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4A Wednesday, July,10, 2013 Chester Progressive Are You Waiting For the PAIN, or NUMBNESS to Go AWAY? Laura Beaten Staff Writer The 19 elite wildland firefighters who died battling an inferno in Yarnell, Ariz., on June 30, spent a week in Graeagle last month. Graeagle's volunteer fire chief, Ed Ward, encountered the members of the Prescott, Ariz.-based Granite Mountain Hotshots while they were in town. He said the Hotshots ate breakfast at the Graeagle Restaurant, which he owns, almost every morning LETTER, from page 1A at the end of May. They had filed the wrong kind of claim, and regardless, the Forest Service had time restrictions so no claim could be considered until 2014. "If this was the private sector we'd probably be talking to a lawyer," Perreault said. Instead he recommended apersonal during their stay. next to herb. watched over," Garner Ward extended his She said the men, and oneconcluded. sorrows and condolences towoman, on the team were It appeared that 19 the families and to the nicest group of youngmembers of the Granite firefighters. He said the people. She called them Mountain Hotshots were Granite Mountain Hotshot "real kind." engaged in a "direct attack" crew was a terrible loss. Garner said she saw them before they were overcome Ward said he sent a memo each morning as they ran by the fire, according to to his own firefighters, together as part of theirPrescott National Forest reminding them that "what training regime. They told spokeswoman Mary we do 4s deadly. Fire her, "We hope we don't Rasmussen. changes instantaneously --disturb you. If there's In a direct attack, and sometimes there is anything that bothers youfirefighters get close to the nothing you can do." let us know." fire and try to create a break Graeagle businesswoman Garner said the Hotshots to starve it of fuel. Mimi Garner met the group were in Plumas County Rasmussen described the of firefighters last monthbecause of the tumultuousmaneuver as "one foot in the when they were on R and R storms last month and theblack and one foot in the (break from work), stayingpotential that lightning green," and said it was only at the Plumas Pines condosstrikes would create the done when the flames were 5 next hot spot for them tofeet high or less. "They're battle, right up against it." "I wish to pay tribute toThe conditions at the time meeting with Ford. the Granite Mountain were extreme, with Perreault had been working with Laurence Hotshots whom I had the triple-digit temperatures Crabtree, the deputy forest privilege of meeting lastand unusual wind, she said. supervisor, but Crabtree is month while they were According to state forestry leaving the Plumas to stationed in the Graeaglespokesman Art Morrison, become the forest supervisor area," Garner wrote to the firefighters deployed for the Eldorad0 National Feather Publishing. emergency fire shelters, but Forest. "These 19 young people to no avail. As of July 1, no meeting stayed at Plumas Eureka All but one member of had been scheduled, but both Villas next door to me and I the 20-man crew died after Thrall and Swofford plan to enjoyed talking with thembeing overrun by the fire, pursue the meeting and theabout their jobs and their which destroyed 200 claim, dreams, buildings in the small town "These were very of Yarnell and exceeded dedicated, energetic youth 8,000 acres in size by with incredible spirits that Monday, July 1. It was risked their lives to protect the nation's worst disaster the forests and Americansinvolving wildland they loved. So sad and firefighters in more than disheartening. May they be 80 years. I Want To Be V#~I lID U~,..l&k #~.-,u,,, l Vq.lll l l~CalLll VII~ Reform Expert Individual Health ~ Group Health Ufe Insurance ~ Dental & Vision Medicare Supplements ~ Part D Rx Plans 1530) 258-2218 LINDA D. 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Deadlines: Display advertising: Thursday 3 p.m.; display classified: Thursday, 3 p.m; legals: Thursday at noon; news: Friday, 3 p.m.; classified reader ads: Monday 9 a.m.; breaking news: Anytime! To subscribe: Call (530) 258-3115, come to the Progressive office or use the handy coupon below. Adjudication: The Chester Progressive is adjudicated a legal newspaper by Superior Court Decree No. 5956 and qualified for publication of matters required by law to be published in a newspaper. Postmaster: Send change of address orders to the Chester Progressive, P.O. Box 557,~ Chester, CA 96020. Michael C. Taborski Linda Hursh, Cobey Browh Co-Owner/PublisherRhonda Williams Vice Pres./Operations Ked Taborskl Classified/Circulation . " Tom Fomey Co Owner/Legal Adverhsmg " Cited Mcln'dtej Production Manaqer Kevin Mallory Val~ Chisholm _. . - Vice Pres./Admin. Advertising I:lise Monroe Bookkeeper Dan McDonald Sandy Condon Managing Editor Human Resource Director Jenny Lee Photo