Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017

Blame the wind

Why 2017’s record wildfire season keeps getting worse

A firefighter battles the Thomas fire in the town of La Conchita early Thursday. WALLY SKALIJ / Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

Bay Area News Group, Los Angeles Times & Reuters

Even before the dramatic Southern California wildfires began their harrowing path this week, California was already experiencing its deadliest and most destructive fire season ever. And it’s only getting worse. The fires burning across Southern California all have had one thing in common — winds that quickly turn a fire into an inferno. Today "is going to be the worst day with the winds,” a Cal Fire spokesperson said.

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Oroville residents say they want access, answers

Chico Enterprise-Record

Residents showed lingering distrust Wednesday night as they voiced concern about loss of access to recreation and questions about hairline cracks in the reconstructed spillway at the Oroville Dam. DWR officials reviewed the operations plan for the year and gave an update on phase two of construction.

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Pacific Grove celebrates reclaimed water project

KAZU Monterey & Monterey Herald

In a region starved for water, Pacific Grove has been using drinking water on its public golf course. That practice ends today. After seven years in the making, Pacific Grove officials on Wednesday celebrated the completion of its Local Water Project that will now see reclaimed water go to irrigate the Pacific Grove Golf Links and the city’s El Carmelo Cemetery.

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