The Food and Drug Administration, the oldest comprehensive consumer protection agency in the U.S. federal government, is charged with protecting the public health. Under this mandate, it regulates drugs and medical devices for their safety and effectiveness. But is it a failing mandate? It’s long been argued that the FDA’s long and costly approval processes stifle innovation and keep life-changing treatments from the market. But the question remains: when it comes to public health, is it ever okay to sacrifice safety for speed?
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A look at the details of some of the major fires burning in northern and central California. This story is updated several times through the day, as new information becomes available.
UPDATE: 11:30 p.m. - Cal Fire says the Rocky Fire has grown slightly, to 67,000 acres, with containment moving to 20 percent as of late Tuesday. Drier conditions are expected Wednesday, which could increase the fire's extreme behavior.
It’s been almost a year since the King Fire scorched almost 100,000 acres of the Sierra Nevada forest. But this wildfire season could be worse - and it’s not just the drought and high temperatures that are fueling wildfires.
The on-going drought is making work harder for crews working to contain the Rocky Fire in Lake, Yolo and Colusa counties.
Firefighters from throughout the state are helping CalFire battle the Rocky Fire and other wildfires throughout the region. That includes crews from the Sacramento City Fire Department.