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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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Tahoe

‘Tamarack’ the Burned Bear Cub Escapes Wildlife Facility, On the Loose in South Lake Tahoe

It was a touching story when wildlife officials rescued a 6-mont-old bear cub that was badly burned in the Tamarack…

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News

Visitor Drowns at Carr Powerhouse in Whiskeytown NRA

Below is a press release from the Whiskeytown National Recreation Area: We are saddened to report the drowning of a…

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News

Popular McCloud Falls Campground Closed Due to Bear Activity

Officials in the Shasta Trinity National Forest have temporarily closed the popular campground near McCloud Falls due to an assertive…

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Uncategorized

And The Winner of $200 Active NorCal Membership Survey Giveaway Is…

We recently conducted a survey of our audience to determine how to best deliver an Active NorCal membership program. The…

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Talking NorCal

Cannabis Tourism, Carr Fire Anniversary & NorCal Wildlife Photography w/Randy Robbins | Talking NorCal

On this episode of the Talking NorCal podcast, Zach and Bob breakdown the news of the week including the closures…

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Destinations

6 Awesomely Unique Small Towns to Visit in California’s Far North

Brought to you by Discover Siskiyou Etna, California Sitting 3 hours north of the hustle-and-bustle of Sacramento is an outdoor…

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Shasta Cascade

Brand-New Art Installation Coming to the Sacramento River Trail

Artist rendition of the art installation, which will be placed by the Stress Ribbon Bridge on the Sacramento River Trail…

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Yosemite-Mammoth

WATCH: Hikers Complete the Dangerous Ascent Up Half Dome Without the Cables

The thrilling hike to the top of Half Dome is a world-famous adventure that became so popular, you now need…

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Tahoe

Shocking Video Shows Plane Crashing Into Tahoe Neighborhood

A tragic plane crash happened in the Truckee, California on Monday, with all six people aboard the Bombardier CL 600…

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News

Experienced Cliff Jumper Killed While Jumping Off the Lake Britton Bridge

Correction: The cliff jumper drowned by jumping off the Lake Britton Bridge off Highway 89 – not the Stand By…

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News

Here’s a Map of All the Harmful Algae Blooms in Northern California

One underreported impact of Northern California’s extreme drought is the heating and low flows of different waterways. With that stagnant…

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Stories

How the Carr Fire Ushered ‘The New Normal’ into Northern California

On July 23rd, 2018, a flat tire on a trailer sparked a wildfire in the Whiskeytown National Recreation Area. 39…

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Wildlife

Treatment Underway for Bear Cub Burned in the Tamarack Fire

When devastating wildfires hit the Northern California wilderness, we immediately think of all the humans who could lose their homes…

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News

Klamath Salmon Now Listed on California Endangered Species List

On June 16, after hours of debate and public testimony, the California Fish and Game Commission voted unanimously to approve…

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Talking NorCal

NorCal Drought Diaries: Salmon Troubles, Historic Fire Season and Viral Videos | Talking NorCal

On this episode of the Talking NorCal podcast, Zach and Bob discuss all the recent news in Northern California. They…

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Lassen

Lassen Volcanic National Park Issues Closures Due to Dixie Fire

With the Dixie Fire growing into the Lassen National Forest and nearby Lake Almanor, the Lassen Volcanic National Park has…

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North Coast

Harmful Algae Blooms are Wreaking Havoc in Northern California Rivers

Photo by the Blue Lake Rancheria Environmental health officials are reminding community residents to be on the lookout for harmful…

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News

Missing Runner Found in Critical Condition in Russian Gulch State Park

Information from Mendocino County Search and Rescue: A Mendocino Coast woman was reported missing while on a run at Russian…

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News

Dixie Fire Nears 200,000 Acres with 16,401 Residents Evacuated and 10,601 Structures Threatened

Photo by Jake Edwards The Dixie Fire merged with the nearby Fly Fire Saturday night, growing California’s largest wildfire to…

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Lassen

Lassen Locals Plead with Public Not to Visit Right Now

As the Dixie Fire continues to grow larger and force evacuations throughout Plumas, Butte and Lassen counties, some locals near…

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News

Champion Ultramarathon Runner Found Dead in Yosemite National Park

The search for a lost ultramarathon runner in Yosemite National Park ended tragically on Tuesday, when search and rescue officials…

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Bay Area

Body Identified as Missing Hiker at Point Reyes National Seashore

Photo by Sammie Chaffin Point Reyes National Seashore confirms that the body found Monday, July 19 was that of Mitra Rasti,…

