Explore The Great State of Jefferson

I just came across this nifty little publication. It has monthly news pdf’s going back 3 years. I only skimmed one of them before deciding to post this for anyone interested in my neck of the woods. Jefferson Backroads

Jefferson Backroads is a happy little publication overflowing with interesting stories telling the amazing history of the charming small towns in our Rural American region as well as current stories about upcoming events and many amazing Mom & Pop businesses operating here today. You can find our paper publications each month in many quality locations throughout Siskiyou County and also in many happy spots to the north – south – east & west.

Click on the links below to catch up on our monthly publications ONLINE 24/7/365. It does take a few moments for them to download but I promise it is WELL worth the Wait! You will see LOTS of our local businesses, upcoming events and a lot of interesting local history! Lots of FUN INFO! We hope you enjoy reading our Jefferson Backroads Publications!

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Shasta Lake Rises 10 ft. in One Day

This is some great news for our area from Dr. Roy Spencer.

The latest in a series of Pacific storms hit California yesterday with high winds and over 6 inches of rain at Shasta Dam. A number of mountain stations that feed the reservoirs in N. California, which are at very low levels from the continuing drought, have registered over 10 inches of rain in the last week.

With yesterday’s heavy rains, Lake Shasta rose a spectacular 10.6 feet in one day, which added over 130,000 acre feet of water volume to California’s largest reservoir. That’s enough water to fill 65,000 Olympic size swimming pools.

The following graph shows that there is still a long way to go to reach even normal water levels on Lake Shasta:
Lake-Shasta-storage-Dec-12-2014Click image to enlarge

Nevertheless, it also shows how the reservoir can recover in only one year, as it did from the 1976-77 dry period to the 1977-78 wet period, the result of rains from weak El Nino conditions.

The current El Nino conditions in the Pacific are contributing to the current wet and stormy period, which will need to continue before we can even begin to talk about the drought being over.

You May Not Be Welcome

 I see there is a discussion elsewhere about what it takes to be welcome in Big Bend. I’ve been here awhile and I have some opinions.
1. If you came to a logging town and want to hug trees, you may not be welcome.
2. If you come to a hydro-electric producing town and then bitch about how the river is managed, you may not be welcome.
3. If you came here to grow pot for a living, you may not be welcome.
4. If your “house” is a movable vehicle that no longer can go down the road and/or you are squatting on someone else’s property, you may not be welcome.
5. If you are not hooked up to a septic system, you are not welcome.
6. If you come here to live off the land and think a dip in a hot spring once or twice a month is a bath, you may not be welcome.
7. If you come here and let your dogs run unleashed and disrespect the people of this town who tell you to get off their property or contain your dog, you may not be welcome.
8. If you are a tweaking, heroin shooting, huffer, acid dropping piece of shit, you are NOT welcome.
9. If you came here to manicure the weed, only the people that hired you want you here.
10. If you came here to buy up this town and turn it into your personal playground, YOU ARE THE PROBLEM WE ARE TALKING ABOUT!
*** If you don’t like the tree hugging part, you are not welcome, Trees are the most renewable resource on this planet. Deal with it.***
And if anyone agrees with me, feel free to share this, or add to the list in the comments.

Bagley Fire Update: 46,000 acres, nearly 72 sq. miles, 100% containment

 The fire is still active but the growth potential is low. Thank you Firefighters! 

PIO Fire Permeter Map

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Yesterday fire crews completed securing containment lines around the fire perimeter. The fire is 100% contained, and now the crews will work on gaining full control of the fire. Firefighters continue patrolling the fire perimeter to ensure the fire remains within current containment lines. Crews continue making progress with suppression repair on several miles of dozer lines, hand lines and roads needing work as a result of firefighting efforts. Some of the activity included with the suppression repair include; grading, pulling ditches, pulling back berms, re-establishing rolling dips and cleaning inlet culverts. Heavy equipment, such as road graders, excavators, chippers and backhoe tractors are being utilized to accomplish the task of suppression repair.

The Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Team has completed their assessment of the fire area. The next step for the BAER Team is to complete an assessment report and recommend treatments to address concerns such as watershed conditions, natural and cultural resources, and erosion control.

