Michael Roccaforte

Ops Coordinator & Evening News Host

Michael Roccaforte is a KHSU Operations Coordinator and hosts the World and All Things Considered. He started out as a KHSU Experience student in 2015. He then graduated from HSU in 2016 with a Journalism degree and is happy to be working in Humboldt County at KHSU since. 

**Update 8-14 10:00 am: Calfire has confirmed the death of one firefighter who was working on the Ranch Fire. It is the first fatality recorded in the Mendocino Complex Fires.                                                            

With fire season raging on, containment efforts have begun to make progress. However, the state’s two largest fires, The Mendocino Compex Fire and the Carr Fire, both grew in size over the weekend. Hot, dry conditions as well as gusty winds led to the spread of these fires.

Local labor and political activist Allen McCloskey joined Eric Kirk to discuss the current state of Humboldt County politics as we move into the fall election season on the August 9th Episode of Thursday Night Talk on KHSU. Listen below: 

While the Carr Fire and Mendocino Complex fires continue to grow, residents of some areas are being allowed to return to their homes.

I. The Carr Fire is up 115,538 acres and is creeping into Trinity County. The National Interagency Fire Center, or NIFC, posted an interactive map showing areas that are free to be repopulated, and those still under mandatory evacuation. This post contains the map as of 4:30 PM, however the live, interactive map can be found here. Green areas are ready to be repopulated and red areas are under mandatory evacuations. The map shows, and the Trinity Journal has reported, that the town of Lewiston in Trinity County is under mandatory evacuation and the evacuation zone is coming close to Weaverville.

Will Klamath dam removal continue to move forward during the Trump administration? Tom Wheeler hosted Thursday Night Talk alongside guests Craig Tucker and Mike Belchik. They discussed the largest planned dam removal in human history and potential obstacles along the way. 

The Northcoast Unified Airquality Management District has issued another announcement regarding smoky conditions affecting air quality due to multiple fires burning in Northern California and Southern Oregon. Impacted areas generally lie inland, with quality ranging from “moderate,” to “unhealthy” to “unhealthy for sensitive groups,” for people with resperitory problems and other medical conditions.

The North Coast Unified Air Quality Management District has issued the following public service announcement due to multiple fires burning in or around our listening area.  

The Carr Fire east of Weaverville in Shasta County may present widespread haze to theTrinity Center, Lewiston, and Weaverville areas.