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Live in a Wildfire Burn Area? Get Rain Ready

SHASTA COUNTY – With rain forecasted to begin falling this week, local officials urge residents in the wild fire burn areas to be prepared for post-fire floodwaters and debris. The next few storm seasons may bring elevated risks of flooding and debris flows and this first season after recent wildfires can be even more dangerous.

Denuded hillsides, altered soil conditions and remaining debris from the wildfires may produce fast-moving runoff and sediments. These risks are generally higher on the western area of the Carr Fire where the watersheds are larger, slopes are more severe, and rainfall intensity is typically higher. Flood risk begins when rainfall reaches half an inch per hour.

Flood and debris flows may reach several miles downslope from the burn area. A debris flow is a moving mass of loose mud, water, rock and sand that travels downhill and can reach high speeds.

To help the public be ready for the possibility of flooding or debris flows, officials have prepared a “Storm Readiness” sheet that details how best to get Ready for an emergency, Set and prepared to leave if necessary and about to Go quickly if ordered. A copy of this informational sheet is attached.

Please monitor conditions and updates from local news outlets and the local National Weather Service (NWS) office. Advisories and warnings may be issued as follows:

Flood Advisory: This is issued when the forecasted rainfall may cause hazards that are nuisances but avoidable. It may, for example, cause road closures or small rock slides but won’t flood actual structures. However, if precautions are not taken, the hazards could become serious. Don’t drive into flooded areas!

Flood Warning: In areas where wildfires have happened, a watch is issued within several hours to days ahead of rains that could potentially generate flash flooding. A warning means it’s a good time to start ensuring you’re totally prepared.

Flash Flood Warning: This means take action, and a flash flood is about to happen or is occurring. If you are in the warning area, take immediate action, which may mean evacuating. Remember: Flash floods can also affect areas outside the wildfire burn zones.

Watches and advisories are shared online at https://www.weather.gov/alerts, and on the National Weather Service social media Facebook and Twitter feeds. Residents and businesses are encouraged to prepare in advance for flood conditions. Other ways to prepare include:

  • Review your current insurance policy and become familiar with what is covered. Ensure the limits adequately protect buildings and personal belongings
  • Make an emergency kit, lan evacuation routes, and keep important papers in a safe, waterproof place. Visit the Ready Shasta page to learn more about making a kit and other emergency preparedness tips.
  • Itemize and take pictures of possessions.
  • Purchase sandbags from a local hardware store.
  • To find an insurance agent, visit FloodSmart.gov or call 1-800-427-2419.

For more information, visit www.shastareddingrecovers.org and click the “Get Rain Ready” icon or call 2-1-1 Shasta. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter: Shasta County Sheriff’s Office.

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Never Be Confused about How to Recycle in Shasta County Again!

From Shasta County Resource Management Department:

Shasta County’s Department of Resource Management has made it much easier for residents to stay informed about how to reduce waste and recycle in our community. County staff knows that remembering what’s recyclable or what to do with unwanted items such as electronics, mattresses, and paint can be difficult. That’s why they added a “waste wizard”, also called the “How Do I Get Rid Of?” tool, to their website!

The waste wizard can be found at recycle.co.shasta.ca.us. To use it, simply choose which part of the county you live in and then type in the name of the material you would like to get rid of. The waste wizard will tell you where to take the material for recycling, composting, or proper disposal. The waste wizard also provides tips on reusing and repairing certain items, as well as ideas for preventing waste from being generated in the first place.

“The residents of our county are motivated to conserve resources and protect our natural environment by recycling, composting, and diverting waste away from landfills,” said Paul Hellman, Director of Resource Management. “We are pleased to make it easier for them to do so with the introduction of a new online tool.”

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Debbie’s County Charm 8th Annual Open House Nov 2-3

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November 2, 2018 · 5:37 pm

Harvest Youth Night at New Life Apostolic Church

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October 29, 2018 · 6:03 pm

Mountain Lions Vision Clinic

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October 20, 2018 · 5:17 am

Chair-ity Plus raises money for Hospice

More than 100 people came to the Veterans Hall in Burney Saturday evening October 13 for the 8th Annual Chair-ity Plus auction to raise funds for Mayers Memorial Intermountain Hospice.

Scout Steven Welch displaying chair painted by Burney Elementary Students

Evalee Nelson began the event in 2011.

“It was just a crazy idea,” she said, “but a lot of people liked it. Many of my artist friends have pitched in and done some wonderful things.”

