FOUNTAIN FIRE 20th ANNIVERSARYNO EVIDENCE ITWAS ARSONThis WeekInsideAmericanProfilePUTTING END TO MYTH ONWHAT STARTED FOUNTAIN FIRESEE PAGE 570 Cents Per CopyVol. 54 No. 25Burney, CaliforniaTelephone (530) 725-0925Toll Free (800) 375-2135FAX (530) 303-1528Web Site: firstname.lastname@example.orgOld Fashioned FunHospital tournamentThe 13th annual On the Greengolf tournament held in supportof Mayers Memorial Hospital Intermountain Healthcare Foundationis slated for Saturday at the FallRiver Golf and Country Club. Thefoundation’s mission is to supportand enhance services providedby Mayers. Proceeds from thistournament will fund equipmentneeded by the surgery department. Contact Maggie DeCoitofor more information, telephone336-5511, ext. 1136, or email email@example.com.AUGUST 15, 2012Reading Fire threat:within 4 miles of firstOld Station homesFireofficialshaveestimated the lightningcausedReadingFirecould grow to 40,000acres before full containment, which is expectedby Tuesday.On Friday the fire hadalready surpassed a similar fire three years ago forthe residents of Old Station.The Sugarloaf Fire, alsostarted by lightning strikesAug. 1-2, 2009, burned9,356 acres before it wasbrought under control.“The fire growth as beenpretty phenomenal the lastcouple of days,” said KentSwartzlander, deputy incident fire commander.But most of that addi-–Please See Page 8Save the ambulanceA town meeting to discuss thefuture of the ambulance servicein Big Valley was set for Aug. 14,7 p.m., at the Adin Fire Hall, afterThe News is printed. The notification is made here for those whoview The News online Tuesdayafternoon. Modoc Medical Centerhas determined that having anambulance crew stationed in Adinis not financially viable for thedistrict. Plans include providinga separate entity with equipmentand training. Representativesof Modoc Medical Center werescheduled to attend.McArthur gymkhanaA gymkhana is scheduled to beheld at the Inter-Mountain fairgrounds in McArthur on Aug. 21.Sign up is set for 5:30 p.m. andride begins at 6 p.m. Call Jeannieat 336-5500 for more information.Ropings are also scheduled at thefairgrounds Friday. Sign up at 5:30p.m. and rope at 6 p.m.Local WeatherThu8/16100/52Mix of sun and clouds. Highs 98 to102F and lows in the low 50s.Fri8/1799/53Mainly sunny. Highs in the upper90s and lows in the low 50s.Sat8/18Sunny. Highs in the low 90s andlows in the upper 40s.Sun8/1993/48Abundant sunshine. Highs in thelow 90s and lows in the upper 40s.Mon8/2091/47Sunny. Highs in the low 90s andlows in the upper 40s. 2009 American Profile Hometown ContentServiceThe Intermountain NewsP.O. Box 1030Burney, California 96013NEWS PHOTOResidents watch Reading Fire following community meeting Sunday at Old Station fire hall.20YEARSAGO.‘We’ve NeverSeen A FireLike This’-Manny SousaAugust, 22, 1992Memories offire still burnbright for themBy JON LEWISThe first call came in at 12:50 p.m.on a hot, dry Thursday afternoon: aspotter at Hogback Lookout saw aplume of smoke in the vicinity of Highway 299 and Buzzard Roost Road.A CDF captain working with a SugarPine Conservation Camp crew in thearea estimated the fire at 10 acres.A mere 20 minutes later, the blazehad grown to 100 acres. By nightfall, ithad claimed 12,000 acres, destroyedmuch of Round Mountain and forcedmore than 1,000 people from theirhomes.The following day, the fire grew ata horrific rate, aided by a fresheningbreeze from the southwest and fueledby tinder-dry forests that had struggledthrough six years of drought. A staggering 48,000 acres—the equivalentof 75 square miles—had fallen victimto the firestorm. Residents of Burney,–Please See Page 693/49SEE PAGE 3SERVING EASTERN SHASTA, NORTHERN LASSEN, WESTERN MODOC & EASTERN SISKIYOU COUNTIES FOR MORE THAN 50 YEARSWHAT’S HAPPENINGIN THE DAYS AHEADThe Big Valley FFA chapter ishosting an Old Fashioned Fun celebration Saturday