6.5 Earthquake Off The Northern California Coast !Updated!


At 4:27 this afternoon a 6.5 quake hit 27 miles off the coast of Eureka. That’s a fairly big shaker and we felt it here well over 200 miles inland. There were a few shakers in the 3-4 range in San Francisco earlier this week and the epicenter of this one is at the end of the San Andreas fault where it meets the Pacific and American plates in the Cascadia subduction zone. There have been several aftershocks but no threat of a tsunami.

All the technical details and a map are HERE.

!UPDATE! Some minor damage, injuries and power outages.

Dozens of people suffered minor injuries and thousands lost power.

In Eureka, north of Ferndale, residents of an apartment building were evacuated, and an office building and two other commercial structures in the town of about 26,000 people were declared unsafe for occupancy, according to Humboldt County spokesman Phil Smith-Hanes.

“Our initial reports were that, though this was a pretty decent quake, we survived it well,” Smith-Hanes said, adding that damage assessments would continue Sunday across the county.

Sandra Hall, owner of Antiques and Goodies, said furniture fell over, nearly all her lamps broke and the handful of customers in her store got a big scare. She said it was the most dramatic quake in the 30 years the Eureka store has been open.

“We’ll be having a sale on broken china for those who like to do mosaics,” she said.

More than a dozen aftershocks, some with magnitudes as powerful as 4.5, rumbled for several hours after the initial quake, which had a depth of nearly 10 miles.

More Here


US Bank Robbery Attempt In Burney… Updated! Victims Identified

!!LATEST NEWS!! Shooter Identified, Money Not Motive , More Info… !!!

It has just ended as I post this. Last report is suspect down and 3 hostages,  Sherry, Charlene and Lisa, taken away in squad cars. This is our bank and my wife and I know these people.

!!Update!! Record Searchlight reporting the gunman is dead. (still no name) Great video HERE from Intermountain News.

!!!UPDATE!!! Victims Identified. Gunman NOT!??

A lockdown on Burney schools has been lifted after a bank robbery suspect was reported down after a two-and-a-half hour standoff in Burney.

What sounded like four shots rang out in the armed robbery stand-off at the U.S. Bank just after 3 p.m.

Onlookers also heard what sounded like a high pitched scream.

Three women were escorted away from the bank in squad cars and appeared to be OK. The women’s first names are reportedly Sherry, Charlene and Lisa.

Dianna Fischer, principal at Burney Elementary School said the school was in lockdown after the robbery was first reported.

School was out at 2:35 p.m., but sheriff’s deputies told her that no one is to go in or out of the school until they notify her. Buses were not able to take kids home and parents were not able to pick up their kids from school until sheriff’s officials released the school from lockdown.

A bank customer was reported shot and bank employee was reportedly taken hostage and held in the bank vault, according to dispatch reports.

Authorities have confirmed at least one suspected robber, a male, said Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko.

CNN reports that when police arrived on scene shots were fired and they witnessed a female customer fall to the ground and they believe she is injured, CNN reports.

“Numerous” shots were fired, including several out a bank window into a sheriff’s deputy patrol car, Bosenko said, adding he did not know exactly how many. No deputies have been injured in the gun fire, he said.

Authorities say three to four people are inside the bank building, but they don’t know how many are employees and how many are customers, Bosenko said.

More Here

I’ll be updating as I get more

A suspect involved in an armed robbery at the U.S. Bank in Burney has been arrested and transported to a hospital.

One person was been taken away in an ambulance after a two-and-a-half hour standoff this afternoon.

Latest from KRCR7 in Redding.

Tue, 12/15/2009 – 17:11

A bank robbery turned into a hostage situation in Burney, and the suspect was shot by law enforcement officers inside.

It started around 12:15 Tuesday afternoon at the US Bank on Main Street in Burney.

Exact details about what happened inside the bank are still sketchy, but here is what authorities who were there have told us: they say a man fired his weapon at least three times inside the bank. One customer and four employees were inside at the time.

The customer, a woman, was shot. Authorities have not confirmed where she was shot, but they say she had non-life-threatening injuries.

