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This family lost everything in one of California’s worst wildfires. Now, they’re almost home

David and Cindy Leonard lost their home on Cobb Mountain in the Valley Fire, which ignited on Sept. 12, 2015. After 18 months of chaos and uncertainty, they are finally seeing their new house take shape. But complications remain.

Fires

Wildfire app is available in time for summer

With summer around the corner, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection has tool - the CalFire app - to alert you to nearby fires. The new tool puts a whole library of step-by-step checklists in the palm of the user’s hand. It allows homeowners to track their progress while creating Defensible Space, hardening their homes with fire-resistant construction, assembling an emergency supply kit and creating a family communication and evacuation plan. Users can sign up for customized alerts that will send a text or push notification to their device when CalFire is responding or assisting to a wildfire in their area.

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Major fire damages midtown Sacramento car repair

An auto repair shop caught fire Sunday morning, April 16, 2017, at the edge of downtown Sacramento, sending dark smoke billowing into the sky, attracting throngs of onlookers and forcing cancellation of Easter brunch at a popular restaurant. The fire at the Japanese Imports Service & Repair, at the northwest corner of 17th and J streets, left much of the repair shop a charred hulk.

Fires

South Sacramento middle school closed due to early morning fire

Just before 1:45 a.m. (April 6, 2017), a fire broke out in a classroom at James Rutter Middle School in South Sacramento, said Xanthi Pinkerton, Elk Grove School District spokeswoman. Due to the smell of smoke and less available space for students, the school will be closed today. The Sacramento Metropolitan Fire Department will be conducting the investigation to determine the cause, she added.

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Record winter rainfall raises potential for summer tragedy

The drought is over, but that doesn’t mean the end of calamity for Northern California – the abundance of rain and snow could produce more wildfires and drownings, officials say.
Hector Amezcua and Sam Stanton The Sacramento Bee
Record winter rainfall raises potential for summer tragedy 3:41

Record winter rainfall raises potential for summer tragedy

Fire rages in garage of La Riviera Drive home, but family safely flees the destruction 1:01

Fire rages in garage of La Riviera Drive home, but family safely flees the destruction

Two adults evacuated in La Riviera Drive house fire 1:01

Two adults evacuated in La Riviera Drive house fire

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Wildfire app is available in time for summer