beginning at 3p.m. at Big Valley Market in Bieber.Included are a dunk tank, bouncehouse and other events. A dinnerwill be served from 4-8 p.m. Cost is 12 for adults and 10 for childrenages 12 and younger and a menuof carne asada, tacos, beans, riceand desserts. All proceeds fromthe dinner will benefit big ValleyFFA chapter members who will beattending the national convention.For more information, telephoneBig Valley Market at 294-5754 orCiara Babcock at 640-0406.LASSEN PARKREADING FIREPHOTO PAGENEWS PHOTOS / Craig HarringtonA firefighter from a Redding California Department of Forestry (now known asCal Fire) is surrounded by flames to the west of Halcumb Cemetery in top photo.Above, CHP officer Boyd Taylor (now retired and serving on the Burney Fire Protection District board of directors) provides information to motorist about the fire.‘We’ve not had a fire in Shasta County that’s done the structure damage this fire has done’-Capt. Mike Witesman, fire prevention officer for California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, August 22, 1992About 20 protestors upset withdirection of Pit River HealthComplaints with the Pit Rivertribal health board and the clinic’snewly hired administrator werelodged Friday by a group of 20outside the clinic on Park Avenuein Burney.Hattie Avelar said the clinicis denying medications to tribalmembers and the new administrator is changing the health carefacility from one that primarilyserves Indians to a “communityclinic.”“He’s getting rid of Indianstaff,”Avelar said and has threatened to fire those who remain.“Our Indian employees haveto walk on egg shells,” she said.“They should not have to worklike that.”Dr. Bruce Staggs, who washired as the clinic’s administratorJune 25 said the charges aren’ttrue.He said two people have beenfired, one a Native American andthe other a non-native.One of those positions wasfilled by a non-Indian.The other position remainsopen and the hiring process–Please See Page 4Dr. Bruce Staggs meets with protestors Friday morning infront of Pit River Health Service on Park Avenue in Burney.HAVE YOUR COMMUNITY DELIVERED TO YOUR MAIL BOX CALL 725-0925 TO SUBSCRIBE TODAY!
PAGE 2 THE INTERMOUNTAIN NEWS AUGUST 15, 2012SHERIFF’S LOG BOOKA suspicious vehicle wasreported Sunday at 12:27a.m. near Highway 299 andLong Street in Fall RiverMills.n n n n n n nBarbara Pierce reportedSunday a residence at the20200 block of Maple LeafStreet in Burney was burglarized.n n n n n n nA backhoe was reportedstolen Sunday at WindyPoint Road and Highway 299in Montgomery Creek. Theowner hired a helicopter pilotwho found the equipment offof Windy Point Road.n n n n n n nA verbal disturbance wasreported Sunday at 3:05 p.m.at Tamarack and Park avenues in Burney.n n n n n n nMike Rowland reportedSunday the theft of a cellu-At least 25% of this newspaper is printedon recycled paper. This newspaper is alsoprinted using soy-based ink.Publisher: Craig HarringtonManager: Katie Harringtonlar telephone from the 20300block of Pine Street in Burney.n n n n n n nA 26-inch dark greenmountain bicycle was reported stolen Sunday night fromthe 37400 block of Highway299 in Burney.n n n n n n nA family disturbance wasreported Saturday at 10:42a.m. at the 38000 block ofHighway 299 in JohnsonPark.n n n n n n nA McArthur woman reported Saturday that while shewas incarcerated her residence was burglarized.n n n n n n nA caller reported a17-year-old niece was making threats to harm herselfSaturday evening.n n n n n n nEight head of cattle werereported on Highway 299 Friday at 2:11 p.m. following acattle truck rollover near OakRun Road.n n n n n n nA caller reported his girlfriend was in a fight with her22-year-old cousin Fridayand was standing in the bedOUR POLICYAll letters to the editor must bear thewriter's name, hometown and telephonenumber or they will not be printed. At awriter's request, we