Good morning, North State. Here's what you need to know to start your day on June 21
The Cow Fire is burning near Highway 44 and Millville in Shasta County. CAL FIRE said it's grown to 600 acres with 25% containment. All evacuation orders have been lifted at this time and South Cow Creek Road is back open but only for the people who live there. At around 7:30 p.m. Sunday roughly 350 PG&E customers were without power because of the fire.
The Park Fire in Chico's Upper Bidwell Park is now 100% contained. On Monday, park rangers will be able to assess the burn area but until they give approval all Bidwell Park trails are closed, along with roads into the park. Herman says if you do plan to visit the area do not park on the side of the road where there is dry grass, don't smoke and stay aware because it doesn't take much to spark a fire.
Lake Oroville's water levels are lowering, the DWR said the Edward Hyatt Power Pant will likely shut down this summer. The water level is near 35% capacity. Right now, it is about 700 feet above sea level. If it keeps falling at this rate, there will not be enough water to continue operating the plant which can power up to 800,000 homes.
Now that the state has reopened, the California Employment office said people collecting unemployment must start job hunting again. The office is now reinstating the requirement after putting it on hold during the pandemic. While the EDD said it’s serious about people receiving benefits actively looking for work, they are not requiring proof right now.
Nearly month-long Shasta Lake road construction begins Monday
The City of Shasta Lake's public works department is asking for quote "patience and cooperation" during area road work. Pavement work begins Monday and will continue through July 16. There is not a set schedule for where crews will be on which days but the work will happen between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. The city said to expect up to 15-minute delays around controlled traffic areas with detours.