After what officials tell us were numerous attempts to negotiate, a sniper shot the man inside the bank. Officers from both the Shasta County Sheriff’s Department and Redding Police were there, but they say only the sniper fired, not any of the officers.

He has been seriously injured and has been taken to a Redding hospital. One other person has been questioned. It is not clear if that person was involved.

Highway 299 is closed because of the shooting, but a detour has been set up. Officials are not giving us an estimated time when it will reopen.


Latest from Redding Record Searchlight

A suspect involved in an armed robbery at the U.S. Bank in Burney has been arrested and transported to a hospital where he is in serious condition.

Capt. Mike Ashmun said the robbery was reported at about 12:14 p.m. The suspect was in the bank and shot a woman customer in the arm but her injuries are not life threatening, he said.

She was taken to Mayers Memorial Hospital in nearby Fall River Mills.

There also were three or four employees in the bank, one of whom was in the middle of a conference call with co-workers at the bank’s Redding office. Those people heard gunshots over the telephone and notified authorities. The woman locked herself into the bank’s ATM room, where she called the sheriff’s office and fed them information about how many people were inside the bank and other details.

Since she was inside a locked room she was unable to provide details of what was going on in the bank lobby.

As deputies, California Highway Patrol (CHP) officers and police surrounded the bank, the robber grabbed one of the other tellers and dragged her into the bank vault.

The suspect fired at officers at least three times during the three-hour stand-off, shattering all the windows on the Main Street bankfront. Witnesses reported that up to 20 rounds were fired during the stand-off.

“Officers didn’t return fire until the suspect was shot,” Ashmun said.

He did not identify what kind of gun the suspect had used.

The bank was surrounded by deputies, police and CHP officers, and when the Redding SWAT team arrived they took over those duties.

Ashmun said deputies repeatedly tried to reach the suspect. The telephoned the bank, they talked to him through a public address system and they threw a radio phone into the bank through the shattered windows.

“The suspect never picked up the phone,” Ashmun said. “He never negotiated.”

Finally, a little after 3 p.m. two sheriff’s deputies “engaged” the suspect, Ashmun said. At least three shots were fired and the suspect went down, he said.

An ambulance took him to a Redding hospital. Ashmun said his condition was serious.

The two deputies who shot at the suspect were placed on administrative leave, Ashmun said. In addition, a chaplain was called in to counsel the hostages from the bank.

Meanwhile, deputies are trying to sort out what role, if any, a second man might have played in the robbery attempt.

A witness told deputies that he had seen the man, identified as Steven Bautista, outside the bank making hand signals to someone inside. That occurred around the time the first shots were fired and before deputies arrived. Ashmun said there were conflicting reports about what Bautista’s role, if any, but Bautista was arrested and was being questioned.

Identity of the alleged bank robber was not available.

Chalk Fire Update

Taken from Pit 5 Dam by Mrs. D

Taken at the Pit 5 Dam.

Taken at the Pit 5 Dam

Taken at the Pit 5 Dam

To give some perspective as to the size of the fire, in the smoke on the left side of the bottom picture, that little speck about a third of the way up is a double blade ‘copter with a bucket.

Fire officials relied on bulldozers, air tankers and helicopters at the Chalk Fire on Friday to prevent the 6,923-acre blaze from breaching containment lines and closing in on 11 structures.

Lori Mathiesen, spokeswoman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, said the Burney-area fire grew about 100 acres from Thursday to Friday and mandatory evacuations remained in effect for 10 residences along Skunk Ridge Road near Big Bend.

River Road remained closed at Pit 5 Dam.

Crews so far have kept the fire within their lines and, if weather permits, more firing operations would be under way this weekend, she said. Windy conditions Thursday and Friday blew embers that created spot fires, but none fell outside the contingency lines, she said.

Pacific Gas and Electric Co.’s Pit 4 powerhouse along the Pit River also was threatened by the fire, officials said.

As of Friday evening, the Chalk Fire had settled at 6,923 acres. The fire is one of 40 started by an Aug. 1 lightning storm.

Fire officials on Friday began releasing some engines and crews for fire duty elsewhere in the state, Cal Fire spokesman Brent Saulsbury said.

