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Duerksen attends training for Bakken oil

Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014 — Forest Duerksen, the fire chief for the Westwood Fire Department, took part in hands-on field training exercises Oct. 2- through 22 designed to teach emergency responders how to manage incidents related to crude oil trains. The training was underwritten by Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway and held at the Transportation Technology Center in Pueblo, Colorado, which is the railroad industry’s private training and research center.

“The training made me feel more confident. I got to be incident commander on one of the training scenarios, and that is where I will be if we have an incident. It helped me to make sure I am doing things right and brought up considerations I had not thought about,” said Duerksen.

Supes, residents discuss pot gardens

Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014 — County staff will be bringing back information for the board of supervisors to review and possibly update the medical marijuana ordinance.

The matter was placed on the supervisors’ agenda after residents in Lake Forest voiced concerns during an October meeting about a large marijuana grow in the subdivision off Eagle Lake Road.

Residents who stand on both sides of the issue attended a study session held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct 28 at the Veterans Memorial Hall.

Cal Fire lifts burn ban

Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014 — Northern California’s first significant rainfall of the season, combined with cooler temperatures, has allowed the Cal Fire Lassen Modoc Plumas Unit to lift restrictions on dooryard debris burning effective at 8 a.m. Monday, Oct. 27.

This means you may burn dooryard debris without a permit. Permits will not be required until May 1, 2015. However, you must still contact your local Air Pollution Control District to ensure it’s a permissive burn day.

Prescribed burning on Eagle Lake Ranger District

Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014 —The Eagle Lake Ranger District of the Lassen National Forest is planning on burning hand piles (1 acre) for one to two days at the south end of Eagle Lake at Christie Day Use Area from Oct. 29 and 30.

Estimated direction of smoke travel is primarily to the north, northeast. Although smoke may be visible from County Road A-1, it should not impact the road in any way. Piles will be ignited to keep any smoke impacts to a minimum. The smoke will not impact any communities or smoke sensitive areas.

 Agency contact is Chuck Lewis at 257-4188.

Severe weather watches and warnings for Sierra

Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014 — A winter storm watch remains in effect from Friday morning, Oct. 31 through Saturday afternoon, Nov. 1 above 5,000 feet.

Moderate travel problems are likely. Motorists may experience very long delays. Chain restrictions are probable especially for trucks. Reduced visibility during heavier snow will make driving hazardous.

The bulk of snow is expected between 5 p.m. Friday to 11 a.m. Saturday but lighter snow accumulations will occur before and after this timeframe.

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