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Federal Assistance for Wildfire-Damaged Private Bridges and Access Roads

SACRAMENTO – Survivors of the 2020 California wildfires who have wildfire-caused damage to their privately owned bridge or access road may be eligible for financial assistance from FEMA under the Individuals and Households Program (IHP). The assistance is intended to restore access to a primary residence. The following conditions must be met to be eligible for Home Repair Assistance awards ...

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CHP Emphasizes Safe Thanksgiving Travel Amid Pandemic

SACRAMENTO – As Californians plan for the Thanksgiving holiday during the ongoing pandemic, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) reminds everyone the rules of driving safety are just as crucial as ever. To encourage safe travel, the CHP will enact a Maximum Enforcement Period (MEP) beginning at 6:01 p.m. on Wednesday, November 25, and continuing through 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, November ...

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Important Public Notice from the Judicial Council of the State of California

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SACRAMENTO — Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, leading to health and safety concerns resulting in substantial operational impediments, and the proclamations of states of emergency by federal, state, and local officials, it was determined that the conditions described in Government Code section 68115(a) were met with regard to the Superior Court of Madera County (Court) on eight prior occasions: March ...

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Governor Newsom Swears in New CHP Commissioner

SACRAMENTO – Nov. 17 ,2020 – Governor Gavin Newsom today administered the oath of office to California Highway Patrol (CHP) Commissioner Amanda Ray, a historic move making her the first woman in its 91-year history to lead the largest state law enforcement agency in the nation. Newsom appointed Ray as the 16th Commissioner on October 20, 2020, following the retirement ...

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CHP Offers Seniors The “Keys” to Continued Safe Driving

SACRAMENTO – As the number of older drivers continues to grow, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) is determined to help them maintain their driving independence for as long as they can safely drive. Through the support of a yearlong federal grant, Keeping Everyone Safe (KEYS) XII, the CHP will continue its traffic safety program that places an emphasis on roadway ...

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Forest Service Grants Veterans and Gold Star Families Free Access to National Forests and Grasslands

The free benefit will take effect on Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11, 2020, and will continue indefinitely, providing veterans and Gold Star Families with unfettered access to the public land and waters for which they fought. “This country is deeply indebted to the dedicated men and women who have served in the military, and to the families of those who made ...

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CHP Focused on Eliminating Distracted Driving

SACRAMENTO, CA – Nov 11, 2020  – Distracted driving can be a life-changing choice resulting in crashes and the deaths of thousands of people every year in the United States. Driven to make a difference, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) has implemented a yearlong Adult Distracted Drivers grant designed to keep California roads safe through education and enforcement. CHP officers ...

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Yosemite Wilderness Updates

Nov 6, 2020 – Yosemite National Park is managing four wilderness fires burning in fire adapted ecosystems. There are trail closures in effect so if you are planning on hiking in Yosemite be sure to check for closures here: Wilderness Conditions All fires may be visible from Tioga Road (Highway 120 through Yosemite National Park), Glacier Point, and high country ...

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Insurance Commissioner Lara Issues Mandatory Moratorium on Fire Insurance Cancelations

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara issued a mandatory one-year moratorium on insurance companies non-renewing or cancelling residential property insurance policies—helping 2.1 million policyholders, or 18 percent of California’s residential insurance market, affected by the record 2020 wildfire season. The Commissioner’s action implements a California law that he authored in 2018 while serving as state senator in order ...

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California Fire Updates

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CALIFORNIA – Nov 3, 2020 – This morning nearly 4,100 firefighters continue to battle 22 wildfires in California. With favorable weather conditions firefighters are working hard to increase containment lines. Yesterday, firefighters responded to 23 new wildfires and quickly contained them. Continued quiet, dry, and mild conditions continue through much of the week for most of the State. Elevated fire ...

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