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Cannabis

California State Fair Announces First-Ever Cannabis Competition

The CA State Fair today announced the addition of the first-ever, state-sanctioned cannabis competition and awards. The CA State Fair…

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Bay Area

Dogs Aren’t Allowed on Most Point Reyes Beaches. Here’s Why.

The stunning beaches of Point Reyes National Seashore make for a great place to enjoy the Northern California coast. It…

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Tahoe

Sierra-at-Tahoe Fire Assessment Finds Chair Lift Damage

On the night of August 29, the Caldor Fire picked up steam in the Sierra Nevada and moved into beloved…

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Tahoe

Highway 50 to Reopen Over the Sierra Following Month-Long Caldor Fire Closure

Following a month of closures on Highway 50 between Sacramento and Tahoe, the popular stretch of roadway is set to…

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North Coast

Brand-New Elevated Boardwalk Opens at Grove of Titans in Jedediah Smith Redwoods

Redwood National and State Parks completed the first mile of the Mill Creek Trail, including an elevated walkway into the…

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Shasta Cascade

How to Hike Like a Local in California’s Far North

Brought to you by Discover Siskiyou Photo by Stephen Leonardi  If you ask any local in Siskiyou County, there’s no better…

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News

Temporary Access Granted to Homeowners in the Caldor Fire Burn Zone Along Highway 50

Press Release from the U.S. Forest Service: Residents and property owners can access their properties inside the closed area between…

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North Coast

State of California Acquiring 27,000-Acre Outdoor Utopia Along the Great Redwood Trail

The Lone Pine Ranch, a 27,000-acre property straddling Trinity and Mendocino counties, is a vast property of redwood forests, grassy…

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History

Mysterious Sunken Boat Revealed on the Low Shore of Shasta Lake

There have been plenty of historic structures revealed on Northern California reservoirs as water continues to shrink down to historically…

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News

South Fork Eel River Goes Dry for the First Time Ever

Press release from the Eel River Recovery Project: The current record two-year drought is causing record low Eel River flows,…

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Talking NorCal

Creating Cannabis Experiences with Amy O’Connor of Humboldt Social. Plus, NorCal Has a New Wolf Pack | Talking NorCal

On this episode of Talking NorCal, Zach and Bob discuss the news of the week including Northern California’s newest wolf…

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Sports

GIANT 40-Pound Chinook Salmon Caught on the Sacramento River

Ryan Tripp is at it again! Some local guides have referred to him as the “Michael Jordan of Fishing” in…

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Weather

First Snow of the Season on Mt. Shasta Brings Hope that Wildfire Season is Nearing its End

A weekend storm brought rain and snow to Northern California, with the North Coast experiencing its typical rainy day and…

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Destinations

The World’s Largest Corn Maze is Reopening this Month in Northern California

In Dixon, California sits a 63-acre fall utopia with a pumpkin patch, hay rides and the largest corn maze in…

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News

Jet Ski Criminals: Men Arrested on Lake Berryessa with 3 Ounces of Heroin and a Loaded AR-15 Rifle

The Napa County Sheriff’s Office experienced a unique arrest on Wednesday, with two men brought in for warrants and possession…

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News

The 2021 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Will Come From Northern California

Each year, the National Forest Service chooses a national forest to cut and transport a tree to the U.S. Capitol…

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News

Most National Forests Have Reopened in Northern California. Here’s Where You Can and Can’t Go.

For more than two weeks, national forests throughout California were closed due to fire concerns. Today, most of those forests…

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Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe Welcomes Residents Home and Eager to Host Visitors

With more than 22,000 residents returning home, businesses opening their doors to employees and customers, and schools in session starting…

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Tahoe

Sierra-at-Tahoe Details Damage Done by Caldor Fire

On the night of August 29, the Caldor Fire picked up steam in the Sierra Nevada and moved into beloved…

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Tahoe

Palisades Prognostications: Why Squaw Valley Got it Right with its New Name and Logo

We’ve deliberated for more than a decade about whether Squaw Valley should change its name. Today, the right decision was…

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News

Much of the Lava Beds National Monument Remains Closed Due to Encroaching Antelope Fire

Another outdoor destination in Northern California has closed with the Antelope Fire escaping containment lines and moving into the western…

