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U.S. Army Joining USDA Forest Service Wildland Fire Operations in California

CALIFORNIA – The USDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Region, and the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) have coordinated with the Department of Defense for the deployment of approximately 200 soldiers plus command staff to help with wildfire suppression efforts in Northern California. The soldiers are due to arrive early this week from the 14th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 2nd Stryker Brigade ...

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California Statewide Fire Summary

CALIFORNIA – Over 16,000 firefighters continue to battle 18 major fires and lightning complexes across California. Firefighters continue to make good progress with increased containment figures on all of the fires, and even full containment on two of the large wildfires. As progress is made, many of the evacuation orders have been lifted or downgraded. However, nearly 40,000 people remain ...

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California Supreme Court Gives Favorable Nod to North Fork Rancheria Casino

North Fork, CA – The California Supreme Court has ruled that former Governor Jerry Brown acted within his authority when he concurred in a pair of federal decisions in 2011 that led to the approval of two so-called “off-reservation” tribal gaming projects in Madera and Yuba counties. In United Auburn Indian Community v. Newsom, the Court determined that the Governor ...

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California Fire Updates

CALIFORNIA – Cooler weather conditions continue to aid firefighters in their efforts towards containment, however, above 2,000 feet elevation, firefighters are still seeing low humidity throughout the night, which allows for increased fire activity  and creates additional challenges with containment efforts. More than 14,600 firefighters are battling over two dozen major fires and lightning complexes across California. In the past ...

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Gov Orders Reopening Rollback; SoCal Schools to Start Year Online

SACRAMENTO — Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday ordered a reopening rollback as COVID-19 cases continue to surge across the Golden State. Impacted businesses include indoor dining restaurants and both indoor and outdoor operations at the state’s bars. Wineries and tasting rooms, movie theaters, family entertainment centers, zoos and museums are also included in the new order unless their operations can ...

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CDCR to Release Thousands of Inmates in COVID ‘Decompression’

SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) announced Friday that thousands of currently incarcerated persons could be eligible for release by end of August. The action, according to a CDCR press release, would allow the agency to “protect its most vulnerable population and staff from COVID-19.” Prison officials are under increased pressure after a series of COVID-19 ...

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Newsom Bans Indoor Dining at Restaurants, Closes Bars Again in 19 Counties

SACRAMENTO — Gov. Gavin Newsom has ordered indoor dining and bar services closed in 19 California counties including Fresno, Tulare, Kings and Merced. The action, announced Wednesday, is part of a rollback of the governor’s phased reopening plan and comes amid a troubling spike over the past two weeks in new COVID-19 cases.In addition to restaurants, wineries and tasting rooms, ...

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Governor Issues Statewide Mask Order

SACRAMENTO — A new, statewide order was put in place Thursday by Gov. Gavin Newsom requiring face masks be worn in most public settings, particularly those indoors. Newsom said he’s implementing the order in an effort to maintain the progress made in reopening the state’s economy. “Simply put, we are seeing too many people with faces uncovered – putting at ...

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Longtime Leader at Devils Postpile National Monument Retiring

MAMMOTH MOUNTAIN — Deanna Dulen, longtime superintendent of Devils Postpile National Monument, has announced that she is retiring from the National Park Service at the end of May. Dulen started her career in 1979 as a seasonal firefighter with Olympic National Forest — a job that sparked her passion for the great outdoors and public service. She’s also worked as ...

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