will print the letterunsigned in the newspaper, although wediscourage this. We welcome letters fromour readers but none can be acknowledgedor returned. Short letters are urged. We doreserve the right to edit letters for space.Letters should be addressed toThe Intermountain News, P.O. Box 1030,Burney, CA 96013 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Opinionsexpressed by the authors are strictlytheir own.POSTMASTERSend address changes to:The Intermountain NewsP.O. Box 1030, Burney, CA 96013of her cousin’s pickup. Thecousin drove away, the female fell and he attemptedto run over her while leavingthe area, the logbook reads.The woman was taken to aRedding hospital with headinjuries.n n n n n n nA caller reported Fridayat 10:43 p.m. three subjectswere at Fall River Elementary School with spotlights.Deputies cited one of thesubjects on a warrant and allwere told to move along.n n n n n n nA caller reported Thursdayat 12:48 a.m. a woman’s estranged husband had madethreatening remarks while inGlenburn.n n n n n n nA Fall River Mills callerreported his electricity hadbeen shut off Thursday at3:27 a.m. and that dogs inthe backyard were barking.The caller determined thebreaker had tripped, reset itand went to bed.n n n n n n nA Burney caller reportedthe possible theft of electricity on Park Avenue Thursdayafter locating an extensionDouble ‘S’ AutomotiveSizzling Summer SaleA/CRefrigerantService 89.95& Parts extraApprovedAuto RepairCall Double ‘S’ Auto336-5905ABOUT THE NEWSThe Intermountain News is publishedevery Wednesday morning for thecommunities of Burney, Fall River Mills,McArthur, Round Mountain, Big Bend,Montgomery Creek, Johnson Park,Old Station, Hat Creek, Glenburn, Cassel,Nubieber, Bieber, Lookout, Adin, Dana,Little Valley, Pittville, Cayton Valley,and Pondosa. The newspaper is publishedby Cright Incorporated, P.O. Box 1030,Burney, Calif. 96013. Craig Harrington,president and publisher. This newspaper isjudged a newspaper of general circulationunder court decree #24204, filedApril 27, 1959, and can accept legaladvertising. Telephone (530) 725-0925,Facsimile (530) 776-5609 or 335-5335.USPS No. 266-560. Second class postagepaid at Burney, California 96013.43402 Highway 299 Fall River Millswww.doubles.mechanicnet.comcord running from the exterior of the building to anotherunit.n n n n n n nJessie James Christie reported a burglary while outof town to a residence onWindy Point Road in Montgomery Creek Thursday.n n n n n n nA large party was reportedThursday at 9:11 p.m. at FallRiver Lake.n n n n n n nA Colorado woman requested deputies check onher brother Aug. 8 in Old Station whom she hadn’t heardfrom the past couple of days.n n n n n n nA verbal argument was reported Aug. 8 at 5:34 p.m. atthe Pit River Tribal Clinic inBurney.n n n n n n nA caller reported Aug. 8his juvenile son was bittenby a dog at the Lost Creekcampground in Lassen Volcanic National Park.n n n n n n nAn ongoing problem of abarking dog was reportedAug. 8 at 9:31 p.m. near the20500 block of Burney Courtin Burney.n n n n n n nAn anonymous caller reported Aug. 8 ongoing problems with transients sleepingand camping on property toneighboring homes. The Intermountain address was redacted on the logbook.n n n n n n nTwo subjects in a fight atthe Cedarwood Apartmentsin Fall River Mills Aug. 8about 11 p.m. sought treatment at Mayers MemorialHospital emergency room.Neither man wanted to presscharges.n n n n n n nA woman reported being harassed by a man Aug.7 due to her involvement inhelping a female out of a domestic violence situation.n n n n n n nA structure fire was reported Aug. 7 at 5:04 p.m. atthe 20400 block of CarberryStreet in Burney. A gas canand other objects were foundto be on fire.n n n n n n nA vehicle fire was reportedoff of Highway 299 near PitOne Powerhouse Road Aug.7 at 5:33 p.m.n n n n n n nA Montgomery Creek caller reported Aug. 7 receivingthreatening texts and telephone calls from a formerroommate.n n n n n n nA caller reported Aug. 7at 10:03 p.m. a male subjectwas waving a loaded 9mmand threatening people at the29400 area of Highway 299in Round Mountain.n n n n n n nA prowler was reportedAug. 