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IN THE NEWS
August 19, 2014
Fire Meeting Set
|HAT CREEK — Shasta County Supervisor
for District III, Pam Goacomini has set up a meeting with Hat
Creek residents who lost their homes, property or trees in the
The meeting, set for 6 p.m., this Wednesday, August 20, at the
Hat Creek Volunteer Fire Department’s Community room will
feature, Cal Fire – Shasta County Fire Chief Mike Hebard, Shasta
County Resource Management Richard Simon, Jeff Webster, a
forester for Total Forestry and Pete Johnson a Forester for
William Beaty and Associates, retired. Additionally, Shasta
County Sheriff Tom Bosenko and Hat Creek Ranger Kit Mullen of
the USFS, have also been invited.
They are expected to provide a wrap up of the fire, discuss
private and public plans for salvage and restoration, resources
for assistance and suggestions on how to make these events less
catastrophic in the future.
Three Fires Close to Full Containment
|Firefighting efforts on the area’s
three major fires, The Day, the Bald and the Eiler are
• The Day Fire which burned behind the community of Day over Big
Valley Mountain to the Lookout Junction. It went from 96%
containment on August 13 to 100% by August 16. It is estimated
that it burned 13,153 acres. It was caused by lightning.
• The Eiler Fire started near Lake Eiler in the 1,000 Lakes
Wilderness, Burney homes, a business and other structures in the
community of Hat Creek, threatened Johnson Park and Burney and,
along with the Bald Fire, caused evacuations in Cassel. It had
burned 32,416 acres and was reported at 97% containment Sunday
morning. It’s full containment date is expected by August 20.
Its cause is unknown and under investigation.
• The Bald Fire which burned between Cassel, Little Valley and
the southern end of Fall River Mills, was also caused by
It is currently considered 95% and has burned 39,736 acres.
Services District Okays Use Agreement
Air Ambulance Response Trigger by Ground
|By Walt Caldwell
Mountain Echo editor
FALL RIVER MILLS — The Fall River Valley Community Services
District pumped 1,418,930 cubic feet of water during the last
billing cycle and unlike prior months had a water loss in the
system of only 15%, down from 18% in June and much higher in the
previous several months.
On a related subject, the board passed a resolution at Wednesday
night’s board meeting accepting a memorandum of understanding
between themselves, the Burney Water District and Lassen County
Waterworks #1 (Bieber) regarding the procurement and use of a
leak detection device.
The Fall River CSD has acted as the lead agency in getting a
grant from the State Water Resources to fund it. The Memo of
Understanding sets up an agreement for use, maintenance and
repair and insuring it. The equipment, small enough to fit in
the trunk of an automobile, works by sonar and can pinpoint
leaks in underground water pipes, something that is critical
especially for districts like Fall River which has old water
lines that are creating major maintenance issues.
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|A question arose during the recent
attempt to develop an ambulance district in the Big Valley Area
which was defeated. That question was “We subscribe to an air
ambulance service, we therefore don’t need a ground ambulance.”
Anna Blair, REACH Vice President of Business Relations and
Development has responded to a Mountain Echo inquiry regarding
that subject. “We typically do not respond as the primary or
sole provider to a medical or traumatic incident.
“We rely heavily on the first responders (Fire, Ambulance, Law
Enforcement) to determine the appropriate need of our service
and to safely establish landing sites which ensures the safe
operation of our service. While it is true we are an long time
established partner within the total Emergency Medical Service
system, we are an adjunct to the system and should not be
considered a sole provider as we provide advanced critical care
service and would not be appropriate to use for any and all
medical and traumatic situations.
Season Finale a Hit
Bougoeis Gypsies delighted children and adults alike at the
Fall River Valley Chamber of Commerce’s season finale of
this year’s Summer Musical Series as they played at the Fall
River Valley Golf Course.
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Doctor's Preliminary Hearing Set for January
— A jury trial has been set for January 13 for Dr. Timothy
William Wilkins MD.
Wilkins, once an emergency room physician at Mayers Memorial
Hospital, has been charged with several counts of sexual
misconduct with a 17-year old Redding girl in May. He was booked
into the Shasta County Jail June 18, by the Redding Police
Department. He was arraigned and had bail set July 28.
There will be a settlement conference at 2 p.m. November 10 and
a pretrial readiness conference January 9.
Modoc Holds Lightning Fire to 101 Acres
|ALTURAS — Firefighters have contained
the Little Fire on the Doublehead Ranger District of the Modoc
National Forest at 101 acres. The fire, located approximately 20
miles west of Canby was reported by the Timber Mountain Lookout
around 3:00 p.m. August 12.
The Modoc Interagency Communications Center dispatched several
engines, dozers, crews, helicopters and air tankers to the
lightningcaused fire and firefighters worked late into the
evening to reach containment. About 50 personnel remained
assigned to the incident the following day to reinforce fire
lines and mop up.
Tuesday, there were ten confirmed fires on the Modoc including
the Little Fire. The rest were located on the Devil’s Garden and
Warner Mountain ranger districts and were contained at less than
one acre each.
Those thunderstorms produced significant lightning and gusty
winds across northeastern California. While precipitation
amounts varied widely. Remote Automatic Weather Stations (RAWS)
around the forest recorded anywhere from one-quarter inch to
zero precipitation over the previous day.
Firm's Contractor Studying Options
— Dollar General Store still not a “done deal.” The Shasta
County Resource Management says that the Dollar General Store
has not submitted actual plans for a Burney Store.
A spokesman for the Department said Friday that a General
Contractor who works closely with the firm has been looking at
the “Old Ben Franklin Store” next to Safeway and trying to
determine whether it would be better to tear down the existing
structure and rebuild at that location or to renovate the
building currently on the site. To date no decision has been
No one from Dollar General has answered Mountain Echo inquiries.
Dollar General has been in business for 75 years, has more than
11,000 stores in 40 states, including one in Alturas.
The Planning Department did not have any information regarding
whether or not, or when, plans might be circulated.