A wildland fire burning near Watsonville that quickly grew to 150 acres Friday evening, forcing evacuations, was sparked by a prescribed burn earlier in the day. Maria Cid Medina reports. (10-15-21)
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Cal Fire Admits Estrada Fire Ignited by Controlled BurnA wildland fire burning near Watsonville that quickly grew to 150 acres Friday evening, forcing evacuations, was sparked by a prescribed burn earlier in the day. Maria Cid Medina reports. (10-15-21)
San Jose Set to Impose Steep Penalty for Residential Water OveruseSan Jose will soon have the toughest water conservation measures of any major city in the state. Kiet Do reports. (10-15-21)
Salty Tap Water Forcing Marin Residents To Tote Their OwnSaltwater is showing up in public wells in Marin County. John Ramos tells it has forced residents to bottle and tote their own fresh water from filling stations.
Fruit Fly Infestation Puts Much of San Jose Under QuarantineA fruit fly quarantine now in effect will affect a lot of backyard fruit growers in the Santa Clara Valley. Len Ramirez reports. (10-8-21)
CA Drought: EBMUD Plan Uses Sacramento River To Solve Water Supply ShortageEast Bay residents may notice a difference in the taste of their tap water soon. Wilson Walker reports on EBMUD's plan to use the Sacramento River to solve the water shortage during the current drought.
Foster City Mulls Action to Protect Waterfront Fouled by Wild GeeseA messy problem along the Foster City waterfront is becoming a health issue and now city leaders say it may be time to take a major step to control the goose population. Max Darrow reports. (10-1-21)
Wasted Fresh Water Seen Surging Into San Jose Storm DrainKPIX 5's Len Ramirez discovered a storm drain near Hwy 101 in San Jose that seems to be filling with thousands of gallons of fresh water going to waste during the severe drought. (9-30-21)
Fawn Fire, Ongoing Drought a Double Whammy for Area ResidentsThe Fawn Fire has exploded to 9 square miles, forcing thousands from their homes west of Redding. And the historic drought is complicating the firefight. Wilson Walker reports. (9-24-21)
State-of-the-Art Water Purification Plant Helps Silicon Valley Battle DroughtThe Santa Clara Valley facility uses advanced technologies to purify treated waste water using microfiltration, reverse osmosis and ultraviolet light to treat 8 million gallons a day. Kiet Do reports. (9-23-21)
Healdsburg Cuts Water Use in HalfEveryone in California has been asked to conserve water but no city is doing a better job of it than Healdsburg. Wilson Walker reports. (9-23-21)
State Water Conservation Falls Short Of Gov. Newsom's GoalThe first report card showing how much water California is conserving is not good. Betty Yu reports that the state fell short of its goals, but the Bay Area did better, conserving nearly 8.5 percent on average.
Cubs Orphaned In Caldor Fire Get Special Care At Sonoma Co. Wildlife RefugeThe Caldor Fire turned a lot of people into refugees but that included three little black bear cubs who have found a temporary home in Sonoma Co. John Ramos shows us why they need the public's help.
Crews Battle KNP Complex Fire; Flames Threaten Forest in Sequoia Nat'l ParkCalifornia firefighters are battling to keep flames from driving farther into a grove of ancient sequoias, where the base of the world’s largest tree has been wrapped in protective foil. Devin Fehely reports. (9-19-21)
Volunteers Spread Out Across Bay Area for Annual Coastal CleanupA persistent problem got a lot of attention across the Bay Area Saturday with the annual coastal cleanup, said to be the largest annual volunteer event in California. Wilson Walker reports. (9-18-21)
Tree Die-Off Spurs Renewed Push to Reduce Fire Risk in the East Bay HillsEast Bay Regional Parks leaders gathered Friday to review their preparations for a worst-case scenario: A wind-driven fire, pushed out of the canyons and into the hills. Wilson Walker reports. (9-17-21)
CA Drought: Proposed Emergency Pipeline Would Bring Much-Needed Water To Marin CountyDrought-stricken Marin County is looking at a proposal to build a pipeline along the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge to bring much needed water from the Central Valley. Kenny Choi has details of the plan.
Volunteers Help Struggling Point Reyes Tule Elk Survive DroughtOn Saturday at Point Reyes, dozens of volunteers trekked 6 miles round-trip, carrying gallons of water, to replenish a watering hole used by tule elk trying to survive the drought. John Ramos reports. (8-28-21)
Bay Area Spare the Air Alert Extended to SundayBay Area residents are banned from burning wood indoors and outdoors for the third day in a row as a Spare the Air alert was extended to Sunday. Devin Fehely reports (8-28-21)
Smoky Air Drives Many Indoors, Football Games CanceledOn Friday outdoor face masks weren't always an indication of COVID caution. The air was so bad due to wildfire smoke it was downright dangerous to breathe. Andria Borba reports. (8-27-21)
Sonoma County Inventors Set Record For Solar-Power LocomotivesIn a history making trip, a pair of Sonoma County inventors set a new land speed record for locomotives powered by the sun, with plans of being the fastest solar powered vehicle in a future attempt. John Ramos reports. (8/24/21)
North Bay Counties Distribute Water-Saving Tools, Promote ConservationThe water shortage is severe in much of the North Bay. On Saturday, Marin, Sonoma and Mendocino counties joined together to offer the tools for saving water and spreading the message of conservation. John Ramos reports. (8-21-21)
Closer Look: Focus on Natural Gas Recalls Delta Town's HeydayKPIX Archive: A look at the history of the Rio Vista Gas Field which spurred a mid-20th-century boom in a once-sleepy Delta town on the Sacramento River and how a new focus on wind power may provide an economic lifeline when the natural gas wells give out. Broadcast Aug. 23, 2011
South Bay Residents Scale Back Activity as Wildfire Smoke LingersThe Bay Area Air Quality Management District issued another Spare the Air alert Friday advising people to stay indoors. Len Ramirez reports from a very smoky San Jose. (8-20-21)
CA Drought: State Water Regulators Investigate Missing Water On Russian RiverWater that should flow downstream is mysteriously missing along Russian River. John Ramos tells us where officials believe that water is going.