Mendocino Complex wildfires now 2nd largest in CA history, nearing 1st

MONDAY, AUG. 6: Over the weekend the Mendocino Complex Fire jumped creeks, firelines, and roads and is already the second-largest wildfire in California’s history by acres burned, reports Fortune.com. As of Monday morning, the blaze had consumed 273,664 acres and destroyed 75 homes, as well as 68 other structures, according to Cal Fire. It is remarkable that there have been no…

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Thor partners with Indiana schools on RV tech certification

Elkhart-based Thor Industries, Inc. is partnering with the Indiana State Board of Education and Wa-Nee Community Schools on a vocational training program for RV techs, writes Gerry Dick in Inside Indiana Business. The company says the Recreation Vehicle Construction Graduation Pathway will provide high school students the hands-on training needed for a career in RV manufacturing. The program, approved by the…

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Active-duty soldiers deploying to battle CA wildfires

With a long summer of western wildfires ahead, especially in California, some additional help is coming for fighting the raging infernos. A day after President Trump declared the California wildfires a “major disaster,” the U.S. military said it’s preparing to deploy hundreds of active-duty soldiers with engineering specialties to combat the blazes, Fox News reports. Roughly 200 active-duty U.S. Army soldiers…

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Home schooling increasing for kids of fulltime RVers

If you’ve dreamed of fulltime RVing after your kids grow up and move out, it may not be necessary to wait. As the number of fulltime RVers hitting the road increases, more and more younger parents with school-age children are finding home schooling provides a broader, more rounded education than traditional schools provide.  Chelsea Gonzales loves to travel, and she…

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Oregon state parks could increase rates – or not

Camping at your favorite Oregon State Park campsite could become more expensive – or, in fact, less expensive – if a new Oregon Parks and Recreation Department proposal is adopted, reports central Oregon’s KTVZ. The Parks Department said Aug. 1 that it is seeking public comment on proposed rules that would allow the agency to enact flexible rates within a…

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Montana and Idaho wildfires continue expansion

The central Idaho Sharps wildfire grew to 100 square miles on Saturday, reports the Seattle Times, advancing into remote, mountainous terrain as nearly 500 firefighters battled the fire about 6 miles east of Bellevue, Idaho. Authorities say the wildfire’s transition into more remote areas means aircraft and firefighters on foot will be used rather than fire engines and bulldozers. The…

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Sunday morning: California wildfires still expanding, uncontained

The Mendocino Complex burning in Mendocino, Lake and Colusa counties about 90 miles north of San Francisco had grown to cover a total of 229,000 acres (92,600 hectares) by late Saturday, and were considered 32 percent contained, reported Reuters on Sunday morning. California fires have now torched about 290,000 acres, more than double the five-year average over that same period,…

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Have a DWI? Don’t drive a boat or ATV in Minnesota

Until now a Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) citation would not prohibit people from taking to trails and waterways on boats, snowmobiles and ATVs while their street vehicle driving privileges were suspended. But a new change in Minnesota law will ban people who have a DWI from those activities, reported MPR News. Alan Geisenkoetter, an 8-year-old Wyoming, Minn., boy was killed when…

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CA wildfire smoke affects wider areas causing breathing difficulty

Though not as devastating as the raging wildfires themselves, smoke from the fires is much more pervasive and widespread, posing a threat to those with breathing difficulties across heavily populated areas a hundred miles and more away from the fires. The raging Northern California wildfires won’t be without consequences for the San Francisco Bay Area this weekend, reports the San…

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