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My name is Ian McDonald, I’ve lived in Sacramento for my whole life and I’m the executive producer of digital content.

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  • Photographer Captures Eerie Scene as Postal Worker Delivers Mail to Devastated Santa Rosa Neighborhood

    SANTA ROSA — An aerial cinematographer captured an eerie scene Tuesday, flying a drone above a postal worker delivering mail in a Santa Rosa neighborhood devastated by fire. “It was a trippy thing — he was actually delivering the mail,” Douglas Thron told the San Jose Mercury News. Thron has done drone photography for the Discovery Channel, TIME Magazine and major real estate firms, among others. “I’ve covered wildfires and floods before and I’ve never seen anything like it. I’d […]

  • City of Calistoga Under Mandatory Evacuation Order

    CALISTOGA — The entire city of Calistoga was put under a mandatory evacuation order Wednesday as fire conditions worsened. Residents were told to leave the city by Highway 29 south either by the Silverado Trail or by Zinfandel Lane, then west to the highway. An evacuation shelter was opened at American Canyon High School. Residents were told to leave no later than 5 p.m. By Wednesday evening, all that was left in Calistoga was emergency crews keeping a close eye […]

  • Homes Destroyed in Fast-Moving Yuba County Fire

    YUBA COUNTY — A quickly-spreading wildfire in Yuba County has destroyed several homes and structures, and threatens even more. Current evacuations, road closures and shelters: https://t.co/rVEtx3lQ8C — Yuba County (@YubaCounty) October 9, 2017 The so-called Cascade Fire had quickly grown to 5,000 acres overnight into early Monday, according to Cal Fire. #CascadeFire Willow Glen Rd Marysville Rd. Yuba County 2500+ acres multiple homes damaged and destroyed. — CAL FIRE NEU (@CALFIRENEU) October 9, 2017 Highway 20 between Marysville Road and […]

  • Semi Truck Protest Slows Highway 99, Interstate 5 Traffic

    YUBA CITY — Truck drivers staged a protest of new regulations Friday along Highway 99, south of Yuba City, and Interstate 5 traffic in Downtown Sacramento. The protest is making its way south to Fresno, organizers said. More than 300 drivers met at the Sikh Temple of Yuba City Friday morning then proceeded to city hall before making their way to the highway. #TrafficAlert: A protest by semi truck drivers has traffic slowed on Highway 99, moving south from Sutter County, […]

  • Sacramento Police Release Video of Deadly Gun Battle with Double Homicide Suspect

    SACRAMENTO — The Sacramento Police Department released more than a dozen videos Wednesday of a deadly shootout between two officers and a man wanted for a double homicide. Shots were fired after officers pulled over 41-year-old Eric Arnold along 27th Avenue, off Franklin Boulevard on Sept. 7. Arnold was wanted in connection with the killing of a mother and daughter on Janrick Avenue in the Meadowview area. The first video shows Arnold’s truck stop as officers order him to toss […]

  • Brush Fire North of Vacaville Prompts Evacuations, 2 Homes Burn

    VACAVILLE — Several homes in an area north of Vacaville were evacuated Saturday due to a four-alarm brush fire. The Estate Fire started late Saturday morning near Estate Drive and John Wayne Lane. @VFPD @SolanoFire #estatefire pic.twitter.com/RhGYOzXRGy — ap3 (@AndyAp3) September 23, 2017 The affected homes were along John Wayne and Skyhawk Lane. According to the Sheriff’s Office, the evacuations were a precautionary measure. Cal Fire later confirmed two homes were burned by the fire, along with some outbuildings and […]

  • Calaveras County Fire

    Red Flag Warning Issued for Much of Valley over ‘Critical Fire Weather Conditions’

    SACRAMENTO — A Red Flag Warning was issued Sunday due to “critical fire weather conditions” in much of the Sacramento Valley. Wildfire risk is worsened whenever gusty winds and low humidity combine with warm temperatures. The warning lasts through Tuesday morning. The affected area stretches from just north of Stockton to an area south of Mount Shasta. The area also includes parts of the Bay Area and the Sierra. #RedFlagWarning in effect today through Tues in northern CA due to […]

  • Extra Security at Folsom High after Alleged Social Media Threat

    FOLSOM — Extra security was on the Folsom High School campus Friday morning after a reported threat on social media. According to the Folsom-Cordova Unified School District Twitter account, the school contacted police after the alleged threat, who then contacted the student. This morning, Folsom High received reports that a student may have threatened violence at the school in a social media post. — Folsom Cordova USD (@FolsomCordova) September 22, 2017 Police do not believe that a safety threat exists […]

  • Deadly, Multi-Car Crash Blocks Westbound I-80 Traffic in Sierra

    CISCO GROVE — A deadly, multi-car crash has completely blocked westbound traffic on I-80 near Cisco Grove. According to the CHP, as many as 16 cars were involved. Investigators say one driver was going too fast as hail was falling in the area, which caused a chain reaction crash. At least one person was killed. A number of other people were taken to the hospital, but the extent of their injuries were not immediately known. Drivers were encouraged to avoid […]