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How to Prepare for Evacuation during California’s Fire Season

A graphic made by Melissa Joseph

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 your bedroom is still completely dark. Your bedroom window greets you with  an orange and smoky tin...

2 additional deaths confirmed; unhealthy air to linger for weeks

Cal Fire map of North Complex Fire, Sept. 13

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 of the fire in Butte County has burned 74,000 acres and is 18% contained. “A critical period of weath...

University struggles to respond to Camp Fire impact on Chico

Photo credit: Melissa Joseph

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 fire was handled by the university in the first place left many students confused and fearful. No notifi...

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

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

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 a CalFire tracker.Support to colleagues at California State University sister campuses affected by ...

Chico airport used as an air base to fight wildfires

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

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 the wildfires, and the Chico Municipal Airport plays a key role as an air base in the firefight."T...

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