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San Benito Fire Safe Council is comprised of members of fire agencies, county agencies, private corporations and private citizens united to make San Benito prepared for wildfires. Councils educate the public on such fire-deterring precautions as shaded fuel breaks and firebreaks. Community events include evacuation drills, wildfire preparation town hall meeting.

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Releasing Metallic Balloons May Cause Power Outages


More metallic balloons are sold for Valentine’s Day than any other holiday; not surprisingly, it’s also around this time of year that PG&E sees an uptick in outages.

PG&E Proposal May Raise Rates


Higher monthly bills might jolt PG&E customers in the wake of the utility's request for additional revenue due to the company's spending on wildfire mitigation and catastrophic events.

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Local law enforcement officer graduates from FBI National Academy

Information provided by San Benito County Sheriff's Office San Benito County Sheriff Eric S. Taylor announced that Commander Tomas Corral has graduated as a member of the 285th session of the FBI National Academy. The graduation took place at the …

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Sheriff investigates fentanyl exposures at jail

From Bay City News Service Santa Clara County Sheriff Robert Jonsen is drawing attention to a rash of fentanyl overdoses and exposures at the Elmwood Correctional Facility in Milpitas, he said in a release on Wednesday. Thirteen inmates and two …

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Caltrans announces updated timeline State Route 198 re-opening

Information provided by Caltrans District 5 A complete closure has been set up at State Route 198 and Warthan Creek Bridge while multiple locations on a stretch of State Route 198 between west of the city being worked on simultaneously …

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More rain leads to more rescues in San Benito County

The latest round of storms to hit South Valley has brought a seemingly endless onslaught of downed trees, mudslides, power outages, local flooding and road closures that left many residents and commuters stranded. In San Benito County, authorities rescued at …

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More than 9,000 in South County lose power due to storm

Thousands of PG&E customers throughout South County were without power Tuesday afternoon due to strong winds and extreme weather from the latest atmospheric river storm that struck the region. As of 2:45pm March 14, more than 9,000 electricity customers in …

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Hollister runs short of power as PG&E substation reaches capacity

Customer demand for electricity in Hollister is beginning to challenge the available supply as PG&E works on increasing capacity at the Hollister substation. While the project is still in the design phase, work on the substation will not be completed …

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County evacuates RV Park because of flooding

Like any other day, 55-year-old Jose Montoya left his home March 10 around 8 a.m. to go to work in Watsonville. He made it 700 yards before he ran into a closed road and turned back. The city of San …

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Three people rescued from Hollister structure fire

Three people were rescued from a burning home on Nash Road in Hollister the night of March 8, according to authorities. The structure fire displaced at least nine people, and the cause of the blaze is under investigation. The Hollister …

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San Benito County issues evacuation orders

San Benito County has issued a mandatory evacuation order for residents of Mission RV Park and those who live along State Route 156, according to a press release from the county. Specifically, those who live on the south side of …

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San Benito County issues evacuation warning

Information from San Benito County. Informacion en español del condado disponible a continuación. Flood watch is in place for the following location: Lovers Lane Frazier Lake San Felipe Area of San Benito County. High Wind advisory is also in place. …


View of the flooded San Lorenzo River Park Benchlands in Santa Cruz, California on New Year's Eve 2022.
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