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California National Guard helicopters ready to join firefight in Northern California

Monday, Aug. 4, 2014 — As dozens of wildfires threaten several Northern California communities, hot temperatures and dry lightning increase the risk of more fires in communities where vegetation is already dry due to exceptional to extreme drought conditions, the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services has tasked the California National Guard to activate specially trained helicopter units to assist local, state and federal fire agencies.

The helicopters are a combination of 14 UH-60 Black Hawk and CH-47 Chinook helicopters and three LUH-72 Lakota helicopters. The crews and assets from the California Army National Guard were activated under the direction of Adjutant General Maj. Gen. David S. Baldwin at the request of Cal OES on behalf of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

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Firefighters making progress, more resources arrive

Monday, Aug. 4, 2014 — Fire crews are making progress containing the 12,975-acre Day Fire northeast of Fall River Mills and hope to have the fire contained by fire lines by Saturday, Aug. 9, according to a press release from the Susanville Interagency Fire Center. The blaze is now 55 percent contained, and an evacuation for residents in the Lookout Ranchettes has been lifted.

Day Fire information is available by calling 638-3614.

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Doyle man dies in single vehicle accident


Monday, Aug. 4 — A Doyle man was killed in a vehicle accident that occurred approximately 1:08 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1.

The Lassen County Sheriff’s Office identified the man as Joshua Horner, 38.

According to the CHP, officers from the Susanville Area office were dispatched to a solo vehicle traffic collision on Laver Crossing east of Highway 395.

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Highway 89 still closed due to wildfire

Sunday, Aug. 3 — Highway 89 remains closed from the junction of Highway 44 to the junction of Highway 299 in Shasta County due to a wildfire. 

According to inciweb, the Eiler fire, burning on the Lassen National Forest, has burned 23,000 acres. It has forced road closures and evacuations have been issued for Johnson Park, Cassel, Big Eddie Estates and an evacuation adivsory has been issued for Burney. Thousand Lakes Wilderness is closed, as is the Pacific Crest Trail between Highway 44 and 299. 

The Bald Fire is burning eight miles southeast of Fall River Mills and has burned 35,000 acres. It is approximately 35 percent contained. Planned actions include holding the fireline and protecting structures. Active fire is projected to spread mostly to the east and southeast and possibly to the north and northeast. Extreme fire behavior is likely. 


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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.

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