Cooler, wet weather helped firefighters make progress on a huge Northern California wildfire that destroyed nearly three-dozen structures, forced the evacuation of more than 2,000 people and forced the cancellation of a sporting event because of the smoke.
More than 5,000 firefighters — from as far as Florida and Alaska — managed to increase containment of the fire from 10 to 17 percent, said Capt. Tom Piranio, a state fire spokesman. The number of acres burned held steady at 128 square miles.
"The heavy drizzle helped the firefighters immensely. We got what we were looking for to gain containment of the fire," he said.
But earlier in the day, poor air quality forced a last-minute cancellation of two popular Ironman events in nearby Lake Tahoe, disappointing about 3,000 athletes who had signed up for the competition, Ironman operations manager Keats McGonigal said.
"County air quality officials have recommended that the event be cancelled," said a statement announced to participants.
"I had tears too, and then my husband came, and comforted me," Sabine Bokslopper told KTVU, as she unpacked her gear bags in Oakland Sunday evening.
Bokslopper was one of eight members of the Tri-Valley Triathlon Club, trained and ready for the 140 mile endurance race: swimming, cycling, and running. "I was hoping to finish in 16 hours," she added.
The wildfire about 60 miles east of Sacramento started Sept. 13, threatening more 21,000 structures. According to preliminary figures released Sunday, the fire destroyed 10 homes and 22 outbuildings in the White Meadows area of Pollock Pines.
Piranio said assessment teams were headed back in the rugged, steep terrain to survey more damage.
"It has been very challenging to get access to those burn areas because there's a lot of inaccessible terrain," he said. "We had to make sure it was safe enough to enter."
About 100 evacuees have been allowed to return home, but some 2,700 remain under evacuation orders, state fire spokesman Daniel Berlant said. The fire also continues to threaten a key University of California, Berkeley research station that is home to scores of experiments on trees, plants and other wildlife.
A man charged with starting the fire, Wayne Allen Huntsman, 37, pleaded not guilty to arson Friday and remains in the El Dorado County jail on $10 million bail.Mon, 22 Sep 2014 06:45:03 -0700
After the Seattle Seahawks beat the Denver Broncos 26-20 in overtime Sunday, a special moment happened on the field for Seahawks cornerback DeShawn Shead.
After the victory, Shead met his girlfriend, Jessica Martinez, on the field.
When they were on the field, friends, family and players surrounded the couple as Shead asked Martinez if she would marry him.
After Martinez said “yes,” all those who surrounded them cheered.
Seattle's KIRO-TV captured the moment during its post-game show.
During the proposal, the scoreboard said “Will you marry me Jessica?” as Bruno Mars’ “Marry You” played in the background.
After the proposal, KIRO-TV anchor and Voice of the Seahawks Steve Raible interviewed the couple.
“I was very shocked,” Martinez said.
“Football is what brought me to Washington, for me to meet her, so I think this is a big part of our relationship,” Shead said.
The couple then told Steve they plan to celebrate with family, friends and eat their favorite foods – chicken and waffles.Mon, 22 Sep 2014 05:16:18 -0700
A burglary was reported at the home of San Francisco 49ers defensive end Ray McDonald on Saturday night, San Jose police told KTVU.
Sources told KTVU that the home was vacant at the time of the break-in and the burglar stole some valuables – mainly electronics.
McDonald was in Arizona preparing for Sunday's game at the time of the burglary.
This comes after officers booked McDonald into the Santa Clara County Main Jail on Aug. 31 on suspicion of domestic violence after his fiancée had visible injuries. He posted bail and was released later that morning.
McDonald's arrest came little more than two days after NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced he was toughening the league's personal-conduct policy on domestic violence and sexual assault in response to the Ray Rice incident, suspending players for at least six games.Mon, 22 Sep 2014 04:54:17 -0700 News Source: MedleyStory More Local News Stories