AM News Wednesday 8.21.13
Smoke from several fires south and east of Mendocino County are causing haze and poor air quality after a recent wind shift.
Air Pollution Control Officer Bob Scaglione issued an air quality warning
telling Inland Mendocino County residents that the air quality has dropped into the "Unsafe for Sensitive Groups" category .
"We're getting smoke from several fires," Scaglione said, adding that while
smoke from Oregon fires had been hanging in the air, the haze that started
to build Sunday was from smoke drifting north and west from fires in Butte, Placer, and Tuolumne and Calaveras counties.
The weather pattern that's bringing the smoke from points south and east is expected to continue through Wednesday morning.
One of the major contributors is a blaze that had consumed about 2,000
acres just south of Oroville and was 45 percent contained.
Also, the National Weather Service extended a red flag warning for lightning and dry fuels to include Humboldt County .
”There will be greater chances of thunderstorms on Tuesday and
Wednesday,” NWS meteorologist Jeff Tonkin said. “Conditions are warmer
and drier than they were a couple of days ago. We'll most likely see
lightning with not much rain.”
Already this year, CAL FIRE has responded to over 4,500 wildfires that have charred over 92,000 acres. Compared to last year, CAL FIRE had
responded to fewer than 3,300 fires that burned nearly 43,000 acres.
The State Senate is expected to vote as early as this week to allow the California Coastal Commission to impose fines.
The bill cleared a Senate committee last week, but the measure faces
opposition from business groups that believe the commission already
wields too much clout.
The legislation would place the Coastal Commission on equal footing with
more than 20 other state regulatory agencies with the power to levy fines.
Unlike those agencies, the commission must go to court to collect penalties from anyone who violates the state Coastal Act.
That lengthy process has stalled the agency's efforts to protect coastal
resources and contributed to a backlog of more than 1,900 unsettled cases.
Of the commission's staff of 135, only r12 are assigned to its enforcement
division, and they rely mostly on tips from the public. Without the power to
impose fines, the agency has little recourse but to send cease-and-desist orders, which are often ignored by property owners.
Without the administrative penalties used by other agencies, such as the
Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Air Resources Board, the Coastal
Commission staff says, some of the worst affronts to the environment and
coastal access go unaddressed the longest.
Assemblymember Wesley Chesbro has finalized the agenda for this week's special hearing on the state of California salmon.The hearing is scheduled
for 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., today, Aug. 21, in room 437 at the state Capitol in
The hearing will be webcast live by the California Channel, www.calchannel.com, which will also archive video of the hearing on its website.
A live audio or TV feed may also be available on the Assembly's media
The hearing agenda features five issues that will be explored during the hearing: genetic stock identification and population strong holds; perspectives
from California's salmon fishermen; funding for salmon habitat restoration; a report on the Klamath and Trinity rivers and a report on the Scott and
Chesbro said. "I'm looking forward to an informative hearing that will help us craft intelligent policy to help California's salmon populations recover after years of decline."
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