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Thursday in San Francisco: Good news for California's drought, Bay Bridge crash causes major delays and more

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By Sri Ravipati

Good morning San Francisco. Welcome back to another daily roundup of local stories for Jan. 13.

San Francisco restaurant damaged by arson

A restaurant in San Francisco’s Mission District was set ablaze early Thursday, KRON4 reports.

Officers responded around 4 a.m. to the 700 block of Valencia Street for a reported fire. Police determined the fire was set intentionally.

No one was injured in the fire, according to KRON4.

Traffic today: Bay Bridge crash backs up incoming San Francisco traffic

A major car crash blocked three westbound lanes on the Bay Bridge early Thursday, SFGATE reports.

The crash created a traffic nightmare for those traveling from the East Bay into San Francisco, with it taking at least an hour to get across the bridge.

"An absolutely miserable commute on the Bay Bridge," KCBS Radio tweeted.

Good news for the California drought: winter storms push most of state into less extreme drought categories

Looks like the Bay Area is finally out of the exceptional drought category, according to The San Francisco Chronicle.

The U.S. Drought Monitor uses a number of drought measurements, like precipitation, soil moisture and streamflow, to determine a category. Exceptional drought is the worst category an area can be in — it's essentially indicating a water emergency. The next category is extreme drought, which comes with widespread water shortages and restrictions.

The U.S. Drought Monitor data posted Thursday shows most of California is now in the lesser extreme or severe drought categories.

Thanks for reading today's S.F. news roundup! Did any of these stories hit home for you? Let me know in the comments.

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