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4A Wednesday, April 22, 2015 Feather River Bulletin WILDFIRE, from page 1A "Yes, this fire is a bit unusual," said Sousa, who is also the assistant resource officer for the Mount Hough Ranger District. "We haven't seen one take off like this during this time of year." The early fire could mean the beginning of a severe fire season in Northern California, which is suffering one of the worst extended droughts on record. The mop-up Sousa said crews started at the perimeter of the fire area Thursday afternoon and began workingtoward the center. "The goal of the mop-up is to find all of the hot spots and smokes, then completely extinguish them," Sousa said. She said the crews use a "gridding" technique in which they form horizontal lines in a grid area. They space themselves about 15 to 20 feet apart to search for hot spots. The crews will also cut down trees that show signs of burning at their tops. The incident command center was moved from the Greenville campground to the Plumas-Sierra County Fairgrounds in Quincy on Thursday night. Fire season preparations Steve Millert, Plumas National Forest fire chief, said the PNF is getting ready to conduct training exercises. He said the exercises include mock fire responses and practice with firefighting techniques. Millert said the forest has an array of equipment and personnel ready to be deployed. It has 14'Type 3 engines, two Type 1 20-person hotshot crews, one Type 2 initial attack 20-person crew, one Type 2 helicopter, 12 fire prevention technicians, three dozers and two Type 2 20-person on-call crews. The PNF will also be staffing six lookouts. Millert said the fuel and fire conditions are "about a month ahead of normal." "We will be looking at the possibility of fire restrictions coming into play earlier this year based on weather and fuel conditions," he said. Extreme fire potential The 2015 Fire Season Outlook, provided by the USFS Predictive Services, paints a grim picture for the Northern Sierra. Predictive Services' report can be viewed in its entirety at oscc/predictive/weather. Chicken Apple Served with ,.E ' Sausage ( 283-3300, An air tanker drops retardant on the Ward Fire on Tuesday, April 14. Photo by Greg Knight Snowpack is less than 10 percent of normal in many areas of the Northern Sierra, according to the report. Some reporting stations showed no snow at all. The meager snow accumulation was at least "partially attributed to a very warm winter. Graphics generated by the Regional Climate Center showed temperatures that averaged 6 to 10 degrees above normal from Dec. 30, 2014, to March 29. According to the report, much of the Plumas National Forest is in an area considered to be in "extreme drought." The report found that the drought, which began in fall 2011, has led to a stressed forest. A growing number of dead trees and underbrush has added more fire fuel. In addition, conditions have been right for bark beetles. More than 2 million A fire crew gets ready to begin the mop-up operation Thursday, April 16. Photo by Elizabeth Sousa trees across 820,000 acres in the Sierra died due to bark beetle damage in 2014. The damaged acreage was more than double what it was in 2013. And the report predicts "a dramatic increase in tree mortality" this year. Adding even more fuel to the fire season, the report forecasts above-normal temperatures and below-normal precipitation through July. Q, from page 1A Saturday: Waffle breakfast, 8- 10 a.m, Feather River Grange. Used gear sale, 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., Quincy Natural Foods Learning Center across from co-op. Proceeds support Feather River College outdoor recreation leadership scholarships. Food, beverages also available for purchase. For information: Michael Pero, 805-390-5145,; Tristan Kadish, 707-502-9785,; Zach Carstens, 616-0925, zbleech_101; Jeff Carlin, Backyard Gardening Workshop, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Quincy Natural Foods Learning Center across from co-op. Presented by University of California Cooperative Extension Master Gardener program. For information: Cody, 283-6572. Plumas Paddle Palooza, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Oakland Camp swimming hole. Feather River College outdoor recreation leadership students present various paddle craft for public use, boating safety information, free barbecue, prize giveaway. Spring Fling, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sierra Cycle at 2335 E. Main St. Customer appreciation celebration includes United Bikers of Plumas County, Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship. Tri-tip sandwiches, beverages available for free. Prizes, drawings, demos. For information: Sierra Cycle, 283-5000. Youth Bike Maintenance Workshop and Bike Safety Rodeo, 11 a.m.- 3 p.m., old school house at 50 Church St. Learn about bike repair, safety. All kids welcome. For information: Les Hall, 283-6086. Tuesday: Farmers' fair, 5 - 7 p.m., outside Town Hall Theatre. Includes screening of "Elevate Tahoe: Food Innovations at 6,000 Feet," presentations, local farmers, vendors. "Serving Darn Good Comfort Food Since 1976" Feather River Bulletin Postal Service: USPS (No. 188-550.) Periodicals postage paid at Quincy, CA. Published: Every Wednesday morning by Feather Publishing Co.i Inc. Office Locaon and houm: 287 Lawrence st., Quincy, CA 95971. Mailing address: P.O. Box B, Quincy, CA 95971. Office is open Man. through Fri., 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. lOW to contact us: All departments: (530) 283-0800. FAX: (530) 283-3952. Email: Website: Ownership and heritage: The Bulletin was established Aug. 11, 1866, as the Plumas National (later changed to Plumas National Bulletin May 16, 1892) subsequently changed to its present name May 7, 1931, Which merged with the Plumas Independent (1892 - 1945) June 7, 1945. Published weekly. It is part of the Feather Publishing family of newspapers serving Plumas and Lassen counties. Deadlines: Display advertising: Thursday 4 p.m.; display classified: Thursday, 3 p.m.; legals: Thursday 4 p.m.; news: Fridays, 3 p.m.; classified: Monday 9 a.m. Breaking news: anytime! TO euhscdhe: Call (530) 283-0800, come to the Bulletin office, use the handy coupon below or send email to Adjudication: The Feather River Bulletin is adjudicated a legal newspaper by Superior Court Decree No. 4644 (1953) and qualified for publication of matters required by law to be published in a newspaper. Postmaster: Send change of address orders to the Feather River Bulletin, P.O. Box B, Quincy, CA 95971. 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Low-cost tests to monitor your health/ Comprehensive blood screening-S75 Bone density screening--S50** Prostate cancer screening (PSA)--$25 May 4--7 6:30 a,m. to 8:30 a.m. North Fork Medical Building 1060 Valley View Drive, Quincy Behind the Hospital Monday, May 4 A-F Tuesday, May 5 G-M Wednesday, May 6 N-S Thursday, May 7 T-Z Do not eat for 12 hours prior to blood draw Must be 18 years of age. Continue normal intake of water and'medications. **Appointment required. Appointments will be scheduled at time of screening only. No phone appointments will be made. i