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California wildfires could deal second punch to struggling small businesses

Michael Volpatt already knew what art, medicine and clothes he needed to take when he got an alert to evacuate his home west of Guerneville in Sonoma County ahead of the massive LNU Complex Fire. But there was one more decision to make — should he go to his store, Big Bottom Market, and try to prepare it for what could be a weeks-long evacuation?



a clock tower in the store: GUERNEVILLE, CA - AUGUST 31: A view of River Road is seen under smoky skies in downtown Guerneville, Calif., on Monday, Aug. 31, 2020. Residents recently returned after being evacuated for the nearby LNU Lightning Complex Fire. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)


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GUERNEVILLE, CA – AUGUST 31: A view of River Road is seen under smoky skies in downtown Guerneville, Calif., on Monday, Aug. 31, 2020. Residents recently returned after being evacuated for the nearby LNU Lightning Complex Fire. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)

“It’s a big decision to have to make because you don’t know what’s going to happen,” he said. “Is your building going to burn down? Is it going to matter? Is the electricity going to go out and

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How California’s wildfires might affect small businesses

Michael Volpatt already knew what art, medicine and clothes he needed to take when he got an alert to evacuate his home west of Guerneville in Sonoma County ahead of the massive LNU Complex Fire. But there was one more decision to make — should he go to his store, Big Bottom Market, and try to prepare it for what could be a weeks-long evacuation?

“It’s a big decision to have to make because you don’t know what’s going to happen,” he said. “Is your building going to burn down? Is it going to matter? Is the electricity going to go out and all your food spoil?”

Volpatt decided it wasn’t worth the risk and left the store to its fate. The power held and most of the products in his shop, best known for its Oprah-approved biscuits, survived. But the 10-day evacuation and an unusually early and ferocious start

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Officials battle online misinformation along with wildfires

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This photo taken by Talent, Ore., resident Kevin Jantzer shows the destruction of his hometown as wildfires ravaged the central Oregon town near Medford late Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020. (Kevin Jantzer via AP)

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Emergency responders in the Pacific Northwest are fighting misinformation along with raging wildfires as people spread unsubstantiated social media posts blaming coordinated groups of arsonists from both the far left and far right for setting the blazes.

The FBI said Friday that it’s investigated several claims and found them to be untrue, while officials in Oregon and Washington state have turned to Facebook to knock down the competing narratives — some posts blamed far-left antifa activists and others claimed the far-right group the Proud Boys was responsible for the fires scorching wide swaths of the region.

“I am physically and emotionally exhausted. We’ve been working really hard to protect people’s lives and homes,”

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