Good morning, North State. Here's what you need to know to start your day on Sept. 18.
CAL FIRE says with 78,372 acres burned by the Bear Fire, they have now reached 43% containment. On Thursday, Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea shared that 76-year-old Suzan Zurz, of Berry Creek, died in that fire. Click here for a list of identified victims who lost their lives in the Bear Fire.
A wildfire prevention bill focused on prescribed burning has been introduced to the U.S. Senate. "The National Prescribed Fire Act of 2020" would support pre-fire season-controlled burns as an essential and science-based strategy for reducing some of the hazardous fuels.
Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed two laws into effect aimed at protecting workers from the coronavirus. The worker's compensation law makes people who have the coronavirus eligible for worker's compensation. The notification law requires companies to warn employees if they have been exposed to someone who has tested positive. That law takes effect on January 1.
Happening this morning at 10 a.m., Congressman Doug LaMalfa is set to host a fire information session in Oroville. The congressman's office says the priority for limited seating will be given to fire victims, who can ask questions and get information about the fire. The event requires social distancing, masks, and temperature checks. The meeting will also be streamed live on the congressman's Facebook page.
A federal judge Thursday issued a block on changes to the post office. The judge called the postal service changes "a politically motivated attack on the efficiency of the postal service" in advance of the November election. A coalition of states challenged the postal service's policy, in which trucks leave postal facilities on time, regardless of whether there is still mail to load.
Another milestone this morning in the coronavirus pandemic, more than 30 million confirmed cases of the virus around the world. The United States, India, and Brazil lead with the most infections and deaths worldwide. More than 943,000 coronavirus deaths have been registered worldwide.
House Representatives to host meeting following visit to Fort Hood
House representatives are set to host a press conference, after visiting Fort Hood following a string of deaths at that military installation. This year, nearly 30 service-members at the Texas base have died, including eight killed in accidents, six suicides, five homicides, and two related to illness. The causes of six other deaths are under investigation.