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Cal Fire warns of severe fire season

Cal Fire warns of severe fire season


AUBURN, Calif. - Cal Fire is warning of what may be a very long and very difficult fire season ahead.

"Over the next couple of months almost all of Northern California's gonna be at an above average potential for large and damaging wildfires," said Cal Fire spokesman Daniel Berlant.

The state has already seen 950 fires, triple the number in an average year. And the state is in the grip of the worst drought in recorded history.

"A lot of the green hillsides up and down the state are really just masking the dead grass that's been sitting there all winter long," Berlant points out.

At the Cal Fire station in Auburn, seasonal firefighters have been in place since the end of January, nearly three months earlier than usual.

Another woman accuses former West Sac cop of rape

SACRAMENTO, CA - Former West Sacramento cop Sergio Alvarez is already facing charges that he sexually assaulted at least six women while in uniform. Now, a new possible victim is coming forward for the first time to share her story.

STORY: West Sac police officer accused of sexually assaulting 6 women

Ripon police arrest suspected drug dealer

RIPON, CA - A Ripon police special investigation team took some controlled substances and drugs off the street early Thursday.

First Sgt. Steve Merchant said the officers executed a warrant at a home on the 200 block of N. Elm Avenue and recovered crystal methamphetamine, prescription drugs, concentrated cannabis, marijuana, scales, narcotics paraphernalia including items typically used in the packaging and sale of illegal drugs.

They also arrest 46-year-old Ernest Manuel Navarez. He was booked into San Joaquin County Jail on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance for sale, possession of marijuana for sale, possession of concentrated cannabis, and possession of controlled substance paraphernalia.

Ripon man suspected of raping minor

RIPON, CA - A Ripon man suspected of raping a minor was arrested Friday around 10:15 a.m.

Michael Paul Rogers, 28, was booked into San Joaquin County Jail for felony rape charges, Ripon police Sgt. Steve Merchant said.

The charges include rape by force of fear, sex with a minor, oral copulation of a minor and felony sexual battery.

Merchant did not release any more details because it is a sensitive case and is still under investigation.