7 at 10:40 p.m. at the26400 block of Grove Streetin McArthur.n n n n n n nTwo subjects were spottedAug. 6 at 6:19 p.m. stealingtwo gas cans from a pickupparked at the 24700 GrandRapids Avenue in Fall RiverMills.n n n n n n nTotal incidents handled bythe Shasta County sheriff’soffice in the unincorporatedareas of the county and alsoincludes calls as the lawenforcement agency undercontract for the City of Shasta Lake:August 12 – 121August 11 – 120August 10 – 140August 9 – 160August 8 – 113August 7 – 116August 6 – 131HIWAY GARAGEEstablished 1924Emergency Road Service TiresFull Auto Repair Gasoline44275 Hwy 299 - McArthur - 336-5532THE INTERMOUNTAIN NEWSIS A MEMBER OF:California NewspaperPublishers AssociationCALIFORNIATO PROMOTE AND DEFENDTHE PEOPLE'S RIGHT TO KNOWINTERMOUNTAINCHURCH DIRECTORYWORD OF LIFE ASSEMBLY OF GOD37341 Main Street Burney 335-4419 www.wolaburney.orgPastor Ken FrazierGrace Community Bible ChurchPastor Henry WinkelmanTamarack Ave. Burney 335-2367Nursery (0-3yrs) Children’s Church (4yrs-5th grade)Power Source Youth (Jr./Sr. High) Wed. 7 p.m.Independent FundamentalBible Church9:45 am Sunday School, all ages11 am Worship Service-6 p.m. Evening ServiceWednesday: 7 p.m.Bible Study and PrayerSOLID ROCK FOUR SQUARE CHURCHHis House FellowshipSunday Worship Services 9 a.m. & 11 a.m.A Place to.Belong, Believe, Become20343 Tamarack Avenue Burney 335-4300Pastor Bud Porter-SmithSunday Worship 10:30 a.m.Friday Night Live at 7pm Sunday Morning at 10amWith Senior Leaders Steve & Dalene BlackChildren’s Church: Pre-school to 6th GradeNursery: 0-toddlerThursday: Food Pantry 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.Midweek Service Thursday Night 6:30 p.m.Ministering families, hearts and soulsSEVENTH DAYADVENTIST CHURCHTHE GLENBURNCOMMUNITY CHURCHFall River Mills 336-5260Saturday:Sabbath School 9:45 a.m.Worship Service 11:30 a.m.Pastor Bruce Blum (530) 279-6191530-336-6854 hishouse.hopto.org3 miles E of McArthur, old dance hallCorner of Glenburn & McArthur Roadsin the heart of the Fall River ValleySunday Worship: 11:00 a.m.Adult Bible Study: 9:45 a.m.Other services throughout the weekBill Myers, Pastor - 336-6914INTERMOUNTAIN FREE CHURCHFAITH LUTHERAN CHURCHChildren: Krista LeeYouth: Jeff & Dana LooperPastor: Thom 1:30pmSunday Servicea.m.VISITORS WELCOME!Worship Service: Sunday 10 a.m.INTERMOUNTAIN BAPTIST CHURCH20410 Marquette St. Burney 335-5414Pastor Bud HennesseySunday School 9am Family Worship 10:30amEvening Service 6pmPrayer Meetings Wednesdays 7pmAWANA K-6th Grades Tuesdays 6:30pmDinner - First Sunday of the Month 12:30pmChristian Radio KIBC 90.5 FM20400 Timber (at Juniper)Burney, CA 96013BURNEY CHURCH OF CHRISTSuperior Avenue, Burney(Behind Old Post Office)Sunday ServicesBible Study 10 a.m.11 a.m. & 6 p.m.Bible Study Wednesday 7 p.m.HOVIS HARDWARE37113 MAIN STREET BURNEY335-5471 HOURS: MON-SAT 8am-6pm
THE INTERMOUNTAIN NEWS AUGUST 15, 2012 PAGE 3LASSEN PARK’SREADING FIRERed Cross volunteer Fred Gideon of Burney explains to Old Station residents and others aboutthe evacuation center that will be set up at Burney High School if needed. About 130 attendedcommunity meetings at the Old Station fire hall Thursday and Sunday evenings.Ralph Taylor of Packway Materials in Cassel prepares tounload bulldozer on U.S. Forest Service Road 12 near thenorth end of the Reading Fire Saturday.The Reading Fire burns in the background near the Devastaed Area Interpretive Trail at Lassen Volcanic National Park Saturday. A 10-mile portion of Highway89 was closed to the public Aug. 7 between Manzanita Lake and Summit Lake when