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Fire safe council tries to help form committee

Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014 — The Lassen County Fire Safe Council and the United States Forest Service are doing all they can to ensure they receive applications for the Secure Rural Schools Act resource advisory committee.

An advisory committee is 15 positions, formed in three different groups, that works to collaborate with federal land managers to suggest title II projects on federal land, according to the forest service website. There should also be as much diversity as possible throughout the group.

Solid waste board holds special meeting to discuss manager’s contract

Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014 — There may finally be resolution regarding the approval of the Lassen Regional Solid Waste Management Authority’s manager’s contract.

The board of directors will convene in a special meeting at 3 p.m. today, Tuesday, Aug. 12 at 707 Nevada St. The only item on the general agenda is to review, discuss and possibly approve the contract for Tom Valentino.

This is the third time the contract has come to the board for discussion and possible approval in open session, and it has created some tensions in the boardroom.

Extension of candidate filing period

The extended deadline for any person, other than the incumbent, to file a Declaration of Candidacy for districts in which the incumbent did not file is the close of business Wednesday, Aug. 13. This extended deadline is not applicable where there is no incumbent to be elected. Districts with extended openings are:

Any person, other than the incumbent, wishing to file can do so at the Lassen County Clerk’s office in the Historic Courthouse, at 220 S Lassen St., Suite 5, Susanville.

Qualifications: must be a registered voter and otherwise qualified to vote for that office at the time nomination papers are issued and shall reside in the district during his/her incumbency. (Gov. C. 25041)

Fire updates

The Eiler Fire, Lassen National Forest, started 6:04 p.m. Thursday, July 31 and is now 45 percent contained. It has burned 32,416 acres seven residences, 12 outbuildings and two commercial buildings. Deployment of 44 fire crews (1,893 total personnel), 210 fire engines, 20 bulldozers and nine helicopters to fight this fire. The cause of the Eiler Fire is still under investigation

It is currently burning around the Hat Creek community; containment is expected Wednesday, Aug. 20.

Eiler, Bald and Day fires update: Highways reopened, Forest closure remains in fire-affected areas

Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014 — As a further sign of progress on fires in Northeastern California, Eiler Fire officials have reopened highways 89, 299 and 44 with no restrictions.

However, a Forest closure order has been put in place within fire-affected areas to ensure public safety. The Pacific Crest Trail is closed from Old Station at the junction of Highway 89 and 44, north to the forest boundary at Cassel Road. All other roads and trails within the closure are closed, including trails in the Thousand Lakes Wilderness.

Other areas of the Forest remain open for recreation, such as camping and hiking — for example Big Pine Campground on the Hat Creek Ranger District.

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