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Ryan Bundy Holds the Key – Burns Chronicles

Bundy Battle - Nevada, Bureau of Land Management, Constitution, CORRUPTION, Courts, CRIMINAL, Federal gov & land grabs, FIRES, FOX news

August 30, 2017

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Ryan Bundy Holds the Key

Burns Chronicles No 59

by Gary Hunt
August 30, 2017

On January 26, 2016, several people, in two private vehicles were on their way to a scheduled meeting John Day, Oregon. While in a forested area, with extremely poor, if not non-existent, cell phone coverage, they were set upon by modern day highwaymen (highwaymen were people who stopped travelers and robbed them). The driver and passengers of the second vehicle submitted to the demands of the heavily armed interlopers, at gunpoint, to leave the vehicle and sit on the side of the snow-covered roadway.

The driver second vehicle, a white pick-up truck, following the exit of one of the passengers, sped away, seeking the assistance of a peace officer, Sheriff Glenn Palmer, of Grant County, Oregon. However, within a couple of miles they found that the highwaymen had set up a barricade across the road, barring passage. The highwaymen, hidden behind their vehicles, began firing shots at the white truck. This forced the truck off the road, where some rather adept driving may have saved one of the highwaymen’s life, by swerving, at the last moment.

The truck then came to a stop, and the driver, LaVoy Finicum, exited. In the back seat were three people; Shawna Cox, Victoria Sharp, and Ryan Bundy. Bundy sat on the left and Cox on the right.

Having already been shot at, there was concern for the safety of the party. Finicum, in an effort to draw fire away from those still in the truck, began moving towards the rear and away from the truck.

There were lots of loud noises. Some from 40 mm projectiles of rubber bullets and tear gas (OSP recovered 13 40 mm casings), others from flash-bang type grenades. Included, however, were two shots that came from the left-rear of the truck. One hit the top of the truck and one broke the driver side rear window. The round that broke the window may well have hit the side of the truck, pressuring the window to break, and deflecting into the shoulder of Ryan Bundy. This is the more logical explanation, as the velocity of the bullet, absent any other external resistance, should have penetrated much further than the fleshy part of Bundy’s shoulder.

Now, this gets interesting since the Oregon State Police (OSP) had to account for shots fired, though they could not account for two shots. Shell casings were missing, and the rather perplexing task resulted in speculation regarding the bullet impact on the driver’s side of the truck. Their conclusion was that it must have come from the shooter that fired three shots as the white truck approached the highwaymen, as shown in this OSP exhibit:

   
 

The government tried to attribute the shot at the rear door to the three shots fired as the vehicle approached the barricade. However, this does not quite work, as if you look at the yellow line in the third image. You see that if it did hit the truck, it would be a glancing strike. It would have been deflected upon impact, and the initial point of impact would be the most damaged. Any additional damage would have been less, as the bullet was deflected away from the truck body. As you can see, the greater impact was on the right side of the gap between the door and frame.

We must consider the possibility that the shot came from the left rear of the truck, which was the location of the FBI HRT (Hostage Rescue Team) members, including FBI HRT SA W. Joseph Astarita. Its initial impact would be the greatest, then, if it dented the side of the truck sufficiently, it would possibly enter the door, itself, behind the sheet metal surface. Upon impacting the door bracket that holds the window in place, if it exerted pressure on that frame, it could cause sufficient pressure for the window, itself, to buckle, spewing out pieces of glass when it burst, as seen in the video (linked below), rather than a break because of a direct impact by a bullet.

That same bullet could then deflect off the door/window frame and enter Ryan Bundy’s shoulder moving upward into the fleshy part, from the rear of the shoulder, as Ryan had turned to the right, and had bent over in an effort to protect the women.

Now, the question is, is that a bullet in Ryan’s shoulder? Well, the medical records from Harney District Hospital, in Burns, where Ryan was taken after the highwaymen kidnapped him and the others, except LaVoy, who lay dead where he fell after being shot in the back three times. The hospital reports indicate that there was “oozing” bleeding from Ryan’s right shoulder. Some of the language used in various reports from the hospital includes a written notation, “… consistent with bullet fragment versus other metallic foreign bodies.” Then, in two typed reports, we find, ” INDICATIONS: Gunshot wound to right shoulder”, and ” INDICATIONS: penetrating gunshot wound”. So, based on the X ray and the medical reports made within hours of the shooting, there can be little doubt that the highwaymen shot Ryan Bundy.

Now, considering where the shot probably hit, LaVoy had just exited the truck, and Ryan Bundy had just leaned over to protect the women. It is obvious that the shooter did not hit his target; perhaps he flinched, or is just a bad shot. However, every indication is that Astarita was trying to murder either LaVoy Finicum or Ryan Bundy, or both.

Here is what appears to be the scenario that resulted in a bullet in Ryan Bundy’s shoulder:

Now, some will suggest that it was a bullet that shattered the window, as seen in the video of this moment in time.  There are three versions:

Real Time (0:56)

Half Speed Slow Motion (1:51)

Quarter Speed Slow Motion (3:42)

Now, most people believe that the window that shattered was shattered when hit by a bullet.  To put their minds to rest, when a bullet strikes a safety-glass window, it leaves a hole about the size of the projectile.  Then there is a much-disrupted area of extremely shattered glass, though still bound by the plastic, usually just a few inches in diameter.  Finally, there is some cracking outside of that radius.

Why is this so important?  Well, Maxine Bernstein, Oregon Live, made the point in her recent article, “LaVoy Finicum Shooting: Prosecutors seeking missing shell casings, metal fragment from Ryan Bundy’s shoulder“, dated August 3, 2017.  Maxine has covered the entire story, from the courtroom standpoint, from the beginning.  In this article, she seems to have a little insight into what may be the defense’s strongest argument, a lack of evidence, when she wrote:

The case against an FBI agent charged with lying about firing two shots at Oregon standoff spokesman Robert “LaVoy” Finicum most likely will turn on expert testimony about the validity of the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office investigation, a defense lawyer said Thursday.

No one reported that they saw or heard agent W. Joseph Astarita fire and no direct evidence exists linking any bullet or shell casing to Astarita’s rifle, one of his lawyers said.

Prosecutors countered that the investigation continues and revealed for the first time that not only are shell casings from Astarita’s alleged shots missing, but so are shell casings from some of the Oregon State Police shots fired at the Jan. 26, 2016, roadblock.