the fire reached 1,500 acres. The lightning-caused fire started July 23 atthe 7,100-foot elevation about one mile northeast of Paradise Meadows between the Terrace Lake and Paradise Meadow trails.U.S. Forest Service vehicles line up along Highway 89 with Lassen Peakin the background in photo above. At right, a signposted (most likely prefire) on Road 12 near thenorth section of the fire.Below, fire informationis posted near the Loomis Museum at the northend of the park, which remained open to visitorsearly this week. Highway89 was closed from heresouth to Summit Lake.Mason Dungy ofMammothLakesand fellow firefighters catch a fewwinks about 3 p.m.Saturday near theDevastatedAreaparking lot beforeheading back to thefireline. Photo at leftshows display dipicting smoke and ashfrom 1915 LassenPeak eruption whilesmoke from theReading Fire loomsin the background.NEWS PHOTOS / Craig Harrington
PAGE 4 THE INTERMOUNTAIN NEWS AUGUST 15, 2012Protestors lodge complaints against tribal clinic-From Page 1alwaysrequiresNativeAmericans be given preferential status for the job, hesaid.“They are given an extra10 points on the job application if they show they areNative American. We haveto show native preferenceand we go by that policy,”Staggs said. “I’m doing that.I’m enforcing policy.”He also disputed the ideathe clinic is not serving theIndian population.“The number of NativeAmericans we’re seeing is75 percent vs. 25 percent ofnon-natives,” he said.Avelar said the clinic isalso demanding the membership fill out financial formsand sign up for Medi-Cal ifthey qualify, something shedoesn’t want to do.“It’s none of the clinic’sbusiness how much moneyI make (or what her totalassets are),” she said.There are members withinthe tribe who fall under thetitle of land rich, but dirt poor.A homeowner could losetheir house to the state andprevent a son or daughterfrom inheriting it if the parentqualified for Medi-Cal due tolow income.Staggs said the formshave to be filled out by theNative Americans becauseit is a requirement of IndianHealth Services (IHS), whichprovides the majority of fundsto run the clinic.He said IHS, which is afederal agency, is requiringtribes to look at shifting payments of services to statesor local governments if tribalmembers qualify for fundingelsewhere.“They (the tribe) havebeen talking about it (enforcing the IHS rules) for twoyears,” Staggs said. “Forsome reason it hasn’t beenenforced.”One possibility could bethat he is the first administra-tor hired in the last four-andone-half years, he said.“They have only had aninterim administrator duringthat time,” Staggs said.As to the charge the clinicis denying medications toIndians, he noted the clinichas no pharmacy but ratherissues prescriptions to befilled at local pharmacies.If a patient wants a prescription filled and calls in therequest there is a 24-hourturnaround delay.“If it’s an office visit, it isdone (prescription sent to thepharmacy) immediately,” hesaid.Avelar said there are alsodelays in getting appointments at the clinic.Staggs said any delays inthe past happened within thedental department.“I know in the past therewas a two-week delay fordental,” he said. “That’sdown to two days now.”Avelar said the administrator is also guilty of touching children at the tribe’s daycare facility across the streetfrom the clinic.“He’s touching the children’s hair and asking whotheir parents are,” she said.“You just don’t do things likethat.”Darlene Machon, anotherprotestor agreed the touching was inappropriate.“We’re not a huggy society,” she said of the NativeAmerican culture.Staggs said he did touchone child one time and nowrecognizes the cultural differences.