August 2021, Volume 1
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We Appreciate You

In honor or our heroes, we would like to praise the following organizations and groups as they work to put out the fire, support the first responders fighting the fire, and those who strive to keep our community updated and safe:

  • Cal Fire

  • CalTrans

  • Lake Almanor Basin Fire Departments including: Chester Fire, Peninsula Fire, Hamilton Branch Fire, West Shore Fire

  • Collins Pine
  • California Highway Patrol
  • Seneca Healthcare District

  • Plumas County Sheriff's Office

  • U.S. Forest Service - Plumas National Forest

  • Sierra Pacific Industries

  • Turner Excavating, Inc.

  • Plumas County and Board of Supervisors

  • American Red Cross

  • Lassen Community College

  • Pizza Factory

  • Tantardinos

  • Farmstead Kitchen & Market

  • Evacuation centers, animal shelters and volunteers in Red Bluff, Susanville, Chester and Quincy

  • Facebook Administrators and Moderators for the Dixie Fire

Welcome to our Newest Chamber Members

Almanor Girl
Catherine Altenburg

Five Star Bank
Jon Gregory

Forever Home & Outdoor
Josh & Christa Herman

Pizza Factory of Chester
Michael and Laura Kincaid

Watkins Pet Supply
Michelle Watkins

About Us

The Town Chatter is made possible through the funding of our Community Partners:

Collins Pine
Coldwell Banker Kehr/O'Brien Real Estate
Rouland Insurance
Seneca Healthcare District.

Chamber Board Meetings are at 8:30 am on the 2nd TUESDAY of each month in the Chamber office at 278 Main Street. All are welcome. Zoom is available.

Lake Almanor Area Chamber
278 Main St., Chester
P.O. Box 1198  96020

Bits & Pieces

Events Canceled Due to Dixie Fire
  • Lake Almanor Farmers Market Thursday 8/5
  • Bayou By the Lake 8/28

Plumas County Sheriff's Office Demobilizes Chester Evacuation Shelter - New Shelter Opened at Lassen Community College
Plumas County Sheriff's Office is in the process of demobilizing the evacuation shelter in Chester due to capacity and other logistical reasons. A NEW SHELTER IS BEING OPENED AT LASSEN COMMUNITY COLLEGE, LOCATED AT 478-200 CA-139, SUSANVILLE, CA. Transportation from the Chester shelter is being coordinated for those currently checked in.

Waste Management Update
Due to the Dixie Fire all curbside service is suspended until further notice. If safe, you may dispose your trash free of charge at the Chester Transfer Station on Monday or Thursday or at the Quincy Transfer Station on Wednesday or Saturday. Both transfer stations will only be open on these days and from 9am to 5pm with a break between Noon and 12:30pm. You may also leave extra trash curbside for collection once service resumes. We apologize for this inconvenience. Stay safe.

Mental Health Crisis Phone Number
In difficult and stressful times, please know that there is always someone who can help. Please call 530-283-6307 if you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis. 

Dixie Fire in Washington Post Article
The Dixie Fire and our newest community members from the Camp Fire are front page in the Washington Post 7/29/2021

Lake Almanor Area Chamber Board Meeting rescheduled for 8/17. 

Seneca Healthcare District HICC Update Regarding Hospital Status

Chelssa Outland, PIO

Effective Tuesday, August 3rd, 2021 at 1700
Due to mandatory evacuation of Chester and the surrounding communities of Lake Almanor, Seneca Healthcare District Hospital Incident Command Center (HICC) has determined that all services other than the Emergency room will be suspended. The Emergency Room will be on diversion. HICC will continue to work closely with local state and federal authorities to stay updated on relevant information. The HICC will be available for calls 24-hours per day.   
Please direct ALL inquiries to the Seneca Healthcare District to the HICC at:
(530) 258-3681

Dixie Fire Information

Text Alerts from Cal Fire Incidents
Sign up for text alerts from Cal Fire incidents in our area here

CodeRed Emergency Alert System
Please click here to register for CodeRed alerts.

Current Evacuation Map
Please click here for the most current evacuation map

Information line: (530) 538-7826
Media line: (530) 588-0845
Incident website: Click here

Update as of 8/3/2021 from Cal Fire
Dixie Fire West Zone: Fire Behavior is expected to increase due to drying conditions. Fire continues to move towards control lines burning unburned interior islands and ridges. Steep terrain, heavy fuel loading, and wind in alignment with canyons is making control difficult. Forecasted weather patterns remain steady with no big weather changes though conditions remain near critical with breezy, hot and dry weather today. A dry cold frontal passage will bring a wind test to the fire late Wednesday into Thursday before a quieter weather pattern returns. Fire crews continue to construct and reinforce control lines, fall trees that threaten containment efforts, and provide structure defense in communities at risk.