Eight shots were fired. Six shell casings in roadway are all gone,” said Assistant U.S. Attorney Pam Holsinger, chief of the Criminal Division in the Oregon U.S. Attorney’s Office. She didn’t elaborate. State troopers fired six of the eight shots, with the other two eventually linked to Astarita, investigators and prosecutors said.

Astarita is charged with three counts of making a false statement (18 US Code §1001) and two counts of obstruction of justice (18 US Code §1512(b)(3)).  What he is not charged with is, though it has become apparent that he did in fact, attempt to murder LaVoy Finicum and/or Ryan Bundy.  As indicated by Maxine’s article, the prosecution is suggesting that there is no evidence — not of murder, rather, that Astarita lied.

Astarita was first scheduled to stand trial beginning August 29. The trial was been designated :complex” (Yes, that is what they have done in both the Burns and Bunkerville trials) and rescheduled to February 27, 2018.

The roof shot was a shot taken at an occupied vehicle, a criminal offense under state law.  The door shot, described above, was taken while LaVoy was still just outside of his door and Ryan was huddled over Victoria Sharp.  The shot was fired just between the two of them, indicating that in Astarita’s haste, he simply missed his mark.

Back on March 5, 1770, the King’s soldiers fired on and killed five people.  They stood trial before a jury of citizens, though were found not guilty because they had a right to self-defense.  However, both the laws and the people had a right to determine what they government could do, and what it could not do.

On January 26, 2016, a government “soldier” (armed with military grade weapon and accoutrements) attempted to kill, or at least, recklessly endangered the occupants of the white truck.  He is not charged with such a crime, even though one of the occupants sustained a gunshot wound.  Instead, he is charged with being dishonest and impeding an investigation.  That would never have happened if we were still under the King.  Instead, we have the hens (the United States Attorney and the FBI) guarding the foxhouse (the FBI), so, well, we know, now, just how this may end.

LaVoy Finicum

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Dan Love Will Not Be Prosecuted

Bundy Battle - Nevada, Bureau of Land Management, Federal gov & land grabs, FIRES, Forestry & USFS

August 29, 2017

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Dan Love Will Not Be Prosecuted

by Staff

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for Utah declined to file criminal charges related to evidence mishandling against BLM Special Agent Daniel P. Love.

Though there were multiple scandalous allegations of breaking the law, including using his influence to get tickets to a sold-out Burning Man festival, telling an employee to delete some emails that contained bureau information requested by then-U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, and telling a federal employee to take seized stones known as moqui marbles out of an evidence room so he could give them away as gifts.

The Associated Press tells us:

The report states that Love in the spring of 2016 told a federal employee to take seized stones known as moqui marbles out of an evidence room so he could give them to a contractor who had done work on the agency’s building in Salt Lake City.


The employee told investigators he had “bad feeling” about taking them from the evidence room, but followed instructions because Love was a law enforcement officer and “scary.”

Several other employees also had the stones, and one told investigators that Love was “giving them out like candy.

This is just one of the violations Love has been investigated for. Love declined to be interviewed by investigators and refused to turn over his government-issued laptops saying they’d been lost. According to the investigative report, he previously told colleagues that he planned to do this if he ever got in trouble.

Love was the Special Agent in Charge of the Bunkerville Standoff in April 2014. Though his testimony was a key part of obtaining the indictments against Cliven Bundy and multiple other defendants, Love was not called as a witness in the recent trials. Complaints of violating the defendants Sixth Amendment rights to face their accusers fell on deaf ears.

Sixth Amendment:

In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.

The government has stated they will continue to prosecute citizens for their being at the standoff in Bunkerville, though multiple juries have found these same citizens not guilty of most of the charges. The most recent jury deadlocked on only 6 of 40 charges, with reports of only a single holdout juror.

Currently, a third trial on the same charges is scheduled for September. Cliven Bundy, his sons Ammon and Ryan, as well as multiple other defendants, have been held for a year and a half without bail, still awaiting their day in court.

Yet, the government continues to protecting their own. Dan Love will get away with alleged multiple violations while the citizens sit and languish in jail over charges two juries have rejected so far.

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Federal Land Grab Was Completely Illegal

Bundy Battle - Nevada, Bureau of Land Management, Federal gov & land grabs, Lawsuits, Liberty

August 28, 2017

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Why Trump Should Pardon Bundys & Their Supporters

Federal land grab was completely illegal

by Roger Stone

(InfoWars) – Last week a Nevada jury dealt another blow this week to the government’s case against participants in an armed uprising against federal agents three years ago involving the family of rancher Cliven Bundy and his supporters.

The jury acquitted two men, Richard Lovelien and Steven Stewart, of all 10 charges against them, and two others, Eric Parker and O. Scott Drexler, on most counts. The jury deadlocked on the remaining charges against Parker and Drexler, and then Judge Gloria Navarro an appointee of President Obama hand- picked by Harry Reid, declared a mistrial.

Navarro’s conduct in the case and her efforts to cook the results of the next trial by denying the defendants any real defense. Navarro knows that no matter how outrageous her conduct the X circuit, the most politically activist liberal would be unable to overturn her rulings and all the Bundy defendants will have died in prison before the US Supreme Court could hear this case.

Pete Santilli is currently the longest held journalist in United States history.

This recent result was despite a concerted effort by Judge Gloria Navarro to deny the due-process rights of the defendants. Navarro has refused to release the Bundy’s and their supporters including journalist Pete Santilli under pre-trial release even none have prior criminal records, leaving them to languish in a squalid Nevada for 18 months and has ordered that they remain shackled during their trial. Navarro has denied the Bundy’s attorneys the right to mount a First, Second or Fourth Amendment defense. She also refused to let jurors hear a BLM radio transmission which features the order to attack the Bundy ranch and refused to allow final arguments by the defendant’s attorneys.

This was the second trial for the four men, who had been accused of conspiracy to impede or injure a federal officer, among other charges. A jury in April deadlocked on all charges against them.

Now, incredibly the Government has announced its intention to try Parker and Drexler a third time! Thirty days after the third “re-trial” of Parker & Drexler the next set of Bundy Ranch Defendants will have their trial, including Cliven Bundy, his sons, and journalist Pete Santilli whose only crime seems to be his coverage of the dispute as a news story. Six other accused, which include two other sons of Clive Bundy, are awaiting trial sometime in 2018.

