News Briefs: July 28, 2008 |

News Briefs: July 28, 2008

Local fires contained – new blaze near Yosemite

The Butte Lightning Complex Fire and the American River Complex fire are 95 percent contained, according to Cal-Fire. The fire in Butte County has burned 54,440 acres, destroyed 106 homes and two outbuildings. The American River fire in Placer County burned 20,541 acres and destroyed two buildings. Cal-Fire’s announcement on Sunday came on the same day that a red flag warning was issued for much of northeastern California, including Nevada County. The National Weather Service said that the combination of southwest winds with gusts as high as 35 miles per hour, low humidity and overall dry conditions led to the warning, which went from 3 to 10 p.m. A red flag warning means conditions are ideal for fires to spread rapidly. The forecast calls for windy conditions again today and Tuesday in Nevada County. Meanwhile, a wildfire ravaged forest land outside Yosemite National Park. For that story, see Page A3.

Candidacy deadline looms for City Council

Those interested in running in the Nov. 3 election for the lone open seat on Nevada City’s City Council must file their nominating papers by Aug. 8, City Clerk Niel Locke said. He said prospective candidates need to pick up nominating papers at City Hall on Broad Street. Candidates need to get at least 20 signatures of registered Nevada City voters to qualify for the ballot. No one had picked up nominating papers as of Friday.

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