California town told to prepare to leave as wildfire surges

In this photo taken on Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015, a home burns near Mokelumne Hill, in Jackson, Calif. Another round of evacuations has been ordered as wildfires continue to rage in the central and northern part of the state. (Andrew Sent/The Sacramento Bee via AP)

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Over 4,400 lightning strikes are recorded in California over past 24 hours

California Lightning Activity



August 22, 2013 – Over the past 24 hours over 4,400 lightning strikes occurred in Northern California sparking 45 new fires.

CAL FIRE Siskiyou Unit
5 new fires, largest is less than an 1 acre

CAL FIRE Lassen-Modoc-Plumas Unit
6 new fires, largest is less than 1 acre

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Millions of krill wash up on beaches in Oregon and California


Millions of krill

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Millions of krill – a tiny shrimp-like animal that is a cornerstone of the ocean food web – have been washing up on beaches in Southern Oregon and Northern California for the past few weeks.

Scientists are not sure why.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration oceanographer Bill Peterson says they may have been blown into the surf by strong winds while mating near the surface, and then been dashed on the beach.

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12-year-old California boy accused of stabbing 8-year-old sister to death


8-year-old stabbing victim Leila Fowler. Photo: Screenshot via KTXL-TV.


By Stephen C. Webster


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A 12-year-old California boy was arrested Saturday and accused of stabbing his 8-year-old sister to death and lying to authorities about it, sparking a furious manhunt for an unidentified intruder authorities now say never existed.


The boy’s name was not released, but police in Valley Springs said he’s believed to have murdered his sister Leila Fowler on April 27, after their parents left to attend a little league game. Police did not speculate on a motive.


The boy called police to report his sister’s injury, claiming that he’d seen a man ran out of their home and then found his sister dying on the floor.


That story led authorities on a furious manhunt, going door to door in the small town asking residents if they’ve seen anything unusual, inspecting backyard sheds and even dispatching divers. Police also took up posts at schools and bus stops following the murder as the hunt for a suspect progressed.


Authorities said that more than 2,000 man hours went into making the arrest.


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Giant sinkhole near San Francisco swallows homes as families evacuate

A sinkhole in Lake County near San Francisco has been called a “slow-motion disaster.”

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Workers prepare to pull vehicles from a sinkhole that opened up on a residential street in the South Deering neighborhood on April 18, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. (Scott Olson/AFP/Getty Images)


A giant sinkhole in Lake County near San Francisco has begun the slow process of swallowing up homes. 

Eight homes in the subdivision 100 miles north of San Francisco have been evacuated, while 10 others are on notice for potential imminent evacuations, the Los Angeles Times reported

Mail deliveries to the area, called Lakeside Heights, have been stopped as a precaution as well.

It is possible that all 30 of the neighborhood’s homes will have to be abandoned if the sinking cannot be stopped. 

“It’s a slow-motion disaster,” said Randall Fitzgerald, a writer who bought his home there a year ago.

The Lake County division, which was built 30 years ago, usually faces groundwater shortages. But officials believe that water bubbling to the surface all of the sudden may be a factor in the slow sinking, though they are not sure why. 

“That’s the big question,” Scott De Leon, the county’s public works director, told NBC News. “We have a dormant volcano, and I’m certain a lot of things that happen here (in Lake County) are a result of that, but we don’t know about this.”

Unlike Florida’s sinkholes, which often appear rapidly, this natural disaster in Northern California’s hilly volcanic terrain is moving slowly and unpredictably.


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8 Year Old Girl Killed By Intruder In California

SOURCE :  BuzzNewsNow

Published on Apr 28, 2013

VALLEY SPRINGS, Calif. — Authorities have released the name of a young girl who died after being stabbed in her home in rural Northern California.

The county coroner identified the girl as 8-year-old Leila Fowler. Initially she was reported as being 9-years-old, but Coroner Kevin Raggio said Sunday she would have turned 9 in June.

Meanwhile, residents of the tiny community of Valley Springs in Calaveras County are being told to keep their doors locked as authorities continue to search for the little girl’s killer.

Sheriff’s officials say the girl was found by her brother after he encountered an intruder in the home around noon Saturday.

When the intruder ran away, the boy found his sister stabbed. She was pronounced dead at a local hospital

Valley Springs is about 60 miles southeast of Sacramento.


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