Volcanic National Park…

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Eating

This Northern California Distillery Makes Organic Vodka from Grapes

Photo courtesy of Hansons of Sonoma Northern California is known around the globe for having some of the best grapes…

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News

Whiskeytown’s WES Camp Offering Tours for the First Time Since Carr Fire to Celebrate 50th Birthday

Whiskeytown Environmental School (otherwise known as WES Camp) in Whiskeytown National Reacreation Area has given Northern California youth outdoor education…

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Outdoors

3 Epic Whitewater Adventures in California’s Far North

Brought to you by Discover Siskiyou Siskiyou County is known to many as California’s hub of outdoor adventure. There are…

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News

Michelob Ultra Will Pay One Lucky Person $50,000 to Travel to National Parks

Michelob Ultra is looking to expand into the outdoor industry with its announcement that it is on the hunt for…

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Butte

Cal Fire Releases Map Showing the Houses Destroyed in the North Complex Fire

Cal Fire recently released a “damage assessment map” showing the houses burned along the east side of Lake Oroville and…

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News

Tahoe Locals Nickname Popular Party Spot ‘Covid Island’

Truckee River near Tahoe City When most of the world hunkered down in their homes at the beginning of the…

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News

Dispersed Camping Still Prohibited in Certain Areas Around Mt. Shasta

The Shasta McCloud Management Unit has implemented a forest closure order to prohibit dispersed camping/overnight use in certain areas of…

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North Coast

Watch John Mayer Explore the Jedediah Smith Redwoods in Northern California

The Jedediah Smith Redwoods, sitting it the northwest corner of California, are one of the great hidden gems of the…

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News

9 National Forests in Northern California Reopen Following Fire Closure

Following more than a week of National Forest closures throughout California due to the growing threat of human-caused wildfires, the…

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News

Ray of Hope? Light Showers are Expected Across Northern California Today

As the historic wildfires continue to blaze across millions of acres in Northern California, residents have been hoping that Mother…

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News

Yosemite National Park Closes Amid Suffocating Wildfire Smoke

Yosemite’s Cook’s Meadow was barely visible this week Yosemite National Park has seen plenty of closures in 2020 due to…

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News

5-Year-Old Twins Become the Youngest to Summit Mount Shasta

Every summer on Mount Shasta there is plenty of discussion about records summiting the 14,180-foot mountain. Outdoor athletes from around…

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Video

Viral Video Shows Terrifying Fire Tornado in California

@flamecatcher2 ##wildfire ##wildlandfirefighter ##2020 ♬ Tornado Siren Sound Effect – Royalty Free Music & Sound Effect Factory A viral video…

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Bay Area

The Craziest Views from Northern California’s ‘Apocalyptic’ Orange Sky

The historic fires continue to burn throughout Northern California, leaving thousands of residents displaced and thousands of structures destroyed. While…

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News

August Complex Fire Becomes the Largest Wildfire in California’s History

This year’s wildfire season in Northern California continues its devastating march towards history. The August Complex Fire, which is currently…

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Butte

North Complex Fire Destroys At Least 2,000 Structures with 22,000 More Threatened

The Bear Fire, which was initially a spot fire from the North Complex Fire that grew into Butte County on…

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Talking NorCal

Historic Wildfires Slam NorCal, Plus Sac River Salmon Runs w/Chip O’Brien | Talking NorCal

Active NorCal’s Zach O’Brien and Brien O’Brien break down the historic wildfires blazing across Northern California, including how fire season…

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Outdoors

Fishermen Catch GIANT Green Sturgeon on the Sacramento River

A group of lucky fishermen landed the fish of a lifetime on the Sacramento River recently, when they were able…

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News

For the First Time Ever, The Forest Service Has Closed All National Forests in California

Photo: Shasta-Trinity National Forest Unprecedented times call for unprecedented measures. With California raging with deadly and destructive wildfires, the Forest…

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News

Slater Fire Destroys 150 Homes in the Happy Camp Area

Another devastating wildfire is burning in Northern California, which has destroyed approximately 150 homes in the Happy Camp area of…

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Butte

Report: Town of Berry Creek ‘Leveled’ by Bear Fire in Butte County

As Northern California residents attempt to make sense of the historic overnight growth of the Bear Fire (part of the…

