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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012 9A:. Extremely hot weather andAs of Wednesday, Aug. 15, strong, gusty winds continue no Red Cross shelters were to make conditions ripe for open in northern California. wildfires throughout north- For current shelter infor- eastern California. mation, visit http://www.red Wildfires continue to burn cross.org/find-help/shelter or in Lake, Calaveras and follow the Northeastern Call- Plumas counties, as well as fornia chapter of the Red the Reading and Rush fires in Cross on Twitter at twit- Lassen County. ter.com/RedCrossNECal. In the last month, Red The Red Cross trains vol- Cross shelters were opened in unteers year-round in shel- response to the Salt Creek ter operations, disaster Fire in Shasta County, Chips Fire in Plumas County and the Sites Complex Mill fires in Colusa County. For the current wildfires, the American Red Cross of Northeastern California has mobilized volunteers and identified potential shelter lo- cations for the Reading, Rush, Chips and Ramsey fires in case the need arises. mental health counseling and basic disaster assis- tance. Anyone interested in volunteering for the Ameri- can Red Cross may call 673- 1460 or visit arcnec.org for more information. If a wildfire threatens, avoid any kind of outdoor burning in the affected areas. One small spark can ignite the extremely dry brush and flames can spread quickly, ig- fallen power lines and watch niting brush, trees and for ashpits. If there is no pow- homes, er, check to make sure the Smokers should make sure main breaker is on. Fires may cigarettes are extinguishedcause breakers to trip. If the and avoid tossing cigarettes breakers are on and power is from vehicles, still not present, contact the If a wildfire is burning utility company nearby, back cars into the Pet owners should keep an- garage or park in an open imals close and under con- space facing the direction of trol so hot spots don't burn escape. Residents should con- them. People should wear fine pets to one room so they leather gloves and heavy- can find them if they need to soled shoes, wet dry debris to get out quickly. Listen to local minimize dust, and throw radio and television stations away any food that was ex- for updated information and posed to heat, smoke or soot. be ready to leave at a mo- Avoid using contaminated ment's notice, water to wash dishes, brush After a wildfire, residents teeth, prepare food, wash should not attempt to return hands, make ice or make ba- to their neighborhood or en- by formula. ter their home until officials Being prepared can be the say it is safe. Hot spots could best defense when it comes to still exist, so be careful. Avoid wildfires. A preparedness plan should include two ways Tel Ith bill passes commi North State Assemblyman estimated to save the taxpay- and Republican Chief Whip ers $1.3 billion by clearing up Dan Logue recently an- further technical issues that nounced that his bill, Assem- may prevent the full and bly Bill 1733, passed a key proper use of telehealth. It hurdle in the Senate Appro- breaks down barriers so pub- priations Committee by a lic health care providers can unanimous vote. use telehealth to serve elderly "This is an important fol- patients in the PACE pro- low-up to my bill AB 415 gram and HIV/AIDS patients from last year -- the Tele- served by the AIDS Health- health Advancement Act of care Foundation. It also clari- 2011," said Logue. "We must fies that all health care pro- do everything we can to fessionals are legally autho- clear the way for the imple- rized to use telehealth as long mentation of telehealth in as they comply with the laws California." and regulations governing AB 1733 follows up on the their profession. major policy accomplish- "Telehealth is a valuable ments of AB 415, which were tool that helps to connect Wildfire Tips Limit exposure to smoke Keep indoor air clean: Close windows and doors to keep smoke out. Use the recycle or re-circulate mode on the air conditioner in the house or car. Do not use anything that burns and adds to indoor air pollution such as candles, fireplaces and gas stoves. : Avoid running the vacuum cleaner because it stirs up particles that are already inside the home. People with asthma or another lung disease should follow their health care provider's adVice and seek medical care if symp- toms worsen. After the fire Inspect the roof immediately and extinguish any sparks or embers. : Recheck for smoke or sparks throughout the house for several " hours, including the attic. Winds can blow burning embers anywhere. Propane: Turn off the valves and contact propane supplier; leave valves closed until the supplier inspects the system. Heating oil tank system: Contact a heating oil supplier or plumber for an inspection before using the system. Inspect fire-weakened trees for hazards: Look for bark that has been burned off or scorched, the tree will not survive and should be considered unstable. out of the neighborhood in case one is blocked. Set up a Be prepared place for family members to Clear vegetation within 30 feet of the house and store firewood : meet outside the neighbor- patients in underserved areas hood in case they can't get of the state to doctors and home or need to evacuate. specialists that are located far from where the patients Arrange for temporary hous- reside," Logue said. "This bill ing at a friend or relative's will help to bring this