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Lassen County Times, Westwood PinePress Tuesday, Oct 30, 2007 5B Patrick Shillito Staff Writer While fire activity in Lassen County has slowed to a halt, fire activity in Southern California has gone out of control. The wildfires in and around San Diego County have commanded national attention, as well as national aid from firefighters around the country. Locally, the Lassen/Modoc unit of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection dedicated most of its personnel, equip- ment and resources to Southern California. So far, 13 out of the 15 engines on staff have been dispatched tO the fires, along with more than 100 of the 140 staffed personnel at the Lassen/Modoc unit, includ- ing one helicopter and its crew. Other agencies in the area have also contributed to the efforts down south through equipment, personnel and resources. The Lassen National Forest Fire Department has sent four engines, along with 16 staff members. Another 16 firefighters from agencies in both Lassen and Plumas counties assem- bled a strike team. The fire- fighters were from Susan River, Susanville, Doyle, Spaulding and Chester. Twelve more firefighters from the local Bureau of Land Management unit were also dispatched to Southern California, along with one of their type 2 Initial Attack hand crew engine. Even a inmate fire crew from the California Correctional Center joined up with a strike team of crews from other correctional insti- tutions to combat the fires in Southern California. Susanville Interagency Fire Center Manager Craig Kincaid said the shortage of staff due to the fires in south- ern California and the expect- :ed)iffdi'ease ii ti in Lassen County - '"' areamong the main reasons why CAL FIRE issued an emergency burn ban for the county, expected to end tomorrow, Oct. 31. The ban was scheduled for a week from Oct. 24, or until CAL FIRE deems it safe to burn again. He also said because the fire season for Lassen County as officially ended, it took some time to get all of the sea- sonal employees back up and ready to go. "We wouldn't be able to amass the same amount (of firefighters) as we would dur- ing fire season," Kincaid said. "But say what you will about response time, California (fire agencies) have responded very quickly from up here." The current shortage of staff in Lassen County does- n't mean there aren't agen- cies and fire fighters in place. Kincaid said a couple gov- ernment engines and a couple CAL FIRE engines from dif- ferent regions have been dis- patched to help cover Lassen County while many firefight- ing personnel are down south. "We're still good here," Kincaid said. Fire activity has continued to remain low in Lessen County this past week. SIFC responded to a total of 149 calls from Thursday, Oct. 18 to Wednesday, Oct. 24. Dispatchers responded to three reported vegetation fires, 10 miscellaneous fire calls, 58 medical aids, one traffic collision, two haz- ardous materials incidents and 75 public assists. The most recent fire inci- dent of interest was a two- acre vegetation fire caused by an out of control debris burn at 12:50 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 22. The fire happened at 709-805 Coyote Lane in SusanviUe. It destroyed an outbuilding on the property as well as a boat. Responding agencies included CCC, Susan River and CAL FIRE. No injuries were reported. Another fire was spotted SOME OF LIFE'S TOUGHEST CONVERSATIONS HAPPEN OVER COFFEE. When was the last time you had that conversation about Life Insurance? Talk to me today about)our life insurance needs /~Bill Muttera, Agent, CLU Insurance Lic #0728779 2910 Riverside Or. Susanville. CA 96130 Bus: 530-257-4041 Serving Susanville. Chester & Lake Almanor 8:00am to 9:00pm Tues-Sun A diverse menu with something delicious for everyone! 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This includes false alarms. out near Poison Lake around roughly 12:50 a.m. Monday, Oct. 22. The vegetation fire, was actually spotted by an LNF crew en route to the fires in Southern California. They responded and put the fire out, leaving other agen- cies to finish the mop up pro- cess so they could continue south. No injuries were reported, and the cause is still under investigation. Members of the Lassen County fire agencies said they would like to warn peo- ple to be careful with fire. Even though it is now much colder and some moisture has returned to the area, current ,j conditions can still cause trouble when people aren't careful It's very important to have a good clearance both around debris piles and struc- tures. Remember, a minimum of 100-foot clearances around structures is required by local fire agencies and the state of California. The first 30 feet is a good clearance, and the next 70 feet is good for spacing between trees and brush. This is called defensible space by the fire agencies and is necessary in order to help protect your h()me in the event of wildland fire near your property. It's also impor- tant to remember an emer- gency burn ban may still be in effect. Check with your local CAL FIRE agency if you aren't sure if the ban has been lift- ed. Featured Home Plan Most Cost Effective Method of Consl~cl~ 32 Reversible Q~ity Const~ct~ in a Contrdled Emironment Custom Home Packages Shorter C~s~cI~ 1i~ Frame Custom plans Reduced Downtime from I~ement Weag~er Custom Land/Home Financing End of the season I OPEN 7 DAYSI 705-670 HWY 395 E SUSANVILLE 1/2 mi, from Hwy. 395/36 intersection Honey Lake Hospice Tree Lighting Ceremony a "light" in memory of a loved one. Join us at the Banner Lassen Medical Center to "Light Up A Life" Saturday, November at 6:30pm heartwarming event takes outdoors (please dress warmly) and includes many special features followed by an indoor reception with refreshments. 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