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Vacaville family flees home overnight as Hennessey Fire inched closer: ‘We just grabbed a bunch of clothes and jumped in the truck’

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OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) — It’s a scenario all too familiar for Bay Area residents in recent years. As wildfires rage on and temperatures rise during this week’s heat wave, many across the the greater Bay Area are forced to gather their belongings and leave their homes, unsure of when they might return.

Gus Valerian, his wife Kersti and their 3-year-old twins, Lincoln and Emmy, awoke early Wednesday morning to knocking on the door of their Vacaville home.

It was time to evacuate as fire inched closer to their neighborhood at Pleasants Valley Road and Vaca Valley Road.

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Vacaville to keep McBride center open through Friday as temps, smoke rise

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VACAVILLE — The city announced Monday it will keep the McBride Senior Center open as a cooling center through Friday as Vacaville finds itself in a two-week stretch of daily temperatures reaching 100 degrees or higher.

The run of century-mark days started Thursday when the high was 103 degrees. The hottest day during that stretch was 111 Saturday, though Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s highs are expected to be 110 degrees, according to Accuweather.com.

The average high for those 14 days is 94.43 degrees.

Vacaville uses the weather station at the Nut Tree Airport and the National Weather Service out of Sacramento for the data upon which it makes its decisions about the McBride center.

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Here’s a list of cooling centers open across Bay Area as heat wave continues

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SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (KRON) – It is hot out there, and the temperatures are expected to stay in the triple digits this week across the Bay Area.

Here is a list of some cooling centers that you can use to get out of the heat:

Alameda County

  • Matt Jimenez Community Center: 28200 Ruus Rd., Hayward will be open Saturday until TBD from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. – (510) 887-0400
  • Robert Livermore Community Center: 4444 East Ave., Livermore will be open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. – (925) 373-5760
  • Ashland Community Center: 1530 167th Ave., Ashland will be open Saturday until TBD from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. – (510) 881-6700

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Coronavirus: Distance learning in place as Vacaville students, teachers begin new year

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For the fifth year in a row, Orchard Elementary School teacher Jaxie Murray greeted her new class of kindergarteners, sang songs with them and had them do activities.

The difference this year is that she had to do all of that through her computer screen.

Vacaville Unified School District students returned Monday for the 2020-21 school year, a traditional rite of passage that serves as a new start for students each year. This year took that concept to another level. Because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Vacaville campuses remain closed for the time being, but students continue to attend classes through distance learning. By order of Gov. Gavin Newsom, schools in counties on the state’s watchlist for COVID-19 cases must start the year with distance learning and remain in the model until the county has been off the watchlist for 14 consecutive days.

Solano County is on the state’s watchlist, so VUSD students began the year by logging onto Zoom and receiving instruction from their teachers.

Murray said she was nervous leading up to the start of the year, but after meeting with her students and their parents, she felt more confident.

“It’s definitely a learning curve for everyone,” she said. “I feel very fortunate because leading up to today, I’ve had contact with a lot of my parents through email, and they’ve all been really positive in their messages back and forth…I feel like I’m in a good place with the families.”

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Sacramento Area Selected For COVID-19 Vaccine Clinical Trial

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SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Sacramento has been selected to participate in a COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial that could lead to a widely available vaccine by the end of the year.

UC Davis Health announced Wednesday that it hopes to enroll as many as 200 people from the greater Sacramento metropolitan area in the clinical trial that involves roughly 30,000 people worldwide. The trial is in partnership Pfizer and BioNTech, who have developed a COVID-19 vaccine candidate.

The Sacramento area was selected, in part, because of UC Davis Health’s ability to reach minority communities quickly. Sacramento is the third most ethnically diverse city in America, according to U.S. News & World Report. Stockton is number one.

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Exclusive: More than 1,600 Californians have been evicted during pandemic

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Like any parent, Jamie Burson didn’t want her 11-year-old son to discover how frightened she really was about the novel coronavirus. But it’s hard to mask anxiety when you’re living and sleeping together in the same car.

After Burson was evicted from her two bedroom apartment in Vacaville the second week of April, she heeded Gov. Gavin Newsom’s order to shelter in place by cooping up in a two-door sedan near her Walmart job. With school campuses shuttered, her son propped his school-issued laptop on top of the glovebox and attended class in the same passenger seat he slept in.

It helped that he could occasionally spend a night at a relative’s or friend’s house, although Burson hesitated to ask to sleep there herself, partly out of fear of spreading the virus to friends and family.

“I was scared because of how many people were dying on a daily basis,” said Burson, who was evicted for a late February rent payment. “Made me feel like mankind was going to go extinct. I’ve never lived to see any type of disease take people out the way this one has.”

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Cal Fire reports target shooting as cause of Quail Fire in June

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VACAVILLE — A wildfire that burned 2.87 square miles of brush, forced evacuations and destroyed a home in rural Vacaville was started by target shooting in the area.

That’s the finding of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection’s investigation into the Quail Fire, which started June 6 and burned for four days before being contained.

Cal Fire released its findings Monday.

The Quail Fire forced area residents out of their homes and destroyed three structures – including one home.

The vegetation fire started at 3:30 p.m. June 6 along Quail Canyon Road near Pleasants Valley Road, north of Vacaville and southwest of Winters.

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Elderly hikers airlifted after cow chased them in Solano County park

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Two people described as elderly were airlifted to a local hospital on Sunday after suffering injuries from a cow chase while hiking in a Solano County park, according to the California Highway Patrol.

CHP helicopter H-32 responded to the call at Lynch Canyon Regional Park, an open, hilly space north of Vallejo, and found the injured couple on a trail with a cow and calf standing feet away.

Officials hovered above the scene and sounded the helicopter’s siren to move the animals.

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Coronavirus: Vacaville mask makers aid veterans, families in need

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Joel Rosenbaum — The Reporter

Ronda Madrid said yes — and ended up touching the lives of local military veterans and families in need.

The ask — to sew masks for clients of Vacaville’s Navarre Corporation, which transports veterans to medical appointments at no charge.

The result — 300 masks made with the help of a fellow Vacaville friend and donations from grateful recipients going to Families Helping Families, a nonprofit founded by Anheuser Busch employees that provides 400 needy families with food every year.

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