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Cal Fire warns of severe fire season

Cal Fire warns of severe fire season


AUBURN, Calif. - Cal Fire is warning of what may be a very long and very difficult fire season ahead.

"Over the next couple of months almost all of Northern California's gonna be at an above average potential for large and damaging wildfires," said Cal Fire spokesman Daniel Berlant.

The state has already seen 950 fires, triple the number in an average year. And the state is in the grip of the worst drought in recorded history.

"A lot of the green hillsides up and down the state are really just masking the dead grass that's been sitting there all winter long," Berlant points out.

At the Cal Fire station in Auburn, seasonal firefighters have been in place since the end of January, nearly three months earlier than usual.

California 'DELTA' Dreamin...

California 'DELTA' Dreamin...

Raised in the Sacramento Delta as a young boy my brother and I would venture through Freeport, Clarksburg, Steamboat Slough and wherever our Schwinn bicycles could take us. Fishing, hunting,  trapping crawdads and gigging frogs. We would sell the frogs to kids at school, and fried up frog-legs at our camp-outs with a crawdad boil and fresh picked delta corn-on-the-cob.

Ose's Water Plan Calls For Loosening Endangered Species Protection, Killing Brown's 'Twin Tunnels'

Ose's Water Plan Calls For Loosening Endangered Species Protection, Killing Brown's 'Twin Tunnels'

February 11, 2014 |
Congressional candidate Doug Ose issued a water plan today that includes a proposal to loosen endangered species laws and introduction of legislation to kill Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed twin peripheral tunnels.
Ose, a former three-term Republican Congressman representing Sacramento, is one of four candidates hoping to advance out of the June primary to a November run-off for the top two finishers. The seat is currently occupied by Dr. Ami Bera (D-Elk Grove) who is seeking reelection while there are two more Republicans in the race, Igor Burman and Elizabeth Emken. ... Read More

Bay Delta Conservation Plan Total Could Be As High as $67 Billion

Bay Delta Conservation Plan Total Could Be As High as $67 Billion

By Dan Bacher | December 28, 2013 |
The total cost of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan to build the peripheral tunnels could be as high as $67 billion, according to new figures revealed at a Westlands Water District board meeting last month by a Westlands staff member and a Citigroup bond consultant. 
This new figure, with construction bond costs included in the total, counters the claims by Brown administration officials over the past two years that the plan would cost $24.5 billion during its 50-year implementation period. 
In Paul Rogers' article in the San Jose Mercury News on December 26, Mark Cowin, director of the state Department of Water Resources, confirmed the estimates are accurate... Read More

Want Shade? Plant a Tree

Want Shade? Plant a Tree

Want more shade next summer — and a cooler home? Plant a tree.

Fall is an ideal time to plant shade trees. The cooler weather and early rain help young trees put down roots and get off to a strong start.

The Sacramento Tree Foundation and the Sacramento Municipal Utility District offer free trees through their Sacramento Shade program. Mature trees can cut home cooling costs during hot summer months by as much as 60 percent.

Elk Grove Rain Garden Plaza Earns Prestigious Helen Putnam Award

Elk Grove, CA – The League of California Cities has selected the City of Elk Grove as a 2013 Helen Putnam award winner for its innovative Rain Garden Plaza.  The prestigious award was announced at the League of California Cities Annual Conference in Sacramento.

The statewide Helen Putnam Award for Excellence program recognizes select California cities for outstanding efforts and innovative solutions that deliver the highest quality and level of service in the most effective manner possible. 

The Rain Garden Plaza opened in 2012 and is one of the most comprehensive rain gardens in California.  The park was designed to transform a small, unique open space to educate the community about eco-friendly landscaping and water conservation.

Did you see the ring around the sun?

Did you see the ring around the sun?

If you were outside today, you may have noticed a giant ring around the sun. That ring is actually the reflection of ice crystals from high cirrus clouds, according to EarthSky.org

The ring was seen all over the area by News10 viewers, including Roseville and Stockton. Did you get a chance to see it?