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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 Eiler Fire.

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 progressing well.

• 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 lightning.

It is currently considered 95% and has burned 39,736 acres.

Services District Okays Use Agreement
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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Air Ambulance Response Trigger by Ground Units
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
The 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
REDDING — 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
REDDING — 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 made.

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.


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