California, literally and figuratively, is burning up

JUL 31, 2018 | 4:00 AM Firefighters are battling 17 California wildfires which have burned more than 200,000 acres combined, sweeping across the state from Southern California to the Oregon border, reports the Los Angeles Times. Temperatures soared to 113 degrees in the Sacramento Valley, recording the hottest July on record when the Carr fire erupted last Thursday. The bone-dry land…

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BLM campgrounds closed due to spreading NorCal wildfires

As the Northern California wildfires spread and new ones break out additional areas are closed – the latest are two Bureau of Land Management recreation areas and campgrounds.  The BLM Ukiah Field Office is temporarily closing the North Cow Mountain Recreation Area, Rifle Range and South Cow Mountain Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Area for public safety due to the proximity of both the…

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Camping World plans to open 40 Gander RV stores in 2019

In 2017 Camping World surprised the RV industry by purchasing the Gander Mountain retailer in a bankruptcy auction, reports Gear Junkie. Many assumed CW wanted to add more general camping and outdoors products to the CW line, but according to a press release, Camping World said that since the Gander acquisition, it has negotiated leases “for a number of the old…

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Mendocino and Lake county wildfires force residents to flee

Two different wildfires that erupted Friday between Lake and Mendocino county lines doubled in size Sunday, forcing 10,000 people to flee near Clear Lake and knocking out power to more than 40,000 people where temperatures had reached triple digits. Fire officials ordered residents to leave the towns of Lakeport, Upper Lake, and Nice, on the west and north shores of Clear Lake, including…

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Heat and low humidity contribute to multiple roadside grass fires

This summer’s heat and dryness create conditions that could easily ignite fires in dry grass along highways. This became quite clear when on last Thursday morning a vehicle caught fire in Douglas County, Oregon, near Azalea on Interstate 5, reported The News-Review. The fire spread to the grass and burned one-tenth of an acre. On Wednesday, one lane on Interstate…

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UPDATE: Carr fire continues to rage thru weekend in Northern CA

UPDATE: Redding, California (CNN). The Carr Fire raging in Northern California is so large and hot that it is actually creating its own localized weather system with variable strong winds, making it difficult for experts to predict which way the blaze will spread. At least seven people were still missing in Shasta County, CA, as shifting winds, dry fuel, and…

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Airstream says “cease and desist” to new Silver Streak plans

It had been 20 years since Silver Streak manufactured travel trailers, the aluminum-bodied brand launched in 1946. Entrepreneur Ellie Dillon acquired the rights from former Silver Streak owner Rolf Zuschlag in 2016, writes David MacNeal in RVPRO. Ellie and her husband, Phillip, along with a team of aircraft builders, determined to bring back the once-famous Silver Streak aircraft body trailers…

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Ferguson Fire forces parts of Yosemite NP to close until August 3

The Ferguson Fire continues to burn close to Yosemite National Park and the weather conditions have kept the Yosemite Valley filled with unhealthy levels of smoke, reports ABC30.com. That has led the National Park Service to announce that parts of Yosemite National Park will remain closed until Friday, August 3. Though the fire is expanding, it only expanded by about…

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UPDATE: Vehicle mechanical failure cause of Carr Fire

The Carr Fire continues to rage across Northern California on Saturday morning, having moved into heavily populated areas, reported the Washington Post. “This fire is extremely dangerous and moving with no regard to what’s in its path,” Cal Fire Chief Brett Gouvea said. The Carr Fire began Monday afternoon, July 23, and was caused by a vehicle’s mechanical failure, Cal Fire…

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Carr Fire bears down on Shasta & Redding, campers flee, marina burns

Triple-digit temperatures, extremely low humidity, and gusty winds intensified overnight Thursday tripling the Carr Fire to 45 square miles, reports the Review-Journal. Dozens of homes have burned in the communities of Shasta, Keswick, and the west side of Redding, a city of about 92,000 people. The situation is chaotic as Redding residents received little warning and were scrambling to evacuate.…

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