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Butte

Satellite Imagery Suggests the Bear Fire Grew by 250,000 Acres in 24 Hours

As firefighters and rescue officials worked all night to evacuate areas impacted by the wind-fueled Bear Fire (part of the…

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Butte

Intense Winds Push Bear Fire Around Lake Oroville as Thousands Flee from the Flames

The Bear Fire/North Complex Fire intensified Tuesday night with fast-moving winds and has been pushed all the way to Lake…

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North Coast

The Red Sky in Mendocino Looks Like the Surface of Mars Right Now

Photo by Mendocino County Sheriff Residents of Mendocino are surrounded by wildfire right now, including the August Complex Fire, which…

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News

10 National Forests in NorCal Closed to Visitors Due to ‘Unprecedented Fire Conditions’

Due to “unprecedented fire conditions” throughout Northern California, the Forest Service has taken the astounding move of closing developed sites…

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Butte

Feather Falls and Areas Near Oroville Under Mandatory Evacuation Due to Growing Wildfire

Although the North Complex Fire (which includes the Bear and Claremont Fires) has been burning for more than 3 weeks…

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News

Helicopters Rescue 81 Campers Trapped by the Creek Fire in the Sierra National Forest

Helicopter crews from the National Guard and Navy were able to complete multiple daring rescue operations on Tuesday, airlifting 81…

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Outdoors

VIDEO: Cliff Jumping at Secret Waterfalls in Northern California

There are so many reasons why Northern California is the land of waterfalls. You can hike to 5 waterfalls in…

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News

Howling Winds Bring Critical Wildfire Conditions Throughout NorCal, PG&E Power Shutdowns Ensue

While firefighters continue to battle multiple historic wildfires in Northern California, Tuesday’s heavy winds could create a dangerous problem for…

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News

Outdoor Destinations Closed in the Mount Shasta/McCloud Area Due to Wildfire Danger

Flickr/scot2342 With heavy winds and dry conditions, outdoor areas throughout Northern California are being closed to reduce the potential for…

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News

Camping Prohibited in 5 Northern California National Forests Due to Wildfire Risk

Creek Fire in the Sierra National Forest The National Forest Service has taken the astounding approach of prohibiting camping in…

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News

Dozens of Campers Remain Trapped by Creek Fire in the Sierra National Forest, Rescue Efforts Underway

As the Creek Fire exploded to over 130,000 acres over Labor Day weekend in the Sierra National Forest, hundreds of…

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News

224 Campers Evacuated by Helicopter from Mammoth Pools to Escape ‘Hellish’ Creek Fire

Photo: Cal OES/Mark Ghilarducci It was a hellish night in the Sierra National Forest over Labor Day Weekend as the…

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Destinations

7 Hidden Outdoor Gems in Siskiyou County

We all know about the top attractions in Siskiyou County. Places like McCloud Falls, Lake Siskiyou, Lava Beds National Monument…

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News

Popular Tahoe Outdoor Destination Closed Due to Bubonic Plague

Just when you thought 2020 couldn’t get any worse, the plague has entered Tahoe. Visitors to Tahoe’s Tallac Historic Beach,…

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Uncategorized

King Among Kings – The Legend of the 85-Pound Chinook Salmon Found on Battle Creek

You may have seen plenty of photos of massive Chinook salmon (also known as king salmon) caught on the Sacramento…

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News

Fishing is Free in California on September 5

The last chance of the year to fish for free arrives over the Labor Day holiday weekend. Free Fishing Day…

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News

Heads Up: Highway 50 to Tahoe Will be Closed For Two Weeks in September

Echo Summit Sidehill Viaduct For most people in Northern California, there are two ways to drive to Lake Tahoe –…

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Uncategorized

Joaquin Miller: ‘Poet of the Sierras’ or ‘Greatest Liar This Country Ever Produced’

My rickety old horse was slowly approaching a broken-down building with a crooked SALOON sign swaying in the breeze. She…

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News

Two Pipe Bombs Landed by Fishermen on the Sacramento River

It seemed like just another day on the water for fisherman Jon Kenyon, who’s been a guide on the Sacramento…

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Tahoe

VIDEO: Kings Beach Gas Station Employee Confronts Tahoe Bear Attempting to Break into Store