“This is the first time I’vebeen an administrator for aNative American health carefacility,” he said. “I have beeneducated by the (health)board and it won’t happenagain.”News online poll resultsResults of last week’s online poll at www.theimnews.com are shown above. If you would like to gaugethe opinions on a particular topic, send your polling question by email to email@example.com. Today’sQuestion: Should the National Park Service Change Its Let-It-Burn Policy For Wilderness Areas? Submityour response at www.theimnews.com.Engagement announcedDenise Almarez, daughter of Pat and Hank Almarez of Bellingham, Wash., and Vern Brown, sonof Michiko and Bill Brown of Fall River Mills, will bemarried on Aug. 18 in Fort Bragg, Calif. Denisegrew up in Sacramento and attended CSU Chico.She is currently finishing her bachelor of sciencedegree in Human Services from the University ofPhoenix. Vern is a 2002 graduate of Fall River HighSchool, received his bachelor of science degree inComputer Engineering from CSU Chico, and hasbeen working for the China Lake Naval WeaponsResearch Laboratory for the past five years. Theywill be making their home in Ridgecrest, Calif.OBITUARIESDorothy L.EastmanBusiness owner, 88Dorothy L. Eastman, 88,of Fall River Mills passedaway Aug. 10, 2012.Dorothy was born in Millville, California on Sept. 5,1923 to Roy and CharlotteMeeker. They moved to Pit3 in 1936 and she attendedFall River Elementary andFall River High School, graduating in 1941.Dorothy worked for Dr.Enloe and was a powerhouse operator at Pit 3.She married Felix Eastman on June 22, 1943 inRedding, California.She worked at the Bulldog Bite for her brother andsister-in-law before movingto Middletown in 1962 to ownand operate the Jolly Kone.Dorothy sold the Jolly Konein 1972 and they moved toFall River.She also worked for Montgomery Wards at one time.She owned Dot’s Big Worlduntil she sold it to PaulineBruce.Dorothy was a homemaker and she loved hunting, fishing, and flowers.Dorothy leaves behindher husband, Felix, her sonDonnie, daughter Charlotte,as well as four grandchildren,seven great-grand children,two great-great-grand children, and her pup, Penny.A graveside service forDorothy will be held onWednesday, Aug. 15, 2012,11 a.m. at the Pine GroveCemetery in McArthur, California.Robert AvilaWe will always rememberour loving, kind, happy andsweet Robert.On Saturday, Aug. 4,2012, Robert Avila (Anderson) passed away from atragic accident.Robert’s funeral will beSaturday, Aug. 18, at 11 a.m.at the Catholic Church in FallRiver Mills. There will be awake following the funeralstarting at 2 p.m. at theMayfly Pub, 43100 Highwa299, Fall River Mills.Thank you for your loveand prayers. God has anew big, tall, sweet angelin Heven. The amount forhis funeral is more than hismother Marykate Bamburgcan handle, she said. Anyand all donations to helpwith his funeral costs willbe accepted at Tri CountiesBank. Please make checkspayable to Marykate Bamburg to savings account#168053848, telephone 3366752.VIDEO ATtheimnews.comAnswers To The Above Puzzles At www.theimnews.com
THE INTERMOUNTAIN NEWS AUGUST 15, 2012 PAGE 5The Fountain Fire vista point off of Moose Camp Road east of MontgomeryCreek is in need of some upkeep. It is also lacking a vista as seedling replacement trees have grown 40 feet, blocking the panoramic views visible whenfirst constructed.Salvage operations following the Fountain Fire are explained at the vista pointoff of Moose Camp Road east of Montgomery Creek. While no lives were lostin the fire, three loggers died in the salvage operations – Steve Tyler, MelvinBentley and Don Hendrickson.By JON LEWISWas it arson?At the time, officials saidthe Fountain Fire was mostlikely the work of an arsonist.Paul Bertagna, a retired fireprevention officer with CDFwho investigated the blaze,isn’t so sure.“It went out in the mediaas arson and it probablyshouldn’t have,” Bertagnasaid. “It probably should havewent out as undetermined.”When the devastatingFountain Fire sparked to life,Bertagna was elbow-deepinto an arson investigationnear Hayfork and putting thefinishing touches on a surveillance program. Shortly afterthe Fountain Fire started,the Barker Fire—a confirmedarson fire—started.