Fire officials would like to advise visitors and recreationists using the Hawkins Landing Campground and Boat Ramp that these are the ONLY areas re-opened under Amendment 2 of the Bagley Fire Emergency Closure Order No. 14-12-02. This amendment allows public access to part of the Bagley Fire Emergency Closure Area.

This closure is being implemented to protect public and firefighter safety during the Bagley Fire Incident on the Shasta-Trinity National forest. The area will be closed to ensure that the public does not enter into an area that is currently threatened by fire or where suppression rehabilitation efforts may be ongoing. The roads will be closed due to hazardous conditions, such as low visibility, dust, narrow and windy road conditions and increased fire operations traffic. These closures will remain in place until the area is safe for the public. Please see the Forest Orders and closure maps on InciWeb.

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Basic Information

Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning
Date of Origin Saturday August 18th, 2012 approx. 10:07 AM
Location 4 miles west of Big Bend, CA
Incident Commander David Cooper

Current Situation

Total Personnel 458
Size 46,011 acres
Percent Contained 100%
Estimated Containment Date Saturday September 15th, 2012 approx. 06:00 PM
Fuels Involved Timber litter and understory, brush and hardwood stands intermixed. Fire area has conifer, brush, hardwood stands, logging slash, and pine plantations. High live to dead ratio in brush exists and conifer stands have a heavy loading of dead/down material.
Fire Behavior Generally, smoke on the fire is being generated by deeply imbedded heat within thick duff, stump holes and large fuels.
Significant Events Forest Service road closures remain in effect.

Outlook

Planned Actions Continue suppression repair efforts to minimize future sediment issues due to runoff into the McCloud River corridor. Continue mop-up, line improvement and suppressiopn repair. general actions will include: grading, pulling ditches, pulling back side cast and berms, and re-establishing rolling dips, and cleaning culvert inlets. Support READ and BAER operations with logistical needs.
Growth Potential Low
Terrain Difficulty Extreme
Remarks Significant progress has been made in all phases of fire line suppression repair, concentrating on areas nearest the perimeter and working interior. Water quality and fisheries continue to be a major concern for suppression repair efforts along the McCloud River. Bagley incident will independently manage fire suppression repair on the Ward fire and will continue to support it operationally and logistically. Federal acres burned: 32,208 Non-federal: 13,803. Two helicopters, one light and one medium remain on the Bagley Incident.

Current Weather

Wind Conditions 5 mph SW
Temperature 54-64 degrees
Humidity 40-70%

Bagley Fire Update 9-3-12: 43,940 acres 45% containment

Community Meeting: A community meeting will be held at the Big Bend Commuity Center, 30284 Hot Springs Road, at 6 pm on Tuesday, September 4. Unified Command consisting of California Interagency Incident Management Team 1 and Cal Fire will provide the public with an overview of all aspects of the fire and answer questions.

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Incident Overview

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Today’s Update:

Crews were successful holding the fire within the containment line across the fire. Infra-red shows several areas of active fire along the western flank backing down towards McCloud River and on the eastern flank above Iron Reservoir. Burnout operations south of Claiborne Creek were successful. There is still work to be done north of Claiborne Creek.

Firefighters will continue patrolling around the entire perimeter today. They will increase the depth of fire line in their efforts to mop up. Burnout operations will continue near Beetle Butte as conditions permit.

Fire Behavior:

Moderated fire behavior is expected again today until the inversion lifts, early afternoon. Lower humidity and slightly higher temperatures are predicted in the fire area. Firefighters will look for any spot fires that could become active near or outside the containment line.

Public Safety:

Smoke will continue to pose health concerns. Local air quality conditions and forecasts are available at http://airnow.gov/index.cfm action=airnow.main. For smoke conditions in McCloud, visit the Forest Service real time smoke monitor site at http://tinyurl.com/92xqbzn. Residents are encouraged to visit the “Protect Yourself from Smoke” website for smoke protection information at http://www.cdc.gov/Features/Wildfires/.

Visitors traveling to McCloud Reservoir along Forest 11 Road are encouraged to use caution around the Incident Command Post due to heavy firefighting traffic.