The four were in Bunkerville, Nevada in April 2014, when rancher Cliven Bundy and his sons rallied armed militia and other supporters to face off against agents with the federal Bureau of Land Management who had come to impound Bundy’s cattle.

The Bundys’ fight against the federal government began decades earlier as a dispute over grazing land for the family’s cattle.

To understand this case and why the Department of Justice is determined to deny the Bundys and their supporters their right to a fair and speedy trial it is necessary to dig deeper into the situation and the involvement of Sen. Harry Reid

The Bundy Family has been on their family land in the Gold Butte area of Nevada since 1877.  This is long before the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) ever existed. When the BLM started changing laws by fiat, many, including the Bundy Family, accused the Feds of overtaking state sovereignty.

One such created law forbids cattle from grazing on Federal land in the name of protecting an endangered tortoise. Bundy Family and friends claim that this is preposterous, and nothing but a display of Federal government gone bad. All of their attempts to redress their grievances with the Government were rebuffed or ignored outright.  The Bundy family continued to disagree and refused to comply, being suspicious of the Feds motives.

Cliven Bundy

Although the facts are still unclear, many analysts are claiming that the Public Lands on which Bundy’s cattle grazed are not only heavy in mineral deposits but are also set to become an oil and gas fracking project.  Gold Butte area was used for exploratory energy drilling and could hold untapped energy sources. The BLM already has a track record of auctioning fracking leasing rights to energy companies. While it might be about oil, one thing is clear, it is definitely about solar. Senator Harry Reid (D Nev.) was involved in an expansion of a solar power project that needed the Gold Butte area to deploy more solar panels (and therefore had to remove Bundy’s cattle by force).

The original stated intent of the BLM and associates was to close off the federal land from the Bundy Ranch and remove the trespassing cattle, not to launch an all-out assault on the ranch in Waco fashion.

Longtime Reid policy adviser Kornze was confirmed by the Senate as BLM director (formerly its principal deputy director) on April 8, 2014, just a few days before federal authorities were descending on the cattle ranch. Coincidence?

In a March 14, 2014 press release, the BLM announced support for “the Western Solar Energy Plan, a two-year planning effort conducted on behalf of the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Energy to expand domestic energy production and spur development of solar energy on public lands in six western states.”  While this press release can be found easily on the Internet, it has been conspicuously removed.  The agency clearly wanted Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy’s cattle off of the land his family has worked for over 140 years in order to make way for solar panel power stations.

Erasing history is a BLM hallmark.  BLM had also posted on its website a document stating that the agency wanted Bundy’s cattle off the land as part of a mitigation strategy for such solar panel power stations. BLM removed it when the standoff became national news.

“Non-governmental organizations have expressed concern that the regional mitigation strategy for the Dry Lake Solar Energy Zone utilizes Gold Butte as the location for offsite mitigation for impacts from solar development, and that those restoration activities are not durable with the presence of trespass cattle,” (Bundy’s) the document states.

The BLM wanted Cliven Bundy out of the 600,000-acre Gold Butte area so the agency could use the land for future solar projects, including one represented by Reid’s son Rory (ENN Energy Group via Chinese government).

Reid has been accused by ranchers in Nevada of using the BLM to control Nevada land, over 84 percent of which is already owned by the federal government.  He also uses this power to pay back special interests, including his top donor, Harry Whittemore, who first urged Reid to have the habitat of the desert tortoise moved.  That was before he was convicted of violating federal election laws by illegally funneling $150,000 to Reid’s 2007 re-election campaign.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (Credit: First Solar Media press release via Business News)

Harry Reid can be seen in a March 2014 photo breaking ground for a new solar farm near the Bundy Ranch, emphasizing that the senator’s plan for solar projects in Nevada wasn’t just limited to the shelved solar farm near Laughlin. About 35 miles from the Bundy homestead in Bunkerville, Nevada, Sen. Reid joined representatives from the Moapa Band of Paiutes, executives from First Solar, Inc. and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power for the groundbreaking ceremony on March 21. “First Solar is thrilled to celebrate this important milestone with Sen. Reid and distinguished guests, and honored to work with the Moapa Band of Paiutes on this landmark project,” Jim Hughes, the CEO of First Solar.

Concerns about the environment and ecology of the federal lands in question were conveniently missing when the land was opened up for Harry Reid’s pet projects with Chinese businesses. This evidence is damning; it shows government collusion between Senator Harry Reid and his former senior advisor who had become the director of the BLM, as well as Reid’s son Rory Reid, the chief representative for a Chinese energy firm that was planning to build a $5 billion solar plant on public land in Nevada.

It is estimated that it would cost around $3 million to round up all 900 of Bundy’s cattle, enough money to have kept the tortoise conservation open another three years. It’s clear the Federal Government was not being honest about their methods and intentions. Either way, they had no business infringing on the rights of the Bundy family in the name of protecting turtles.

As far as the turtles go, later it turns out that the BLM was about to euthanize several hundred of these tortoises in part because of a lack of funding for the conservation (remember that $3 million allocated to the round-up?), and many were actually euthanized by US Fish and Wild Life.  An interesting side note, recent research has suggested that there is a direct correlation between the number of cattle and the number of tortoises, and an elimination of cattle has a direct negative impact on the turtle population.  The tortoises seem to need the cattle!

Because the Bundy Family were one of the last hold-outs, as many of their neighbors had already been forced out of the cattle business, they were subjected to their cattle being rounded up in retaliation for unpaid ‘grazing fees.’

Feds began rounding up cattle with the excuse they were protecting the endangered desert tortoise.  They were not gentle about it either, literally running the cattle to death.

The Feds were illegally and purposefully killing cattle off in the raid, using backhoes to bury some in shallow graves, and load other carcasses onto dump trucks. When the Bundy Family and supporters investigate the whereabouts of their cattle and what was happening to them, the BLM respond by assaulting a cancer patient (Margaret Houston), unleashing attack dogs on protesters, and tazed Ammon Bundy multiple times.

Cliven Bundy then called on the sheriff to start arresting BLM agents for trespassing and theft.  While sympathetic, the sheriff was unable to stop the confrontations.

