Good morning, North State. Here's what you need to know to start your day on Sept. 14.
The Butte County Sheriff’s Office confirmed 14 people are dead and seven people are missing as the Bear Fire continues to burn in Butte County. Sheriff’s deputies released the identities of three of the victims of the fire. They are Khawar Bhatti, age 58, Millicent Catarancuic, age 77, Josiah Williams, age 16. All three victims are from Berry Creek. The Bear Fire has burned over 74,000 acres.
President Trump to visit Sacramento
The president is set to visit California this morning. The president has plans to meet with local and federal fire and emergency representatives at a military base for Cal Fire operations in Sacramento. Action News Now will have reporters on scene with the president -- working to learn if he has any plans to visit Berry Creek or other communities in our area.
You can still anticipate unhealthy air quality in most of northern California. Be careful when you drive through Butte County as visibility is low due to smoke from the North Complex. Health experts suggest you wear an N-95 mask if you have to be outside but if you do not have one then it may just be best to stay inside.
Post office closures related to Bear Fire
Several post offices are closed due to the Bear Fire. If you usually receive mail from the Oroville, Clipper Mills, Challenge, Forebstown, Berry Creek, Brownsville, or Rackerby post offices - you can pick up mail at the Yuba City post office on Plumas Street. You must provide identification to get your mail.
The Slater Fire in Siskiyou County has burned more than 130,000 acres. at least 150 homes have been destroyed, and two people have died. The Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office says both deaths occurred near Happy Camp. The fire started in the Klamath National Forest and stretches across the Oregon border. Highway 96 remains closed in the area west of Yreka.
Willow Fire reaches 85% containment
Fire crews seeing more containment on the Willow Fire - it is burning on the south side of the Butte-Yuba county line. This fire is near Smartsville. It has destroyed about 30 homes and burned through 1,300 acres. This morning - it is 85% contained. Mandatory evacuation orders remain in place.
The World Health Organization Sunday reported a record one-day increase in global coronavirus cases with over 307,000 in just a 24-hour period. The biggest increases are from India, the United States, and Brazil. India reported the most new cases. Its total is now over 4.8 million and Brazil has over 4.3 million confirmed cases.
For the second time in just a few weeks, the gulf coast is preparing for another hurricane. Forecasters say tropical storm Sally is growing in strength off the gulf coast and it could make landfall as a hurricane. Sally continues to strengthen as it tracks towards the Gulf Coast today. The storm is expected to make landfall as a hurricane anywhere from Louisiana to Florida.