Community prepares Thanksgiving feast for Camp Fire victims, first responders

LINCOLN, Calif. - Neighbors in Lincoln, California, are preparing a massive feast for the victims and first responders of the destructive and deadly Camp Fire.It began as a Facebook post, looking for people with a similar goal, according to KTXL."So many of us felt like, ‘What can we do?’” organizer Kris Wyatt said. “We just felt so helpless."Jeannette Bermudez reached out to Wyatt and before they realized there were dozens within their community who also wanted to help."It was just blossoming and then even just last night, I mean there was like 400 people that were sharing the Facebook post,” Bermudez said.That was just in one night.

Wildfires cost Oregon Shakespeare Festival $2 million

The famed Oregon Shakespeare Festival that attracts tourists from around the world says it lost $2 million this summer because wildfire smoke forced it to cancel more than two dozen outdoor performances.

Verizon slowed our data as we fought massive wildfire, chief says

Anxiety over how the absence of net neutrality rules could affect things has manifested itself in California.Ars Technica reports on a new lawsuit that includes a statement from Santa Clara County Fire Chief Anthony Bowden alleging Verizon throttled the fire department's data services (specifically tied to its vehicle OES 5262, which uses a Verizon SIM card to get online) while it was in the midst of fighting the state's wildfires.To make things worse, Bowden adds, "Verizon imposed these limitations despite being informed that throttling" was curtailing the department's emergency response.His declaration is an addendum to a legal challenge against the FCC filed by nearly two dozen state attorneys general and a slew of government agencies looking to overturn the repeal of net neutrality rules that went into effect in June.Ars Technica details the email back-and-forth—starting in late June and continuing as the Mendocino Complex Fire raged on—between Verizon and fire officials, including one in which a fire IT officer begs, "Please work with us."Even though the fire department had an "unlimited" data plan, Ars Technica notes big carriers sometimes slow things when a certain amount of data is exceeded.A Verizon rep eventually convinced the department to upgrade from a monthly $37.99 data plan to a $99.99 one.