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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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Hikes

7 Iconic Hikes to Put on Your Bucket List Near Redding, California

Brought to you by Visit Redding Photo by Sanath Kumar The many outdoor attractions surrounding Redding, California can give you plenty…

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Sports

Watch Joe Rogan Hunt and Eat Wild Turkeys in the Napa Valley

Hunting wild turkeys in Northern California is a time-honored tradition. The largest game bird in North America can be seen…

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News

Lava Fire Balloons to an Astounding 13,330 Acres Near Mount Shasta, Structures Burned

The Lava Fire continues to burn at an astounding rate in Siskiyou County and erratic winds and dry fuels pushed…

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News

Tenant Fire: New Fire Near Lava Fire Quickly Grows to 200 Acres in Siskiyou County

Siskiyou County is currently under a barrage of wildfire threats, with the growing Lava Fire now being joined by the…

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News

Lava Fire Update: Evacuation Orders Issued in Weed, California

Evacuation orders in Siskiyou County The Lava Fire continues to grow north of Mount Shasta in Siskiyou County, putting residents…

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North Coast

‘Mafia-Style’ Botanist Returns to NorCal to Hilariously Explore the Humboldt Redwoods

The funniest botanist around has returned to Northern California to explore the different plant life you can find in the…

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Tahoe

VIDEO: Momma Bear and Cubs Take a Dip at a Crowded Lake Tahoe Beach

View this post on Instagram A post shared by Jen Watkins (@goldcountrycandles) A momma bear and her three cubs were…

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Bay Area

NPS Ordered to Federal Court to Explain Treatment of Tule Elk in Point Reyes

Photo by Y S The National Park Service has been ordered to federal court on Monday to explain their treatment of…

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News

Erratic Winds Push Lava Fire to 1,446 Acres Near Mount Shasta

Erratic winds and dry fuel conditions pushed the Lava Fire near Mount Shasta to double in size overnight, growing from…

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Butte

Growing Sky Fire Prompts Evacuation Warning in Butte County

Another lightning-caused wildfire is growing in Northern California, forcing some residents of Butte County to be on evacuation alert. The…

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News

Collins Almanor Forest Closed to Public Use Due to Wildfire Risk

Collins has closed the 94,000-acre Collins Almanor Forest to public use due to ongoing wildfire threats in Northern California. The…

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News

Dry Conditions Push Lava Fire to 700 Acres Near Mount Shasta

The Lava Fire continues to grow north of Mount Shasta as winds pushed it to approximately 710 acres on Sunday…

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News

Drone Briefly Halts Critical Firefighting Flights Over Lava Fire

Photo: U.S. Forest Service As aerial firefighters were attempting to make retardant drops on the Lava Fire near Weed, California…

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Tahoe

Celebrity Bear Known for its Tahoe Shenanigans Has Gone Missing

The “Kings Beach Bear’s” GPS tracking collar as biologists found it this spring on the forest floor. CDFW photo by Mark…

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Bay Area

Great White Shark Attack Puts Swimmer in ‘Serious Condition’ at Bay Area Beach

A 35-year-old man swimming near Grey Whale Cove State Beach was hospitalized on Saturday after a great white shark bit…

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Wildlife

Brand-New Wolf Pack Discovered in Northern California’s Plumas County

Lassen Pack The California Department of Fish and Wildlife reported that a new wolf pack has established itself in southern Plumas…

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Wildlife

‘Extremely Rare’ Brown Trout Found in Sacramento River Fish Trap in Redding

At the Keswick Dam on the Sacramento River in Redding, wildlife officials at the Coleman National Fish Hatchery use a…

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Yosemite-Mammoth

Tourism Officials Offer Advice for Snagging Yosemite National Park Reservations

California’s tourism sector is roaring back to life, and although the state is easing restrictions, Yosemite National Park has not announced changes…

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Shasta Cascade

Here’s Everything You Can Do at the Mt. Shasta Ski Park this Summer

Mt. Shasta Ski Park opens for its summer season this week, offering visitors a variety of outdoor activities under the…

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Destinations

The Sunflower Fields of NorCal are in a Spectacular Bloom Right Now

Photo by Albert Dera It’s summer in Northern California, bringing triple-digit heat, sunny days and the longing for the perfect swimming…

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