Escape the heat: Plumas opens cooling centers; provides transportation

By Victoria Metcalf

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As local temperatures creep into three digits, places to go and cool off are now available in Plumas County.

During a special meeting of the Plumas County Board of Supervisors Thursday, July 8, supervisors voted unanimously to open cooling centers during the heat wave for all Plumas County residents and visitors. Transportation is also available for those without a ride.


Spearheading the project to provide cooling centers for the public, Supervisor Greg Hagwood said he received some pushback from a few residents about providing those services. “I’m not going to apologize for looking after our citizens,” and guests to Plumas County, he told other supervisors during the meeting. “This is what we do, what we do,” he added.

Along with offering cooling centers at key locations, transportation is also available. Just call the Sheriff’s Office dispatch at 530-283-6300 and ask for transportation to a site nearest your location, Hagwood explained.

During the meeting Hagwood said he appreciated the hard work County Administrator Gabriel Hydrick and others did at the last minute to make the centers possible.

Cooling centers

The county will be opening a “Cooling Zone” in each of the four major communities: Chester, Greenville, Quincy and Portola.

Cooling Zones will operate from noon to 7 p.m. this Saturday and Sunday with a possibility of Monday as needed.


“Cooling Zone” Locations:

Chester– Memorial Hall (225 Gay St, Chester)

Greenville– Town Hall (Bidwell Street, Greenville)

Quincy– Vets Hall (274 Lawrence Street, Quincy)

Portola– Vets Hall (449 West Sierra Ave, Portola)

Transportation: If you have a need for transportation to a “Cooling Zone” please call 530-283-6300.