The Valley Fire in Lake County is one for the record books. While there have been larger fires in terms of size -- like the huge one now burning in Fresno County -- the Valley Fire now ranks as the third worst fire in state history, based on total structures burned. And at least four people have died.

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On the September 23rd edition of Your Call, we're talking about the increasing number of wildfires blazing across California. 

Daily news roundup for Monday, September 21st, 2015

Sep 21, 2015
Michael Macor, The Chronicle

Here's what's happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW news:


Tech bus drivers forced to live in cars to make ends meet // SF Chronicle

"Scott Peebles drives employees to their jobs at Apple, the wealthiest tech company in the world, yet he can’t afford a place to live."

Daily news roundup for Monday, January 26, 2015

Jan 26, 2015
Evan Sernoffsky / SF Chronicle

Here's what's happening in the Bay Area, curated by KALW news:

Firefighters contain 6-alarm wildfire in Pacifica // SF Gate

“An unusual midwinter wildfire chased dozens of Pacifica residents from their homes early Monday before firefighters were able to contain the six-alarm blaze.

Commentary: A state on fire

Sep 4, 2012

Here in California, the wildfire is an emblem of catastrophic carelessness. A single cigarette butt, dropped in moronic innocence, can easily set off something like the fires we've seen this summer in Lake, Shasta, Tehama, San Diego, Mendocino and Riverside Counties; Joshua Tree, Plumas National Forest, Yosemite, etc.