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August 11, 1977

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NO. 32 ajar fires threaten northern SMOKE BILLOWS over Glenburn Church as Pondosa and Horr fire rage. THURSDAY AUGUST 11, 1977 BURNEY, CALIFORNIA 20 CENTS PER COPY! Thunderstorms early last week touched off fires which ripped across much of California as fire fighters scrambled to cover over 200 fires throughout the state. This year's larg- est fire, dubbed Scarface, consumed 80,400 acres in south-central Modoc County. With the Scarface fire, expec- ted to be contained sometime late Tuesday night, total fire damage in the state since January 1, has reach 537,124 acres. The Scarface fire joined three other sizable blazes to blacken skies throughout Modoc County, eastern Shasta County, northern Lassen Coun- ty and southeastern Siskiyou County. Total damage to timber and water- shed from these fires has been estP mated at $54,257,000. Area fires which burned out of con- trol for the past week included a 20,000 acre fire at Pondosa; a 10,000-acre fire at Horr Corners north of Glenburn and northwest of McArthur; and a 19,948- acre fire at Gerig Springs, southeast of Bieber. At one point, as fire fighters fought the rapidly moving fire at Horr Cor- ners, residents of the small communi- ty of Day were alerted to stand-by for evacuation. The California Highway Patrol was called in to close Day Road at Highway 299E several times on Friday and Saturday. No evacuation was ordered, however, as fire crews worked through the night to establish fire lines and divert the wind-swept blaze. For a time, fire officials feared the joining of the 20,000-acre Pondosa blaze with the huge Scarface fire. Throughout the week, fire fighters were hampered by high, changing winds which allowed the fire to cross previously established lines. With the exception of the Horr Cor- ners fire, which at it's hottest, burned to within three miles of Day, four miles of Glenburn, and six miles of McArthur, no structures were threat- ened or destroyed. Efforts to contain the blazes were difficult in some areas, particularly in the Pondosa fire, where $13,500,000 of timber and watershed were destroyed, because much of the terrain was in- accessible to men and equipment. hits train... 5 injured in area accidents truck driver narrowly when he collided with a 89 at the McCloud Crossing, August 8 at Highway patrol re- Danny Lee Barker, 26, Was operating a truck bottom dump trailers Highway 89 and failed moving train in time to the brakes, but skid- engine of the westbound to the report the truck signal were total- the train was Bell, 30, of McArthur injuries when he attempted to negotiate a curve at high speed on Glenburn Road three miles north of Highway 299E on Saturday, August 6. According to the CHP report Bell's vehicle travelled up an embankment, struck a boulder, and rolled. Bell was taken to Mayers Memorial Hospital by the investigating officer after being arrested for drinking driving. He re- fused to be treated at Mayers and was transferrred, at his request, to Mem- orial Hospital in Redding. Before he could be treated at the Redding hospi- tal, however, he walked away. Two Nevada persons received injur- ies in an automobile accident on High- way 89 2.6 miles north of Clark Creek Road on August 5. Eleanor W. Wagner, 68, of Las Vegas apparently fell asleep at the wheel and the car drifted across the northbound lane and off the shoulder of the road striking a tree. Mrs. Wagner was treated for major injuries and her passenger, Ewald C. Wagner, 73, was treated for minor injuries at Esketon Hospital in Mt. Shasta. Major injuries were sustained by James Scott Wilson, 19, of Hat Creek on Observatory Road three and a half miles east of Doty Road, Hat Creek on August 6. Wilson was westbound when he fail- ed to negotiate a slight curve. His vehicle ran off the edge of the road and struck a large pine tree. He was transported to Mercy Medical Center in Redding and placed in intensive care, where his condition was good at press time. area Since the fires broke out last week, a steady stream of heavy equipment  has been flowing into the area from all over the state. Nearly 200 bulldozers and more than 4,000 men were em- ployed in establishing fire lines in the Scarface, Horr Corners, Pondosa, and Gerig Springs fires as a steady stream of air tankers dropped fire retardant. Although all the fires are either contained or expected to be contained shortly, California Division of Fores- try and U.S. Forestry officials caution that the time between containment and control could be long. A fire is considered contained once a fire line has been established around its peri- meter: however, poor conditions could cause the fire to flare up again, cross- ing established fire lines. Pondosa The Pondosa fire has burned appro- ximately 20,000 acres since it was started by lightning last Tuesday eve- ning. A spokesman at the California Department of Forestry fire control center in Redding said a rough esti- mate of the fire showed that it had either damaged or destroyed about 150 million board feet of timber, the cost to this timber was estimated at about $13.500,000. The blaze also threatened the tiny community of Pondosa before the wind changed, blowing it away from the town. The fire is 60 percent contained with no further containment expected im- mediately. Authorities do not expect control of the fire for some time as the fire is crawling through the lava beds where it's next to impossible to estab- lish a fire line. Tuesday evening (August 9) a prob- lem on the northeast corner of the fire sent equipment and fire fighters scur- rying into that section when fire jumped over the fire line and burned an additional 50 acres. Horr Corners Eighty percent containment was achieved at the Horr Corners fire Tuesday evening and complete con- tainment was expected by Wednesday (today) at 6 a.m. Fire officials say they expect control of the fire that had burned approximately I0,000 acres by 6 p.m. Tuesday. (Continued to Page 2) *N... Truck is demolished following accident with train on Highway 89. RECEIVES DECORATIONS.., VFW State Commander John Bessaw presents Hampton Wilson with duplicates of medals lost in house fire, WW II hero Wilson presented BURNEY - Hampton Wilson was presented with duplicates of special medals and decorations that he earned 32 years ago during World War II at special ceremonies conducted by John L. Bessaw, State Commander, Veter- ans of Foreign Wars, Department of California, Saturday morning here. lost medals Infant hospitalized... Wilson lost all the medals and deco- rations when his home was completely burned on February 15. During the presentation Wilson said, "You don't know how I feel at this time." Medals and decorations that Wilson secured during his 34 months in the Pacific Theater of War included: Blood donations asked mined just how many units of blood La Rae will need. Presently she is being treated with an experimental drug," she said. Mrs. Caudle went on to say, "There is no cure for leukemia, all we can hope for is remission." The Blood Bank will be in Burney Thursday, August 11 from 2 until 6 p.m. at the Veteran's Hall. A plea is going out for blood donations from area residents; anyone wishing to do- nate blood for use by La Rae can do so' at this time. BURNEY - A 22-month old Johnson Park child is currently undergoing extensive testing and treatment at Sacramento Medical Center for Crip- pled Children for what has been diag- nosed as acute leukemia. Little La Rae Caudie, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Darrell Caudie, was taken to the cen- ter, last Monday and to date has re- ceived three units of blood. According to Mrs. Fred Caudie, La Rae's grandmother, many more units of blood will be needed by La Rae. "At this time the doctors have not deter- Combat Infantryman Badge, Sharp- shooter Badge, American Campaign, American Defense Medal, World War II Victory Medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign with three battle stars, Good Conduct Medal, Philippine Lib- eratioa with bronze star, Presidential Unit Citation and the Bronze Star with oak leaf. The Bronze Star, was earned twice by Wilson for bravery and gallantry above and beyond the call of duty. Wilson was a squad leader in three major battles in the South Pacific during his service career. Commander Bessaw and state aux- iliary president, Inez Morris, were here for an Official Visitation to the 20th District meeting hosted by Bur- ney Post No. 5689. Fair deadlines are announced Fair deadlines have been set as: August 15 for feature booths, August 22 for all livestock, and August 26 for all other departments. Deadlines close at 5 p.m. on the deadline day.