Located in the Chester Fire Department conference room, this map depicts all the fires that have burned in Plumas County from 1900 to 2015 (in the shaded areas). Hamilton Branch resident Gary Hinshaw said it does not appear that any forest fires have spread into a residential neighborhood in the Lake Almanor Basin during that 115-year period, suggesting that insurance companies may have overreacted when they raised policyholders’ rates. Photo by Stacy Fisher

Rising insurance rates trouble Plumas residents

For the past few years California has seen a substantial increase in the extent and duration of fire season due…

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During the Minerva Fire in Quincy in August 2017, the Minerva Incident Management Team and the Plumas County Office of Emergency Services took advantage of a unique opportunity to do a “Rapid Assessment” of a neighborhood in the process of becoming a Firewise site. While on standby during the fire, OES Strike Team 3800A from Redding, along with CalFire and Quincy Fire, performed a drive through of the Galeppi subdivision with a member of the Firewise group in the community. It was extremely timely and informative to have a strike team of five engines “size up” structure protection, available resources, and ingress/egress issues to provide input to the overall Firewise Community Assessment. Photos submitted

Three more communities become ‘Firewise’

With fires raging throughout the state, it’s not surprising that more communities are focused on becoming fire safe. It was…

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