Three vehicle pile-up closes Highway 70
A three-vehicle wreck closed Highway 70 west of Vinton Thursday afternoon at approximately 2:45 p.m. A white sedan and van can be seen in the foreground overturned in a ditch, while further down the highway a blue overturned trailer is visible. Adjacent to the trailer, but not visible in the photo, is a silver pickup truck. A care flight helicopter landed in the middle of the highway during the rescue operation. Two ambulances from Eastern Plumas Health Care and a host of other emergency vehicles responded. There were no fatalities. For the full story and more photos, see next week’s newspaper. Photo by Debra Moore
Rideathon seeks funds
The 18th annual rideathon fundraiser for Horses Unlimited Incorporated (HUI) occurs Aug. 25 in Sloat. All riders must wear helmets and boots.
HUI, based in Cromberg, is part of the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.). The nonprofit group’s goal is “Ensuring excellence and changing lives through equine-assisted activities and therapies.”
Read more: Rideathon seeks funds
Governor declares state of emergency
Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. issued an emergency proclamation for Plumas, Shasta and Tehama Counties following recent wildfires that have destroyed residences, threatened thousands of homes and other structures and caused evacuations and road closures.
The Ponderosa Fire burning in Tehama and Shasta Counties was 60 percent contained as of Thursday morning as more than 2,400 firefighters were on the fire lines. 69 structures have been destroyed.
The Chips Fire in Plumas County has been burning since July 29. The fire is over 63,000 acres and just 40 percent contained.
Fraud investigation under way at services district
Indian Valley Editor
Financial irregularities found at Indian Valley Community Services District have sparked an investigation, both internal and criminal.
Plumas County District Attorney Dave Hollister said his office was contacted and is conducting an investigation into possible fraud, which occurred in the past.
Read more: Fraud investigation under way at services district
Chips evacuations upgraded; Prattville now under mandatory evacuation
9:00 p.m. update
The Plumas County Sheriff's Department has upgraded the evacuation notice for the Chips Fire.
Prattville is now under mandatory evacuation.
A Voluntary Evacuation is in place for Almanor.
An Advisory is in effect to all West Almanor and East Shore residents (Hwy. 147) advising of the potential threat of the fire to the areas.
Highway 89 is open at this time.
Click here to read the Sheriff's Department evacuation notice.
For more information on the Chips or Reading Fires, go to our Wildfire Page.