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The fires across California paint an ominous orange sky, casting a smokey shadow over the Bay Area.

Accidental arson sparks new wildfires in California

September 14, 2020

California’s shocking year of wildfires is the worst in state history; 3,154,107 acres of land have been scorched across the state this year, with more expected to burn. Currently, over ...

These PG&E long range transmission lines in the heart of Silicon Valley were spared from the power outage in Redwood Shores on the Oct. 26.

Lawmakers consider public takeover of PG&E

November 5, 2019

While PG&E goes through its public safety power shutoff program and the Kincade fire rages on, many lawmakers, both local and federal, consider a public takeover of the bankrupt utility. PG&E is facing bankrup...

Camp Fire continues to influence PG&E’s power shutoff policy

October 17, 2019

PG&E continues its policy of "public safety power shutoffs" in an attempt to prevent NorCal fires, leaving over 700,000 California residents without power for up to four days. In...

The majority of San Mateo County is in a red zone, meaning it is at a high risk for wildfires.

San Mateo County gears up for wildfire season

August 29, 2019

As September approaches and temperatures are well into the 90s, Californians prepare for the possibility of another deadly wildfire season. Local officials constantly watch the Wil...

Unfounded bomb threats were reported in cities across the nation as well as in Canada on Dec. 13, 2018.

ScotSkim: terror

December 15, 2018

Bomb threats spark nationwide anxiety A wave of bomb threats was sent to schools, businesses, hospitals, and other places nationwide and in Canada on Thursday, Dec. 13. These...

Smoke hovers over a Redwood Shores Lagoon. Because of the smoke, Carlmont High School was canceled for Friday, Nov. 16 and students, many of whom reside in Redwood Shores, were advised to stay home.

Smoke on the water: Bay Area shelters from Camp Fire smoke

November 16, 2018

As of Nov. 15, the Bay Area has the worst air quality in the world. In this breaking news piece, we answer your most pressing questions about the smoke invading our communities, including Carlmont's response to canceling school and how you can help victims.

A red sun and hazy skies were the dominant signs of the Camp Fire raging some couple hundred miles away from Carlmont High School.

Camp Fire smoke burns sports schedules

November 13, 2018

Up north, desperate evacuees flee the flames. Down here, residents are under an unsaid house arrest while a thick smoke drapes over the Bay Area city skylines. The spark tha...

The explorers practice folding the fire shelter after watching a firefighter demonstrate how.

The San Mateo County Fire Explorer Program builds firefighting skills

May 21, 2018

The San Mateo County Fire (SMCF) Explorer Program is a youth program designed for career exploration in the fire department. The program is taught by professional firefight...

The Belmont fire station is soon to be a part of the joint powers agency between San Mateo and Foster City.

Belmont plans to incorporate joint fire department once again

November 21, 2017

The fire departments of Belmont, Foster City, and San Mateo are soon to be seen as one. The Belmont City Council has agreed to join Foster City and San Mateo City Council's plan of creating a joint fire department between...

Despite what many students believe, the frequent false fire alarms were not caused by students pulling the fire alarm. According to Vice Principal Grant Steunenberg, the heat sensors in the recently renovated kitchen are the reason behind the false alarms.

Frequent false fire alarms are a safety concern

November 11, 2017

The fire alarm screeches as students and teachers both wince as the sound pierces through the air. However, as soon as the alarm goes off, it is almost immediately silenced, fol...

The Music Teachers' Association of California organization encourages people to donate their old, gently used music books to fire victims.

Music Teachers’ Association of California donates music to fire victims

November 10, 2017

When one thinks of the California fires, not many people would associate it with the loss of music teachers' studios and collections. This is why the Music Teachers' Association of Calif...

The gift card drive will give gift cards to United Way Bay Area and United Way of the Wine Country. Both are branches of United Way that will provide aid to fire victims.

Belmont gift card drive benefits fire victims

November 1, 2017

To help those who lost their homes and property in the North Bay fires, Belmont is hosting its own gift card drive. People who would like to donate to the fire victims can giv...

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