The original idea was for talented artists to paint old chairs that were then auctioned off with the proceeds going to benefit the Hospice program. In 2014, the auction was expanded to include other items that might be enjoyed while sitting in a chair. For instance, a person might enjoy wearing jewelry while sitting in a chair. Or a person can sit in a chair and enjoy a painting or other work of art. Other items auctioned have included lamps, tables, yard art, pillows, etc.

Ms. Nelson has continued to organize the event every year since its inception. This year the event included a bidding auction, a silent auction, a raffle, and the “infinity chair” auction.

The doors opened at 6 p.m. for people to view the items. Attendees paid $10 cover charge to attend and enjoyed scrumptious appetizers and desserts. The auction began at 7 p.m. Burney High S-Club assisted during the meal and the auction.

Silent auction items

Keith Earnest, Mayers Memorial Chief Clinical Officer, acted as Emcee. Craig Harrington was the live actioneer. Scout Leader George Chapman and Scout Stephen Welch carried each item around the room for bidders to view.

The items included a wide variety of restored and decorated vintage furniture, art work, clothing, and awards such as golf for four plus carts, and a trip to the Shakespeare Festival in Ashland.

Annie Johnson and her husband Don helped to liven up the bidding and increase the conviviality as they bid against each other for a chair hanging shelf created by the Community Day Class.

Afterwards Annie described a beautiful taupe vest and top she had donated for the auction.

Annie describing a taupe vest and top

After 20 items were auctioned off, there was a break followed by announcement of the raffle winners and then the winners of the silent auction.

Scoutmaster George Chapman and S-Club announcing raffle winners

The climax of the auction came as Fred Gideon and his wife Nancy bid $375 for an oak desk donated by Jim Friday. The Gideons plan to give the desk to their granddaughter who lives in Redding.

Fred Gideon with his new desk donated by Jim Friday

After all thirty items has been auctioned, the event closed with the “infinity chair auction.” This gives those who wish to donate a chance to buy the chair and then donate it back to be auctioned again until someone finally keeps the chair. Mysteriously, the chair continues to be returned to be auctioned off again at subsequent Chair-ity Affairs.

The Infinity Chair Auction

At the end of the event, Earnest asked Evalee Nelson to come forward and thanked her for her eight years of service organizing Chair-ity Plus. Each year the event has raised thousands of dollars to support the hospice program.

Keith Earnest thanks Evalee Nelson for years of service

Mayers Memorial Intermountain Hospice provides compassionate care for people and their families who are facing life-limiting illnesses. Medical professionals, social workers, local pastors, and other volunteers work together to serve patients and their families.  As well as caring for patients in their homes, they also provide in-patient care in cases when pain and symptom control cannot be managed at home.  In addition, they provide respite for the family or primary caregiver and bereavement support for family and loved ones for 13 months after the death of the patient.

Funds raised from the Chair-ity auction and other community fundraisers such as the NorCal Gypsies Car Show and the annual Hospice dinner pay for patients’ medication, oxygen, staff education, bed rentals, and other needs so that patients don’t have any out-of-pocket expenses.

Hospice Manager Mary Ranquist said, “This is one of the funnest events of the year. We appreciate the hard work of Evalee and others who help put on the event as well as all of our attendees.”

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Fall Festival fun for children and adults

Kids had a wonderful opportunity to pick out a pumpkin at the 5th Annual Fall Festival on Saturday October 13 from noon to 4 p.m. on the grounds of Pit River Casino.

Pumpkin Patch

For some of the children it was a relatively easy choice.

I like this one

For others it was a major decision.

Decisions, decisiions, decisions

After choosing a pumpkin they could paint it assisted by a volunteer from the Burney High School Leadership Club.

Pumpkin painting

The Leadership Club also assisted other fun activities for kids like balloon pop an ring toss. In addition they made cotton candy and popcorn for the children.

Burney Leadership Club volunteers

Volunteers Maigan Baykin and Jessica Strobel from Tri Counties Bank hosted a cake walk with  lots of baked goodies as prizes.

Cakewalk

The festival, cosponsored by Pit River Casino and the Burney Chamber of Commerce, featured food from local restaurants Gepetto’s, Dragon Palace, Anna’s Country Kitchen and River Rock Bar and Grill.  Wildcard Brewery in Redding provided beer and the River Rock Bar and Grill provided a variety of white and red wines. Adults who attended could pay $25 to enjoy the food and wine or $15 if they only wanted food. Proceeds from the event went to benefit victims of the Carr fire.

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