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Firefighters’ Invention Saving Lives In Wildfires

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CALIFORNIA — One of the most enduring and frightening images of Northern California’s 2018 Carr Fire was a giant wildfire-fueled tornado, reportedly the first such phenomenon seen in the United States.

It was the most powerful tornado ever recorded in California — a monster EF-3, as measured by the National Weather Service. Less than 3 percent of tornados wield so much power, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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SuperLotto Tickets With 5 Winning Numbers Sold In Orange County

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ORANGE COUNTY, CA — Two lucky lotto players in Orange County fell one number shy of winning the SuperLotto Plus Jackpot Wednesday, but they will still walk away with $11,259 for getting five of the winning numbers.

There were no tickets sold with all six numbers in Wednesday evening’s SuperLotto Plus drawing and the estimated jackpot for Saturday’s drawing will grow to $50 million. There were, however, four tickets sold with five numbers, but missing the Mega number. Each of those tickets are worth $11,259, according to the California Lottery.

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Solano inches closer to goal of 225,000 vaccinated residents

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FAIRFIELD — Solano County has nearly reached the goal of vaccinating 225,000 individuals 16 or older, and nearly half of the county’s adult population has been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, the Public Health Division reported.

The county reports in its Monday update that 222,199 individuals, or 98.8% of the 225,000 goal, have received a vaccine shot. About 63% of all individuals 16 or older have received at least one shot, the county reported, and 48% have been fully vaccinated.

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Memorial Day events return across Solano County

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Fairfield — Covid-19 was forced to cancel many traditional Memorial Day events in 2020, but those memories will return to the entire county this year.

The Sacramento Valley National Cemetery is looking for volunteers to help raise the flag on the cemetery from May 29th to 30th. The graveyard is located on 5810 Midway Road. Anyone interested in helping should contact the graveyard.

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California is set to reopen on June 15: What will change?

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On June 15, California plans to reopen after 15 months of pandemic restrictions. But a month before that date, it’s still not quite clear what exactly “reopen” means.

State officials say it will be a return to business as usual for scores of sectors — including restaurants, gyms and movie theaters — that have been forced to limit capacity under California’s color-coded blueprint. Bars will be able to reopen indoors in every county. Private gatherings like weddings can resume with larger guest lists.

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To Mask Or Not To Mask? California’s Conundrum

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Gov. Gavin Newsom is facing a mask dilemma.

If he updates the state’s mask guidance to align with that of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — which on Thursday announced that fully vaccinated people no longer have to wear masks or physically distance in most places — he risks contradicting his own stance, which has already changed twice in the past two days. Newsom said Wednesday that California would keep mask “guidelines and mandates” in place for “indoor activities” even after the state fully reopens on June 15. But the day before, he said the mask mandate would be lifted entirely by June 15, except for in “massively large (indoor) settings where people from around the world … are convening.”

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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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