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Dodge Fire in Northern Lassen County grows to 3,500 acres

Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015 — A wind-fanned wildfire has consumed about 3,500 acres of sagebrush, grass and juniper trees on public land managed by the Bureau of Land Management in a remote part of Lassen County.

The Dodge Fire, named for nearby Dodge Reservoir, started at approximately 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 4. The cause is under investigation.There are a few isolated ranching cabins in the fire area about 17 miles northeast of Ravendale, but none have been damaged.

Officials at the Susanville Interagency Fire Center said the blaze burned actively through the night Monday, and was spreading to the north and east today. Resources including crews, fire engines, bulldozers and water tenders were continuing to arrive at the fire. At least two helicopters were assigned.

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Match met for America’s Best Communities competition

Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015 — Susanville California is one of 50 towns in rural America selected as a quarterfinalist in the $10 million America’s Best Communities competition, and the only community selected from California.
    Each of the 50 communities selected as quarterfinalists has been awarded $50,000 to develop comprehensive revitalization plans and a GoPro camera to document events and progress along the way.
    Each semifinalist community has been partnered with one of 50 companies; the Susanville Team has been partnered with GoPro, a company that will serve as strategic mentor to support community leaders as they build plans to revive the local economy and enhance quality of life.

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New study shows rising use of cell phones while driving

Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015 — The Office of Traffic Safety and the California Highway Patrol recently released a new study showing a 39-percent increase in the percentage of California drivers seen using a cell phone while driving.
    “It’s shocking that nearly 10 percent of motorists were observed using their cell phones while driving a motor vehicle, a potentially lethal combination,” said Office of Traffic Safety Director Ronda Craft. “We will continue our aggressive public outreach campaign and our partnership with law enforcement to educate the public about the dangers of those who drive distracted and put the lives of others at risk.”

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Vegetation fire burns on Richmond Road

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Fire consumes grass along Richmond Road, across the street from the Assembly of God Church. Flames also burned on the on the other side of the road.richfire.gif

 Update: The fire on Richmond Road near Susanville Assembly of God burned 42 acres and the cause is under investigation.

Another fire is also burning near Ravendale and started at approximately 2:20 p.m. today, Monday, Aug. 3. The blaze has consumed approximately1,500 acres and is burning sagebrush, grass and in sage grouse habitat.

Two dozers, three crews, five engines, multiple fixed wings and helicopters have assisted with the firefighting efforts today.

Monday, Aug. 3, 2015 — Traffic control is in place on Richmond Road near Diamond View School due to a vegetation fire burning on both sides of the road near the Assembly of God Church Monday, Aug. 3. Structures are nearby the fire. A reporter is on scene and more information will be posted as it becomes available. Photo submitted 

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County celebrates breastfeeding week

Monday, Aug. 3, 2015 —Breastfeeding is organized and promoted worldwide by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action. During the first week in August in almost every country worldwide, World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated.
    The theme for this year’s celebration is “Breastfeeding and Work: Let’s Make It Work.” The alliance aims to empower and support all women globally, in combining work, whether formal or informal, with child rearing practices, particularly breastfeeding.
    In celebration of World Breastfeeding Week, the local Women, Infants and Children program hosts two open houses at its office, located at 1410 Chestnut St. in Susanville. The first will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday Aug. 5 and the second from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday Aug. 7.

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