People started to notice, and people voiced their support for the Bundy Family, many in person. When Bundy started gaining even wider-spread support, the Feds erected ‘free-speech’ zones.

After Bundy’s ‘violated’ their zone to film the round-up, the BLM blared loudspeaker warnings, and four snipers pointed guns at them.  When Dave Bundy didn’t comply, the Feds sicced at a vicious police dog on him and had him arrested.

In order to hide their doings, the government declares a ‘no-fly’ zone over the ranch to prevent embarrassing footage from the media showing the ‘bovine concentration camp’ where large numbers of cattle are being stuffed into small enclosures. The Feds also create mass burial graves of those cattle unable to survive the stressful ordeal of being ‘herded’ by a low flying helicopter.

Cliven Bundy, having had enough, makes the claim that he is prepared to become a martyr to protect liberty and freedom vs. Government ‘tyranny.’

More and more Americans become outraged and gather in support. Patriot and militia groups arrive to protect the peace.

The Governor of Nevada orders that the ‘free-speech’ zones be dismantled, and warns BLM about their ‘atmosphere of intimidation,’ and recommends BLM reconsider its approach on the constitutional rights of Nevadans.

BLM officials agreed to cease their operation to seize Bundy’s cattle after a massive public backlash. Bundy then demanded that Sheriff Douglas Gillespie disarm BLM officials and return his stolen cows. When this didn’t happen, hundreds of Bundy supporters, including cowboys on horseback, descended on a nearby cattle pen outside of Mesquite where the seized cows were being held.

In a tense standoff, armed BLM feds, backed up by at least one SWAT team, threatened to shoot at Bundy supporters if they marched any closer to a line of vehicles. Refusing to back down, the protesters marched straight past the armed men and towards the cattle pen.

Supporters of Nevada cattle rancher Cliven Bundy advanced on a position held by BLM agents despite threats that they would be shot at, eventually forcing BLM feds to release 100 cattle that had been stolen from Bundy as part of a land grab dispute

According to Piute County commissioner Darin Bushman: I was just told by commissioner Collins of Clark County NV that all of us folks from Utah are a bunch of “inbred bastards” and if we are coming to Clark County NV to support Cliven Bundy we all “better have funeral plans”. We should “turn our asses around on mind our own f-ing business”.  Classy leadership for all to see.

Cliven Bundy later claims that he would have been happy to pay ‘grazing-fees,’ as long as it went to the state of Nevada and benefit the local community. But not to the unaccountable Federal government who had been illegally harassing them for years.

Prized Bull (Bundy Ranch Facebook).

If the Federal government were truly concerned about the welfare of the turtles, they would have stopped the development in Southern Las Vegas, not Bundy’s grazing cattle.

Never in the history of America has the government called out snipers, helicopters, assault troops and restricted air space to save any animal… not even the American Bald Eagle, much less a reptile. The U.S. government treated the Bundy Ranch like a Middle-Eastern war zone.

Harry Reid and those against the Bundy Family begin to refer to them and their supporters as ‘domestic terrorists.’

Reid is accused of using the new BLM chief as a puppet to control Nevada land, over 84% of which is owned by the federal government.  The reason he wants this control is to pay back special interests.

BLM has proven that they have a situational concern for the desert tortoise as they’ve had no problem waiving their rules concerning wind or solar power development. Clearly these developments have vastly affected a tortoise habitat more than a century-old, quasi-homesteading grazing area.

The development of solar farms just like this one is exactly why Sen. Reid was using the BLM, whose director is Reid’s former senior advisor, to push Bundy out of the Gold Butte area.

The simple fact is the feds were using the Bureau of Land Management to bully and intimidate ranchers like Bundy, pushing them off public land in order to pave the way for lucrative “green energy” projects backed by the Communist Chinese government and linked to Nevada Senator Harry Reid.

FOX Legal Analyst Judge Napolitano said the feds were forced to back down because they had suffered a public relations nightmare, pointing out that Bundy lost his case in a federal court but that the case should have been tried in a state court. “The federal judiciary should not be deciding what land the federal government owns,” said Napolitano, adding that the feds should have placed a lien against Bundy’s property to collect grazing fees and not conducted a raid backed up by armed agents to seize his private property.

“The government’s option is to take the amount of money he owes them and docket it, that is, file the lien on his property….the federal government could have done that, instead they wanted this show of force,” said Napolitano, adding, “They swooped in….with assault rifles aimed and ready and stole this guy’s property, they stole his cattle, they didn’t have the right to do that, that’s theft and they didn’t have the right to do that, that’s theft and they should have been arrested by state officials”

Instead of doing the right thing, Federal judges, prosecutors, investigators, and more have all done the wrong thing.  At each opportunity where the situation could have been de-escalated, it was instead escalated.

There can be no more clear and egregious overreach of Federal power than is being demonstrated in the case of the Bundy Family. The third retrial of Parker and Drexler requires the written approval of Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Incredibly, Sessions visited Nevada during the first trial and blurted out praise of the prosecutors oblivious to the fact that such public comment by the highest law enforcement official in the nation tainted the trial and could have been grounds for dismissal.

I have called upon US Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley to call Judge Navarro to hearings to explain her denial of the due process for the Bundy Ranch defendants. No person, not even Reid stooge Navarro is above the law.

On July 15th I called upon President Donald J. Trump to review the actions of both the BLM and the Department of Justice in this case and to use his pardon authority to end this travesty and immediately release all of the Bundy Family members as well as their supporters who have been locked-up by an out-of-control Federal government that seeks to intimidate and subjugate through the abuse of brute force. I appeal again to the President for mercy and justice.

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Klamath National Forest: Salmon-August Fire Complex update 8-31-17

FIRES, Forestry & USFS

Salmon-August Complex Update
August 31, 2017

                                 Date Started: August 11, 2017                      Total Size: 21,625 acres

                                 Cumulative Containment: 19%                    Total Personnel: 1,515

Operational update: The Salmon August Complex fires have grown to over 21,625 acres.  Fire crews on the ground combined with air resources are aggressively working to contain the Wallow Fire, which is 19,512 acres. There is a possibility for the fire to spread further southwest in the Etna Mill Creek area due to winds that will be coming from the northeast. On the north end of the fire in Babs Creek and along Patterson Ridge, spot fires continued to challenge crews who are attempting to put in direct line along the fire’s edge. Secondary fire line is being constructed ahead of the spot fires and main fire to keep the fire from moving into the communities of Scott Valley if the primary lines cannot hold the fire.

