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Saw spark causes Dodge Fire

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Flames from the Dodge Fire consume land in North Lassen County. Photo by Karl Todd, of the Bureau of Land Management

Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015 — Investigators have determined a spark from a tree harvesting saw was the cause of the Dodge Fire that has burned about 11,000 acres of sagebrush, grass and juniper trees in a remote part of Lassen County.

The Bureau of Land Management determined the spinning blade in a feller-buncher machine caused a spark, setting fire to dry grass. Workers were unable to quell the flames with available tools and equipment, and the fire spread quickly into tall sagebrush and junipers.

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Farm Bureau to host Blues and Brews Festival

Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015 — Oh, you better watch out! According to Blues and Brews promoters, the community is really starting to buzz about the this year’s event to be held Saturday, Aug. 8 at Every Bloomin’ Thing, 705-670 Highway 395 East.
    Local residents have an opportunity to support scholarships and enjoy an evening of great blues music, a fantastic barbecue and the finest regionally produced beers at the festival — the year’s major fundraiser for the Lassen County Farm Bureau. Last year the bureau awarded more than $7,000 in scholarships to local high school and college students.

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Symphony offers more chamber music

Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015 — The Susanville Chamber Music Festival kicks into high gear this weekend with back-to-back concerts on Friday and Saturday evening, Aug. 7 and 8. Both concerts will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the Susanville United Methodist Church.
    The Friday night show, which is actually concert number two of this year’s Chamber Music Festival, is billed as the pops concert of the event.

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Dodge Fire grows to more than 10,000 acres

Wednesday, Aug. 5 — The Dodge Fire, a wind-driven blaze on public land managed by the Bureau of Land Management in a remote part of Lassen County, has grown to 10,700 acres and is now 25-percent contained by fire lines.

Named for nearby Dodge Reservoir, the fire started at about 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.

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Contest seeks summer-inspired poems

Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015 — A $1,000 grand prize is being offered in a summer-inspired poetry contest sponsored by the Famous Poets, free to everyone. There are 50 prizes in all totaling more than $4,000. The deadline for entering is Aug. 15. To enter, send one poem only of 21 lines or less to: Free Poetry Contest, P.O. Box 21, Talent, OR 97540. Or enter online at famouspoets.com.
    Be sure your name and address appears on the page with your poem. A winner’s list will be sent to
all entrants.

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