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Caldor Fire Now 100 Percent Contained

The Caldor Fire, which began ravaging the Lake Tahoe region two months ago, is officially contained. This does not mean the fire is completely extinguished, but rather it means firefighters have constructed a perimeter effective against any further spread.

(Oct. 21, 2021) → Read the full The Sacramento Bee report
What Is the True Cost of California Wildfires?

Even though not a single structure burned in the city of South Lake Tahoe, a preliminary estimate shows that the Caldor Fire cost tens of millions in lost economic activity to the region. But is that really the total? Experts believe it’s not clear how much fires cost the state each year.

(Oct. 11, 2021) → Read the full Comstock's Magazine report

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Image caption: Gov. Gavin News signed a broad new set of police reform laws Sept. 30.
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Image caption: A firefighter battles the Dixie Fighter, a massive blaze started by PG&E equipment.
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Image caption: Auburn State Recreation Area may soon be home to 142 new campsites.
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Image caption: California will soon be getting a new hotline number as an alternative to 911 for mental health crises.
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Image caption: States have expansive powers to protect the health of the general public.
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Image caption: A Pyrocumulus cloud generated by the Dixie Fire in July, 2021.
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Image caption: Too much noise is a form of pollution. So what are governments doing about it?
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Image caption: The Caldor Fire in El Dorado County, seen via satellite photo.
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A combination of factors all related to climate change are fueling the ‘unprecedented’ growth of the Caldor Fire in El Dorado County.

Image caption: The Dixie Fire, as seen from a NASA Satellite on August 4.
Judge Orders PG&E to Hand Over Info on Dixie Fire
PG&E has a long history of starting wildfires, including the Dixie Fire, with equipment failures. Now, a federal judge wants the company to hand over information on the fires it has started this year.

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