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   These are a few of the stories you will find in this week's printed newspaper:
  • Shock and grief: Friends and co-workers try to come to grips with the death of Cromberg couple Mike and Olga Kroencke whose bodies were found Saturday near Oroville.
  • Plan approved: Supervisors approved the county’s new mental health plan, but some are wondering aloud if it will make any difference.
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Several new lightning fires but firefighters are keeping them small

Feather Publishing
8/23/2013 - 6:00 p.m.

According to a statement released by the Plumas National Forest there is lots of smoke in the air but just a handful of very small fires resulted from the last lightning storms moving through the Plumas National Forest on Wednesday night and early Thursday morning (August 21-22). The majority of the fires were on the eastern portion of the forest.

With the exception of the Chance fire above Frenchman Lake (3.6 acres and holding), the remaining fires are controlled or contained. The majority of those were 1/10 - 1/4 acre or smaller. The attached Beckwourth Ranger District map shows the latest fires and other lightning starts, also contained/controlled from earlier in the week (Bagley, Creek, Old House & Mallard).

Several other small fires similar in size to those above were picked up on the Mt. Hough and Feather River Ranger Districts. All are contained, controlled or close to it.

The fires remaining active but also partially contained include the Johnson, Ridge, and Heights in the Mt. Hough Complex. More specific information about them may be found on inciweb.org; look for Plumas Lightning on the dropdown menu.

Most of the smoke, particularly on the eastern part of the forest, is traveling up from the Rim fire in the southern Sierra.

More fires may crop up as the moisture from the thunderstorms dissipates.



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