Northern California Live Updates Week of August 24

August 28, 2020 Updated: August 31, 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 28

  • Sonoma County announces assistance centers are available for residents affected by the Walbridge and Meyers fires.
  • Sacramento County releases new guidance for schools.
  • Lake County announces more mosquitoes testing positive for the West Nile Virus.
  • San Francisco will resume outdoor personal services like barbers, massages, and nail services on Sept. 1.
  • Solano County will start Phase 2 of the repopulation process. Residents who do not want to wait for a state-sponsored cleanup program may check guidelines to safely clean up debris.

August 27

  • Berkeley has announced that this year’s National Night Out is canceled due to the pandemic situation.
  • The state’s Big City Mayors Coalition (BCM) will work together to pass a federal stimulus package for COVID-19 relief funds.
  • Some evacuees from the CZU Lightning Complex Fires may start returning home.
  • Solano County residents may start returning home after evacuation in phases.
  • Yolo County announces a COVID-19 Green Check Program for business that comply with the safety guidelines.
  • Solano County will help residents return home after evacuation.

August 26

  • San Jose’s mayor and vice mayor have accepted a final economic recovery plan from the Silicon Valley Recovery Roundtable (SVRR).
  • Santa Cruz County has released a map of properties damaged by the CZU Lightning Complex Fires.
  • Solano County will work to use tax relief to help property owners whose property was damaged or destroyed by the LNU Lightning Complex Fire.
  • Contra Costa County loosens some restrictions to allow certain business sectors to operate.

August 25

  • Stanislaus County has launched a PPE store for the safety of medical personnel.
  • Santa Cruz County warns residents of California wildfire scams.
  • Residents in Sonoma County may return home from evacuation.
  • The Bay Area’s Spare the Air has been extended. It is issued for Aug. 25 through Aug. 28.

August 24

  • Yolo County announces road and lane closures due to pavement preservation projects.
  • Salinas Valley Fairgrounds has opened a fire evacuation shelter to provide sleeping and meal accommodations for evacuees.
  • Santa Cruz County announces a community donation site in South County.
  • Santa Cruz County announces that fire survivors may apply to receive immediate assistance, with the help of the Disaster Assistance Improvement Program.
  • San Mateo County provides a CZU Lightning Complex update.
  • Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that so far 1.4 million acres are burned compared to 56,000 acres burned this time last year. There are seven fatalities so far. LNU is 22 percent contained, CZU is 13 percent contained, and SCU is 10 percent contained as of noon. California received a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration on Aug. 22.
  • SFO will become the first airport to have a rapid COVID-19 testing program for airport employees.
  • Cupertino’s Quinlan Community Center opens as a temporary evacuation point.

*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.