The recent weeks have seen a lot of videos of bears entering businesses for human food in the Lake Tahoe…

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Bay Area

Scientist Emotionally Explained the Fire Risk at Big Basin Redwoods in a Podcast in 2019

After the Big Basin Redwoods State Park was destroyed in the CZU Lightning Complex Fire on August 20, people searched…

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Destinations

Castle Crags State Park Once Again Closes Amidst Surge in Visitation

Photo by Brandon DesJarlais  Castle Crags State Park is a popular area for outdoor adventurers just north of Redding along Interstate…

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Destinations

19 Spectacular Waterfalls to Visit Just Outside Redding, California

Photo by Matthias Rossini It’s summertime in California, which means it’s waterfall chasing season for any outdoor adventurer. Finding great…

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Tahoe

Giant Bear Returns to Tahoe Safeway to Grab a Meal for the 2nd Time in Just Over a Week

WATCH: For the second time in just over a week, a Safeway grocery store in Lake Tahoe got an unexpected…

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Outdoors

An Epic Whitewater Rafting Trip Down the Trinity River

Sitting just outside Redding, California is one of the most beautiful rivers in California. The Trinity River is known for…

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Tahoe

VIDEO: Giant Tahoe Bear Wanders into Grocery Store to Score a Bag of Tostitos

Tahoe’s King Beach community is used to having run ins with bears. During the summer months, bears emerge from hibernation…

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Outdoors

How Will Big Basin Redwoods Recover from Wildfire? Here’s a Beautiful Lesson from the Humboldt Redwoods

With the news that the Big Basin Redwoods State Park had suffered extensive damage from the CZU Lightning Complex Fire,…

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Destinations

Best Stargazing in NorCal? Find Spectacular Nighttime Views in the Lava Beds National Monument

Milky Way as seen from the Lava Beds National Monument. Photo by the National Park Service. Sitting in the the…

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Talking NorCal

Lightning & Wildfire Strikes NorCal. Plus Epic Stories w/Shon Northam | Talking NorCal

In this episode of Talking NorCal, Zach and Bob discuss the craziness surrounding the lightning and wildfires in Northern California…

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News

Squaw Valley Resort Announces Name Change to Remove ‘Racial and Sexist’ Slur

Photo: Yun Huang Yong After months of deliberation, Squaw Valley Resort has decided to permanently change its name to remove the…

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Stories

Vacaville Man Uses 36-Rack of Bud Light to Extinguish Wildfire Approaching His Home

When a wildfire comes close to your home, you’re bound to do anything to save your personal property from being…

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News

545 Lightning Strikes Recorded Overnight in California

Following a historic week of lightning-caused wildfires across California, the collective sentiment of residents bracing for another round of thunderstorms…

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Video

Watch the Daring Rescue of Two Firefighters Surrounded by Fire in Point Reyes

Firefighters have been a crucial line of attack on the massive wildfires burning throughout Northern California, protecting homes and creating…

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News

Two NorCal Wildfires Now Among Top 3 Largest in California History

Twitter/@TVHOTSHOT2 Before violent thunderstorms created hundreds of wildfires in Northern California, the fire season was relatively calm. But less than…

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News

Historic Independence Trail Destroyed in Northern California’s Jones Fire

Photo: Facebook/Paul Menesini‎ Another popular outdoor destination has been destroyed by the devastating fires in Northern California. Earlier this week,…

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News

Photos Show Extensive Wildfire Damage in the Big Basin Redwoods State Park

With news of wildfire damage to the Big Basin Redwoods State Park on Thursday, there was plenty of discussion as…

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Destinations

Officials Close 25 California State Parks Due to Wildfires

What used to be Park Headquarters at Big Basin Redwoods State Park. Photo by California State Parks. Wildfires are burning…

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News

Astronauts Send Their ‘Thoughts and Prayers’ from Space to People Impacted by NorCal Wildfires

Photo: NASA The wildfires from Northern California are so big that they can be seen from space. That’s why astronauts…

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News

Bad News: Another Lightning Storm Forecast to Hit Northern California this Weekend

As Northern California continues to battle hundreds of wildfires spanning over 700,000 acres created by a violent thunderstorm last weekend,…

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News

Wildfires Have Burned Over 700,000 Acres Across Northern California in the Past 7 Days