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News

Dixie Fire Exhibits Extreme Behavior with Lightning Shooting Out of its 40,000-Foot Pyrocumulus Cloud

The Dixie Fire took a turn for the worse on Monday afternoon, with dry conditions fanning the flames and creating…

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Video

Video Shows Car Flying 50 Feet Into the Air on Highway 99 Near Yuba City

An insane car crash was recently caught on camera on Highway 99 near Yuba City showing a car flying 50…

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News

Body of Lost Hiker Recovered in Point Reyes National Seashore

Below is a press release from Point Reyes National Seashore: Point Reyes National Seashore received a report of an overdue…

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News

Report: Butte County’s Dixie Fire May Have Been Sparked by PG&E Equipment

The Dixie Fire quickly grew to 30,000 acres over the weekend near the burn scar of the Camp Fire in…

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History

Remembering the Deadly 1996 Rockfall that Sent 90,000 Tons of Rock into Yosemite Valley

July 19, 2021 marked the 25th anniversary of the 1996 Happy Isles rockfall in Yosemite National Park. The deadly incident…

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Tahoe

S**** Valley Alpine Meadows to Host Washoe Cultural Tours

SVAM is excited to announce a new on-mountain summer experience: the Washoe Cultural Tour, beginning Monday, July 12. Not only is…

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Destinations

This NorCal Campground is the Best in the State, According to Outside Magazine

We all know there are some pretty amazing campgrounds in Northern California. Whether you’re camping in one of the National…

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Wildlife

The Tragic Story of a Bear Cub Hit by a Car in Yosemite

There are speed limits in National Parks and they aren’t just so you won’t miss those stunning views. Bears are…

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Cannabis

Wildlife Officials Raid NorCal Cannabis Farms with Environmental Violations

Photo: CDFW On July 9, 2021, wildlife officers with the California Department of Fish & Wildlife (CDFW) served three search…

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Talking NorCal

Tahoe Bear Shooting, NorCal Wildfires & Life as a Wild Food Chef w/Hank Shaw | Talking NorCal

On this episode of the Talking NorCal podcast, Zach and Bob discuss the already unprecedented wildfire season in Northern California…

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News

Wildlife Officials Relocate Over a Million Hatchery Salmon Due to Klamath River Drought Conditions

Juvenile Chinook salmon are herded by CDFW staff in a raceway at the Iron Gate Fish Hatchery, Siskiyou County, Calif.,…

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Stories

Inside Union Pacific’s Harrowing Attempt to Save the Dry Canyon Bridge During the Lava Fire

The Lava Fire damaged the Union Pacific Dry Creek Bridge. UP is working on repairs and estimate the bridge to…

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Cannabis

Take a Tour Through the Cannabis Farms of Northern California’s Emerald Triangle

Photo: The Mendocino Experience You’ve undoubtedly heard of the world-class wine tours held in Napa Valley, highlighting the famed vineyards…

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News

Crashed Helicopter Removed from Lake Shastina

A helicopter was dipping into Lake Shastina in order to obtain water to fight the Lava fire when it crashed…

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North Coast

Short Film Documents Off-The-Grid Oasis in the Northern California Redwoods

In 1968, Charles Bello and his wife Vanna Rae bought 400 acres of redwood forested land in Mendocino County and…

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Weather

VIDEO: Hiker Captures the Moment a Lightning Strike Starts a Wildfire in the Sierra

A hiker witnessed a rare scene when a bolt of lightning hit the Sierra, causing an immediate wildfire. He even…

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Tahoe

Bear Beach? Sightings on the Rise at Crowded Lake Tahoe Destination

Pope Beach is a popular place for locals and tourists to take in the summer sun in South Lake Tahoe.…

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Yosemite-Mammoth

Fast-Moving River Fire Grows Dangerously Close to Yosemite National Park

Photo by Amy Purcell A fast-moving wildfire broke out on Sunday afternoon and following a night of wind-fueled growth, the…

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News

Doyle, California Ravaged by Beckwourth Complex Fire

Doyle, California is a small, peaceful town in Plumas County that straddles the border of Nevada. The population of under…

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Wildlife

An Ode to Squirrels: The Badass Rodents Living in Your Backyard

Photo by Simone Mascellari 🇮🇹 When a buddy asked if I had seen any of the “Squirrel vs. Rattlesnake” videos on…

