Environment

The Spirit Fire in Marin County was started by a 73-year-old man who claimed that he did not expect the flames to get out of control, authorities said on Aug. 27, 2019.
Marin County Fire Department
All News KCBS Radio
August 28, 2019 - 9:55 am
A 73-year-old man started a fire in Marin County that quickly grew out of control and led authorities to briefly issue an evacuation warning on Tuesday, authorities said. Henry Walker of Petaluma flagged down a fire official on Tuesday, saying that a fire was spreading after he'd burned some...
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 Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) Senior Wildfire Operations Center Analyst Sarah Gibson monitors weather and satellite images of fire areas at the PG&E Wildfire Safety Operations Center on August 05, 2019 in San Francisco, California.
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KCBS Radio Morning News
August 28, 2019 - 9:17 am
A new weather website from PG&E offers forecasts and information about possible power shutoffs. The website — www.pge.com/weather — predicts the potential power shutoff, which typically occur when there's a combination of strong winds, dry conditions and high temperatures up to a week in...
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A fire burns trees and brush along the road to Jacunda National Forest, near the city of Porto Velho in the Vila Nova Samuel region which is part of Brazil's Amazon, Monday, Aug. 26, 2019. The Group of Seven nations on Monday pledged tens of millions of dollars to help Amazon countries fight raging wildfires, even as Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro accused rich countries of treating the region like a "colony." (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
AP News
August 26, 2019 - 6:03 pm
PORTO VELHO, Brazil (AP) — The Group of Seven nations on Monday pledged tens of millions of dollars to help fight raging wildfires in the Amazon and protect its rainforest, even as Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro accused rich countries of treating the region like a "colony." The international...
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A United Airlines passenger takes a sip of water before throwing away the bottle at a security checkpoint at San Francisco International Airport August 10, 2006 in San Francisco.
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Kim Wonderley
August 26, 2019 - 12:14 pm
Reducing our carbon footprint when we travel is a good goal to have. The changes, while seemingly small, can make a big difference if more people pitch in. Kim Wonderley has a few suggestions in this week's Road Report.
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: A high pressure gas line crosses over a canal in an oil field over the Monterey Shale formation where gas and oil extraction using hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is on the verge of a boom on March 23, 2014 near Lost Hills, California.
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Holly Quan
August 26, 2019 - 11:13 am
Menlo Park is considering strictly regulating natural gas in new construction.
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Tourists at Johnson's Beach in Guerneville
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Holly Quan
August 23, 2019 - 12:15 pm
The tourism season is in full swing in Guerneville. But nearly six months after a historic flood delayed many businesses have shut down and others have struggled to rebound.
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In this photo taken Monday, July 22, 2019, chinook salmon is seen after being unloaded at Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco. California fishermen are reporting one of the best salmon fishing seasons in more than a decade, thanks to heavy rain and snow that ended the state's historic drought. It's a sharp reversal for chinook salmon, also known as king salmon, an iconic fish that helps sustain many Pacific Coast fishing communities. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
AP News
August 22, 2019 - 5:46 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Trolling off the California coast, Sarah Bates leans over the side of her boat and pulls out a long, silvery fish prized by anglers and seafood lovers: wild king salmon. Reeling in a fish "feels good every time," but this year has been surprisingly good, said Bates, a...
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Major roads still closed months after Guerneville flood
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Holly Quan
August 22, 2019 - 3:22 pm
People living in the Russian River Valley often say the area only has two seasons: flood season and fire season, with little rest in between. Nearly six months after the region saw the worst flooding in 25 years, residents are now bracing themselves for the possibilities of a fast-moving wildfire...
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Flooding in Guerneville February 28, 2019
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Holly Quan
August 22, 2019 - 1:19 pm
Six months after a historic flood on the Russian River damaged much of the housing stock along the water, many residents are not sure if they will be able to stay.
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Road closed months after mudslides in Guerneville
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Holly Quan
August 22, 2019 - 10:31 am
It has been nearly six months since heavy rains inundated the Russian River Valley, cutting off towns and washing out roads in a flood that saw the river rise to 45 feet - 13 feet above flood stage. But with the amount of debris still clogging major roads, visitors would be forgiven for thinking...
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