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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012 5A :i;ii::!~ilili~iiii:iii::i!i!~i!iiiiii::: ~: ~!i!:ii:i,' i~::i::i!!:i::i~!ii ~i~i.~',iiii:!:i:. Residents near Maggies, about two miles west of Belden on Highway 70, post a sign to thank the hundreds of firefighters who are battling the Chips Fire. In the background, the fire creeps closer to Highway 70 in this Wednesday, Aug. 1, photo. Photo by Dan McDonald Because the Chips Fire is FIRE. from page 1A burning in the same area as the Storrie Fire, some of the progress north of Grizzly old fire lines used to contain Creek and through privately the 2000 fire are being re- owned property, opened. To the southeast, the fire It is burning low brush, continued to spread down- dead trees, downed logs and slope toward the main fork of snags that were left from the the Feather River. The southern portion of previous fire. During the Monday morn- the fire continued to spread ing briefing at the Incident down-slope and along the Command Center in East Highway 70 corridor. The Quincy, Incident Comman- southwest line of the fire was der Jerry McGowan stressed still spreading through the the danger the Chips Fire Chips Creek drainage and further into Pauls Creek and posed to firefighters. "We have to keep our Murphy Creek drainages. More than 40 residences heads up," McGowan said. "I hate to worry about people and structures were threat- ened by the fire. Those in- getting hurt." The danger to firefighters cluded residential and corn- is part of the reason the fire mercial structures around Belden and along Caribou was being fought indirectly. Road. Five firefighters have been Residents in several areas injured in the past week. "It's -- includingBucks Crest, a really nasty, dan- Maggies Trailer Park, Rich gerous place to fight a fire," Bar, Storrie, Caribou Road Information Officer Richard and Rober~ Fiat-- had expe- Hadley said. "There are 70- rienced power outages, to 80-degree slopes. It's al- most impossible to get fire- The cause of the fire was still under investigation, ac- fighters in there, We've had cording to fire information five injuries already. That is officers. It was originally a real red flag for us. We ruled to be human-caused, can't put people directly on But information available the line." Monday indicated that There were 742 personnel wasn't a certainty, involved with the fire by Crews wei'e working to Monday. build 26 miles of contain- There were six divisions ment perimeter around the that included 16 20-person fire, which is burning in the hand crews. same footprint as the Storrie The resources also includ- Fire, which burned 52,000 ed 12 helicopters, 12 engines acres in August and Septem- and 25 strike-team engines, bet 2000. eight dozers and 16 water Some burnout operations tenders.~ are taking place between the The cost of fighting the current fire line and the con- fire was up to $4.1 million on tainment perimeter. Monday. DRIVEWAY MAINTENANCE SLURRY SEALCOATING SSIH OIL HOT CRACK FILLING PATCHING FREE ESTIMATES SERVING ALL OF PLUMAS & LASsEN COUNTIES 1377 ARLINGTON RD. 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According to Monday's in- cident report, the main goal A voluntary evacuation no- is to keep the fire contained tice for the Rush Creek area remains in effect, within the following bound- aries: Voluntary evacuation no- tices have been issued for ar- --South of the Humbug eas south of Highway 89, in- Summit Road. cluding Butte Valley Reser- --North of Highway 70 and voir and Humbug Reservoir. Tobin. A one-mile, one-lane traffic --West of Butt Lake trans- closure remained in effect on mission line and Rich Fire Highway 70. boundary. Portions of the Pacific --East of Philbrook Reser- Crest, Yellow Creek, Ben voir. Lomond and Indian Creek Peak Fire contained hiking trails remained The 800-acre Peak Fire, closed, which began July 28 in the Gansner Bar, North Fork Plumas National Forest and Queen Lily camp- about 15 miles northeast of grounds and U.S. Forest Ser- Portola was 100 percent con- vice road 27N26 remained tainedAug. 2. closed. More than 300 personnel The,communities of battled the wildfire. The Belden, Little Haven and cause ofthefire is still under Maggies Trailer Park are on investigation. PDH, from page 1A Also included in the bene- fits is a reinstated retirement plan. Fiscal year 2012 has not yet been fully actualized, due to the conversion of a new pa- tient management system, nicknamed Eagle i, from Prog- nosis/Medegenix. Although the conversion has been time consuming and often frustrating, it has al- ready proven its worth and will save PDH hundreds of thousands of dollars with its improved capabilities for managing patient records. A vast portion of the mil- lion-dollar-plus system will be reimbursed if PDH completes and files its paperwork by Oc- tober, a goal staffers are confi- dent of achieving. Another big savings should be realized this year when the Dragon voice recognition training is complete and in use. Yearly dictation costs of $250,000 will be reduced to about $50,000. The 2012 budget currently shows a net income of $262,841 after general obligation bonds. That figure is $714,557 better than the projected deficit of $452,716. Finance committee board directors John Kimmel and Dr. Mark Satterfield were pleased with both the 2012 and 2013 budgets, and praised PDH stafffor their hard work. A dental clinic update re- vealed that Dr. David Reed left July 1 to take a position in Chico, leaving Dr. Pooja Patel to assume leadership. Patel is doing an outstand- ing job at the dental clinic, ac- cording to Lafferty, and is serving 15 to 16 patients daily, the same number served when both she and Reed were em- ployed. Savings to PDH will amount to about $150,000 year. Physical therapy (PT) ser- vices for MediCal patients, provided by Kory Felker and his PT assistant, will begin Aug. 6. This is a great addi- tional service to the commu- nity, Lafferty reported. Several other health practi- tioners have begun working at PDH, including physician : assistant. Amb~ Freeman,~ a. Quincy native, who will work extended hours including Sat- urday mornings and evenings until 6 p.m. A chemotherapy program is in the development stages with Tahoe Forest Health Sys- tems of Truckee. A part-time surgeon has been found and his applica- tion is being, processed. An active search for an in- ternal medicine physician continues with hopes to se- cure services by mid-year. Selena Jayo from Indian Valley, a Plumas Charter School graduate and a pre- med senior at University of Nevada Reno, is job shadow- ing Dr. Erin Barnes two days a week for a month. Job shadowing is one way to expose students to careers they're interested in, while at the same time encouraging lo- cal college students to work in their hometown communities. A shortage of nurses is the most pressing issue in the nursing department. Travel- ing nurses are being recruited and hired to fill empty slots, while permanent employees continue to be recruited. The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) is in the process of evaluating PDH. Although accreditation is not required by district hospi- tals for Medicaid reimburse: ment, a majority of state gov- ernments, including Califor- nia's, has come to recognize JCAHO accreditation as a condition of licensure and the receipt of Medicaid reim- bursement. Lafferty believes JCAHO helps insure high professional standards and greater patient confidence. Board director BillWick- man reported that tickets are available for Plumas Health Care Foundation's main fundraiser, Starry Mountain Nights, held Aug. 18 in the Wickman Garden. Tickets are $65 per person or $120 per couple and include dinner, beer, wine and enter- tainment. Net proceeds bene- fit Plumas District Hospital. Tickets may be purchased in the hospital's main lobby or at Flanigan-Leavitt Insurance ~:Agency, Quincy. 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