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    The Intermountain News is published every Wednesday morning for the communities of Burney, Fall River Mills, McArthur, Round Mountain, Big Bend, Montgomery Creek, Johnson Park, Old Station, Hat Creek, Glenburn, Cassel, Nubieber, Bieber, Lookout, Adin, Dana, Little Valley, Pittville, Cayton Valley, and Pondosa. The newspaper is published by Cright Incorporated, 37095 Main St., Suite C, P.O. Box 1030, Burney, California 96013. Craig Harrington, president and publisher. This newspaper is judged a newspaper of general circulation under court decree #24204, filed April 27, 1959, and can accept legal advertising. USPS No. 266-560. Second class postage paid at Burney, California 96013.


    Some 90 people turned out Monday morning, Aug. 3, 2015, for the reopening of the Shasta County sheriff’s office Burney station. Sheriff Tom Bosenko, Dist. 3 Supervisor Pam Giacomini and commander of the Burney station, Lt. Mark Lillibridge, cut the ribbon designating the station was open for business. “Four additional deputies will be added to the Burney station and, once they are hired and trained, this will restore 24-hour patrols to the area,” Bosenko said, something that hasn’t occurred since about 1995.

    A U.S. Forest Service firefighter, Dave Ruhl, 38, lost his life while responding to the Frog Fire northwest of Adin. His death Thursday, July 31, 2015, is not the first time fire has trapped firefighters from the Adin office of the U.S. Forest Service. In late August 1987 when 118 fires were burning in the Intermountain area, some 100 firefighters were battling a 4,000-acre lightning-caused fire 20 miles north of Bieber in the Modoc National Forest on Sunday, Aug. 30, 1987. Called the Crank Fire, the blaze began about 2 p.m. and trapped three fire engines, other equipment and 30 firefighters from Adin and the Intermountain Conservation Camp in Bieber. Eighteen of the firefighters were taken to hospitals in Alturas and Mayers Memorial Hospital in Fall River Mills and two were transferred to the burn unit in Chico. Injuries ranged from smoke inhalation to first and second degree burns.

    There are 21 large fires across California with well over 8,000 firefighters battling them. While there were several new wildfires today, the overall number of large wildfires is down as several were contained, and two smaller fires were merged into a large “complex” incident. The Frog Fire pictured above was reported at 3,000 acres and 5 percent contained Sunday morning. Since Thursday night, thousands of lightning strikes have occurred, sparking several hundred small wildfires. Many of the lightning-sparked fires are being managed as single fire “complexes” as listed below. Mountain thunderstorms will continue through Sunday with little rain which could spark fire starts from dry lightning strikes. Evening thunderstorms will shift northward late in the night, putting Northern California at risk for new lightning fire starts. A Red Flag Warning has been issued by the National Weather Service across the northern part of the state due to the dry thunderstorms and gusty winds.

    Fires of Interest: **CAL FIRE Incidents**

    Rocky Fire, Lake & Yolo County (more info…) East of Lower Lake * 25,750 acres – 5% contained * Evacuations in effect

    Mendocino Lightning Fires, Mendocino County Throughout Mendocino County *6 fires over 50 acres – 75% contained *All but one contained. 4-2 Cahto Fire is 30 acres – 75% contained

    Humboldt Lightning Fires, Humboldt County Throughout Humboldt County *Over 70 fires totaling 1,000 acres – 5% contained

    Advance Fire, Tulare County North of Three Rivers * 86 acres – 65% contained

    Swedes Fire, Butte County (more info…) North of Bangor * 400 acres – 90% contained

    Big Creek Fire, Tuolumne County (more info…) Off Hwy 120 and Sprague Rd near Groveland *204 acres – 80% contained

    Lowell Fire, Nevada County (more info…) You Bet area, west of Alta *2,304 acres – 80% contained

    Wragg Fire, Napa & Solano Counties (more info…) Off Hwy 128 near Lake Berryessa *8,051 acres – 95% contained *Full containment expected on August 3

    Queen Fire, Humboldt County (more info…) Off Hwy 169, 5 miles southeast of Pecwan *158 acres – 90% contained

    Creek Fire, Merced County Off Hwy 152 & San Luis Creek, west of Santa Nella * 1,450 acres – 100% contained

    China Fire, Shasta County (more info…) China Gulch near Happy Valley, southwest of Redding *2 fires for a total of 212 acres – 100% contained

    **Unified Command Incidents**

    Willow Fire, Madera County (more info…) US Forest Service - Sierra National Forest / CAL FIRE Southeast of Bass Lake *5,116 acres – 50% contained * Evacuations in effect

    **Local Incidents**

    White Fire, Santa Barbara County NEW Santa Maria Mesa Road and Power Line Canyon, east of Santa Maria *50 acres – 0% contained *Forward spread stopped *CAL FIRE is assisting

    **Federal Incidents**

    Scales Fire, San Bernardino County – U.S. Forest Service – San Bernardino National Forest *50 acres – 10% contained *CAL FIRE is assisting

    Fork Complex, Trinity County (more info…) US Forest Service – Shasta-Trinity National Forest South of Hyampom *12,500 acres *CAL FIRE is assisting *Rail Fire & Barker Fire are now being managed under the complex

    River Complex, Trinity County (more info…) US Forest Service – Shasta-Trinity National Forest – River Drainage, near Denny *1,500 acres

    Frog Fire, Modoc County (more info…) US Forest Service – Modoc National Forest Southwest of Lava Campground *3,000 acres – 5% contained

    Mad River Complex, Trinity County US Forest Service – Six Rivers National Forest Near Ruth Lake *5,000 acres

    Etsel Fire, Mendocino County US Forest Service – Mendocino National Forest Etsel Ridge, 14 miles east of Covelo *37 acres – 60% contained

    Cabin Fire, Tulare County (more info…) US Forest Service - Sequoia National Forest 8 miles northeast of Camp Nelson *2,619 acres

    Cutca Fire, San Diego County (more info…) US Forest Service - Cleveland National Forest Palomar Mountain *167 acres – 90% contained

    Pines Fire, Los Angeles County (more info…) US Forest Service – Angeles National Forest Near Big Pines, northwest of Wrightwood *200 acres – 85% contained

    Washington Fire, Alpine County (more info…) US Forest Service – Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest South of Markleeville *17,790 acres – 99% contained

    Lake Fire, San Bernardino County (more info…) US Forest Service – San Bernardino National Forest south of Big Bear Lake *31,359 acres – 100% contained

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