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Crews Battle Tubbs Fire Threatening Calistoga

CALISTOGA (KPIX) — The battle to keep the Tubbs Fire out of the town of Calistoga is being waged along Highway 29. tubbs fire Crews Battle Tubbs Fire Threatening Calistoga Billowing smoke choked scenic vistas along the road Thursday — a reminder that the flames are still in charge here. The fire jumped the highway Thursday afternoon in at least one location and Cal Fire crews were determined to keep it from spreading. At one location where there was a turnout scarcely wide enough for the water tenders and strike teams to park, Cal Fire crews set backfires to choke off the fuel to stop the Tubbs Fire’s advance. Less than a quarter-mile from that location, people vainly tried to load a horse onto a trailer to get it out of harm’s way. Spooked and stubborn the horse refused to budge. Structure-protection crews set up shop at a home on Highway 29 as the forest glowed orange above. While wildfires tend to lie down at night, the Tubbs Fire continues to chew through vegetation, mocking the efforts of firefighters and their equipment.

Peninsula High School Quarterback Drives Team Effort To End Teen Suicide

SAN MATEO (KPIX) — It was another Friday Night Lights at Serra High School in San Mateo: cheerleaders, the national anthem and homecoming vs. rival Archbishop Mitty High School in San Jose. But, before talk on Freitas Field turned to touchdowns and turnovers, it also touched on a subject not typically broached during high school football season: the tragedy of teenage suicides. Padres quarterback Luke Bottari said this: “I know what teenage suicide is all about and I know what losing a friend is like.” On the field, Bottari is the leader of the Serra Padres. Off the field, he’s also leading the conversation about teenage mental health after launching “Play4Prevention” a non-profit foundation to instruct teens and parents about mental health. “I want to challenge each of you and your parents, as well as teens, to start speaking up and asking — talk with your peers about how to cope with feelings or changes you see in them. Teen suicide is preventable. I believe prevention has to start with us as teens,” Bottari said. Bottari got the idea for the program after a close friend committed suicide. In June, he began moving from idea to action. “He went to his football coach here, Coach Walsh, and said, ‘Hey, here’s an idea I have that I’d like to do at one of our games, what game do you think we should do it at?’ and they took the idea from there and kinda blew it up,” Luke’s mother, Natasha Bottari told KPIX. Play 4 Prevention became a website — it even sells socks to fund counseling for teens at places like Safe Space. “There’s a lot of kids out there like that. Their voices need to be heard and this is a start — and our program is as well: a start,” said Lesley Martin from Safe Space. Beyond the banner of competition there is now camaraderie. Even the opposing Monarchs from AMHS wore Play4Prevention socks on Friday. “After this weekend, when you look at the socks, pull them out of your drawer and know that talking to someone just may save their life,” Luke Bottari said.

Firefighters At Risk Of Cancer Rely On Canines With Nose For Carcinoma

Firefighters At Risk Of Cancer Rely On Canines With Nose For Carcinoma

MODESTO (KPIX) — Beyond the danger of flames and collapsing structures is a hidden reality of life in the fire service — cancer.

A study from the Center for Disease Control says 68 percent of firefighters will develop cancer at some point, compared to 22 percent of the general population.

“Unfortunately, for us, we’ve had quite a few guys in our organization who’ve come down with different…

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Fremont Offers Refunds For Red-Light Tickets Due To Shortened Yellow Time

Fremont Offers Refunds For Red-Light Tickets Due To Shortened Yellow Time

FREMONT (KPIX 5) — What difference does seven-tenths of a second make? For two intersections in Fremont that suddenly churned out hundreds of red light tickets to drivers — the answer is about half a million dollars.

The city proposes to shell out at least $490,000 to drivers after it was revealed a mixup resulted in a change to the yellow light duration.

“They shortened the yellows,” said…

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Fremont Offers Refunds For Red-Light Tickets Due To Shortened Yellow Time

Fremont Offers Refunds For Red-Light Tickets Due To Shortened Yellow Time

FREMONT (KPIX 5) — What difference does seven-tenths of a second make? For two intersections in Fremont that suddenly churned out hundreds of red light tickets to drivers — the answer is about half a million dollars.

The city proposes to shell out at least $490,000 to drivers after it was revealed a mixup resulted in a change to the yellow light duration.

“They shortened the yellows,” said…

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Price Of Drug That Saves Overdose Victims Soaring Out Of Reach

Price Of Drug That Saves Overdose Victims Soaring Out Of Reach

SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX) — If you or a loved one overdoses, there is a drug that can save your life — but it comes at an increasing cost. Kent Killen knows first-hand it’s a drug that works miracles.

“Coming back to life — literally — from not breathing and no heartbeat,” said Kent.

The 26-year-old and an ex-girlfriend were using opioid drugs, when she overdosed. He gave her an emergency antidote…

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