“I sent an investigator tothe Fountain Fire and I wasthere (in Hayfork) and it wastwo days before I got to theFountain Fire. The mediawas pushing for a cause,and somewhere in that push,arson got out there,” Bertagna said. “I got out there,got with the investigator andreviewed what we had on thethird day in and said (the evidence) of arson is not here,but the dye had been cast bythen.”“We found no evidenceof arson, but evidence oferwise it should be undetermined. If you can’t eliminatesmoking, a vehicle, powerlines, lightning, children withmatches ”No evidence of arson as fire’s causeexhaust carbon. We useda magnet in the area (oforigin) and picked up piecesof carbon and other particlesfrom engines. There was noindication of arson. We foundno device, no matches.“Arsonists have beenknown to use cigarette lighters and go, but there was noarson in that area before andno reason to suspect arson.There were no previous firerelated arsons at all in thisarea,” Bertagna said.Burney resident LarryDodds, a retired U.S. ForestService law enforcement offi-cer, was not involved in theFountain Fire investigationbut tends to side with Bertagna’s conclusions. “I know itwas reported and they said itwas arson, but I don’t know ifthey had real good evidenceto support that,” Dodds said.“You are going to getrumors, the equivalent ofurban legends, all sorts ofstuff, particularly with a highprofile fire like that,” Doddssaid.“Arson is like any otherfire cause. You’ve got tohave some evidence andexclude other causes, oth-Arson was a popular topicof conversation in the aftermath of the Fountain Fire,especially since authoritiesbelieved the Barker Fire inTrinity County was deliberately set in an effort to generate timber jobs in the economically depressed Hayforkarea.PROFESSIONAL DIRECTORY
PAGE 6 THE INTERMOUNTAIN NEWS AUGUST 15, 2012‘A fire that no matter what you did, you just didn’t save anything’-From Page 1Round Mountain, Montgomery Creek, Big Bend, Hillcrest and Moose Camp wereevacuated.On the eighth day, whencontainment was declared,officials with the CaliforniaDepartment of Forestry andFire Protection (now calledCal Fire) drew a long breathand took stock of the situation: 64,000 acres burnedand 330 homes lost alongwith 270 outbuildings. Miraculously, no lives were lostand only a handful of injurieswere reported.Twenty years later, memories of the Fountain Fire stillburn bright.“I’d never seen anythinglike that. It was just unbelievable,” said Pete Prevost,a retired firefighter who waswith the Burney Fire Department. Prevost was part ofa strike team that includedfirefighters from McArthur,Cassel, Fall River and HatCreek.“I remember it was about3 o’clock and we were justgetting deployed to the fireand the fire was blowingsideways. That was amazing,” Prevost said. Later inthe evening, at about 10:30,Prevost was sent down to theBuzzard Roost Road area. “Itwas still burning, and houseswere still burning. I ran into aCDF division chief who wasjust wiped out.“Every structure they hadbeen to had burned down. Itwas a fire that no matter whatyou did, you just didn’t saveanything. They were workinglike crazy, just trying to doeverything they could,” Prevost recalled.Jerry McDaniel, who wasthe resident CHP sergeantin Burney, said he was doingpaperwork in his office whenthe radio started cracklingwith news of the fire. Whenthe CDF captain on thescene started requesting airsupport, McDaniel went intoaction and began coordinating road closures and evacuation planes with the residentShasta County Sheriff’s captain.On Highway 299 near thePG&E substation in RoundMountain, McDaniel encountered an older woman whosaid her two horses weretrapped on her property. “Ihave horses so I went in andsaid I’d put them under thosepower lines where it wasclear. I started driving outand the fire had jumped andwas in front of me.