SPECIAL REPORT: Communities grapple with wildfires, power outages

Peninsula Press reporters cover the outbreak of wildfires and mass power shutoffs that hit Northern California fall of 2019.

Bay Area restaurants tally losses from spoiled food, lost sales from power shutoffs

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Pacific Gas and Electric’s late October power shutoffs impacted numerous restaurants in the Bay Area. Restaurants lost food and customers. Picco Restaurant & Pizzeria, a restaurant specialized in California-influenced Neapolitan pizzas in Larkspur, had to close their restaurant Oct. 26 at 2:30 p.m. and reopened on Oct. 29. It estimates its losses at $43,000. The shutdown caused the restaurant to lose six meal periods, said Ryan Heis, Picco’s managing partner. The restaurant had to throw out some of its food and beverages. Some of these included stocks, sauces and open bottles of wine served by the glass.  “We lost a lot, we lost a good Saturday night business,” said Lauren…

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Kincade Fire forces adoptable animals to evacuate twice

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SACRAMENTO — The Kincade Fire in Sonoma County prompted large-scale evacuations on Oct. 26 and forced thousands of residents to flee their homes. But it wasn’t just humans that were displaced by the fire — pets and animals living at shelters also had to evacuate. The Sacramento Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals took in a total of 42 animals from Sonoma County.

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As fires rage, California takes steps to integrate technology into wildfire management

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CALIFORNIA — In September, even before the October wildfires began to ravage parts of northern and southern California, governor Gavin Newsom announced two contracts totaling nearly $2 million for developing technology to facilitate wildfire detection and emergency decision-making.

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