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2003
  • 09/18/2003
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TazGirl,

Yeah, they found the trip wires and a cache of weapons (guns/explosives) on Tuesday just off of Prairie Creek Road (along border of the Trinity Alps Wilderness). Some people in this area grow pot and some weird stuff goes on from time to time. Whenever fighting fire on the Shasta T or on the Six Rivers, and maybe on almost all CA forests, you have to be very careful of possible non-fire risks like ordnance. During the Big Bar Complex in 1999 back in our side of the wilderness, there was one day when firefighters were pulled off the fire because of a weapons cache going off. Some caches date back a number of years.

I was glad to see the photos of the Trinity River and the terrain. Our country is so beautiful, so rugged and wild. New River is a Class Five River in the gorge below our place. Not many people have rafted or kayaked it. Where it enters the Trinity River is Class Four, if I’m not mistaken. This country is not for the faint of heart. It’s fun to see our place on the location map. If this were August I’d worry about the fire reaching us, but the rains are bound to come before it moves over/around the mountain — if it’s not contained before the rains.

I’m wondering what impact this will have on the black bear population. Last Saturday I counted 4 different bears in our valley. I think there are double that number as so many had cubs this year. Saw a bald eagle too.

I was in Arcata (on the coast) last night. The Lewis and Clark Hotshots (Great Falls, MT) pulled in, 2 crew buggies and a truck. They were on the way to the Loma Fire. Talked to a few of them. They were wondering how many more hours of driving to get there. They looked rested. I got some pics of their buggies. The hippies and others on the Square were checking out the rigs. The ff descended on eating establishments and seemed to be enjoying Italian, Mandarin and Sushi and the pizza by the slice place. There were some very cute guys in the group. Gee Nerd and FireChica, if I had your email addies I would have handed them out!

Mellie

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