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News

Squaw Valley Announces Brand-New Name

After much conversation and deliberation, Squaw Valley has announced its new name will be… Palisades Tahoe! That’s right, one of…

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News

Northern California’s Famed Alien Telescopes Threatened by Dixie Fire

The Allen Telescope Array, an ensemble of 42 antennas used in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI), is once again…

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North Coast

California Officials Wants to Change the Name of Patrick’s Point State Park

Press release from the California State Parks: California State Parks is seeking public feedback on a proposal to change the name of Patrick’s Point State Park in…

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Outdoors

This Striking Graphic Shows How Most of the Feather River Watershed Has Burned Over the Past Year

Areas of Butte, Plumas and Lassen counties have been devastated by wildfires in 2020 and 2021. The North Complex Fire…

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News

Northern California’s Newest Wolf Pack Welcomes First Litter of 7 Pups

The brand-new wolf pack that recently settled in California’s Siskiyou County has had their first litter of 7 pups, according…

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Talking NorCal

How Firefighters Saved Tahoe and Dixie Burns Lassen. Plus, Zach’s COVID Experience | Talking NorCal

On a brand new episode of Talking NorCal, Zach and Bob discuss Zach’s experience with COVID before breaking down all…

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Tahoe

Returning South Lake Tahoe Evacuees Urged to Help Keep Bears Wild

Residents and visitors returning to the South Lake and West Shore areas of Lake Tahoe should be aware that bears…

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Talking NorCal

Discussing the Current State and Future Outlook of Salmon in NorCal w/Mike Rasmussen

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Tahoe

Looters Are Being Found All Over the Evacuation Zone in South Lake Tahoe

The towns of South Lake Tahoe and Meyers remain completely evacuated do to the nearby Caldor Fire. With 10,000 homes…

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Destinations

What’s Open for Labor Day Weekend in Northern California?

Harbors on Shasta Lake will remain open, with shoreline access prohibited When the National Forest Service announced the closure of…

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Tahoe

All State Parks in the Tahoe Basin Are Closed Due to the Caldor Fire

Emerald Bay through a haze of smoke With the Caldor Fire sending 37,000 Tahoe residents into evacuations and dangerous smoke…

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Cannabis

State Park Peace Officers Uncover Illegal Cannabis Grow at Sonoma Coast State Park

California State Park Peace Officers uncovered an illegal cannabis grow site within Sonoma Coast State Park on Tuesday, August 17.…

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Video

Drone Footage Shows a Little Creek Where Lake Oroville Once Stood

The extreme drought in Northern California has been highlighted by the already historic wildfire season experienced throughout the region. While…

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Tahoe

Here’s Everything Fire Crews Have Done to Protect South Lake Tahoe Homes from the Caldor Fire

When the Caldor Fire descended down Echo Summit into the Tahoe Basin Monday night, it seemed like a certainty that…

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Tahoe

Mandatory Evacuations Extend to Nevada’s Kingsbury Grade, Zephyr Cove Due to Caldor Fire

Photo by CHP South Lake Tahoe Mandatory evacuations for the Caldor Fire have now been extended into the Nevada side…

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Tahoe

Caldor Fire Approaches Kirkwood Mountain Resort

Webcam image of Kirkwood on 8/31 Strong winds are pushing the Caldor Fire near South Lake Tahoe into different neighborhoods…

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Tahoe

Firefighters Hold Caldor Fire Away From Meyers Homes Overnight with Strong Winds Forecast Today

The firefighters have appeared to successfully hold the Caldor Fire south of homes in Meyers on Monday night and Tuesday…

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Video

Caldor Fire Video Shows Extreme Wind, Firefighters Surrounded by Flying Embers

*Note: this video was taken the night of Sunday, August 29th. It does not reflect the current situation of the…

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Tahoe

Caldor Fire Makes Push into Meyers, Evacuation Warnings Expanded Past Nevada’s Casino Row

Current heatmap as of 9:30 pm Monday The Caldor Fire continues its terrifying move towards South Lake Tahoe Monday night,…

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Video

Behind the Fire Line: Take a Drive Through Echo Summit Following Caldor Fire Damage

