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2C Tuesday, Nov. 6 2007 Lassen'County Times, Westwood PinePress fi I I Patrick Shillito Staff Writer Fire agencies throughout Lassen County will be cam- paigning the weekend of Nov. 17-18 for the Shasta Red Cross, which has seen finan- cial difficulties since Hurricane Katrina hit the U.S. in 2OO5. Firefighters and personnel will be taking it to the streets with a Fill the Boot Campaign, asking people around town to contribute what they can to the Shasta Branch of the Red Cross. To fill the boot, according to Susanville Fire Department Battalion Chief Ted Friedline, firefighters spend CEO of the Shasta Area ing Northern California for teers work for the chapter, only be taking place in time around busy intersec- Red Cross Tom Bourne con- 90years. Bourne said Office of Lassen County, but Tehama tions and take collections firmed money is tight right The Shasta Area Red Cross Emergency Services chief and Shasta counties also. using a boot from one of their now, so much so that he's had specifically serves five coun- Chip Jackson is the person "We're going to try and do a firefighter suits, instead of to let five people go in recent ties in Northern California, who got the ball rolling for regional approach to raise the collection plate or a donation months, including Lassen, Shasta, raising funds for thechapter, money," Jackson said. "The basket. "Since the beginning of the Tehama, Trinity, and Modoc. Jackson said the goal, as far Shasta area chapter serves all Friedline said the chapter year, we've already responded Friedline and Bourne said as the fire agencies in Lassen of us. So as we try to raise the is in dire straights, and if to 60 single-family house thechapter established evac- County, is toraise $10,000dur- money for the Shasta Area things don't turn around for fires," Bourne said. "That uation centers and shelters to ing the Nov. 17-18 weekend. Red Cross a'll of our local fire- it soon, everyone in Northern amounts to about one-and-a- accommodate hundreds of He said each fire department fighters will be working on California could feel the hafffamilies each week. Our households evacuated from within the county plan totheir respective areas: effects, cash flow is a little tight right forest fires last year alone, walk the busiest intersec- Janesville (firefighters) will "one of the problems is now. We, of course, think it's The chapter responded totions and areas of their be taking care of Janesville, when (Hurricane) Katrina a great thing for all of these more than 100 emergencies in respective communities ask- Susanville (firefighters) will happened, people made dona- local agencies to gatherthe Shasta area alone in 2006, ing citizens for donations, be taking care of Susanville, tions to the. national Red together in an effort to raise as well as providing CPR, Checks should be made out to Susan River will most likely Cross," said Friedline. "Our money and we are very appre- first aid and aquatic training the Shasta Area Red Cross. be helping out around town local area Red Cross has suf- ciative, to more than 10,000 people. Jackson also said the Fill and CAL FIRE will be all over feted because of it." The chapter has been serv- Currently around 200 volun- the Boot Campaign will not the place." Lightning strikes Lassen County during burn ban; Mother Nature didn't receive memo Patrick Shillito Staff Writer Last week was a wet one for Lassen County, with rain and heavy cloud cover keeping most of the fire activity at bay. Susanville Interagency F'ire Center Manager Craig .Kincaid said it was good to have a little help from the weather, as much of the Lassen County fire agencies were short-staffed because of the aid sent to the fires in Southern California: Kincaid said many of the firefighters handling the cleanup process Southern California were asked to stay there because of an anticipat- ed increase in wind activity. The wind increase was expected to last frdm Friday, Nov. 2 to Monday, Nov. 5. According to figures pro- vided by SIFC, a total of 3,152 lightning Strikes hit areas in Lassen County from Sunday, Oct. 28, to Monday, Oct. 29. Kincaid said the strikes start- ed about 10 fires during the two-day span; however with issued an emergency burn the rain and the accumulated ban during the same week- moisture already on the long period, due to low firJe ground, most of the fires died personnel available and high out natu ally, winds that were expected. Kincaid also said many of Kincaid said no civil or crim- the other fire incidents dur- inal action was taken, as ing the periodfrom Thursday" many of the people burning Oct. 25 to Wednesday, Oct. 31. were unaware of the ban. were minor, from false The only other activity alarms to illegal debris burn- involved a small fire at 1115 ing. Chestnut St. in Susanville at The debris burns were only 9:48 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27. a concern because the The fire started in a planter California Department of box underneath a window of Forestry and Fire Protection the home. The Susanville Fire have good clearance around Department contained the debris piles and structures, fire quickly and no injuries A minimum of 100:foot were reported, and the cause of the fire is under investiga- tion. Members of the Lassen County fire agencies said they would like to warn peo- ple to be careful with fire: Even though it is much colder and some moisture has returned to the area current conditions can Still cause trouble when. people aren't careful and it's important to clearances around structures is required by local fire agen- cies and the -slate 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 l defensible space by the fire agencies and is necessary to help protect your home from Wildtand fire. # Richmond School fifth-grade students sit inside the Golden Dome Lava Tube located at Lava beds National Monument in Siskiyou County. 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