In the south end of the fire yesterday, the fire moved past Abbott Ranch, but due to the hard work of fire crews and good defensible space, firefighters were able to protect the cabin and historic apple orchard.   Defensible space is vital to protect your home from wildfire.  Take the opportunity today to reduce grass, shrubs and trees on your property and clean your roof of ignitable materials.

There is a Red Flag Warning for the Salmon August Complex from 8 p.m. tonight until 9 a.m. tomorrow morning due to increased wind from the northeast gusting 25-30 mph, increased temperatures and low relative humidity.

Those living in the affected fire areas this Labor Day weekend, please use caution with open flames and equipment that could cause sparks.  http://www.preventwildfireca.org/OneLessSpark/

A forest closure order is in effect for the Marble Mountain Wilderness until the fire is declared out. The Pacific Crest Trail No. 2000 (Pacific Crest Trail) is included in the new closure from the intersection with Forest Trail No. 5545 (Kidder Creek Trail) to its intersection with Forest Trail No. 5542 (Shackleford Trail). Details of closure points can be found on InciWeb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5501/#

There are No Evacuation warnings or order in place at this time.

A community meeting is scheduled for today, August 31, 2017, 6:00 p.m. at Etna High School.
400 Howell Avenue, Etna, CA 96027

Wallow Fire: 19,512 acres; 19% containment. Fire fighters working to prevent farther spread east of the PCT and south towards Sawyers Bar Road. This fire has grown into the Island Fire.

Island Fire: 1,692 acres; 60% confinement. There is very little heat detected, and there was no movement of the fire yesterday.

Mary Fire: 142 acres; 10% containment; located five miles south of Cecilville on the divide between the Klamath and Shasta Trinity National Forests. Crews have cut line into the areas of most threat.

Rush Fire: 3 acres; 50% containment. Helitac and hotshot crews were able to keep the fire in check, and the area is being monitored.

Grizzly Fire: 90 acres; 100% containment.  Monitor and assess for any future operation needs.

Pointers Fire: 3 acres; 100% containment.

Garden Fire: 183 acres; 100% containment.

Residents within Siskiyou County can expect to see smoke for the next several days, from this complex and surrounding fires.  A daily Air Quality Report is posted on the fire’s Inciweb page.

For updated fire information, please visit InciWeb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5501/

For updated smoke forecasts, please visit http://bit.ly/2uSYloh

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Klamath National Forest: Eclipse Complex Fire update 8-31-17

FIRES, Forestry & USFS

Eclipse Complex Update, August 31, 2017
Klamath and Six Rivers National Forests

Red Flag Warning Issued as Crews Near Completion of Containment Lines at Happy Camp

Acres:  68,400 acres (from Infrared flight last night)          Cause:  Lightning
Containment:  25%                                     Oak Fire:  57,500 acres
Cedar Fire:  6,100 Acres                              Young Fire:  2,800 acres
Four Mile Fire: 2,000 acres                          Total personnel:  1,077

A community meeting is scheduled for tonight, August 31, 2017, at 6:00 p.m. at the Gasquet Ranger District Office in Gasquet, California. Yesterday’s public meeting in Happy Camp was recorded and is available on the Klamath National Forest Facebook page at www.facebook.com/KlamathNF.

Yesterday crews built on the prior day’s successes, nearing completion of several key contingency lines west and east of Indian Valley. The line west of Thompson Creek and west of Indian Creek are intended as an extra measure of protection of the Indian Creek drainage. Key primary containment lines are holding and being strengthened on the Four Mile Fire north of Thompson Creek and Oak Fire along Benjamin Creek west of Happy Camp. Containment of these lines will require several days of additional patrol and mop-up by crews to remove any remaining heat near the lines. Crews are working to increase containment on the west flank of both the Four Mile and Cedar fires. On the Oak Fire’s western flank, the South Fork of the Smith River continues to hold the Oak Fire to the east as the fire advances slowly north and northeast. The north flank of the Oak Fire became active deep within the Siskiyou Wilderness, pushing north up Clear and Preston creeks toward the Young Fire. As a precaution, crews have begun preparation of a new control line west of the Smith River, from Bear Basin Butte along Blue Ridge to Sugarloaf Mountain.

Today, fire crews are focused on strengthening and lengthening primary containment lines, while extending important contingency lines to protect Indian Creek and ensure protection of communities west of the South Fork of the Smith River.

Oak Fire:  On the Oak Fire’s southeast flank, crews will continue to improve, hold and mop-up containment lines near Benjamin Creek and other developed areas along Highway 96. The fire is expected to continue backing down to Highway 96, where roll-out of material continues. One-way traffic control will continue west of Happy Camp to keep the highway open while providing for public and firefighter safety. A new contingency line is nearly in place west of Indian Creek from Boulder Peak north to Kelly Lake. On the Oak Fire’s western flank, heavy equipment and crews are constructing indirect line construction along Blue Ridge, west of the South Fork of the Smith River, as a contingency line should the fire spot across the River. The Oak Fire is expected to continue to move north up Clear and Preston creek drainages.

Cedar and Four Mile Fires:  The southward movement of the Four Mile Fire has been successfully checked where crews continue to mop and patrol along Thompson Creek. Contingency lines along existing roads have been constructed west of both the Four Mile and Cedar fires to prevent the westward movement of these two fires. Handline along the Four Mile Fire’s east flank is preventing the fire from spreading east. Crews are monitoring the eastward spread of the Cedar Fire toward Red Butte Wilderness. The fire has crossed the ridgeline between Pyramid Peak and Figurehead Mountain at the wilderness boundary, where it showed little movement due to sparse fuels.

Young Fire:  Growth of the Young Fire has been held in check on the west and south flanks by a 2015 burn scar. On the Young Fire’s east flank, the fire continues to back into the Clear Creek Drainage.

A Red Flag Warning has been issued from 5:00 p.m. today through 9:00 a.m. Friday. Gusty northeast winds are expected to develop today with extremely dry conditions. Wind speeds are expected to be 6-11 mph with gusts to 20 on ridge tops. Temperatures will be in the 80s to low 90s.

