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Lightning strikes keep firefighters busy

Friday, Aug. 1, 2014 —Thunderstorms that raged across Lassen County last Wednesday and Thursday afternoon sparked a number of wildfires.

Jeff Fontana, a spokesperson for the Susanville Interagency Fire Center, said crews responded to 19 lightning-caused fires around the Honey Lake Valley on Thursday afternoon.

Fire crews are working on the largest of those fires, one burning near the Elysian Valley, but Fontana said he had no specific information about the size of the fire or its exact location.

Fire crews also are working two major fires in the North County.

Remarkable views in Lassen county

The Lagoon and Trifid Nebula, shot at shot at the Bateson Observatory, are uncovered by stitching together 40 individual photos. To reduce noise and introduce as much detail as possible Astrophotographers stitch together multiple images as possible into photos use the process of stitching in planetary imagining. Photo by Randall Evans

Thursday, July 31, 2014 — The clean air and gorgeous vistas of Plumas and Lassen Counties are only two of the many charms the area has to offer. Often, by simply stepping outside their doors residents are greeted with overwhelmingly peaceful surroundings, making it difficult not to stop and “smell the roses.”

Police host assailant training

On Monday, Aug. 4, the Susanville Police Department will be hosting a training exercise on the Lassen High School campus to simulate an active assailant incident, similar to a school shooting. The exercise will begin at approximately 8 a.m. and should conclude no later than 4 p.m. The Susanville Police Department is conducting the training exercise in partnership with several local agencies including the Lassen High School District, Susanville School District, Lassen County Sheriffs Office, California Highway Patrol, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Susanville Fire Department, CalFire, SEMSA, Banner Lassen Medical Center, Mountain Life Flight and Lassen County Public Health.

Locals support Wildland Foundation

Fletcher Thornton, 11 months, meets Smokey Bear during a fundraiser for the Wildland Firefighter Foundation. Photo by Ruth Ellis

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 — People came out to help support the Wildland Firefighter Foundation during a family-friendly, fundraiser event

The event, held Sunday, July 20 at Sierra Theater, generated $1,562.36 for the foundation whose main focus is to help families of firefighters killed in the line of duty and to assist injured firefighters.

Dial-A-Ride extends hours

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 — As a result of the lack of a subsidized vehicle for hire program, the Lassen Rural Bus is extending service hours for its Dial-A-Ride program.

The county transportation staff was directed by the Lassen Transit Service Agency to find a way to ease difficulties for those who benefited from the subsidized vehicle-for-hire program.

Starting Aug. 1, the Dial-A-Ride program will be serving participants from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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