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News

Beckwourth Complex Fire Explodes to 83,926 Acres in the Plumas National Forest

Amid a historic heatwave and worsening wildfire conditions, the Beckwourth Complex Fire exploded to 83,926 acres by Sunday morning, with…

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Wildlife

How’d That Get There?! Dead Coyote Found Dangling from Tree in Mammoth

There are a lot of things in nature that can be very hard to explain. Finding a a dead coyote…

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News

Video Shows Boulders Laying Across Highway 395 Following Sierra Earthquake

A 5.9 earthquake slammed the Sierra Nevada on Thursday afternoon, with many Northern California communities feeling the shaking from Tahoe…

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Cannabis

Northern California Town to Host its First All Cannabis Farmer’s Market

Photo by Add Weed On Saturday, July 10, Laytonville will host its first ever Cannabis Farmer’s Market, giving local growers the…

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Photography

Photos: Helicopter Fighting the Lava Fire Crashes into Lake Shastina

A helicopter was dipping into Lake Shastina in order to obtain water to fight the Lava fire when it crashed…

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News

5.9 Magnitude Earthquake Rocks the Sierra Nevada

A 5.9 magnitude earthquake hit the Sierra Nevada at 3:49 pm on Thursday, sending shockwaves throughout Northern California. The floor…

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Wildlife

Chico Woman Killed by 400-Pound Grizzly Bear During Montana Camping Attack

On the morning of Tuesday July 6, a 400-pound grizzly bear pulled a Chico woman out of her tent in…

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Destinations

9 Can’t-Miss Summer Adventures in Lake Tahoe

Photo by Clayton Cardinalli It’s summertime in Northern California, meaning the pristine outdoor destinations of the region are primed for an…

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Events

A Definitive Guide to Music Festivals in Northern California in 2021

Following a tumultuous year that left us quarantining in our homes due to Covid, California has finally reopened and we…

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Uncategorized

Take the Active NorCal Membership Survey for a Chance to Win $200

Here at Active NorCal, we are always looking for new ways to connect with our followers. That’s why we are…

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Talking NorCal

The Great Outdoors – NorCal’s Quintessential Family Summer Film | Talking NorCal

In this episode of Talking NorCal, Zach and Bob review The Great Outdoors, the 1988 family summer film featuring Dan…

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Uncategorized

14 Lightning-Caused Wildfires Burning in Yosemite

From June 28 through July 2, a thunderstorm brought lightning strikes to Yosemite National Park, igniting 14 fires in the…

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News

Health Advisory for Swimmers Lifted at Whiskeytown’s Whiskey Creek

The health advisory issued at Whiskeytown Lake’s Whiskey Creek swimming area has been lifted. The two-day advisory was caused by…

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Sports

Chinook Salmon Fishing Season Opens on Portions of the Klamath and Trinity Rivers

Fishing regulations for the spring Chinook fishery in the Klamath River Basin remain in effect following the June meeting of…

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Shasta Cascade

Wildfires Rage On as Fourth of July Weekend Approaches in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest

With the impending Fourth of July weekend expected to bring heavy traffic to the outdoor destinations of Northern California, wildfire…

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Tahoe

Lake Tahoe Tourist Shoots Charging Bear in Vacation Rental

Photo by Marion hobbs A man visiting the Lake Tahoe area returned to his vacation rental after dining out to…

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Sports

MONSTER King Salmon Caught Along the NorCal Coast

Photo: Salt Lady Sportfishing Salmon fishing season has started in Northern California and the first signs are being seen along…

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Outdoors

High Levels of E. Coli Found at Popular Swimming Area on Whiskeytown Lake

Photo by Chandler Hecht To protect public health, Whiskeytown National Recreation Area monitors water quality regularly from May to September. Recent…

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News

Shasta Lake’s Salt Fire Grows to 2,800 Acres, Forcing Evacuations and Closing I-5 in Both Directions

Another wildfire has broken out in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, this time near Lakehead along Shasta Lake. The fire began…

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Video

Fly Fishing Northern California’s Legendary Hat Creek

Brought to you by Visit Redding Hat Creek is an iconic fishing stream near Redding that stands as the most…

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News

Forest Service Issues Closures on Mount Shasta Due to Lava Fire

The U.S. Forest Service has issued a list of closures on Mount Shasta due to the growing Lava Fire in…

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News

Siskiyou Wildfires: 10,000 Residents Evacuated as Lava and Tenant Fires Rage On

The two Siskiyou County fires continue to grow fast and put residents on edge as they burn heavily on Tuesday…

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