The SHU Lightning Complex of fires has burned 17,623 acres, and crews continued their efforts on the Chalk, Cassel (6,097 acres) and Goose (3,949 acres) fires.

The whole complex of fires was 70 percent contained Friday evening with mop-up operations continuing where containment lines have held.

Full containment was expected Sunday.

Nineteen minor injuries have been reported on the fire complex with suppression costs amounting to $26.8 million.

Some 1,580 people are working on the fires, of which 1,332 are Cal Fire personnel.

The 9,356-acre Sugarloaf Fire, part of the Hat Creek Complex to the southeast near Old Station, was reportedly fully contained by Friday morning, and mop-up efforts continued there throughout the day.

Lightning-sparked fires in the Trinity River Management Unit Complex have all been extinguished, but crews continue to monitor hot spots, said Rita Vollmer, a U.S. Forest service spokeswoman.

She said all the TRMU fires were less than 40 acres.



Shasta/Lassen County Wildfire Update 8-6-09

A quick update of the fires around my neck of the woods.

A series of 40 fires burning in eastern Shasta County around Burney and Cassel grew overnight to more than 12,000 acres, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection reported today.

The SHU (Shasta-Trinity Unit) Lightning Complex has burned 12,704 acres since Sunday and is 20 percent contained.

Winds that picked up as a system moved through the area Wednesday night helped fan the complex.

“The weather in conjunction with the topography (steep terrain) moved our numbers (acreage) up,” Cal Fire spokeswoman Linda Galvan said.

The largest fire in the complex is the Goose, which nearly doubled overnight to 6,000 acres. The Cassel (4,100 acres) and Chalk (2,700 acres) fires didn’t grow overnight, while the 250-acre Backbone Fire near Ingot has been 100 percent contained, Cal Fire reported. The Goose Fire is 10 percent contained and the Chalk Fire is 30 percent contained.

Meanwhile, the 404-acre Gomez Fire near Glenburn is 100 percent contained and the 50-acre Cave Fire near Fall River Mills also is 100 percent contained.

There have been two minor injuries reported but no structures have burned. There are no current evacuations in effect.

Highway 44 five miles west of Highway 89 to Highway 36 remains closed this morning.

Highway 89 remains closed to all traffic except for residents between highways 44 and 299.

Meanwhile, the Hat Creek Complex of fires also grew overnight to 9,978 acres and is 20 percent contained.

Evacuations continue in Old Station and the Rancheria RV Park.

A combined 3,114 firefighters are battling the two complexes in eastern Shasta County and Lassen County.

Firefighters from across the state and as far south as Los Angeles and Riverside counties have come to the area to help.

Last evening I took this picture of the Chalk fire from my front yard. That’s not a thunder storm, it’s a fire storm making it’s own thunderheads. It is the opposite side of the picture that starts this Update.

It's not a thunder storm

It's not a thunder storm


Shasta/Lassen County Wildfire Update 8-4-09

Evacuation of RV Park

UPDATED TUESDAY | 5:45 P.M. – Evacuation of the Rancheria RV Park in Hat Creek on the west side of Highway 89 has just been ordered.

Highways 89 & 44 Closure Update

UPDATED TUESDAY | 4:44 P.M. – State Route 44 currently closed from 5 miles west of junction SR 89 in Shasta County to junction State Route 36 in Lassen County due to fire. No estimated time to open, no detour. State Route 89 still closed from junction SR 44 to junction SR 299. No estimated time to open, no detour. The highway has been opened and closed at various times since it was first closed at 7 p.m. Sunday.


The current issue of The News is now available at the Current Issue link above right. We urge you to “refresh” or “reload” pages for the most updated info.


Click on the map above for larger version of the fires under command of the state agency CAL FIRE. The map shows approximate locations of the 41 fires under the command of the agency.

U.S. Forest Service Map

Click on the map above for larger version of the fires under command of the U.S. Forest Service in Hat Creek and Old Station. CLICK HERE for Tuesday, 9 a.m. update information.