The Caldor Fire continues to move at a rapid pace through the Sierra and towards South Lake Tahoe. With much…

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Destinations

On the Brink of Labor Day Weekend, Forest Service Closes All National Forests in California

It was a bold move when the National Forest Service announced it would close nine national forests in Northern California…

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News

Another Man Drowns Jumping Off Lake Siskiyou’s Wagon Creek Bridge

Another death occurred at Lake Siskiyou on August 27, with 29-year-old James David Vanaltena drowning after jumping off the Wagon…

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News

Full Evacuation Order Creates Traffic Nightmare in South Lake Tahoe

A mandatory evacuation order was announced for South Lake Tahoe Monday morning, sending hoards of cars trying to escape the…

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News

Mandatory Evacuations Expand Into South Lake Tahoe and West Shore

The increased activity on the Caldor Fire over Echo Summit has forced officials to expand mandatory evacuations into South Lake…

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Shasta Cascade

These Shasta-Trinity Lake Businesses Will Stay Open During Labor Day Weekend

Photo by Bruce Warrington A sweeping closure was announced for nine Northern California national forests through the first week of September…

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Tahoe

‘Looking Down a Gun Barrel.’ South Lake Tahoe Residents Should Evacuate Sooner Rather Than Later

The next two days will provide crucial for fire officials to save lives and structures in the Tahoe Basin threatened…

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Tahoe

Early Reports Show Caldor Fire Damage at Sierra-at-Tahoe

The Caldor Fire burned through the summit above South Lake Tahoe on Sunday night, including the beloved Sierra-at-Tahoe ski resort.…

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Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe Police Conduct Door-to-Door Evacuations as Caldor Fire Approaches

The Caldor Fire made a strong run towards South Lake Tahoe overnight as evacuations expanded throughout the region, calling for…

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Tahoe

Behind-the-Scenes Video Footage Shows Cabins Up in Flames in Twin Bridges

The Caldor Fire intensified over the Sierra this weekend, moving quickly towards Echo Summit and forcing heavy evacuations all the…

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Tahoe

Evacuation Warning Issued For South Lake Tahoe All the Way to Stateline

Map of evacuation in Tahoe. Red is mandatory and yellow is a warning Expanded evacuations have hit the Tahoe Basin,…

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Tahoe

Webcam Footage Shows the Caldor Fire Burning Through Sierra-at-Tahoe

The Caldor Fire continues its destructive path through the Sierra, quickly moving east towards South Lake Tahoe. The fire has…

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Tahoe

Evacuation Orders Expanded as Strong Winds Push Caldor Fire Towards Lake Tahoe

Evacuations were expanded in the Tahoe region on Sunday night with the Caldor Fire continuing its dangerous march towards more…

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Tahoe

‘We Are Prepared to Fight.’ Caldor Fire Continues to Creep Towards Sierra-at-Tahoe

With the Caldor Fire creeping towards Sierra-at-Tahoe, firefighters have positioned their equipment to defend the popular ski resort just west…

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Tahoe

Tahoe Officials Ask Public to Postpone Visits Due to Caldor Fire Danger and Smoke

Tourism officials in South Lake Tahoe have asked potential visitors to the area to postpone their trips due to heavy…

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News

21-Year-Old Dies Jumping Off Lake Siskiyou’s Wagon Creek Bridge

Photo by Stephen Leonardi 21-year-old Aurdie Murphy was killed on August 21 when he jumped off the Wagon Creek Bridge on…

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News

The Flames of the Caldor Fire Can Now Be Seen from the Sierra-at-Tahoe Webcam

As the Caldor Fire continues its frightening path towards Lake Tahoe, hundreds of homes have burned and thousands of residents…

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Outdoors

Low Water Levels Allow Kayakers to Paddle Through a Historic Train Tunnel on Shasta Lake

California’s historic drought brings plenty of negative impacts on the region, including water shortage and an already historic wildfire season.…

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Tahoe

Video Shows Firefighters Riding Up Kirkwood Chairlift to Fight the Caldor Fire

Residents of the Lake Tahoe Basin are on edge as the Caldor Fire continues its dangerous approach to some of…

