Good morning, North State. Here's what you need to know to start your day on Sept. 22.
The Bear Fire, also known as the North Complex West Zone, continues to burn and is still threatening about 10,000 structures. The fire has burned 81,500 acres. It is now 60% contained. The Butte County Sheriff’s Office is now accepting request forms for homeowners or renters who wish to see their properties. Click here for those details.
The August Complex has burned more than 846,000 acres in Glenn Tehama and Mendocino counties St. Crews have maintained the 34% containment of the fire over the last few days since it slipped from 38% over the weekend. In the south zone, the focus is the Lake Pillsbury area, while the north zone focus is on protecting structures in Ruth, Forest Glen, and Trinity Pines.
A new assistance center for Bear Fire evacuees is set to open at the Feather River Parks and Recreation gymnastics academy. That's on Feather River Blvd., in Oroville. It opens this morning at 10 a.m. hours for the assistance center will be Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
FEMA to open mobile registration intake center
FEMA representatives will open a mobile registration intake center, where survivors can get help signing up for federal aid. It is also in Oroville, right across the street from the local assistance center. It is located at 2000 Feather River Blvd. It's open Monday to Friday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Happening this morning, members of one county board of supervisors are preparing to decide on how to distribute funding from the federal CARES Act. Shasta County supervisors will meet at 9 a.m. to determine the allocation of funds. Northern Valley Catholic social services could possibly receive $230,000 for a program, called "Shasta Cares."
In Redding, the chamber of commerce and the city representatives are preparing for the annual state of the city address. That is scheduled just before noon today. Speakers include the mayor and the chamber president.
Chico City Council to discuss adding more beds at Torres Shelter
The City council in Chico is set to meet tonight. The agenda includes a proposal to use general fund money to add more beds at the Torres Shelter. The organization's true north and safe space run the shelter. Reps there are currently in talks with the city to create a "low barrier" shelter. Supporters say it could provide meals, property storage, employment resources, and more.