Heavy smoke is expected to continue in valley bottoms below an inversion layer. Residents of Happy Camp seeking clean air may visit the Karuk Senior Center between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Detailed smoke forecasts and information on smoke impacts can be found on the California Smoke Blog at californiasmokeinfo.blogspot.com.

Highway 96 west of Happy Camp remains open with the following restrictions for public and firefighter safety:  The highway is closed each morning from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. and each evening from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. to allow for heavy firefighter traffic as day and night shifts rotate. During all other hours, one-way traffic control with a pilot car will be in place from 2.5 miles southwest of Happy Camp to south of Clear Creek Ranch. Delays range from 30 minutes to more than an hour, due to fire activity, heavy smoke and falling rock debris. This traffic control will be in place for as long as necessary to ensure safety. Refer to Caltrans for the latest information on road closures:  www.dot.ca.gov/hq/roadinfo/display.php?page=sr36.

The Limited Evacuation Warning remains in effect for the area directly southwest of the Happy Camp Airport through the Clear Creek Area. To receive updates on changes to evacuation notices, residents should register with CodeRed, which has been instituted by Siskiyou County for rapid reverse 911 automated calls. To register for CodeRed, go to:  www.co.siskiyou.ca.us/content/codered-emergency-alert-system.

Fire Area Closure Orders:  Closures have been executed for roads and trails near many of the wildfires, including the Pacific Crest Trail, closing them to public entry to provide for safety. Additional information about the closures and fires is available on Inciweb at inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/closures/5511 and at key locations in Happy Camp, Seiad Valley and Gasquet.

One Less Spark – One Less Wildlife:  Firefighters ask that you be extremely careful and prevent new fire starts. Review fire restrictions on the Klamath and Six Rivers national forest websites and help firefighters.

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Klamath National Forest: Salmon-August Fire Complex update 8-30-17

FIRES, Forestry & USFS

Salmon-August Complex Update
August 30, 2017

                               Date Started: August 11, 2017                      Total Size: 20,438 acres

                               Cumulative Containment: 19%                    Total Personnel: 1,577

Operational update: The Salmon August Complex Fires have grown to over 20,000 acres, with 1,577 personnel assigned to the incident. The Wallow Fire is located on the northern flank of the complex and remains the largest and most active fire. Crews were able to keep the fire in check on the northern end near the Kidder Creek and Shelly Fork area yesterday. The main fire has grown into the previous spot fires in Babs Creek, and is now established in the Patterson Creek Drainage. Crews worked to find access to hold the fire in place and will continue their effort today. Fire fighters continue to strengthen contingency lines to prevent the spread towards communities in the Scott Valley.

Air operations was able to assist ground crews yesterday, and will continue today. There are 12 helicopters being shared with the Salmon August Complex Fires and surrounding complexes. They were used to drop water in the Etna Mill Creek near Etna Summit area, while air tankers dropped fire retardant in the Sawyers Bar Road north of the Pacific Crest Trail. Five air tankers made drops yesterday, but were later diverted to the Ponderosa Fire in Butte County. Four air tankers are on order for today.

The fire area will continue to have warming and drying conditions, with an increase in temperature for the next two days. Winds are also expected, which will contribute to an increase in fire behavior.

A forest closure order is in effect for the Marble Mountain Wilderness until the fire is declared out. The Pacific Crest Trail No. 2000 (Pacific Crest Trail) is included in the new closure from the intersection with Forest Trail No. 5545 (Kidder Creek Trail) to its intersection with Forest Trail No. 5542 (Shackleford Trail). Details of closure points can be found on InciWeb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5501/#

A community meeting in Sawyers Bar is scheduled for today, August 30, 2017, 2:00 p.m. at the Salmon River Restoration Council Watershed Center.
25631 Sawyers Bar Road, Sawyers Bar, CA 96027

A community meeting is scheduled for Thursday, August 31, 2017, 6:00 p.m. at Etna High School.
400 Howell Avenue, Etna, CA 96027

Wallow Fire: 18,325 acres; 19% containment. Fire fighters working to prevent farther spread east of the PCT and south towards Abbott Ranch. This fire has grown into the Island Fire, and consumed it.

Island Fire: 1,692 acres; 60% confinement. There is very little heat detected, and there was no movement of the fire yesterday.

Mary Fire: 142 acres; 10% containment; located five miles south of Cecilville on the divide between the Klamath and Shasta Trinity National Forests. Crews have cut line into the areas of most threat.

Rush Fire: 3 acres; 50% containment. Helitac and hotshot crews were able to keep the fire in check, and the area is being monitored.

Grizzly Fire: 90 acres; 100% containment.  Monitor and assess for any future operation needs.

Pointers Fire: 3 acres; 100% containment.

Garden Fire: 183 acres; 100% containment.

Residents within Siskiyou County can expect to see smoke for the next several days, from this complex and surrounding fires.  A daily Air Quality Report is posted on the fire’s Inciweb page.

For updated fire information, please visit InciWeb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5501/

For updated smoke forecasts, please visit http://bit.ly/2uSYloh

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Scott Valley Protect Our Water meets 8-31-17

POW

Scott Valley Protect Our Water

Meets

 Thursday, August 31, 2017

 7 p.m.

 Fort Jones Community Center

AGENDA:

Brandon Criss, Siskiyou Co. Dist. 1 Supervisor on Klamath dams, groundwater management, strawberry plant business

Erin Ryan, staff for Congressman Doug LaMalfa

Erin will also share some of her radio shows from We The People Radio

Mark Baird, update on Citizens for Fair Representation

And more

Scott Valley Protect Our Water

Meets

 

Thursday, August 31, 2017

 

7 p.m.

 

Fort Jones Community Center

AGENDA:

Brandon Criss, Siskiyou Co. Dist. 1 Supervisor on Klamath dams, groundwater management, strawberry plant business

Erin Ryan, staff for Congressman Doug LaMalfa

Erin will also share some of her radio shows from We The People Radio

Mark Baird, update on Citizens for Fair Representation

And more

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Liz Writes Life 8-29-17

Liz Writes Life

Aug. 29, 2017

Liz Writes Life

Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA

This just in: Talked to Ray Haupt, our Dist. 5 Siskiyou Co. Supervisor, yesterday morning before my deadline. He is in direct contact with the fire incident command at least twice a day. Ray said CalFire has now taken a major role and our local Siskiyou CalFire leaders, including Ron Bravo, are in leadership positions. This is great especially since the fire blew over into the Etna Mills drainage Sunday. Understanding our terrain is paramount to hitting the fire at the right places. Salmon River and Klamath River Hot Shots crews are working their butts-off up-high building fire line. Old logging roads have been opened up for access. Ray said they are aggressively hitting the fire as humanly possible.