critical home outside the area, with tool to the residents of my emergency phone numbers district who will greatly ben- posted by every telephone in efit from better access to the home and in everyone's cell phone. health care." AB 1733 will be eligible to be taken up on the Senate floor next week. Assemblyman Logue represents the California Legislature's 3rd Assembly District, which includes the communities of Butte, Lassen, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sierra and Yuba. Interchange may be named for Cox Sen. Ted Gaines (R-Rocklin) fair lawmaker who workedand was an elected board recently announced that his tirelessly for his constituents, member of the Sacramento bill, Senate Concurrent Reso- It is only appropriate to hon- Municipal Utility District. lution (SCR) 97, cleared the or Sen. Cox by naming this There will be no state funds Senate floor with unanimous portion of the 1st Senate Dis- used in creating and erecting support. The bill honors Sen. trict on Highway 50 in his the signs marking this special Dave Cox and names the memory." designation. Funding will Highway 50 Interchange at Cox represented the 1st Sen- come from private donations Hazel Avenue in Sacramento ate District for six years prior and other non-state sources. County as the "Senator Dave to his untimely death in July SCR 97 will now move to Cox Interchange." 2010. Cox was an instrumental the Assemblyfor considera- "Beyond his achievements member of the Californiation. and contributions, Sen. Dave State Legislature who served Cox was a close friend and as Assembly Republican Sen. Ted Gaines represents the 1st beloved colleague," said leader from 2001 - 04. A pillar Senate District, which includes all Gaines. "Sen. Cox was held in of the Sacramento communi- orparts ofAlpine, Amador, Calav- very high regard amongst ty, he also previously was a eras, El Dorado, Lassen, Modoc, those he represented and was member of the SacramentoMono, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, respected as a dedicated and County Board of Supervisors Sacramento and Sierra counties. Fire cancel events in Almanor Basin Samantha P. Hawthorne such a health concern with Ride scheduled for Sept. 29 Staff Writer spreading smoke that to date, have also been canceled. shawthorne@plumasnews.com three Lake Almanor events"No matter which way the have been canceled, wind blows, we can't in good Events season is a time that faith bring in area visitors many Basin residents, as well Canceled events without creating a negative ex- as visitors, look forward to all The Chester Wine Walk perience for them," said Kim year. scheduled for Aug. 17 wasJames, Lake Almanor Cham- Unfortunately, fire season canceled. Cancellation for the ber of Commerce and Visitors overlaps event season and can walks scheduled for Sept. 7 Bureau office manager. often pose a threat to the events andOct. 12 will depend on fire "We at the chamber are throughout affected areas, status, very sad about these circum- The Chips, Rush, Reading, Street Rod Extravaganza stances, which impact our and Mill fires, totaling almost scheduled for Sept. 7 andcommunity in such a vital 200,000 acres, have caused Lake Almanor Fall Centuryway." [manor 12th/k ninsula SATURDAY ONLY- Labor Day Weekend Inside the Lake Almanor Country Club at Recl Take Hwy 36 to A-13 to Clifford Gate OPEN TO THE PUBLIC NO ANIMALS ALLOWED 10 a.m. 4 p.m. Sponsored by the LACC Women's Club For more information contact: Peggy Lentz 259-5478 at least 30 feet away. Make sure driveway entrances and the house number or address is clearly marked. Identify and maintain an adequate water source outside the house, such as a small pond, cistern, well or swimming pool. Set aside household items that can be used as fire tools: rake, ax, handsaw or chainsaw, bucket and shovel. Residents may need to fight small fires before emergency responders arrive. Select building materials and plants that resist fire. Regularly clean roofs and gutters. Hayden Project Notice of Public Meeting The Beckwourth Ranger District, Plumas National Forest is developing the Hayden Project which would reduce hazardous fuels around the communities of Portola, Delleker, Mabie and Lake Davis Highlands. The District would like to collaborate with interested parties about federally-proposed activities, exchange ideas, share local knowledge, and discuss community concerns and desired outcomes. Please join usto learn more about the proposed actions on this project Field Trip When: Saturday August 25th, 9-3 pm Where: Meet at the Willow Creek Road (24NI2)just off highway 70 Graeagle Hayden ! L. i Please contact Kyla Sabo at (530) 836-2575 for more information or with any special needs related to accessibility and/or information regarding this project (kylasabo@fs.fed.us). The USDA Forest Service is an equal opportunity service provider and employer. Saturday, August 25th 20 7PM to 8:30PM at: The Graeagle Fire Hall 12 ro Plumas County District Attorney David Hollister Plumas County Sheriff Greg Hagwood Sierra County Sheriff John Evans SSlOn. General Safety for our Community Effects of AB109 The retention of State felons in County jails Criminal Justice Realignment Budget and Jail Capacity Everyone is invited to this important meeting. Please bring your questions and ideas. Coffee and Desert will be served. Sponsored by Plumas.Sierra Tea Party Patriots. For more information, contact: Dave and Sandy Hopkins: (530) 823-2310 Bill and Lynn Desjardin: (530) 832-0600 t