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I-earner Kwer UUlletm Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014 3A Dry vegetation creates fire hazard throughout state Samantha P. Hawthorne Staff Writer shawthorne@plumasnews.corn Although summer has passed and fire. season is technically over, record dry conditions throughout California and bordering states have literally added fuel to the fire, making it critical that residents remain mindful of potential fire hazards. "We have not had much of a winter this year and the fire hazard right now is what it was like in September (2013)," said Peninsula Fire Protection District Fire Chief Gary Pini. Plumas National Forest Public Information Officer Lee Anne Schramel said, "We are very much expecting an early start to the 2014 fire season; it is likely to last longer and could be more severe if we continue to have such hot and dry conditions. There have been more and more human-caused fires so it is up to everyone to exercise much more care." She said residents should make sure to manage their defensible space, stay on marked roads rather than driving off-road and build campfires only where permitted. Although controlled burning is generally permitted during this time of year, dry conditions and high winds are causing some areas in Plumas County to be designated as no-burn days. On Jan. 23 -- a day with nearly 30-mile-per-hour winds -- a controlled burn in Indian Valley quickly escalated into an uncontrolled burn. The day was marked as a no-burn day but the rancher failed to confirm this and soon he required help from local firefighters to put out his fire. According to the Plumas National Forest website, escaped debris from controlled burns are the No. 1 cause of local, manmade fires. "Don't burn when conditions are dry and windy. Fires burn easily during these conditions -- even in Fall/Winter/Spring," stated the website. Pini said, "It is open burning right now but everyone needs to be extra careful while burning due to the (fact that the) fire can escape very easy." He recommended several steps residents can take to help keep the flames at bay. He said: Do not leave burn piles unattended and make sure the fire is totally out when leaving your fire. Do not clean pine needles off the rooiwhile there is a fire in the fireplace -- an ember could escape from the flu, land on the needles and start a roof fire. Do not remove the spark arrestor from the chimney flu unless it is to clean it, which should be done periodically. Report any unidentified sources of smoke to the local fire department -- "It's better to be safe than sorry," said Pini. Adding to this, Plumas County Fire Prevention Specialist Sue McCourt ' highlighted the following tips: "Residents should take extra precaution during this • exceedingly dry period to ensure they are maintaining their 100-foot defensible space. A fire started at the right time and right place, especially on a windy day, could easily be carried through surface fuels like pine needles, dry weeds and smaller forest debris directly to your structure. "Start raking and work outward from your structure. Remember, it is the 'little things' that can be critically important. Little embers and the little things that little embers can ignite can easily ignite your house. Library group prepares for quarzer y book sale The Quincy Friends of the Plumas County Library invite members and the public to attend the quarterly book sale set for Feb. 6, 7 and 8 in the Quincy library meeting room. The book sale hours are as follows: Thursday, Feb. 6, is designated for "Friends members only" from  to 7 p.m. The sale will be open to the general public Friday, Feb. 7, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., and Saturday, Feb. 8, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Annual membership is only $10 (January - December), and the group points out that now is the perfect time to join for 2014. A lifetime membership is $100. The Friends are pleased to announce that the hardback Considering REMODELING? That's ooe of our many specialties Increase your property value while building. Prices are still low! We also do insurance-related repairs If it's something we can't fix, we'll find somebody who can. CONSTRUCTION General Building Contractor Calif. Lic. #453927 (530) 283-2035 fiction section is now alphabetized, as is most of the paperback fiction. The nonfiction is separated by subject category, and many Friends volunteers can assist shoppers during the sale. The Friends provide ongoing support for the library with book purchases, audio and book leasing subscriptions, landscaping and the summer reading program. In the past, funds generated from the book sales have paid for poetry events, a book scanner, patron counter, seating in the children's room, night book deposit box, new window treatments for the meeting room and more. The Quincy Friends work closely with the county librarian to determine how they can best support the library patron needs. The Friends group welcomes community input. This year the Friends have committed $1,000 toward the purchase of new books. Gently used book donations Happy Retirement Krissy Bednars00l We: appctate your 30 yem of dedicated sed. Best e#, Your Plumas nk Family PLUMAS BANK are always appreciated. Take donations to the front desk of the library during normal business hours. The library staff screens the books to include in the library collection and forwards the remainder to the Friends for the book sales. Those unable to take their donations to the library may call Diann Jewett at 283-3873 to schedule a donation pickup. •  Kick back in your own way with our sporty, yoga, gym or at-home loungewcar froln MS Sisters Closet immEmimmm "Gently Used Clothing for Women" 367 Main Street, Quincy • 283-1779 Monday Step & Pump • 6am-6:45am Zumba • 5:30pm-6:30pm Thursday Pilates • 5:30am-6:30am Yoga • 8:20am-9:2Oam Forever Fit • 9:30am-lO:3Oam Zumba • 4:30pm-5:30pm Bootcamp • 5:30pm-6:30pm Tuesday Pilates ° 5:30am-6:30am Yoga ° 8:20am-9:20am Forever Fit ° 9:30am-10:30am Core Force * 5pm-5:20pm Bootcamp ° 5:30pm-6:30pm Friday Step & Pump ° 6am-6:45am Wednesday Step & Pump ° 6am-6:45am Core Force • 5pm-5:20pm Yoga for Athletes ° 5:30pm-6:30pm Saturday Zumba • 10am-11am O Feather River Fitness 283-9401 336 Crescent St., Quincy Mon-Fri: 5am-8pm • Weekends: 8am-2pm "Take this opportunity to look at your home and property like it is a hot summer day. Trim your tree branches at least 6 feet from • the.ground and clean out the" dead materials from under spaced out plants. "Many folks have moved their firewood close to their structures for easy access during winter. With these unusually dry conditions, homeowners are requested to evaluate their homes now like it is fire season. Could a fire that gets started carry into that firewood stored too close to your home? Firewood should be stored 30 inches from your home. "Residents should use extreme caution in doing any dooryard burning, I would recommend not burning until we receive rain or snow. Cover your piles so they will be ready to burn when conditions warrant." For specific information on local area requirements and burn safety information, contact the local fire department. A New Year Brings... /More Classes €' More Computer Time More Reading  More Eye Strain v' More Homework €' More Fatigue Our eye exams take only a few moments and are virtually painless. New Patients Welcome! I .,,d/:', :. -', FRIDE.____ N OPTOM____ ETRY FAMILY EYE CARE • CONTACT LENSES Jonathan Friden, O.D. 68 Central Ave. • Quincy • 283-2020 www.fridenoptometry.com Complete vision and eye care, Optometrists and Ophthalmologists on staff, Vision and Eye examinations, treatment of eye disease, cataract surgery, foreign body removal, threshold visual field analysis, contact lenses, glasses (large selection of inexpensive to designer eyewear), low vision aids for the visually impaired, and vision therapy for learning related vision problems. QUINCY L00TTLE LEAGUE SIGN-UPS I. Thursday, Feb. 6 th OF Wednesday, Feb. 12 th Quincy High School Cafeteria 5 .- 30 - 7pm $50 per player • $125 maximum per family All prospective players MUST bring their birth certificate and a parent MUST be present to register Evaluation Day* Saturday, March 8th at FRC Gym *We will also have an equipment swap at Sign-ups and Evaluation Day Anyone who may want to play minors or majors needs to attend Evaluation Day For more information, contact Michelle Morrison 283-3322 or Holly Buus 283-1522 B Like QuincyLittleLeague on Facebook t