Victoria Reed

Intern, JPR Redding

Victoria Reed is serving as an intern in JPR's Redding, California studios.  Victoria's a student at UCLA, where she is about a year away from earning a B.A. in Communications. Her affinity for broadcast journalism dates back to her childhood, where she can be seen in old home movies conducting interviews with several of her (very patient) family members.

While balancing school and a nearly full-time job, Victoria had the opportunity to intern for a local Redding TV station in 2012. At KRCR, she experienced the intricacies of a newsroom and even made her television debut by eating a taco on the evening news for "Taco Tuesday."

For the next school year, Victoria plans to intern at the KNBC news station in Los Angeles and work for the Daily Bruin radio program at UCLA. When she is not studying, interning, or working, Victoria likes to explore, hike, read and relax. Her career goal is to become a news anchor or radio host.

Courtesy of the US Forest Service

UPDATED| Thursday 9/25/14 4:55 p.m.

The end is in sight for firefighters on the Happy Camp Complex of fires burning in Siskiyou County.  Containment reached 94% by this morning (Sept. 25).

Rain falling on the fire zone is helping.  But a flash flood watch that accompanied the rain prompted fire managers to pull firefighters off fire suppression efforts Wednesday and early Thursday.

Dominic Barth/JPR

UPDATED | Tuesday 5 PM

Students returned to public schools in Weed Tuesday, the first day back since a fire destroyed nearly 150 homes in the city.

Weed Elementary School lost a classroom to the Boles fire on September 15th, and four teachers had to move to different rooms until repairs can be made.

Weed High School was undamaged in the fire, but both schools put restrictions on student movements: no students are allowed to walk to school because of potential danger in the burned area, and no high school students are allowed to leave for lunch.

A local assistance center opened Tuesday at the College of the Siskiyous campus in Weed, adding to the service centers now open (see map) for fire victims.

The center will be open 9 AM-6 PM through Saturday (September 27th), and will be staffed by government agencies from all levels, to let residents begin to replace lost licenses and documents and access services.

City crews began removing household hazardous waste from the burned-over area Monday.  The city continues to work with the county and state to develop a recovery plan for Weed.  Repairs to infrastructure are already underway.

Kerry Greene / US Forest Service

  UPDATE | Friday 09-19  3:30 p.m.

Nearly 6,000 firefighters are battling 12 major fires that are burning nearly 250,000 acres across the state of California, with the lion's share of resources focusing on Siskiyou County. More than 180,000 acres are burning in the Klamath National Forest, including the 130,139 acre Happy Camp Complex fire, which recently merged with the July Complex's Man Fire.

Victoria Reed

Mossbrae Falls is one of Siskiyou County’s most scenic tourist attractions, tucked away in the small town of Dunsmuir just south of Mount Shasta. But you can’t actually get there—not legally, anyway. There's an unusual controversy surrounding this waterfall, which, until further notice, is officially closed to the public.

Victoria Reed/JPR

UPDATED 4:08 p.m.

A wildfire north of Redding forced new evacuations and a temporary closure of Interstate Five late this morning.

First fire reports came in around 11 AM.  The fire that Cal Fire says was human caused burned more than sixteen acres in the community of Mountaingate.

Police evacuated homes, businesses, and a school along Wonderland Boulevard and Fawndale Road, and opened an evacuation center at the Family Celebration Center. The evacuations were later lifted.

Courtesy of USFS

  UPDATE | Wednesday 12:27 p.m. 

Mandatory evacuations are still in effect and have been expanded for residents living in the area threatened by the Happy Camp Complex Fire burning in Siskiyou County. That fire is threatening about 250 homes along Highway 96. More information about the Happy Camp Complex Fire is available here.

Mike McFadin

When fires burn in rough, remote areas, it can be hard for even the most sophisticated aircraft or vehicle to reach them. One of the only ways to guarantee that firefighters can get the supplies they need, regardless of smoky conditions or gusty winds, is by mule team

Some of the fire evacuation alerts have been downgraded as of Friday morning.  Here is the list across the region, by fire and by county...

Oregon Gulch Fire:

Klamath County: Level 1 evacuation in Klamath River Canyon from John C. Boyle Dam to the California border

Siskiyou County: Evacuations have been lifted. 

Jackson County: Level 1 evacuation on Copco Road from #6000 to the state line.  Level 1 evacuation means "Be Ready" to evacuate. Level 1 evacuation for Highway 66 from the Green Springs Fire Station to the 2000 block of Highway 66

Todd Westlund

UPDATED | Tuesday 1:00 pm 

Victoria Reed/JPR

The last year has been the driest in history for California, which is enduring its third year of drought. 

When Governor Jerry Brown declared a State of Emergency in January, he asked Californians to voluntarily reduce water use by 20 percent. Instead, the state’s total water consumption actually increased by one percent.

State water officials have decided to get a tougher with water wasters and the water agencies that supply them. They’ve issued an emergency order that takes effect this week.

Max Walter


UPDATED | Saturday 9 am - As firefighters make significant progress on Shasta County’s  Bully Fire , Cal Fire officials report that a body has been discovered within the burn zone. 

Cheryl Buliavac, a spokesperson for Cal Fire’s Shasta Trinity Unit, says the body was found late Wednesday afternoon near a residence north of Platina Road. “It appears that the individual was trying to escape the approaching fire,” said Buliavac.