In the interest of firefighter and public safety, the Shasta-Trinity National Forest has issued emergency closure areas. These closures will remain in place until the area is safe for the public. Please see the Forest Orders and closure maps on InciWeb (address above).

Community Meeting:

A community meeting will be held at the Big Bend Commuity Center, 30284 Hot Springs Road, at 6 pm on Tuesday, September 4. Unified Command consisting of California Interagency Incident Management Team 1 and Cal Fire will provide the public with an overview of all aspects of the fire and answer questions.

 

Basic Information

Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning
Date of Origin Saturday August 18th, 2012 approx. 10:07 AM
Location 4 miles west of Big Bend, CA
Incident Commander Mcgowan And Flores

Current Situation

Total Personnel 1,920
Size 43,940 acres
Percent Contained 45%
Estimated Containment Date Saturday September 15th, 2012 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved Timber litter and understory, brush and hardwood stands intermixed. Fire area has conifer, brush, hardwood stands, logging slash, and pine plantations. High live to dead ratio in brush exists and conifer stands have a heavy loading of dead/down material.
Fire Behavior Hot material is rolling downhill causing short uphill runs towards the main fire. Single tree and small group tree torching was observed with short range spotting.
Significant Events Forest Service road closures remain in effect.

Outlook

Planned Actions Continue to patrol and secure direct and indirect fireline. Prep contingency lines and improve existing lines. Crews will also remove snags along the McCloud River along the west flank. Indirect line construction will continue southwest from Bald Mountain to the McCloud River Club. Additional burnout operations will be conducted if conditions are favorable and may include firing operations on the west flank near Claiborne Creek and the McCloud River Club. Continue patrolling and holding the contingency line along the south flank near Wheeler Ranch.
Growth Potential Extreme
Terrain Difficulty Extreme
Remarks Forest Service acres 30,919, non-Forest Service acres 12,997

Current Weather

Wind Conditions 3-5 mph SW
Temperature 85-95 degrees
Humidity 12-22%

Bagley Fire Update 9-2-12: 43,481 (68 sq. miles) 45% containment

Bagley Fire Update 8 AM September 2, 2012

Incident: Bagley Wildfire

Shasta-Trinity National Forest

Fire Update – September 2, 2012 8:00 AM

Bagley Fire Update

Bagley Fire Information

Phone Number: (800) 923-7316

InciWeb: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3188/

Twitter: http://twitter.com/BagleyFireInfo

Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/bagleyFireinfo/

Fire Facts:

Date started: August 18, 2012 at 10 am

Number of Personnel: 2,045

Location: Fire started 7 miles west of Big Bend, CA

Hand Crews: 63

Size: 43,481 acres (68 square miles)

Engines: 102

Percent Contained: 45%

Dozers: 27

Estimated Containment Date: September 15, 2012

Water Tenders: 32

Cause: Lightning

Helicopters: 9

Cost to Date: $16,100,000

Air Tankers: Available if needed and conditions allow

Structures Threatened: 29 Structures and regional power transmission lines

Injuries to Date: 3

Today’s Update:

Containment has been achieved on the east and south flanks. Firefighters worked through the night, and were successful holding the fire within the containment line. Burnout operations were conducted on the northeast flank in Hawkins Creek and from North Fork Mountain north to Claiborne Creek to remove unburned fuel between the main part of the fire and the containment line.

Firefighters will focus suppression efforts along the north and west flanks today, with patrols monitoring activity along the east and south flanks. The priorities are to hold the fire south of Hawkins Creek and east of the McCloud River watershed where feasible. Crews will continue mop-up along the southern flank where some areas of heat remain within the fire perimeter. The construction of contingency line on the fire’s northwest flank along Bald Mountain continues. Additional burnouts will be conducted if conditions are favorable.

Fire Behavior and Smoke:

The fire is expected to back downslope in steep terrain along the northern flank. The fire may become more active where winds and uphill slopes align. Smoky conditions are expected around the fire area this morning due to an inversion. Light winds forecasted for the afternoon will once again push smoke northeast of the fire area. Warmer, drier conditions are expected over the next several days.