Courtesy of The Intermountain News


Lightning Starts 35 Fires in Eastern Shasta County. Evacuations in Some Areas

Fire crews were battling 35 blazes in the Intermountain area ranging in size from a quarter-acre to more than 600 acres. Residents evacuated from Big Eddy Estates near Fall River Mills and along VN Lane in Hat Creek. The Susanville Interagency Fire Center (SIFC) is dispatching ground forces and aircraft to nearly 100 reported fires in the wake of widespread thunderstorms over the past two days. Lightning detecting equipment showed nearly 1,800 lightning strikes in northeast California over the past 24 hours, with 96 fires reported by mid morning, Sunday, Aug. 2, 2009. Saturday evening lightning activity was concentrated in a swath extending northwest from Susanville, but strikes were recorded across the SIFC region. There were 43 reported fires on the Lassen National Forest, 40 reported blazes on lands protected by the CAL FIRE Lassen-Modoc-Plumas Unit, 14 fires on Bureau of Land Management public lands, and two reported fires in Lassen Volcanic National Park. The largest incident is the Dodge Complex, two fires burning about 60 miles northeast of Susanville, about five miles from the community of Madeline. The fires, dubbed Mendiboure and Dodge, have burned about 1,500 acres of grass, brush, juniper and mountain mahogany on public lands managed by the BLM. Some ranch structures were threatened; none were damaged. By early Monday morning, humidity levels reached between 40-70 percent, aiding firefighting efforts.


Here’s a personal update. The picture below shows Chalk Mountain and a fire just on the other side. It’s about 5 miles away from the house.



Sheriff’s Sergeant Shot, Shooter Killed in Lassen County !!Updated w/ Names!!

There’s been a lot of raids in the North State this year, and it’s only the middle of June. This kind of activity is usually seen in the late summer or early fall, and usually the growers just run away and return to Mexico. Not this time.

!!Update!! Through the grapevine, I’ve found out these guys are a mixture of locals and illegals. Stay tuned for names.

!!UPDATE!! Here are the names of those arrested starting top left.!!UPDATE!!

Arrested at the garden
site were Clemente Ferrias
Arroyo, 62, no address listed
and Jose Alfredo Zepeda,
18, ast Palo Alto
. Unconfirmed
reports indicate the
suspect who was shot was
the son of Arroyo and brother-
in-law of Zepeda.
Arrested in the vehicle
stopped by deputies and
U.S. Forest Service law
enforcement officers were
Jose Mendoz-Garcia, 21,
no address listed
; Miguel
Abundez Mosquedo, 39, of
Fall River Mills
; Alex Zavala,
19, no address listed;
Norman Mike, 44, of Dana.
Charges against Zavala
were dropped and he was
The other five suspects
were being held each on
$150,000 bail, were arraigned
Thursday and are scheduled
for a preliminary hearing this
Thursday, 8:30 a.m., in Dept.
2 of Lassen Superior Court,
said Nancy Holsey, public
information officer for the

LITTLE VALLEY – One man is dead and six have been arrested after a gunbattle Tuesday afternoon near an illegal marijuana garden that sent a Lassen County sheriff’s sergeant to the hospital with a gunshot wound and also injured a sheriff’s deputy.

The sergeant and the deputy were part of a task force investigating an illegal pot plantation south of Dixie Valley, just across the Lassen County line east of Burney, said Lassen County Sheriff Steve Warren. The sergeant was flown to Mercy Medical Center in Redding with a nonlife-threatening wound, the Lassen County Sheriff’s Office said.

He reportedly was shot in the arm after he stopped a truck suspected of being involved with the marijuana garden.

His identity was not released, so his condition could not be checked. But a Record Searchlight photo of his arrival at the hospital shows that he was apparently alert and sitting up on the gurney, his right arm bandaged.

Two of the suspects were arrested on Forest Service Road 22 near where the two officers were shot, and four were arrested when they were found in a car on Pittville Road, Warren said.

Names of those arrested and the man who was killed were not immediately available.

“I want to give props to all the agencies who helped make these arrests possible today,” Warren said Tuesday night.

The Shasta County Sheriff’s Office and California Highway Patrol were among the agencies that helped Lassen deputies.

Photos and video: Intermountain News

Story: Record Searchlight

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