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What You Need to Know: July 16

Here's what you need to know to start your day for July 16, 2018.

Posted: Jul 16, 2018 7:04 AM

Couple Arrested for Allegedly Stealing Fire Truck

A couple is accused of stealing a fire truck from Sacramento County and leading officers on a high-speed chase over the weekend. The CHP says the suspects raced through five counties all the way to Oroville. It ended on Highway 70 near Yankee Hill. The male suspect said he stole the truck to get mental health treatment, while the woman claimed she was kidnapped but officers on the scene determined that was false. Both are facing several felonies.

Cal Fire: Don’t Fly Drones near Fires
Cal Fire is sending out a reminder to not fly drones near wildfires, they say aircrews were forced to land while battling the “Swamp Fire” on the Butte and Plumas County line Sunday. Cal Fire tweeted a reminder saying “If you fly, we can’t! Please keep the drones on the ground.”

Firefighter Killed Battling Fire near Yosemite Park
Cal Fire says a fire equipment operator was killed fighting the “Ferguson Fire” in Yosemite National Park Saturday morning. He was 36-year-old Braden Varney, he is survived by his wife and two small children.

‘Stoney Fire’ Latest
The “Stoney Fire” in upper Bidwell Park in Chico is now 75 percent contained as of Monday at 956 acres. The park remained closed Monday morning, the cause of the fire is under investigation.

Siskiyou County Fire Nearly Contained
Fire crews are hoping for full containment on the “Klamathon Fire” Monday. It is now 95 percent contained, Cal Fire crews are working to help residents in Hornbrook regroup. Some firefighters even helped a couple install a new air conditioning unit. Residents are reminded that running water is still contaminated in the area. Crews are working to treat the water so it can be deemed safe.

Husband Allegedly Lights Wife on Fire
Chico police have arrested 36-year-old Steve Ramirez, they say he doused his wife in gasoline and set her on fire Friday night. The victim has been flown to a burn center out of the area. Her condition as of Monday morning as unknown at this time.

Trump and Putin Summit Meeting
President Trump meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki Monday. In an interview with CBS News, Trump said he has “low expectations” for the meeting. Some lawmakers called on the president to cancel the summit after Special Counsel Robert Mueller indicted 12 Russian military intelligence officers for their efforts to undermine the 2016 Presidential Election.

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 796436

Reported Deaths: 15291
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Los Angeles2633336423
Riverside576951173
San Bernardino53121908
Orange525381176
San Diego45425767
Kern31647357
Fresno27944362
Sacramento21800393
Alameda20839395
Santa Clara20648300
San Joaquin20060434
Stanislaus16425342
Contra Costa16156202
Tulare15782257
Ventura12507146
Imperial11658317
San Francisco1090199
San Mateo9664144
Monterey964570
Santa Barbara8952111
Merced8803140
Kings754477
Sonoma7225120
Marin6620114
Solano623260
Madera442465
Placer352343
San Luis Obispo345327
Butte277640
Yolo277355
Santa Cruz22838
Sutter168610
Napa165213
San Benito131411
Yuba11337
El Dorado10784
Mendocino88718
Shasta75114
Lassen7360
Glenn5683
Tehama5294
Nevada5256
Colusa5226
Lake51611
Humboldt4906
Calaveras31414
Amador28716
Tuolumne2264
Inyo18714
Mono1652
Siskiyou1630
Del Norte1381
Mariposa752
Plumas500
Modoc250
Trinity150
Sierra60
Alpine20
Unassigned00
Chico
Few Clouds
66° wxIcon
Hi: 85° Lo: 58°
Feels Like: 66°
Oroville
Clear
65° wxIcon
Hi: 87° Lo: 58°
Feels Like: 65°
Paradise
Few Clouds
66° wxIcon
Hi: 81° Lo: 57°
Feels Like: 66°
Chester
Clear
54° wxIcon
Hi: 73° Lo: 45°
Feels Like: 54°
Red Bluff
Clear
64° wxIcon
Hi: 87° Lo: 57°
Feels Like: 64°
Willows
Few Clouds
66° wxIcon
Hi: 88° Lo: 54°
Feels Like: 66°
Wednesday has been similar to Tuesday around northern California with comfortable temperatures, but unhealthy levels of smoke in the air. A cold front is approaching the West Coast, and that will move over the region on Thursday.
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