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Fires are keeping crews busy

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An air tanker drops fire retardant on a vegetation fire burning near dirt Paiute Lane. Photo by Ruth Ellis 

 

Tuesday, July 7 — Several vegetation fires kept firefighters busy this afternoon. 

At 1 p.m., agencies responded to a vegetation fire that started above the mobile home park on Paiute Lane. 

According to Eric Ewing, Office of Emergency Services Chief, the spread was stoped at about 2:15 p.m. and the fire burned just over three acres. Two helicopters and two air tankers assisted with incident. 

Ewing said the cause of the fire is under investigation. 

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Festivities scheduled for upcoming event

Tuesday, July 7, 2015 — While the Paul Bunyan Mountain and Blues Festival takes place at Westwood Park with gates opening at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 11, many festivities are scheduled earlier that day with one the night before.
    Friday evening, July 10, the Westwood Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting a street dance from 8 to 11 p.m. at the Lassen County Visitor Center, Westwood Station located at the corner of Third and Ash streets near the railroad tracks. Fourgery will provide the dance music.

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Free seedlings to good homes

Tuesday, July 7, 2015 — The Almanor Ranger District of Lassen National Forest is giving away free seedlings to the public from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 10 and 11 at the Almanor Ranger District on Highway 36 East in Chester. The seedlings are left over from a Forest Service spring tree planting.
    Three-hundred conifer seedlings are available, including 70 Jeffrey pine, 70 ponderosa pine, 70 incense cedar, 10 sugar pine, 10 western white pine and 70 Douglas fir. Quantities are limited to 20 seedlings per household and are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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Fire restrictions in place on Forest

Tuesday, July 7, 2015  Forest officials have announced fire restrictions went into effect on the Lassen National Forest on Wednesday, July 1, and continuing through the declared end of the 2015 fire season.
    The restrictions address campfire use, off-road driving, smoking, woodcutting and other activities on the Forest. Such restrictions are ordered every year when the temperatures rise and cause the forest to dry out and become much more susceptible to wildfires.

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Supes appropriate money for community swimming pool

Tuesday, July 7, 2015 — Funding in the amount of $1.1 million has been appropriated in the county’s budget for a community swimming pool.
    The final expenditure,  however, is contingent on the city of Susanville making the same contribution, as well as amending the Honey Lake Valley Recreation Authority joint powers agreement.
    According to county administrative officer Richard Egan, the current agreement is the city and county will contribute $200,000 to the joint power authority for 15 years.

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