“I knew I didn’t want to turnaround and go back up thatmountain, so I drove throughthe fire.” McDaniel saidthe smoke was so thick hecouldn’t see or breathe, buthe knew if he could keep hisrig in the middle of the road,he’d pop out of the worst ofit. “My concern was the lackof air for the carburetor, butfortunately my Ram Chargerwas fuel-injected.”For Paul Bertagna, aretired CDF fire preventionofficer whose 36-year careerwas based in his nativeRound Mountain, the Fountain Fire brings back memories of a very hectic period.During the first two daysof the fire, Bertagna wastied up with the 5,600-acreBarker Fire near Hayfork thatalso started on Aug. 20. “It’shard to put words on it. I wasextremely busy and hardlyhad time to think. My parentswere evacuated but the firedidn’t burn their house. Mysister’s house was burnedand my uncle lost 75 head ofcattle.”The wind, coupled withthe topography of the Intermountain area, delivered aone-two punch to firefight-The numbers: 64,000 acres burned, making it at the timethe 14th largest fire in California’s history 330 homes and 270 other buildings burned,making it the sixth worst fire in California’shistory. Some 233 homes and522 outbuildings were saved. Cost of suppression: more than 20 million Resources committed: 4,300 firefighters;250 engines; 101 bulldozers; 10 air tankers;12 helicopters; 93 water tenders; 200 pickuptrucks; 180,000 gallons of retardant in thefirst day; 214,000 gallons in the second day.ers, Bertagna said. Whenthe Fountain Fire started, alight wind was coming fromthe south. Once the blazegot to 100 acres in size, thewind shifted to the west andturned the fire 90 degrees.“That was what really setthings up and made it difficultto control. It put a very largefire front out there. We had asouthwest breeze the rest ofthe day, and that’s bad newsfor Shasta County because itpushes fires up hills.“On the second day, a lowcame through and the windwas a little above normal.That southwest wind pushedit right up Hatchet Mountain,”Bertagna said.In addition to the BarkerFire, CDF was dealing withthree other fires, includingthe Old Gulch Fire in Calaveras County that burned117 homes and threatenedhundreds more. The strainon available equipment andpersonnel was considerable.Fred Gideon, a retiredtherapist who was workingwith Shasta County MentalHealth at the time, said hedismissed the magnitude ofthe fire when it started. “Itseemed like it was way downin Round Mountain. Highway299 was blocked, so you hadto go through Shingletown toget to Redding, but that wasnot a big deal.“I had just visited in RoundMountain and it wasn’t abiggie. Well, it became abiggie real fast. I retreated tohome. If the
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18 3. Cross-platform news consumption 23 4. News consumption via television 29 5. News consumption via radio 32 6. News consumption via newspapers 39 7. News consumption via social media 52 8. News consumption via websites or apps 61 9. News consumption via magazines 64 10. Multi-sourcing 68 11. Importance of sources and attitudes towards news .
119 news x english news channel 2 120 cnn english news channel 0.87 121 bbc world news english news channel 8 122 al jazeera english news channel 2 123 ndtv-24*7 english news channel 10 124 zee business english news channel 2.79 125 cnbc awaj hindi business news channel 2.62 126 cnb
Albert Woodfox, myself and all political prisoners over the years. Thank you for helping to bring these injustices to the forefront. If I omitted anyone it was an honest mistake, my apologies and sincere thanks for everything you have done too!! Free The Angola 3! Free ALL political prisoners and prisoners of conscience! All Power to the People! ROBERT KING AKA Robert King Wilkerson 2008. 15 .