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Forest Service crews battling two wildfires

Feather Publishing
Updated 7/31/2012 10:00 a.m.

The Peak Fire is burning on the Beckwourth Ranger District on the Plumas National Forest about 15 miles northeast of Portola, CA. The fire has burned 780 acres. 586 firefighters and support personnel are working in the fire.

This morning the Northern California Interagency Incident Management Team 1 assumed command of this fire. Crews made significant progress yesterday and last night with the construction of fireline using Handcrews and Bulldozers.

Due to the very dry fuel conditions, firefighters have contended with the fire spotting across the lines. Spot fires thus far have been contained while still small. Crews are watching for any additional fire movement that may develop. There are still many areas of active fire within the containment lines so this fire will continue to produce smoke that may affect the Honey Lake and Susanville areas.

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Committee working to repair relationship with the CHP

Dan McDonald
Staff Writer

Last summer, the relationship between the local California Highway Patrol and the citizens of Plumas County was arguably as bad as it could get.

One year later, two of the men who were at the center of conflict — Quincy Area CHP Commander Bruce Carpenter and Quincy resident Dan Hanna — said things are getting better.

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Forest Service crews fight wildfire near Sloat‏

Feather Publishing
7:30 p.m. update

Dan McDonald
Staff Writer

SLOAT - A wildfire that started near Sloat about 4:15 p.m. Thursday, July 26, was about 50 percent contained by 6:40 p.m. thanks to a swift response by fire crews from the U.S. Forest Service.

The blaze, located on a steep hillside in the Poplar Creek area about two miles southwest of Sloat, had burned about five acres by Thursday evening.

According to Plumas National Forest spokesperson Heather Munn, who was at the scene, the first fire crew began fighting the fire at 4:39 p.m. They were soon joined by two air tankers and a helicopter .

"Luckily we were able to respond fast enough to catch the fire where it is right now," Munn said. "Most of the crews were able to be here within an hour (of when the fire was reported)."

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Gold Lake Lodge celebrates 100 years

Debra Moore
Mava and Mac Machomich opened the Gold Lake Lodge in 1912. Standing in front of the dining hall from left are: A.D. Smith, Ted McDonald, Elmer McDonald, Mava Machomich, Mac Machomich and Katherine Smith. This photo is believed to have been taken sometime in the 1920s. Photo courtesy Plumas County Museum
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One hundred years ago city dwellers arrived at Gold Lake Lodge via train and horse and buggy.

Today they may arrive in an SUV, but their goal is the same — enjoy the outdoors.

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Search is on for superintendent

Laura Beaton
Staff Writer

The Plumas Unified School District (PUSD) board of directors approved an agreement for assistance in selecting a superintendent July 19.

Education Leadership Services (ELS), based in Oakdale, has been retained to recruit, advertise, complete background checks, conduct surveys and host information forums for community input in regards to the superintendent search.

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