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1~ Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010 Feather River Bulletin The first 911 call was reported at 4:32 a.m. and when Bucks Lake Fire Chief Jeff Iverson arrived just a few minutes later, he said the lodge was already fully engulfed in flames. Photo submitted LODGE, from page 1A Shortly after 5 a.m., on snowmobiles and snow cats they began transporting first responders, including volun- teer firefighters from Bucks Lake and Meadow Valley and Plumas District Hospital EMTs, to the incident. Iverson said the timing was terrible for an incident of this nature. "Besides few people stay- ing on the hill this time of year, this was our biggest storm of the season. It dumped almost two feet of fresh powder Tuesday night, and that was on top of an ex- isting three-foot base. The high winds knocked out our power and phone service, and trees, limbs and branch- es were strewn all along the snow-covered roads." Given the conditions, he credited the efforts of the vol- unteer firefighters and the quick actions of this closely knit community mobilizing to prevent what could have been a much larger disaster. Knowing nothing could be done to save the main build- ing, members of the Meadow Valley department swiftly built snow breaks with shov- els, saving the adjacent cabin structures. Jay Grubbs, whose family enjoys a long history at Bucks Lake, also saved an adjacent structure by mak- ing an insulated firewall with snow using a snow- grooming machine. Reno, Nev., resident Mary James, another cabin owner who was on the hill and Menu is Back! 1 Topping Mini Pizza $ 2 Topping Individual Calzone $ Any Deli Sandwich $ Ecening Sp .... ecials Too! ROOF L[AK? This WeeR's SPECIAL BUY! / Site assessment / Advice from a local contractor / Personal accountability J Shake hands with a real person / Snow load & wind loads engineered for your local area. ........ ...:.:::::,=.:., ========================= ,:::-~. :?:: .... The sad remnants of an icon of Plumas County. Photo submitted helped transport responders to the site that morning, pro- vided this newspaper and its website with some early fire photos. "I've been coming here since 1970 and worked at the lodge for 18 years beginning in 1977, so I feel like I lost a friend," she said. Bucks Lake Lodge was built in 1929 by Ed Lane and has seen a number of owners over the ensuing years. Ken and Dixie Nelson, who owned and operated Bucks Lake Lodge for the longest period, 28 years, before sell- ing it to Gutierrez and Guereque three years ago, were saddened at the news. "We raised our family there; it was full of memo- ries," said Ken Nelson. "Our heart goes out to Luis and Re- becca. They are the nicest, hardworking people you'd ever want to know." The Nelsons' daughter, Debbie Knipe, has spent the better part of her life at Bucks, runs Haskins Bed & Breakfast, now the only re- maining operational winter facility at the lake. Like the handful of other helpless spectators watching the Bucks landmark bur.n that morning, Knipe said it was crushing; flames were shooting so high in the sky and there was very little any- one could do. "It is just so sad." "This will create a major void and will have a huge im- pact this summer," said De- witt Henderson. He and his wife, Kim, have owned and operated the Bucks Lake Ma- rina since 1992. Kim is the Nelson's other daughter. The good news, Henderson said, is they hope to sign a lease agreement with Pacific Gas and Electric as early as next week to take over Lakeshore Resort, which has been shuttered for four years. "If we can resolve a few'mi- nor issues with PG&E, we should begin making repairs to the facility this spring and hopefully open the bar, restaurant and store by mid- summer," he said. Suzi Brakken, director of the Plumas County Visitors Bureau, called the lodge "a beloved icon of Plumas Coun- ty" and said its loss, along with the continued closure of Lakeshore Resort, would have a huge impact on tourism in the area. She not- ed the facility provided not just lodging, but also a place to dine, hang out and get gro- ceries and gas. LeTroy Justeson, secretary of the Bucks Lake Snow- drifters, said the club would still hold its annual snowmo- bile poker run at Bucks Lake scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 6. The resort, which housed a bar, restaurant, store and cabin rentals, remained open year-round, catering to snowmobilers and cross-country skiers in the winter months. 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