Newsom Declares Wildfire Emergency in Siskiyou County Due to McKinney Fire
On Saturday, Governor Gavin Newsom proclaimed a state of emergency in Siskiyou County due to the McKinney Fire and two smaller fires – the Evans and China 2 fires – which had merged.
In a press release, Newsom’s office noted that the McKinney Fire had “destroyed homes, threatened critical infrastructure and forced the evacuation of almost 2,000 residents” while the China 2 and Evans fires had prompted evacuation warnings of more than 200 residents.
As of this morning, the McKinney Fire has burned 55,493 acres and is 0% contained. The emergency declaration provides Siskiyou County greater access to state resources to combat the blaze and improves impacted residents’ access to emergency assistance.
The proclamation came one week after Newsom issued a proclamation declaring a state of emergency in Mariposa County due to the Oak Fire (for which the State also secured a federal assistance grant); that blaze has now scorched 19,244 acres and is 72% contained.
CCA will continue to keep membership informed about state and federal responses to wildfires within the state. Additional information about these and other wildfire incidents can be found via Cal Fire and InciWeb.
SWRCB Curtails Additional Rights in Sacramento-San Joaquin and Russian River Watersheds
In addition to water rights curtailments previously detailed in Legislative Bulletin, the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) on Tuesday imposed new curtailments within the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta watershed.
Curtailments in the Cache Creek subwatershed have been expanded to water rights with a priority date of 1859 or later and water rights within the Stony Creek subwatershed with a priority date of 1914 or later have been curtailed.
The above curtailments are expected to continue through summer and the beginning of fall, depending on precipitation. Access the Delta Drought Webpage to see if your water rights have been curtailed by this or a previous curtailment order.
Effective today, the SWRCB has updated curtailments within the Russian River watershed; visit the Russian River Drought Response webpage to find the latest curtailment statuses.
For questions about curtailment and suspension notices or how to comply, please contact the Rancher Technical Assistance Program at (916) 409-6902 or email@example.com.
New Episode of Stories from California Cattle Country
Stories from California Cattle Country, Stories from U.S. Route 395 with the Fogartys and Spainhower Anchor Ranch is out now. To listen to the episode click here. Stories from California Cattle Country is produced by the California Cattlemen’s Foundation with support from the California Cattle Council. If you want a glimpse into our travels, follow the podcast’s Instagram account @calcattlecountry.
USFWS Rolls Back Trump-Era ESA Regulation Regarding Critical Habitat Exclusions
On July 21, the US Fish and Wildlife Service issued a final rule rescinding a Trump-era Endangered Species Act (ESA) regulation which had allowed permittees, lessees or contractors operating on federal lands – including grazing permittees – to request that certain federal lands be excluded from critical habitat designations based on undesirable “economic or other impacts.” The action is just the latest of several moves the Biden Administration has taken in recent months to upend ESA reforms made during the Trump presidency. For more information, see last week’s Legislative Bulletin and the July edition of CCA’s Hot Irons newsletter.
2022 CCA Scholarship Applications Now Available
Applications for the 2022 CCA Scholarships are being accepted now through October 1, 2022. CCA awarded $63,000 in scholarships to students studying agriculture, although scholarship amounts and quantities vary year to year. Current CCA members (producer, feeder or YCC) that are currently enrolled at a university or college are eligible to apply. Past recipients of her CCA scholarship program may also apply again this year. For a complete list of awards and to download the application visit calcattlemen.org/scholarships. Contact Maureen in the CCA office at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.