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6A Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012 Feather River Bulletin Samantha P. Hawthorne were extraordinary monthsfirefighters at a discounted After a $102 million settle- Staff Writer for them. None of them ex- rate." ment for damages in 2008, the shawthorne@plumasnews.compected the turn of events the "When they first arrived, I Forest Service initiated a 10- fire would cause, visited the ICP and was told year plan to restore the land Livingin a small town often "July was the best month they are cofitracted by Cisco. of both forests, setting aside comes with its advantagesl I've had in years. Because of I have not seen a single fire- $80 million for the restoration However, if you are a busi- the fire, my revenue is down fighter." project. ness owner, those advantages 75 percent, and I lost $16,000 The main concern was the It seems that plan came a may not compete with the dis- during the evacuation!" ex- way in which the fire waslittle too late, as the un-re- advantages, claimed Carol Franchise, managed. Everyone agreed stored damage from the Stor- The Lake Almanor Basin isowner of Carol's Caf6 & Dell the Forest Service did not act rie Fire, helped fuel the Chips a tourist area. As such, there in Prattville. quickly enough, and instead Fire. is a tourist season. Outside of Several vacation home and"let it burn." "This has been a great edu- the tourist season, the popula- campground owners reported One individual pointed out cation in the politics of fire," tion in the Basin is dramati- they were 100 percent booked the daily update from inciweb said Plumas County Sheriffs cally reduced, before the fire broke out, but does not include an objective Office Sgt. Ian James, who de- When natural disasters, all reservations have been to put out the fire, but instead voted more than 155 hours to such as a month-long wildfire canceled, says they will work to sup- the Chips Fire in the last two occur, a threat is posed to the "The county is no longer press it. weeks. businesses thatthrive from funding the chamber, and The group, as well as the the attraction of visitors, thanks to the fire killing senator, agreed the fire man- Gaines promises relief The Chips Fire, which be-tourism, we may not be agement policy could use a re- Gaines made it clear: Be- gan July 29, has caused such a around next year," said vision, cause the Chips Fire is on fed- deficit in local business rev- Kim James, chamber officeLee Anne Schramel, Plumasera1 land, any aid would have enue that owners are in amanager. National Forest Public Affairs to come from a federal level. state of panic. "It's not just this year the officer said, "The Plumas Na- "This may be federal land, Understanding the threat fire has affected, this is going tional Forest Land Manage- but as a state, we should push such a fire poses to small to cause long-term effects on ment Plan requires implemen- back-- this is our home." businesses, and in turn, their the real estate market," said ration of a 'control' strategy as "If the government is not community, California State Sherrie ThraU, Plumas Coun- the only appropriate initial at- going to properly manage the Senator Ted Gaines, 1st Dis- ty Supervisor, District Three. tack response to a wildfire." forest, then it is in the state's trict, initiated a meeting with Another devastating effect "It is not a 'let it burn' strat- interest to push," said A1- local business owners Aug. is the loss of approximately egy, it is controlled, which manor homeowner Cliff Vega. 26. $31 million in commercialmeans 'put it out as soon as "Since the governor already Gaines, a small business timber that would have been safely possible." declared Plumas County an owner himself, believes collected by three local timber Residents and Forest Ser-economic disaster area, we "small businesses are the key companies, vice personnel blamed thewill follow up to see if any to a thriving California." Gaines asked if localbusi- rapid spreadoftheChipsFire benefits are available for With spontaneous closures of ness owners were getting on excess fuel from the 2000 business owners who suffered major highways, town evacu- business from the more than Storrie Fire. a loss from the fire," Gaines ations and health concerns re- 1,000 personnel stationed at The Storrie Fire, occurring said. sulting from Chips Fire, the Incident Command Postmore than 12 years ago in the "I will convey to the con- tourist season this year is al- and other nearby areas, Feather River Canyon, totaled gressmen the need to apply most nonexistent. Franchise said, "I have aa loss of 55,261 acres between pressure on the national For- Business owners in atten-contract with the Forest Ser- Plumas and Lassen national est Service to change their dance said June and July vice that.allows me tofeed the forests, policies. 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Think Waste Management. er River Dis * 283-2004 'I Serving Quincy, Greenville, Chester/Lake Almanor I WASTE MANAGEMENT Think Green: ili ili i iiiiiiililililililiiiiiii iiiiiiiiiii!iiiii iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii'iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii:iii'ii Ted Gaines, California state senator for the 1st District, addresses business owners' concerns during a meeting at the Lake Almanor Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center Aug. 26. Photo by Samantha P. Hawthorne "The most important thingvisit, and business are re- is to get the word out that you suming as normal," are still open for business, promised Gaines. "We will work on setting He urged residents to up a public service an- write Congressmen Tom nouncement that lets people McClintock, and voice their know the Basin is safe to. concerns. Watershed cleanup scheduled The Great Sierra River the bike trail at Linden Street. Clean-up in the Feather River Two pet waste disposal sta- watershed is Saturday, Sept. tions wer.e installed last year 15. During the last two years, on Spanish Creek Road and more than 200 local volun- along the bike path at Rail- teers removed nearly 4,000way Street. The stations help pounds of trash and recy- keep pet waste out of creeks clables from the Upper Feath- and encourage community er River watershed, members to be active, respon- A project of the Sierra sible pet owners and stewards Nevada Conservancy, the of their watershed.:~ Great Sierra River Clean-up Feather River CRM is a coincides with the California partnership organization of Coastal Clean-up Day. The da- 24 public and private sector ta gathered from both events groups that work collectively helps establish trends and is to improve watershed health used to make recommenda- in the upper Feather River tions to the California Marine watershed. Debris Action Plan. CRM has restored more In Quincy, volunteers meet than 44 miles of stream and at 9 a.m. at Gansner Park. 3,900 acres of riparian and The event will take place meadow habitat, working along Spanish Creek and with citizen monitors to col- Boyle Creek. A thank-you pic- lect stream data, supporting nic and drawing will follow at the sixth-grade Watercourse noon for all participants. Program, and organizing Feather River Coordinated community watershed stew- Resource Management (CRM) ardshipevents. is the local coordinator of the For more information, con- event. As part of the event tact CRM Watershed Coordi- CRM will also implement a nator Gia Martynn at 263-3739 stewardship project to install or email gia@plumascounty. another pet waste station along org. 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