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Photography

Satellite Video Shows Mount Shasta Poking its Head Over Wildfire Smoke

Driving through Mount Shasta right now is rather eery. The mountain that can be seen for nearly a hundred miles…

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Lassen

Lassen Officials Confirm Bumpass Hell Boardwalk Remains Intact Following Dixie Fire

Photo by Quentin Burgess When the Dixie Fire made its historic movement through the south side of Lassen Volcanic National Park,…

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News

Caldor Fire Nears Beloved Tahoe Ski Resorts

The Caldor Fire continues to grow in the Eldorado National Forest between Sacramento and Lake Tahoe, destroying 400 homes and…

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Lassen

VIDEO: Driving Through Lassen Volcanic National Park During the Dixie Fire

As the Dixie Fire burns through the southern areas of Lassen Volcanic National Park, locals are desperate for any information…

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Outdoors

9 National Forests in Northern California Set to Close Due to Extreme Fire Conditions

With wildfires burning over a million acres in Northern California this season, and upcoming extreme fire weather approaching, the National…

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Cannabis

A Brand-New Cannabis Themed Hotel is Coming to Northern California

With the legalization of recreational cannabis in California, the area known as the Emerald Triangle in Northern California is finally…

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Butte

The Grand Canyon of NorCal? Drone Footage Shows Lake Oroville Nearly Empty

The drought continues to have an enormous impact on Northern California. One of the more obvious impacts is the states…

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Cannabis

640,000 Illegal Marijuana Plants Eradicated in Humboldt County

During the week of August 9-12, 2021, deputies with the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Marijuana Enforcement Team (MET) conducted multiple…

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News

Lake Identified as Body of Water Where 7-Year-Old was Infected with Brain-Eating Amoeba

A 7-year-old Tehama County boy tragically died following the contraction of a rare brain-eating amoeba in a Northern California lake.…

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News

Town of Grizzly Flats Destroyed in the Caldor Fire

The Caldor Fire erupted over the weekend in El Dorado County and due to extreme fire conditions, it quickly grew…

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Tahoe

Woman Attacked by Bear While Camping at Lake Tahoe

Photo by Patrick  A 25-year-old woman was camping on the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe over the weekend when she was…

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Lassen

Lassen Volcanic National Park Officials Evacuate the Area as Dixie Fire Consumes Southwest Portion of the Park

The Dixie Fire is continuing its destructive path through Lassen Volcanic National Park, with park officials evacuating the area. Recent…

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Lassen

It Looks Like Bumpass Hell and Kings Creek Falls Have Been Burned by the Dixie Fire

It was terrible news to hear that areas of Lassen Volcanic National Park had been burned by the Dixie Fire,…

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News

‘Many Homes’ Burned Overnight in Janesville by the Dixie Fire

The Dixie Fire continued its devastating path through Northern California on Monday night, burning through homes in the town of…

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Photography

Buy This Photo of Greenville, California to Support the Victims of the Dixie Fire

Photo by Randy Robbins When the town of Greenville, California was devastated by the Dixie Fire, photographer Randy Robbins decided…

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News

7-Year-Old Dies from Rare Brain-Eating Amoeba Contracted in Northern California Lake

David Pruitt, 7, died following the contraction of a rare brain-eating amoeba in a Tehama County lake. A 7-year-old Tehama…

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News

Extreme Fire Weather – And PG&E Shutdowns – Coming to NorCal This Week

Hot, dry and windy weather is forecast for Northern California this week, leading to the first PG&E power shutdown of…

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Stories

Are There Frozen Bodies at the Bottom of Lake Tahoe?

Sitting at 6,225 feet elevation as the largest alpine lake in North America, there is plenty to be fascinated with…

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Video

Devastating Video Shows the Burnt Town of Greenville Immediately Following the Dixie Fire

On the night of August 4, 2021, the massive flames of the Dixie Fire converged on the small town of…

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Waterfalls

When Will Feather Falls Reopen After Being Blazed By Wildfire?

