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Lassen Hall will is one of the two Chico State on-campus residence halls to open its doors to house first responders

Chico State opens vacant dorms to house North Complex firefighters

Dylan Griffith, Reporter // October 11, 2020

Chico State announced that it will be housing up to 200 firefighters in on-campus housing that was recently closed due to COVID-19 outbreaks. They will be used by firefighters who are currently battling...

Over 1,200 homes destroyed in North Complex Fire; fire weather watch in effect this weekend

Over 1,200 homes destroyed in North Complex Fire; fire weather watch in effect this weekend

Chloe Curtis, Editor-in-Chief // September 23, 2020

The North Complex Fire is nearing containment at 78% after over 301,700 acres have burned since the fire erupted earlier this month.  News items from the community briefing included:  Over...

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PTSD from California’s Fires

Jack Lewis, Reporter // September 18, 2020

Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is a very real and common occurrence that happens when a person goes through something extremely traumatic, such as a wildfire burning down their house, forcing...

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How to Prepare for Evacuation during California’s Fire Season

Jack Lewis, Reporter // September 15, 2020

Imagine waking up at 8 a.m. to your alarm clock going off. You drowsily silence it and get out of bed, but notice that something feels off. You double check the time thinking that it must be wrong, as...

Cal Fire map of North Complex Fire, Sept. 13

2 additional deaths confirmed; unhealthy air to linger for weeks

Chloe Curtis and Matthew Wreden // September 13, 2020

Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea confirmed two additional deaths Sunday, raising the North Complex Fire death toll to 14. The fire has burned more than 261,000 acres and containment is 26%. The West Zone...

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University struggles to respond to Camp Fire impact on Chico

Natalie Hanson // November 6, 2019

In the year following the most catastrophic event to ever occur in Butte County, it is disappointing to see Chico State struggle to acknowledge how the fire impacted the town it sits in.First, how the...

Hutchinson reminds students to keep friends and colleagues in thoughts and to extend support. Photo credit: Sean Martens

Support sister campus colleagues affected by wildfires, says Chico State president

Christian Solis // December 8, 2017

Chico State President Gayle Hutchinson reminds students and staff to sympathize and support those affected by Southern California wildfires.The Thomas fire alone has burned 115,000 acres, according to...

The Chico Municipal Airport has been sending planes to provide aid to the 14 active California wildfires Photo credit: John Domogma

Chico airport used as an air base to fight wildfires

Austin Herbaugh // August 24, 2015

Fourteen major wildfires are burning across California, leaving thousands of acres charred and covering much of the state in a blanket of smoke. Resources are being pulled from all over California to fight...

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