As the calendar year winds down and 2018 rapidly approaches, the final week of December presents the ideal opportunity to reminisce about what transpired over the previous 12 months. From wildfires to floods, as well as Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. rescinding the state’s prolonged drought emergency, it was another historical year for Californians.
Cal OES was there to document it all.
Below is a list of 10 memorable stories, grabbed directly from our blog on relevant news and public-safety reminders, from 2017:
Original date: Jan. 23, 2017
Two emergency proclamations were issued to secure funding to help communities respond to and recover from severe winter storms that caused flooding, mudslides, erosion, debris flow and damage to roads and highways.
Original date: Feb. 3, 2017
This winter, massive amounts of snow blanketed the Sierras. The Lake Tahoe area and Highway 50 were especially impacted by extensive storms, and Caltrans was ready with operations to keep traffic moving and travelers safe.
Original date: March 3, 2017
Agencies – public and private – and their contractors have many irons in the fire in Butte County to make repairs to the Oroville Dam spillway, dredge the diversion pools, get the power plant back online and keep the community there and downstream safe.
Original date: April 14, 2017
After five-plus years of historic drought, Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. rescinded the state of emergency order, excluding four counties, in the wake of one of the wettest winters in state history. Only Fresno, Kings, Tulare and Tuolumne counties remain in a drought emergency.
Original date: October 2, 2017
The question of public safety at large events is once again making headlines after the deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history. At least 58 people were killed and more than 500 injured after a gunman opened fire on a music festival crowd Sunday night in Las Vegas, Nevada. This shooting, on the final night of the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival, is the latest reminder to be on high alert when attending large events.
Original date: Aug. 2, 2017
The heavy lifting of becoming a Cal FIRE firefighter begins in a small remote town in Northern California. Situated on a sprawling campus in Ione – about 40 miles from Sacramento – the Cal FIRE Academy uses a state-of-the-art facility to train future firefighters.
Original date: Sept. 13, 2017
As two separate hurricanes battered the states of Texas and Florida just days apart, trained California personnel was strategically positioned to answer a request for assistance if needed.
Original date: Nov. 4, 2017
It was the deadliest week of wildfires in California’s history. Watch as we go back to some of the hardest hit neighborhoods in Sonoma County and show signs of hope already rising from the ashes.
Original date: Dec. 10, 2017
Nearly a week into the devastating wildfires that have burned more than 250,000 acres across five counties, out-of-state resources continue to pour into California. More than 150 engines from neighboring western states have responded to the state’s request for additional assistance to fight six significant wildfires in Southern California.
Original date: Dec. 15, 2017
Just over two months after some of the most destructive fires in state history hit Northern California in October, which destroyed 8,900 structures and damaged thousands more, the debris removal program has reached a major milestone. To date, debris removal operations teams have moved more than 573,000 tons from the wildfire burn areas.