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Fleeing fires: Evacuated community members face challenges with new reality

Upper school English teacher Beverley Manning's house was burned to the ground by the CZU Lightning Complex Fire, which has now burned over 86,000 acres. Manning evacuated from the wildfire with her rescued animals.

by Lucy Ge, Winged Post News Editor

September 8, 2020

Since a heat wave struck California on Aug. 14, over 900 fires have rolled through 1.8 million acres, destroying at least 3,400 structures, according to Gov. Gavin Newsom during a press conference today.  Californians experienced extreme heat over Labor Day weekend, with Newsom declaring a state of...

Harker community members evacuate in response to California wildfires burning over 1 million acres

Lightning strikes from thunderstorms were seen across the Bay Area on the morning of Aug. 16. The storms, which came after record-breaking heat, helped fuel the fires, according to a press release from California Gov. Gavin Newsom.

by Lucy Ge, Winged Post News Editor

August 25, 2020

This is a developing story. Check Harker Aquila for future updates. Over 100,000 California residents have evacuated due to ongoing evacuation orders issued for parts of the counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano and Sonoma, as hundreds of wildfires continue to burn o...

New coronavirus outbreak spreads globally, raising public health concerns

Emergency masks in the upper school office of nurse Clare Elchert. Masks like these are being used in China in public areas, where a novel coronavirus, 2019-nCoV, is rapidly spreading.

by Kathy Fang and Eric Fang

January 24, 2020

The outbreak of a new coronavirus that emerged in Wuhan, China, has elevated public health concerns as it spread globally to countries as far as the U.S. and France. The spread of this virus has also complicated travel plans locally as upper school students and families prepare for Lunar New Year festi...

Lights out, flames rise: As Sonoma County continues to burn, “historic” high-speed, dry wind event prompts PG&E to expand power shutoffs to reduce additional fire risk

A forecasted map of approximate regions, highlighted in orange, that may be affected by tomorrow's public safety power shutoff. The shutoff was prompted by warnings of a high-speed wind event that increases risk of damage to power lines and fire hazards.

by Kathy Fang, Arya Maheshwari, and Nicole Tian

October 28, 2019

As the Kincade fire in Sonoma County continues to burn and “extreme” weather conditions bring heightened fire risks to northern California, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) announced plans yesterday to implement the third consecutive public safety power shutoff (PSPS) of the week, whi...

Update: Bay Area electricity scheduled to return after second phase of PG&E outage shuts off power to some upper school students, faculty

A map of the Bay Area during the public safety power shutoff, which first hit the Santa Clara, Alameda, San Mateo and Santa Cruz counties Wednesday night, according to data released on Thursday by Pacific Gas and Electric Company.

by Kathy Fang, Editor-in-Chief

October 11, 2019

This is a developing story. Check Harker Aquila for future updates. After the conclusion of a hazardous wind event, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) issued an “all clear” yesterday evening and has begun restoring power to customers across the Bay Area and the rest of northern Califo...

PG&E public safety power shutoff to affect up to 800,000 across northern, central, coastal California, starting Wednesday morning

PG&E public safety power shutoff to affect up to 800,000 across northern, central, coastal California, starting Wednesday morning

by Kathy Fang, Varsha Rammohan, and Anna Vazhaeparambil

October 8, 2019

This is a developing story. Check Harker Aquila for future updates. Following predictions of dry, windy conditions and heightened fire risks, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) plans to shut off power to 800,000 customers in 34 northern, central and coastal counties across California, sta...

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