Public Safety:

Smoke will continue to pose health concerns. Local air quality conditions and forecasts are available at http://airnow.gov/index.cfm action=airnow.main. For smoke conditions in McCloud, visit the Forest Service real time smoke monitor site at http://tinyurl.com/92xqbzn. Residents are encouraged to visit the “Protect Yourself from Smoke” website for smoke protection information at http://www.cdc.gov/Features/Wildfires/.

Visitors traveling to McCloud Reservoir along the Forest 11 Road are encouraged to use caution around the Incident Command Post due to heavy firefighting traffic.

In the interest of firefighter and public safety, the Shasta-Trinity National Forest has issued emergency closure areas. These closures will remain in place until the area is safe for the public. Please see the Forest Orders and closure maps on InciWeb (address above).

Bagley Fire Update 9-1-12: 40,948 acres (64 sq. miles) 30% containment

Incident Overview

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Today’s Update:

Firefighters fully engaged the fire today as the relative humidity dropped and afternoon winds increased fire activity testing their containment lines. Intensified fire activity along the west flank of the fire prompted the use of air tankers to drop retardant in an effort to restrain the fire within existing containment lines. Helicopters were also called upon to cool flare-ups near containment line in an effort to prevent spotting across the lines.

Crews will continue to work through the night to hold the fire within the containment line, and strengthen these containment lines by burning unburned fuels next to them. Given today’s fire activity, firefighters will remain alert for any spotfires outside the containment lines; responding aggressively to any new spot fires.

Visitors are encouraged to use caution when travelling on Forest Road 11 to and from McCloud Reservoir due to heavy fire traffic, particularly over the holiday weekend.

Fire Behavior and Smoke:

Winds are expected to remain light this morning. The forecast calls for increasing winds from the southwest throughout the afternoon with gusts up to 20 mph along ridgetops. The winds will push smoke northeast of the fire area into communities including McCloud.

Public Safety:

Smoke will continue to pose health concerns. Local air quality conditions and forecasts are available at http://airnow.gov/index.cfm action=airnow.main. For smoke conditions in McCloud, visit the Forest Service real time smoke monitor site at http://tinyurl.com/92xqbzn. Residents are encouraged to visit the “Protect Yourself from Smoke” website for smoke protection information at http://www.cdc.gov/Features/Wildfires/.

In the interest of firefighter and public safety, the Shasta-Trinity National Forest has issued emergency closure areas. These closures will remain in place until the area is safe for the public. Please see the Forest Orders and closure maps on InciWeb (address above).

Community Meeting:

A community meeting was held tonight at McCloud Elemetery School, located at 332 Hamilton Way, McCloud, CA. Incident Management Team members from the Unified Command provided an update on firefighting efforts and answered questions.

Basic Information

Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning
Date of Origin Saturday August 18th, 2012 approx. 10:07 AM
Location 4 miles west of Big Bend, CA
Incident Commander Mcgowan And Flores

Current Situation

Total Personnel 1,875
Size 40,948 acres
Percent Contained 30%
Estimated Containment Date Saturday September 15th, 2012 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved Timber litter and understory, brush and hardwood stands intermixed. Fire area has conifer, brush, hardwood stands, logging slash, and pine plantations. High live to dead ratio in brush exists and conifer stands have a heavy loading of dead/down material.
Fire Behavior Smoke is expected to linger overhead a good portion of the day keeping humidities up and temperatures lower reducing some fire activity. As the smoke clears fire activity is expected to increase. Fire behavior included isolated torching, short range spotting, and surface fire spread could be possible.
Significant Events Forest road closures remain in effect.

Outlook

Planned Actions Crews will continue to patrol and secure direct and indirect containment line. Crews will also continue to improve existing containment line, and prep contingency lines, which includes the construction of contingency line along Bald Mountain Ridge to the McCloud River. Additional burnout operations will be conducted if conditions are favorable.
Growth Potential Extreme
Terrain Difficulty Extreme
Remarks A 12-15 acre spot fire just east of Dutchman Peak was contained and mopped up yesterday. Total area burned includes 28,663 acres of Forest Service land and 12,248 acres of private land.

Current Weather

Wind Conditions 2-5 mph SW
Temperature 74-79 degrees
Humidity 14-32%
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