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EUREKA- As fire season gets underway across California, our firefighters here at home are making sure they know what to do when fire threatens the North Coast.

Crews were at the McKay Tract near Redwood Acres in Eureka Friday, going over the basics of fighting wild land fires. Before getting started, crews tuned their radios and read the weather by hand using a belt weather kit. 

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DEL NORTE- The California Highway Patrol Crescent City area is cracking down on drunk driving.

A DUI and drivers license check point will be set up Friday in an undisclosed location in the unincorporated area of the county. At the checkpoint, officers evaluate drivers as they come through to assess sobriety and check for a valid drivers license.

The program funded through a grant...

DEL NORTE COUNTY- A Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office investigation led to five drug arrests on Wednesday. 
The agency worked with the Curry County Sheriff’s Office and Brookings Police Department in the investigation. Thirty-two-year-old Kenneth Witherby and 26-year-old Patrick Piel allegedly had nine grams of heroin packaged for sales on them during a traffic stop and were then...

FORTUNA- Two men from Fortuna were arrested for burglary after allegedly attempting to steal from a contractor working on a home. 
A contractor told police that at about 8 a.m. on Thursday morning, he came to check on equipment in a home and was confronted by two subjects, who both ran out of the house when the contractor contacted them.  Citizen tips led police to a home on the 900...

The following is from the U.S. Coast Guard Sector Humboldt Bay:

MCKINLEYVILLE, Calif. – At 7:11 tonight Coast Guard Sector Humboldt Bay received word that two individuals were stranded on off shore rocks just south of Trinidad Head. On  lookers situated alongside the bluffs overlooking Trinidad harbor spotted the two after their  kayak sank 200 yards off the beach. 

 

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HOOPA- A wildfire continues to burn in Hoopa.  It’s called the Heck Creek Fire and it began in the early afternoon on Thursday.

The fire is currently five acres and zero percent contained.  The blaze is consuming timber and brush in the area and structures are in its vicinity.  Officials report the wildfire is spreading at a moderate rate.  The Hoopa Wildland Fire Department is...

ARCATA- The Bureau of Land Management is implementing fire restrictions for public lands managed by the Arcata Field Office.

The restrictions take effect on Friday and will remain in place until further notice due to dry fuels and increasing fire danger on the North Coast.  They include no smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, at a designated recreation site, or other...

ARCATA- An Arcata Police Patrol Service K-9’s duties are over after serving the community for the last six years.

Bronko, Officer Greg Pope’s K-9 partner, recently retired due to health issues.  Bronko was imported from Germany in 2009 and joined the Arcata Police Department later that year.  His purchase was funded by community donations.  Bronko and Officer Pope responded to several ...