We have gone from the dog days of summer to the — very thick and smoky — dog days of summer. Ugh. Fire camp is still growing at Horn Lane with 1,400 personnel. Mel Fechter has been sharing his fabulous photos of fire fighting; and Sunday evening he sent out photos of the big Sikorsky Skycrane sucking up over 3,000 gallons of retardant in 45 seconds. He said it was an amazing amount of wind power to withstand.

I do appreciate all those who are working to stop the fires. Thank you!

My comment: Sure do wish we were saving the forest by managing the trees through timber harvest, instead of seeing them burn up – including the wild animals – because they are too thick. An economy based on timber harvest is much more productive and beneficial to forests, wildlife and communities than this devastation from lightning-caused fires turning the green environment black.

Garden

Bummer! I thought a Crimson Red watermelon was ripe. The little long, narrow leaf at the first vine joint was dried-up as was the curly tendril. Usually, my watermelon and cantaloupe don’t get ripe until Sept., but I was hopeful. Nope. It was juicy, but not sweet enough and the flesh was a pale pink.

I gave you a pretty full report on the garden last week, but forgot a few things. The flat head cabbage is growing. Some are 10-inches high, so we will see if they start making a head before the shorter days and cooler nights of September hit. Harvested two red cabbages. One was hit by aphids in July and I sprayed it with the diluted vinegar/soapy water. It looked terrible, but after peeling away a few layers and washing it well – it looks good.

The second crop of corn is setting on ears; the purple morning glories are fabulous on two fences and solar-yellow cosmos are finally blooming with the four o’clocks.

Lawsuit

State of Jefferson supporters were frustrated last week, when a court hearing was canceled – at the last minute or rather the day before, which was after many folks had made motel reservations in Sacramento. The hearing was scheduled for Aug. 25, 2017 at 10 a.m. on the matter of Citizens for Fair Representation v Alex Padilla, the California Secretary of State.

The lawsuit brought by the CFR claims there are not enough elected state legislators in the rural counties compared to the high-density populations in the state. On Thursday, Aug. 24th, a minute order was issued by a court deputy for the District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller. It stated: Upon consideration of the parties’ filings relating to the question of whether a three judge court need be convened to resolve defendant’s pending motion to dismiss and plaintiffs’ pending motion to amend, the court has determined that it is premature to request the convening of such a court prior to this court’s threshold determination of jurisdiction and justiciability.

Yep, that is a lot of court talk, but apparently the plaintiffs, who are CFR, want to amend its case and the defendant, which is the State of California, wants the court to dismiss the case altogether. Jefferson spokesman, Mark Baird, has asked supporters to write letters of complaint to Judge Mueller. Court cases are pretty darned frustrating and I don’t think the state or the court will be friendly to this lawsuit.

Bundy

It was a nice surprise last week, when a federal jury acquitted two men involved in the 2014 Bundy ranch stand-off and delivered not-guilty findings on most charges against two others. This was the second trial for Ricky Lovelien, Steven Stewart, Scott Drexler and Eric Parker.

Carol Bundy, the Bundy ranch family matriarch, said: “They’ve been tried twice and found not guilty. We the people are not guilty.”

Those who have watched all three trials — of just a few of the 19 that were arrested because of participation in the April 2014 Bundy ranch stand-off with federal agencies led by BLM or the Malheur Refuge occupation in January 2016, — have been shocked. The federal judges in all three court cases have strictly limited what the defendants’ attorneys can present and prosecutors attorneys have ran roughshod.

Shari Dovale, who has watched the trials and reported on them, said the defendants were not allowed to call witnesses on their own behalf. They were not allowed to talk about why they went to Nevada. They were not allowed to mention the bad acts from the BLM or FBI agents.

In this latest case, the jury deliberated four days after 20 days of testimony and none of the defendants were found guilty of a key conspiracy charge alleging they plotted with the Bundy family.

Because they were allowed so little defense, all four defense attorneys declined to make closing arguments and stood mute. Apparently, the jury realized it was not getting all the information it needed to find guilty verdicts.

POW

Scott Valley Protect Our Water will meet this Thursday, August 31, 2017 at the Fort Jones Community Center. Time is 7 p.m.

Liz Bowen is a native of Siskiyou County and lives near Callahan. Check out her websites: Pie N Politics.com and Liz Bowen.com or call her at 530-467-3515.

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Salmon-August Fires Complex Update affecting Scott Valley – August 28, 2017

FIRES, Forestry & USFS

Salmon-August Complex Update
August 28, 2017

Date Started: August 11, 2017                      Total Size: 16,320 acres

                                     Cumulative Containment: 19%                   Total Personnel: 1,251

Operational update: Yesterday, the high temperatures and low relative humidity along with strong southwest winds contributed to increased fire behavior on the Wallow Fire. These conditions caused spot fires to cross the line on the eastern flank of the fire into the Etna Mill Creek area near Etna Summit. 11 helicopters were positioned to drop water and retardant on that area to keep it from moving farther east down Mill Creek. The fire was kept in check on the north and northwest flanks of the Wallow Fire in Babs Creek and Shelly Fork drainages to prevent movement into Kidder Creek. Rolling material continues to challenge containment lines in the steep area. Crews are mopping up areas of the fire that have been contained to ensure the fire stays where it has been contained.

Today, a combination of ground crews and aircraft will be positioned to stop the fire’s growth at the top of Mill Creek in anticipation of increased fire activity. Along the western portion of the communities from Etna to Greenview, fire line is being constructed to prevent fire from moving toward structures. The structures in the area have been evaluated and firefighters are preparing them for defense if the fire approaches.

A forest closure order is in effect for the Marble Mountain Wilderness until the fire is declared out. The Pacific Crest Trail No. 2000 (Pacific Crest Trail) is included in the new closure from the intersection with Forest Trail No. 5545 (Kidder Creek Trail) to its intersection with Forest Trail No. 5542 (Shackleford Trail). Details of closure points can be found on InciWeb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5501/#

A community meeting is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, August 31, 2017, 6:00 p.m. at Etna High School.

