Congressman Jimmy Panetta. File Photo.

Government / Politics

Panetta and others introduce bipartisan bill to reauthorize WHIP program for 2020 wildfires

Legislation would support growers with crops impacted by smoke exposure.

Davenport during CZU Complex Fire. Photo courtesy of Bureau of Land Management.

Agriculture

Assembly Agriculture Committee examines impacts of wildfires on California agriculture

The hearing, led by State Assemblyman Robert Rivas, included speakers who talked of the effects on agricultural workers, farms and farmlands, economic impacts, and agriculture-based wildfire mitigation opportunities.

Red Cross volunteer Robyn Cohen at St. Francis Retreat. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Police / Fire

Red Cross volunteers have short stay at St. Francis Retreat

Members deployed to provide shelter, food and medical services to those affected by regional wildfires.

Aug. 27 evacuation map.

News

Aug. 27 fire watch for San Benito County

The SCU Lightning Complex Fire has burned 368,671 acres and is 35% contained as of 7:33 a.m. The air quality remains poor with sensitive groups being at risk.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Police / Fire

BLM Central Coast Field Office issues seasonal fire restrictions

Agency expects an increase in wildfire severity based on forecasted climate.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Police / Fire

Bureau of Land Management issues fire prevention order

Order serves as a reminder of basic precautions to reduce wildfires that apply to BLM-managed public lands, areas, roads, waterways and trails.

Two linemen on a telephone pole. Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Police / Fire

PG&E issues warning to prepare for blackouts

Hollister fire chief says city has backup generators, but residents should take precautions.

Briggs Building in downtown Hollister. File photo.

Health

Gavilan College cancels classes due to air quality

Classes have also been canceled for Friday, Nov. 16.

Advisory runs now through Sunday, Oct.15. Photo from Pixabay.

Health

Central Coast Air Quality Officials Issue WildFire Smoke Advisory

San Benito County residents to stay indoors if they have breathing disorders.