Wednesday, PG&E is hosting an open house in Chico to help educate the public about possible public safety power shutoffs. This meeting aims to address the utility's efforts to keep its customers safe during dangerous conditions. For those interested in attending, the open house is Wednesday night from 6-8 p.m. at the Chico Elks Lodge.
Several new decisions came down from the Paradise Town Council, many of which will have a direct impact on the future of the town. These include adopting a defensible space ordinance and placing electric, gas and communication lines underground. The council, however, voted against requiring interior sprinklers, which has been a hot topic for many Camp Fire survivors.
The Sand Fire burning in Yolo County is now 2,512 acres and is 80% contained. CAL FIRE said the evacuated advisory for the area is now lifted. The Sand Fire destroyed seven non-residential areas, but there were no injuries. An investigation is underway into the cause of the fire.
Police are investigating a drowning at the Whiskeytown National Recreation Area. Rangers said it happened on Monday when a 26-year-old man and his friend were swimming near the Shasta Divide Nature Trail. The victim's name has not yet been released.
Leaders in Tehama County are considering a sales tax to cover the rising cost of pensions for the sheriff's office. Staffing is down within the Tehama County Sheriff's Office with a total of 10 empty spots across the department. The deputy sheriff's association said no one is applying for those open positions, and several employees have left, saying the pay is too low. County leaders said they cannot offer more money, citing the high costs of pension funding.
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