Photo via Explore Butte County In the summer of 2020, the North Complex Fire burned through Butte and Plumas counties…

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Lassen

This is All That Remains of Lassen’s Historic Mount Harkness Fire Lookout

It was terrible to learn that the historic Mount Harkness Fire Lookout was destroyed from the flames of the Dixie…

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News

Mandatory Evacuations Ordered for Junction City Due to Monument Fire

As the Monument Fire continues to grow in Trinity County, the sheriff has announced a mandatory evacuation order for the…

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News

Firefighters Deal with Extreme Dixie Fire Overnight with Westwood Currently Remaining Intact

The flames of the Dixie Fire exhibited extreme behavior in the communities surrounding Lake Almanor on Thursday night, with the…

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News

How You Can Help the Victims of Wildfires in Northern California

With wildfires burning across Northern California at a historic rate, homes and businesses have been destroyed and residents remain displaced…

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Bay Area

San Francisco Officials Are Searching for a Serial Wild Coyote Feeder

Since the beginning of the Covid pandemic lockdown in March 2020, coyotes sightings have been on frequent in areas of…

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News

Trinity Alps Wilderness Closed Until November 15 Due to River Complex Fire

Photo by Sanath Kumar Forest Service officials have announced the closure of the Trinity Alps Wilderness, including all trails and recreational…

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News

BLM Temporarily Closing Public Lands Near Monument Fire West of Junction City

The Bureau of Land Management has temporarily closed the BLM-managed public lands west of Junction City because of the rapidly…

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News

Mt. Shasta Ski Park Closes Summer Operations Due to Fire Risk, Staffing Challenges

Mt. Shasta Ski Park’s summer operations were short lived, with increased fire risk and staffing challenges forcing the mountain to…

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Talking NorCal

State of NorCal Salmon w/Mike Rasmussen. Plus: Man Visits Lemurians in Mt. Shasta? | Talking NorCal

On this episode of Talking NorCal, Zach and Bob breakdown the news of the week including the McCloud Falls campground…

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History

Jedediah Smith’s Travels Through Northern California – Part 2: Strong Was His Middle Name

Every time he visited California he got arrested. When a grizzly bear chewed off his hair and ear, he had…

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Cannabis

Illegal Marijuana Grow Sites a Stain on Northern California’s Public Lands

Illegal grow site in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest By Jane Hendron – U.S. Fish and Wildlife At first glance, California’s…

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News

Behind-the-Scenes Footage Shows Firefighters Attempting to Save Homes in Lake Almanor

The Dixie Fire continues it historic run through Plumas and Lassen counties, destroying homes and leaving thousands evacuated. In the…

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News

Historic Fire Lookout in Lassen Volcanic National Park Destroyed by Dixie Fire

An infrared flight on August 6, 2021 showed fire activity near the Mount Harkness Lookout in the Juniper Lake area…

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News

Beloved Trinity River Rafting Company Destroyed in Monument Fire

The Monument Fire destroyed multiple structures in Big Flats on Friday, including the beloved Trinity River Rafting company. The Monument…

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News

Whiskeytown NRA Advises Against Visiting the Park Due to Extremely Poor Air Quality

Smoky webcam view of the Lake With the Whiskeytown National Recreation Area surrounded by nearby fires, including the Monument and…

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Destinations

Siskiyou is Open! Here Are 7 Ways to Experience California’s Far North

Brought to you by Discover Siskiyou Photo by Stephen Leonardi Siskiyou County is open! Following a year of travel restrictions due…

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News

Dixie Fire Explodes to Become the 3rd Largest Fire in California’s History

With extreme fire conditions throughout Northern California this week, the Dixie Fire exploded to an astounding 432,813 acres by Friday…

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News

Dixie Fire Grows into Lassen Volcanic National Park, Closing the Entire Park

The Dixie Fire continues to blaze through communities in rural Northern California and force thousands of residents to evacuate their…

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North Coast

Hikers Beware: Unsafe Tides Coming to the Lost Coast Trail

Backpackers planning a visit to the Lost Coast Trail within the King Range National Conservation Area may face unfavorable tidal…

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News

Town of Greenville Completely Devastated by Dixie Fire

The flames of the Dixie Fire grew intense Wednesday, with the fire completely devastating the town of Greenville. According to…

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Tahoe

Popular Lake Tahoe Destination Closed Due to Bubonic Plague

Photo by Meritt Thomas For the second year in a row, the Taylor Creek Visitor Center and Kiva Beach in South…

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