Editor M, Kate West, Sherri McConnell ~ma~a P. Ha~ome Display Advertising Eva Small . Staff Writers Manager Composing Manager Member,, California New~r ~blishers ~oc, r~ded paper I mira i B B B i B BraD B B i I Namo Subscription Order Form Chester Progressive P.O, Box 557, Chester, CA g6020 I I I Addrsss I ~1 In Please enter my subscription for __ years. ~1 Enclosed find my check for $ County $36 per year [~ Out of State $44 par year [~ In California $37 per year. 1 id Subscriptions can be transferred, but not refunded. I c.,, State, Zip. LI I I I I I I I I I I I HAZARDS, from page 1A has the largest burn perimeter at 75,431 acres. try to be better prepared and positioned to reduce impacts." In terms of hazards, wild/and fire ranked No. 1, followed by severe weather, flooding, landslides and earthquakes. The plan calls for ways to mitigate the impacts of these potential disasters. For example, thinning the forests can help reduce the effects of wildfire. In his backup :to the board, Sipe wrote, "These mitigation projects are the living part of the plan, serving as a blueprint for current and future actions, and should be revisited annually during the life of' the plan." The county must update its plan every five years according to the federal Disaster Mitigati0n'Act of 2000. Fire The document includes a map that indicates which areas in the county have been hit by fire -- from small unnamed locations to large fires such as Storrie, Chips and Moonlight. While some areas remain unscathed, others are layered with fires. Sipe singled out the Highway 70 corridor from Tobin to Caribou as particularly dangerous because of geography and Severe weather Severe summer weather can include heavy rain, strong winds, lightning and microbursts, A severe winter storm would typically include heavy snowfall or hail. There have been nine federal- or state-declared severe weather events since 1964. The February 1986 flood event caused the most significant damage at more than $400 million. Flooding Historically, flooding has been an issue in,he county, with the earliest pictures of major flooding dating back to 1893. Eleven floods in the county received federal and state disaster declarations. An example of mitigating flood impacts is the public works department's bridge replacement project at Grizzly Creek. It's hoped that the work will improve drainage and reduce the risk of road washout. Earthquakes Though Plumas County historically has fewer earthquakes than the state average, the number is still 360 percent higher than elsewhere in the nation. Data for county quakes' go back to 1867 when a wind. magnitude 4 hit near .............................................................................................................................................................................. The report also included French Camp. The years i~~ a graph that showed acres1875 to 1889 featured four i: ....................................... burned during the past 20 ...... u ........ .~m~uue have some fun! Enroll for a late start summer class at LCC! Rodeo Clinic Starting July 8t~-Ending July 12~. Speech Communication Class Starting July 8t~-Ending August 2n~. Keyboarding, Level 2, Class Starting July 15t"-Ending August 1 ,t. Gunsmithing Classes-Machine Shop Special Projects, Caustic Bluing, Checkering, ACC M1-Mla for Comp; L.E.A.S./Dasign & Repair, Various dates starting July 15t~-Ending August 9t~. Applications are still being accepted for the LVN (Ucensed VocaUonal Nursing Program), Application Deadline is August 1% Classes Start August 19% Lassen 478-200 H~J. 139; :~usa~nvllle, CA 96130 years. Historically, the most acres burned in back-to-back years. It happened in 1999 and 2000, in 2007 and 2008 and, if history is any indication, again in 2012 and 2013. "It's just right for a big burn," Board Chairman Terry Swofford said. According to the report, there are approximately 170 ignitions per year in the county, with half coming from lighting strikes. The majority of the fires, 91 percent, are held to less than 10 acres, while the remaining 9 percent that escape the initial attack go on to account for 99 percent 5.7 or greater. A 5.9 quake hit Gold Lake in 1888 and another 5.9 quake shook Clear Creek Junction the following year. The largest recorded quake hit Chilcoot in 1948 with a magnitude 6. Landslides Historically landslides occur in areas with steep slopes and during severe storms. But they can also occur in less steep areas that have been burned during a wildfire or are prone to earthquakes. Plumas County has experienced no declared disasters as a result of an of the acres burned, avalanche or rockslide, Low Back/Leg/Foot Neck/Arm/Hand To date, the Chips Fire though substantial damage " has occurred. b! i! ~ ~:i i ~wA}Do iI~Where': II ~~ Where's! I N T;k getting, I I at... 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