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2S Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2001 - ess~ .............. BJ;et,p. P~cgr~~ Z HIs drain saw shouldered, a flrefll$hter follows a trail cleared for the hose, as he heads downhill into a burn. There's no such thing as a fire hydrant to connect to when fighting a forest fire. Water is a precious com- m llty, even when there's a lake handy. Filling the en- glm) utten takes time that Just isn't available. :bit Photos b) A =nail cabin was situated in the path of the fire, but aMde from the loss of reut end Ido l turns were not claimed, Continued from page 1B of those strikes ignited fires. While the Boulder Creek Engine crew tended small fires around the lake, it wasn't until noon Thursday that the Stream Incident was discovered two miles west and slightly south of the lake. When afternoon winds picked up, the blaze quickly spread to approximately 20 acres, with the fire spotting a mile to a mile-and-a-half ahead of the main fire. By 3:30 p.m., PNF officials were posting an advisory evacuation of the camp- grounds, day use areas and fishing sites around the lake. Within an hour, that was up- graded to a full evacuation level, with evacuees advised to take the Janesville road out to avoid falling debris, tumbling.granite boua ers, and emergency vehicles ar.. riving up the Geneses Valley road. By that evening, the fire had grown to 500 acres, and eventually on to 3,000 acres before fire crews had any sort of control over it. .,tk}.: H, k. Fire camp was established tions around the lake wereTwenty bulldo,-.:.l[, ; on both sides of the main ripe for a fire. Stands of old water tenders v al d, road at the upper end of white fir, with heavy under- to action. At its Genesee Valley. brush, gave plenty of fuel to engines were During the first two days of the flames, eration, but that t c the incident, the fire situa- According to the official fu- decreased to 17 bY' ll, tion was classified as a Type els report, mixed conifer, II. That was upgraded to a eastside pine, heavy downed Incidentals Type I level, calling in more material and numerous Also over thew1vor experienced crews,.by Friday snags fed the flames., officials v, ere W$] f afternoon. By Friday morning, the plan to allow e] la rate of spread had been held campers to rett n Fire's path to 3,000 acres, according to their belongings.Alri As it spread east toward Randy Beck, fire prevention One couple reI the dam, the dam then officer on the Mt. Hough Dis- a$50,000 boat d burned along the shoreline, trict, lope Lake durir |wi'ir |wi At the dam, a kiosk and But, with higher winds an- dent. .D, I bathrooms were burned to ticipated for that afternoon, While severallY31 the ground as the fire swept he expressed concern aboutmit holders through, holding the fire, especially concerned over ga Wind-borne flames ignited along one ridge, or if the fire in the area, the s three small islands within started spotting far ahead of away from the,"jl _ the lake. Friday morning, the body of the fire again, area, where roostS|I smoke still lifted off the is- mits were held. lands, mingling with the Personnel According thick smoke that filled the By early Friday afternoon,acting fire infor$ cer on the Strea$1 area, spilled over toward 531 firefighters were on the when animals sg lh Lassen Counb and funneled fire, with engines from the down the valley toward Plumas and Lassen nationalf they move away G~eenyti~le. ,~,i ~,~,~ ~.,~i,,;t fO"/~e~t~: hfl'd-fr~ih ~'~fi"~e~,'b'~"" ,But, at the sa~| Nightly inversions contin ton, Mendocino and numer- reals were spool . ued to PiJsh smoke down into ous others areas; along with squirrels andal nearby valleys, many hot shot crews, teamsclustered in As the fire spread, on the and equipment from the Call- the roadways, or . west side of the lake, it stayed fornia Department of about in even oI 11 ard fashion. /in one 40-acre p ' ately owned the lake, llama tempted to catcll Krueger said. mals were so ,s.P"A] owners couldn t c j[g to move them. At the fire didn t bur l east of lower Lone Rock Val- ley. It also burned upto the main lake road, 29N43, near the Boulder Creek work cen- ter. No damage was reported to the center, and minimal dam- age was done to the camp- grounds in that area. Conditions Vineyard said that condi- Forestry and Fire Preven- tion, the Bureau of Land Management, and private contractors. By the weekend, that num- ber had risen to more than 1,400. Seven bombers, loaded with fire retardant, and sev- en helicopters with water drops were flying the fire as the smoke levels permitted. rection. A and restmom were once available near the dam, but were taken out by fire late July 26. Network Administration Computer Services Maintenance Consulting Plumas County Informatlor Advanced iomputing Solutions for Your,, Business ] When it comes to meeting the technology needs of today, companies of all sizes turn to PCiT for professional solutions. 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Call for an application: Chester Paamh AIR2 Center 258-4280 Healthy Start 832-I827 Wildwood 258-3350 Las~n Economic Development Corp. 256-3531 Social Security 257-5057 Lassen Career network 257-8152 Salvation Army 257-4139 City Hall 257-1017 Social Services 993-6720 Healthy Start 284-1560 Plumas Count'/Community Development Commission 283-2466