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How high is the wildfire risk in Stanislaus County? See the danger on this interactive map

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As wildfire season approaches in California, what’s the risk for Stanislaus County ?

Using data collected in March 2023 and risk assessments, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has created a map that shows which counties across the United States are the most at risk for wildfires .

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Harder Pushes For Focus On Wildfire Smoke

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Earlier this month, Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) asked the Biden administration to focus specifically on the health impacts of wildfire smoke as they launch a new whole-of-government initiative on climate and equity. The administration’s recent announcement highlighted new ways families in the Valley can access information on climate including up to the minute tracking of wildfires and the smoke they cause.

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Air District issues health caution due to wildfires

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Smoke from ongoing wildfires is making outdoor activity dangerous for Turlock residents and all those in northern California and Tuolumne and Mariposa counties, prompting the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District to issue a health caution.

The health caution will remain in effect for San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Merced, Madera, Fresno, Kings, Tulare and Kern counties until the fires are extinguished or until smoke is no longer affecting the Valley.

The District has also issued an Air Quality Alert with the National Weather Service due to wildfire smoke impacts on Valley air quality.

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Colfax Hit With Three Wildfires In 24 Hours

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COLFAX (CBS13) — After the River fire devastated Placer and Nevada counties, the Colfax area was hit with three more wildfires in the span of a day.

“I’ve had a fear of fire my whole life,” said Britney Linn.

As of Wednesday, Linn has been forced to leave her home behind three times the previous 24 hours.

“I see the planes and I’m like ‘Oh no.’ Load up the dogs in the car, grab my important things and we started moving everything,” she said after the third fire broke out on Wednesday morning.

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Trump told California to sweep the forest floors. What’s Biden’s plan to combat wildfires?

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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Gov. Gavin Newsom stood side by side, in a forest that burned badly a year ago, pledging to work together against California’s raging wildfires.

Vilsack, acknowledging criticisms that the U.S. Forest Service hasn’t done enough to fight fires, said the Biden administration was ready to spend billions beefing up the agency.

“We’re partners,” Newsom said during an appearance last week with Vilsack at the Mendocino National Forest.

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Blaze ignited along San Joaquin River

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A vegetation fire raged along the San Joaquin River outside Newman on Wednesday, charring an estimated 10 acres and bringing in agencies from Stanislaus and Merced counties.

There were no injuries reported from the fire. One out building was destroyed, according to the Newman Fire Department.

The fire was first reported at 1:44 p.m. July 29 in the area of Hills Ferry and River roads. The Newman Fire Department fire officer was the first at the scene and found a vegetation fire along the river bottom which had already jumped to the Merced County side, igniting both sides of the riverbank.

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Death toll rises as California wildfires continue destructive path

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The death toll from a massive fire that swept through the mountain communities of Butte, Plumas and Yuba counties has risen to 10, and 16 people remain missing, fire officials said Thursday evening.

The North Complex fire mushroomed in size this week, scorching a total of more than 252,000 acres and forcing some 20,000 residents in Plumas, Butte and Yuba counties from their homes. Officials said the bodies of seven more people were found Thursday as they searched through hamlets where the fire burned.

A hand crew was overrun by flames in the fire’s West Zone in Butte County, which had become extremely unpredictable due to erratic weather changes. The crew was able to escape, but two firefighters suffered minor injuries.

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Bobcat fire in Angeles Forest threatens foothill cities amid California’s worst fire season on record

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LOS ANGELES — As several wildfires raged across Southern California on a third day of excessive heat, the National Forest Service announced unprecedented closures of campgrounds and trails amid the largest fire season on record.

Through only early September, wildfires so far this year have burned more than 2 million acres in the state, surpassing 2018 for the most acres destroyed in a year, according to figures from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection and Los Angeles Times research.

After historic high temperatures in the region over the weekend, officials with the National Forest Service announced they would temporarily close eight national forests at 5 p.m. Monday because of the extreme heat and dangerous fire conditions. Closing those recreation areas — including the Angeles, San Bernardino, Los Padres, Cleveland, Stanislaus, Sierra, Sequoia and Inyo national forests — will help reduce the potential for human-caused fires, they said.

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Northern California Wildfire Updates: Moc Fire Fully Contained, LNU And SCU Complexes Still Growing

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SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Cal Fire released multiple updates on wildfires burning throughout the Northern California region, including the large and destructive LNU and SCU lightning complex wildfires and the Moc Fire that caused evacuations in Tuolumne County.

The Moc Fire, which began burning in Mocassin in the area of Highway 49 and Highway 120 nearly two weeks ago, reached 100% containment at 2,857 acres, Cal Fire said.

Two structures were destroyed in the fire and a total of 686 personnel were assigned to the firefight, Cal Fire said.

Tuolumne County Sheriff Bill Pooley said that withing the fire’s first six hours of burning, it erupted from 3 to 1,700 acres.

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Wildfires continue to burn in coastal range

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Wildfires continued to burn through the hills and canyons of the coastal mountain range overlooking the West Side earlier this week.

The SCU Lightning Complex, which includes the Canyon Zone fire that started in Del Puerto Canyon Aug. 16, has grown to be one of the largest wildfires in California history.

As of Tuesday morning, the complex had burned nearly 364,000 acres in Stanislaus, Santa Clara, Contra Costa, Alameda, Merced and San Benito counties, according to Cal Fire, and was only 15 percent contained.

The Canyon Zone is the largest of the three fire zones which comprise the SCU Lightning Fire Complex.

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