Wallow Fire: 14,225 acres; 19% confinement. Fire fighters will continue to strengthen and hold established lines along the PCT and the spot fires east of the trail.

Island Fire: 1,675 acres; 60% confinement. There continues to be pockets of heat in this fire, but very little movement.

Mary Fire: 142 acres; 10% containment; located five miles south of Cecilville on the divide between the Klamath and Shasta Trinity National Forests. Crews have cut line into the areas of most threat.

Rush Fire: 2.5 acres; 45% containment. A helitac crew was inserted yesterday, and a hot shot crew will be assigned today to assist them.

Grizzly Fire: 90 acres; 100% containment.  Monitor and assess for any future operation needs.

Pointers Fire: 2.5 acres; 100% containment.

Garden Fire: 183 acres; 100% containment.

Residents within Siskiyou County can expect to see smoke for the next several days, from this complex and surrounding fires.  A daily Air Quality Report is posted on the fire’s Inciweb page.

For updated fire information, please visit InciWeb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5501/

For updated smoke forecasts, please visit http://bit.ly/2uSYloh

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Klamath National Forest Eclipse Complex Fire Update, August 28, 2017

FIRES, Forestry & USFS

Eclipse Complex Fire Update, August 28

Fires Within Complex

 Cedar

Four Mile

Oak

Acres

4,500

1,550

44,800

Percent Contained

0

0

0

Fire Situation: The Eclipse Complex (CA-KNF-6098) currently consists of three fires and has burned a total of 53,600 acres; the complex is 24% contained, with 1,137 personnel assigned.

Management Transitions:  Beginning this evening, the Eclipse Complex will be managed by California Interagency Incident Management Team 1, under the direction of Incident Commander Jerry McGowan.  The Young Fire, which is burning in the Siskiyou Wilderness on the Six Rivers National Forest, will become part of the Eclipse Complex at that same time.  The primary Incident Command Post will remain in Happy Camp, CA and a secondary camp is being established in Gasquet, CA to support firefighters on the western portion of the complex.

New Fire Area Closures:  Klamath National Forest Order No. 17-05-803, executed August 25, 2017, closed all Forest Roads and Forest Trails within two large portions of the Eclipse Complex.  Area A is in the vicinity of the Cedar and Four Mile Fires, and stretches from Highway 96 on the south to the Klamath/Rogue River Forest boundary on the north; and from Red Buttes Wilderness and Fort Goff Trail on the east to Indian Creek Road, Kemper Gulch Road, and Wagner Road on the west. Area B is in the vicinity of the Oak Fire and is bounded by Highway 96 and Indian Creek on the east, by the Siskiyou Wilderness on the north, by the Six Rivers/Klamath National Forest boundary on the west and by the Ukonom/Happy Camp District boundary on the south. The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) from State Highway 96 north to the Oregon border, the Cook and Green Pass Road, and the Portuguese Creek Trail are also closed due to the Miller Complex.  Closed trailheads are:  No Mans, PCT Seiad, Fort Goff, and Elbow Springs Trailhead; No Mans Campground is also closed.  This order superseded Order No. 14-05-798, Order No. 17-05-800 and Order No. 17-05-796.  Additionally Red Buttes Wilderness is closed.  The PCT is open in the Grider Creek area for non-through hikers to enjoy.

The Six Rivers National Forest Order No. 10-17-07, executed August 18, 2017, and Order No. 10-17-09, executed August 25, 2017, closed 11 roads, 7 trails, 6 trailheads, and a portion of the Smith River National Recreation Area/Gasquet Ranger District in the vicinity of the Young Fire and west Oak Fire (formerly the Prescott Fire). The entire western portion of the Siskiyou Wilderness, which is managed by the Six Rivers National Forest, is closed.  Closed trails include Young’s Valley, Doe Flat, Island Lake, Gunbarrel, South Kelsey, Summit Valley, and Boundary.  The trailheads for those trails are closed as well.

Additional information about the closures is available at the Eclipse Complex Inciweb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5511/.

Oak Fire: The east side of the fire is continuing to back down to Highway 96, tying into fire lines constructed around the private properties in the Clear Creek area. Crews continued working to contain the fire near Benjamin Creek. They are also constructing a contingency line between that area and the town of Happy Camp. The western portion of the fire remains in the Siskiyou Wilderness, east of the South Fork Smith River.  On Blue Ridge, crews and heavy equipment are improving Forest Roads 16N18 and 16N02, preparing to use them as a fireline should the fire continue advancing westward. Fire behavior on the Oak Fire remained moderate throughout the day yesterday, as the inversion remained in place.  

Cedar and Four Mile Fires: These fires continued to grow slowly on Friday under the inversion.  Crews continue to construct and improve containment lines using existing roads, dozer lines, and strategic ignitions when appropriate.  The priority is to control an area of the fire in the southwest corner of the Four Mile Fire, near Thompson Creek.

Traffic Conditions: Highway 96 west of Happy Camp, will be closed each morning and evening for an hour or so from about 7:00 to 8:00am and 7:00 to 8:00pm to allow for heavy firefighting traffic as day and night shifts rotate.  There are one-way traffic controls from about 2.5 miles southwest of Happy Camp to just south of the Clear Creek Ranch. There might be longer delays due to rocks and other debris falling onto the roadway, or to heavy smoke.  This traffic control and closure will be in place for as long as necessary. Refer to CalTrans for the latest information on road closures: http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/roadinfo/display.php?page=sr96.

Limited Evacuation Warning:  Evacuation warnings are still in effect for a limited area directly southwest of the Happy Camp airport through the Clear Creek area.  Notifications were made as appropriate, based on current fire conditions, for people in those areas.  Residents should make sure that they are registered to receive reverse 911 auto-calls. Siskiyou County has instituted a rapid emergency notification service called CodeRED® which would be implemented if there was an Evacuation Order.  For more information, or to register for CodeRED® go to: http://www.co.siskiyou.ca.us/content/codered-emergency-alert-system.

Residents should be aware that they may see fire engines and crews working in and around their neighborhoods. These firefighters are identifying structure locations and documenting what it would take to protect them, should the fire impact the area. Their presence is a precautionary measure and will be a benefit for future safety planning needs.

 

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