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Critical fire conditions: 1,000 acres of dead trees in Bay Area parks pose yet another threat

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ALAMEDA COUNTY, Calif. (KGO) — There is now a red flag warning in effect in Solano County, fire season is nearly upon us, and firefighters are saying ‘”beware.” They’re also highlighting a growing problem – dead trees.

Monday we flew our SKY7 chopper above the East Bay Hills. While what we saw may not look concerning to you, look closer and you’ll see dead trees in some areas, something that is alarming to firefighters in the East Bay Regional Park District, which covers 123,000 acres in the Bay Area.

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Bay Area Firefighters Prepare for Fire Season

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It’s only the first week of May, but we are already seeing a red flag warning in parts of the Bay Area, where there is elevated fire danger.

Now, firefighters across the Bay Area are bracing for what could be a busy fire season.

When Christian Dowell moved to Orinda, he made plans with the potential for wildfires in mind.

“We need to go through the trees clean them all out them out,” he said. “Long before we moved here, we take out everything from the ground up. It’s a way just clear out all the dead brush and stuff.”

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Cal Fire Bracing For Another Challenging Wildfire Season; Red Flag Fire Warning For Solano County

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VACAVILLE (CBS SF) — Humidity levels plunged into the single digits and winds picked up early Monday, triggering a Red Flag Fire Warning for Solano County and the Central Valley.

The warning comes amid drought conditions that have reached the extreme levels.

“Currently, wind gusts in the hills are mostly in the 25-35 mph range, although gusts as high 55 mph have been
observed above 4000 feet on Mt. St. Helena,” the National Weather Service posted early Monday. “These gusty offshore
winds in the hills continue to transport dry air into our region, and relative humidity values are forecast to drop into the teens across inland areas by this afternoon.”

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Temecula Business Donates 15K Bottles Of Hand Sanitizer To City

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TEMECULA, CA — Thanks to the generosity of Medline Industries located in Temecula, CA, the City of Temecula received 15,000 mini hand sanitizers, which will be redistributed to the community via local businesses and organizations.

Businesses located within the City of Temecula are eligible to receive up to 96 free mini hand sanitizers to give to their employees, visitors, and customers, free of charge, in an effort to continue to reopen our local economy safely.

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She’s Bringing ‘Hella’ Back With Her Northern California-Inspired Clothing Line

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Fearon DeWeese was making a six-figure salary working for a national film festival, when COVID-19 hit. Suddenly the event designer went from a fast-paced, well paying job, to living off unemployment, not knowing what to do with her time. Eventually DeWeese decided it was time to tap into her entrepreneurial spirit and build a brand that meant something to her and thus Hella Shirt Co. was born. DeWeese chose the Northern California slang word that had such huge popularity in the early aughts to harken back to a simpler pre-pandemic time and to pay homage to her ‘NorCal’ roots. Today, the Vacaville, California-mompreneur is balancing growing her business while also carving out enough time for her two-year old daughter.

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Indoor farming funding heats up

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The billions of dollars flowing into indoor ag, followed by news of a big announcement in regenerative farming, is yet more evidence of the furious pace of change we’re seeing in food production.

On the indoor side, the update comes in the form of details on a big vertical farm that the startup Plenty is building in Compton, California. The plans are impressive:

  • The 95,000 square feet facility will be as productive as 700 acres of farmland, according to CNN. In terms of land use, that’s more than 200 times as efficient.
  • A crop of leafy greens in the facility can go from seedling to harvest in two to three weeks, Plenty co-founder Nate Storey told LAist last year. That’s significantly faster than a regular outdoor growing schedule.
  • The facility will supply 100 grocery stores when production begins later this year

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Sacramento Sees Record-High As With First 90-Degree Day Of Season

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SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Sacramento on Sunday recorded a record-high temperature by already hitting its first 90-degree day of the season.

Sacramento Executive Airport reached 91 degrees Sunday afternoon. The first 90-degree day of the season usually comes during May.

Though they didn’t break any records, Fairfield and Vacaville each recorded 92-degree temperatures.

The past week has seen Northern California swing through a variety of seasons, especially for people living in the high country. While the valley stayed mostly dry, a system did bring temperatures down and also brought some snow to the Sierra.

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‘Get ready’ | Why Cal Fire is beefing up crews and calling them in earlier in the 2021 fire season

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A difficult and long wildfire season could be coming later in 2021 as concerns of a drought linger over much of the state of California.

Cal Fire is now encouraging homeowners that now is the time to get mitigation done around your property to create a defensible space around your home, in the event of a fire.

It’s been seven months since ABC10 first introduced you to Audrey Murray.

“So it’s pretty shocking to be in this situation,” Murray said in an interview with ABC10 back in August of 2020.

In August, she and her family had just received the keys to a house they’d bought in Vacaville, but by lunchtime the next day, she found out it was gone in the LNU Lightning Complex Fire. Her family never even had the opportunity to move in.

“I’m nervous, I think that anyone in our position is going to be nervous,” she said.

Seven months later, she’s still in the process of rebuilding and hoping to break ground on the new home any day now.

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California Boosts Resources Ahead Of Another Potentially Dangerous Wildfire Season

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SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Another potentially dangerous fire season is ahead in California, and the state is adding more resources to the frontlines.

Marci and Ken Albers are trying to move on from their past and focus on their future by building a brand new home where their old one once stood.

They both survived last year’s LNU Lightning Complex Wildfire with their two dogs, escaping their home just minutes before massive flames burned it to the ground.

“Most of the people, they got out with the shirt on their back like we did and that’s the upsetting part,” Ken said. “We didn’t have a chance to grab all of our photos or anything – the kind of stuff that’s irreplaceable.”

Cal Fire is now preparing for the worst after the state’s last wildfire season stretched resources thin.

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