Photo: Daria Devyatkina In the week following the violent thunderstorms that sent over 10,000 lightning strikes into California, over 300…

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Bay Area

Big Basin Redwoods – California’s Oldest State Park – Destroyed by Wildfire

The Big Basin Redwoods, a 10,800-acre haven of beautiful old-growth forest, was established as a California State Park in 1902.…

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News

Northern California Communities Choke on Smoky Air as Wildfires Rage Throughout the Region

As massive wildfires continue to burn throughout California, displacing tens of thousands of residents and destroying hundreds of structures, the…

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News

Interstate 80 Closed in Both Directions in Fairfield Due to LNU Lightning Complex Fire

The LNU Lightning Complex Fire, which includes 7 active fires in Sonoma, Lake, Napa, Yolo and Solano counties, has forced…

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News

Use This Map to See All the Wildfires Burning in Northern California

Due to abnormally high activity online, CalFire’s website has been going in and out all day. With wildfires burning throughout…

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News

Trails in Whiskeytown Could Stay Closed for Another 3 Years Following Carr Fire Damage

It’s been two years since the Carr Fire blazed through the Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, burning approximately 90 percent of…

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News

Firefighters Are in For a Fight as the Hennessey Fire Enters Vacaville

The Hennessey Fire, part of the larger LNU Complex Fire, exploded in size Tuesday night and has continued to travel…

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Bay Area

15 Insane Photos from Northern California’s 2-Day Lightning Storm

It is estimated that there were nearly 8,000 lightning strikes across California on Saturday and Sunday, dominating the sky with…

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News

Sonoma/Napa Fires Grow to 46,225 Acres with 50 Structures Burned and Thousands More Threatened

The wildfires in Sonoma and Napa Counties that were caused by lightning over the weekend have grown to become the…

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News

Lake Shasta Caverns Closes as Health Officials Designate it as an ‘Indoor Museum’

The management at Lake Shasta Caverns received a surprising alert this week as the Shasta County Health and Human Services…

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Butte

CalFire Identifies 21 Wildfires in Butte County Caused by Lightning

The violent thunderstorms that brought nearly 8,000 lightning strikes to California this weekend moved into Butte County Monday morning, causing…

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News

California Experienced 7,863 Lightning Strikes Over the Past Two Days

A wild weekend of weather dominated the conversation in Northern California, with a record heatwave sweeping through the area along…

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Outdoors

Mount Shasta Put on a Spectacular Lenticular Cloud Show Over the Weekend

Mount Shasta is known to marvel onlookers with a lenticular cloud show every now and again, and anyone lucky enough…

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News

‘Exceptionally Dangerous’ Heatwave Continues Throughout Northern California this Week

A wild weekend of weather throughout Northern California included excessive heat, booming thunder, thousands of lightning strikes and a “firenado.”…

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News

Loyalton Fire Explodes to 20,000 Acres with Extreme, Tornado-Like Behavior

Update: 6:00 pm The Loyalton Fire in the Tahoe National Forest exhibited extreme behavior in the late afternoon on Saturday,…

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News

A Fire-Induced Tornado Has Developed in the Area of the Loyalton Fire

The Loyalton Fire in the mountains of Sierra County has exploded to 2,300 acres with 5 percent containment, forcing mandatory…

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Butte

VIDEO: MASSIVE Salmon Gets Airborne on the Sacramento River in Chico

View this post on Instagram Hey @beckmannets !!!! This is how we do it out in #cali !!! @northstatesalmon great…

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North Coast

Watch Rob Lowe Search for Bigfoot in the Northern California Wilderness

It’s no secret that Northern California sits as the unofficial home of Bigfoot. So when Rob Lowe and his sons…

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Stories

Inside the $75 Million Lake Tahoe Mega-Mansion with a Hillside Tram

The most expensive mansion on Lake Tahoe is worth around $75 million and it’s one of the coolest houses we’ve…

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Destinations

8 Must-See Historic Gems Near Redding, California

While Redding, California is known to be the home of the some of the most beautiful wilderness in the western…

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News

Drone Found at the Bottom of the American River Reveals Insane 100-Foot Bridge Jump

The Sacramento-area scuba diver Mike Pelley, also known as Merman Mike, found a drone at the bottom of the American…

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