Northern California Live Updates Week of August 17

August 21, 2020 Updated: August 23, 2020

This page covers general news updates weekly, in addition to the coverage of the CCP virus* outbreak in Northern California.

For more news related to the CCP virus, see The Epoch Times special coverage of the CCP virus outbreak.

Californians may check CalFire’s website for fires and containment statuses. People may also sign up for alerts in their county. People can visit to check air quality status throughout the day. It is updated hourly.

Click here to see archived updates and here for the previous updates on the early CCP virus situation.

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August 21

  • Berkeley announces that new outdoor activities like pools, barbers, and wine tasting will be allowed with restrictions.
  • Lake County’s Highland Springs Recreation Area and Mt. Konocti County Park and Regional Trails are closed until further notice due to high fire danger.
  • Both public and private Sacramento schools (TK–12) must use the distance learning model until further notice.
  • Sacramento will likely see smoke in the air through Aug. 25.
  • Santa Cruz County announces additional shelters for evacuees due to the fires. The Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter (SCCAS) will help with animal evacuations.
  • Contra Costa County is recruiting people to serve on the Airport Land Use Commission (ALUC).
  • The Corpse Flower in San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers will bloom again after three years. Visitors can check the schedule to view it.

August 20

  • The last I-880 Express Lanes sign installation will start Aug. 24 in Alameda County.
  • Residents living on the east side of Morgan Hill are asked to evacuate.
  • See here for Santa Cruz County resources and shelter locations.
  • Santa Cruz County asks that tourists and visitors leave the county immediately to make space for those evacuating from fires.
  • There are evacuation centers for Santa Clara County residents at Milpitas Library and Morgan Hill.
  • Santa Clara has released a web page for summer 2020 wildfires about impacts and resources.
  • U-Haul is offering 30 days of free self-storage for residents impacted by the fires near Vacaville.

August 19

  • Airbnb files for IPO.
  • The statewide Flex Alert is in effect from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • CalFire issues a red flag warning for Central Valley and Northeastern California.
  • The mayors of San Jose and San Diego release a statement to avoid an exodus of ride-share companies from California due to AB5.
  • Napa County releases updated wildfire mandatory evacuations.
  • Residents can check air quality with by zip code.
  • Several counties report poor air quality due to fires: Placer County and Contra Costa County as well as Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, and San Mateo Counties.
  • San Mateo County Jail inmates are receiving EDD benefits while unemployed Californians aren’t, according to ABC7 News.
  • Napa’s oldest family-owned winery is spared from the Hennessey Fire.
  • Apple becomes the first U.S. company to be worth $2 trillion.

August 18

  • Californians may check CalFire’s website for fires and containment statuses.
  • Berryessa Estates and Spanish Valley have been issued a new evacuation order, in addition to new road closures in Napa County.
  • PG&E customers may check when their residence may have a rotating power outage.
  • Yolo County warns residents to beware of tax scams like a Tax Lien Letter.
  • Monterey County releases a resource for fire information and emergency notifications.
  • Santa Cruz County will put beach restrictions in place during the Labor Day holiday weekend.
  • Santa Clara County announces cooling center updates for Aug. 18–19 at Mitchell Park Community Center.
  • Contra Costa County will start accepting waiver applications to allow in-person classes at elementary schools.

August 17

  • Santa Clara County will start fining those who violate health orders.
  • Some residents in East Bay are asked to evacuate as fires burn along Marsh Creek Road after lightning struck.
  • Fairfield announced that the Allan Witt Community Park Renovation Project will begin in September on Phases 1 and 2.
  • Santa Cruz announced that it has been removed from the state’s COVID-19 monitoring list.
  • Napa County is fighting a fire on Hennessey Ridge Road due to the lightning storm.
  • Nevada County announces road closures and evacuations due to fire near Jones Bar Road, east of Yuba City.
  • Lightning storm sparks new wildfires across California over the weekend.
  • An El Dorado County resident tests positive for the plague after possibly being bitten by an infected flea in South Lake Tahoe.

*The Epoch Times refers to the novel coronavirus, which causes the disease COVID-19, as the CCP virus because the Chinese Communist Party’s coverup and mismanagement allowed the virus to spread throughout China and create a global pandemic.