Everything you need to know about the California wildfires


Hello, Bay Area. It’s Friday, June 24, and a former Michelin-starred fine dining establishment is returning to Napa Valley. Here’s what you need to know to start your day.

This week is shaping up to be a busy time for California firefighters. In the Bay Area alone, multiple grass fires broke out in Alameda, Contra Costa, San Mateo and Solano counties, prompting evacuations. Further down Interstate 5, the Thunder Fire in Kern County charred more than 2,300 acres and sent smoke up the Grapevine, reducing driver visibility.

California recently ranked worst in the nation for air pollution due to smoke from wildfires. Although the Chronicle air quality map showed generally good air quality in the region this week despite a heat wave, sensors recently detected unhealthy air quality around hotspots. where the fires burn.

Wildfires and hot weather have also impacted other parts of the Bay Area. Pacific Gas and Electric Co. workers were unable to repair a transmission line near the Edgewood fire in unincorporated San Mateo County, forcing the Stanford University campus to a power outage lasting several days.

The utility company also announced this week that it would expand its automated power cuts, which are triggered when its computer systems detect problems such as trees hitting power lines.

To keep up to date with the latest California wildfires, use The Chronicle’s fire tracker. And we’ll be sending text messages again with fire news and updates, which subscribers can sign up for here.

• Thousands of lightning strikes California this week. Here’s why the state has been spared catastrophic fires.

SF Pride

Kenya Knott takes part in the San Francisco Pride Parade in 2019, the most recent year the event was live.

Jana Asenbrennerova/Special for The Chronicle 2019

The San Francisco Pride Parades kick off tonight, with the annual Trans March starting in Dolores Park. The Dyke March hits the streets on Saturday afternoon and the huge Pride Parade parades down Market Street on Sunday morning.

It’s the first time Pride has returned in person since the pandemic began in 2020. A host of celebrations are taking place across the city this year, including an official after-party hosted by Pride organizers.

Expect a colorful crowd as hundreds of thousands, if not more than a million, of attendees and observers come out for the festivities.

Here’s everything you need to know about the city’s iconic LGBTQ celebration, plus tips on how to get around on one of the busiest transit days of the year.

what to eat

Renee Robleda selects a baguette for a customer at Jane the Bakery in San Francisco.

Renee Robleda selects a baguette for a customer at Jane the Bakery in San Francisco.

Lea Suzuki/The Chronicle

The list of the best bakeries that was created this week has drawn both praise and criticism. So we decided to ask our readers for their suggestions. Reader favorites include tried-and-true boutiques like Jane the Bakery in San Francisco, Baker and the Midwife in Mountain View, and One House Bakery in Benicia.

Additionally, Michelin-starred Cyrus closed its doors a decade ago, and chef Douglas Keane has pledged to reopen quickly. But it’s been a long wait for the foodie destination, which reopens on September 9 in Geyserville, a 10-minute drive from its original location. Expect seasonal California dishes inspired by Japanese cuisine and other cuisines from around the world.

Finally, restaurant reviewer Chronicle Soleil Ho has something to say about air fryers, the all-time unitasker. Food snobs often look down on them, but they offer great versatility, especially for people who cook with limited space or have a disability.

around the bay

Trash and animal waste clutter the beach at San Mateo's Lakeshore Park, listed as one of the dirtiest in the state.

Trash and animal waste clutter the beach at San Mateo’s Lakeshore Park, listed as one of the dirtiest in the state.

Kevin N. Hume/The Chronicle 2014

Pollution issues: According to a report, three beaches in San Mateo County are among the dirtiest in the state.

Armed shot: San Francisco officials identified the man shot dead on a train Wednesday as 27-year-old Nesta Bowen.

School board scramble: Getting Lowell High School in San Francisco back to merit-based admissions won’t be easy. Here’s what educators say will happen next.

Heat: Tracks carrying the East Bay BART train that derailed this week exceeded 140 degrees, the agency said.

Rights of arms: The Supreme Court’s decision to strike down New York’s gun law could have ramifications here in California. But that doesn’t mean the state should make it easy to get a concealed carry permit.

Santa Rita Jail: A man was injured at Alameda County Jail after being arrested for a parole violation. But although he suffered his injuries while incarcerated, the sheriff’s office said it was not investigating his death, which occurred outside the facility.

Second round of cuts: Netflix is ​​laying off 300 employees as the streaming service’s revenue plummets.

‘An actor’ :
Joegh Bullock, the San Francisco party pioneer who helped build Craigslist and Burning Man, has died at 71.

‘Bittersweet’: Former Chronicle reporter Lizzie Johnson has signed a deal with Jamie Lee Curtis’ production company to develop a 2018 film about Campfire in Paradise.

Reading Wars

Nicole Qiu and John Xu read during the Springboard summer program at Visitacion Valley Elementary School in San Francisco.

Nicole Qiu and John Xu read during the Springboard summer program at Visitacion Valley Elementary School in San Francisco.

Lea Suzuki/The Chronicle

Is There a Literacy Crisis in Bay Area Elementary Schools?

Some years children become addicted to phonics. Other years, they memorize whole words. Educators have gone back and forth on how to teach children to recognize words.

About half of California public school students were not reading or writing at the grade level in 2019, according to the most recent data available. After months of remote learning, parents and district officials are asking teachers to change it in hopes they’ll develop better literacy skills.

Read more from Jill Tucker.

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