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It’s been a little over a year since the Camp Fire destroyed the town of Paradise, which impacted thousands of lives in Northern California. The disaster also alarmed people across the West, who are now asking themselves: Could a fire like that happen here?

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When it comes to a home’s ability to withstand fire, the right building materials can make all the difference. That’s why Medford is leading the way in regulating new construction in wildfire-prone areas.

A headline in the Aug. 31, 2019, edition of the Medford, Ore., Mail Tribune declared, “Jackson County dodges lightning strikes.”  An adjacent headline read, “Homing Pigeons To Aid Planes Fighting Fires.” 
The story about the pigeons was drawn from the Mail-Tribune’s archives from 100 years ago.

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Federal agencies are proposing a new rule outlining if and when power companies can clear vegetation surrounding their equipment in federally owned forests.

April Ehrlich | JPR News

Pacific Gas and Electric Company restored electricity all of its customers over the weekend. Last week, the major California utility decided to shut power to prevent its equipment from sparking another wildfire during strong, dry winds.

In Shasta and Tehama counties, many people were inconvenienced — some even endangered — when the power went out. But mostly, people were just bored and out of work, leading them to find creative ways to pass the time without electricity.

PG&E Outages In NorCal Likely To Last For Days

Oct 9, 2019
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Continued hot, windy weather means hundreds of thousands of households across Northern California can expect to be without power for several more days.


UPDATE: WEDNESDAY, OCT.9, 5:15 a.m. ... In a press release, Pacific Gas and Electric says it has begun proactively shutting off power to about 800,000 customers across California due to a high wind event. The shutoff is to prevent the utility's power lines and transmission equipment from sparking a wildfire.

Ashland, Ore, has been trying for years to avoid major fires in the watershed above town.  Until settlers began arriving in the 1850s, the indigenous people used low-intensity fire to herd deer, reducing fuel content in the watershed.  As settlers pushed aside the Indians, the forest thickened, becoming susceptible to wildfires.