Dixie Fire East Zone: East Zone - Firefighters worked through the night to protect structures in the Greenville area after the explosive fire growth experienced during late afternoon yesterday. Engines, crews and heavy equipment shifted from other areas to increase structure protection and direct line construction as the fire moved toward Greenville. Firefighters on the night shift continued that work last night. Engines not assigned to the Greenville area patrolled the remainder of the perimeter to protect the accomplishments of the last several weeks. Today, dry, hot and windy conditions are expected and the forecast calls for the return of active fire behavior. Crews are focused on building lines to contain northern perimeter growth, protecting structures and holding the remainder of the fire perimeter. In addition to the fight in Greenville, firefighters will also be working to construct direct and indirect line in the Feather River drainage east of Caribou and just south of Seneca, respectively. Smoke from interior islands is expected when the winds pick up today. California Interagency Incident Management Team 2 (CIIMT2) will be transitioning command today with CIIMT4 under the command of Rocky Opliger.

For more information on the Dixie Fire go to the following links:


USFS Information 

For Evacuation Orders, Warnings and Road Closures go to:

Per the Butte County Sheriff's Office

Per the Lassen County Sheriff’s Office

Per the Plumas County Sheriff's Office

For updated road closures please go to Caltrans information at Division of Traffic Operations - Road Information - California Highway Information

Evacuation Shelter Information:

A Shelter is open at the Springs of Hope Church in Quincy at 59 Bell Lane in Quincy.

A Shelter is open at 19725 Ridge Rd, Red Bluff. 

A Shelter is open at Lassen Community College 478-200 CA-139, Susanville.

Animal Evacuations Centers:

Plumas County

  • Assistance for animals (including large animals/ livestock), call (530) 283-3673 or (530) 283-6300 or (530) 527-3439
  • Large and small animals can be taken to 1830 Walnut St, Red Bluff.

Butte County:

  • Butte County animal sheltering at 2279 Del Oro and Mono Ste E, Oroville, CA Animal Shelter intake hours are 8am-8pm. (530) 895-0000

National Forest Closures

Please visit the LNF Website: 

CalTrans District 2 Closure Updates

Below are the current highway closures in Caltrans District 2. 
STATE ROUTE 299: State Route 299 is currently closed from approximately 3 miles east of Burnt Ranch to approximately 1 mile east of Big Bar (Trinity County) due to #MonumentFire. There is currently no estimated time for when the roadway will be reopened. For current fire information, click here >

STATE ROUTE 36: State Route 36 is currently closed from White Rock Road (Shasta County) to the junction with State Route 3 (Trinity County) due to the #McFarlandFire. There is currently no estimated time for when the roadway will be reopened. For current fire information, click here >

STATE ROUTE 36: State Route 36 is closed from Childs Meadows to the junction with State Route 89 (Plumas County) due to the #DixieFire. For current fire information, click here >

STATE ROUTE 70: State Route 70 is currently closed from just east of Jarbo Gap (Deadwood Road) to the junction with State Route 89 (Greenville Wye) due to the #DixieFire. For current fire information, click here >
STATE ROUTE 32: State Route 32 is currently closed from Butte Meadows to the junction with State Route 36 due to the #DixieFire.

STATE ROUTE 89: State Route 89 is currently closed from the junction with State Route 70 to the junction with State Route 36 due to the #DixieFire.

STATE ROUTE 147: State Route 147 is currently closed from County Road A-13 to the junction with State Route 89 due to the #DixieFire.

At this time, there are no detours in place due to these closures. Please use to find the best alternate route to get to your destination. If your traveling in a large vehicle, please check this website for restriction information >

Wildfire Relief and How You Can Help

Susan Bryner

When disaster strikes, it brings with it an incredible outpouring of generosity. We have the need to take action.  All of us want to help.

There are steps you can take to increase the effectiveness of your donations to those affected by the Dixie Fire and relief efforts that will maximize your impact on them.
  • First, give money, not goods. Food and clothing drives are gratifying, but they come with substantial burdens. Receiving, sorting, transporting and distributing these require time and money that are in short supply in the wake of a disaster. By giving cash, organizations can receive your gift immediately and put it towards the most pressing needs of affected residents.
  • Second, give to the organization, not the disaster. Donors always have the option of earmarking their gifts for use only on a specific project or relief effort. But by marking your gift as general operating support, you allow the organization to both respond to the current crisis and prepare for the next one.
  • Third, take the long view. In the immediate aftermath of a disaster, there is a huge influx of money and attention. But real recovery takes time, and relief needs continue long after the cameras are packed up and the media moves on.
When you support organizations that focus on medium- and long-term efforts, you ensure that affected communities cannot just survive but return to their full strength. (Excerpted from the California Community Fund). 

The Almanor Foundation Wildfire Relief Fund

A donation to the The Almanor Foundation Wildfire Relief Fund provides funds for Relief, Recovery and Resilience. Following are our focus areas:

  • Provide funding to local nonprofits and agencies providing emergency disaster relief for individuals, families, and communities
  • Support the long-term recovery of impacted individuals, families, and communities through partnerships with local nonprofits and agencies
  • Prepare for and minimize damage from catastrophic events
  • Support coordinated planning with public/private sector entities, reduce duplication of efforts, and increase the overall effectiveness of prevention and preparedness activities

New PPP Forgiveness Portal on August 4th; CA Relief Grant Round 7

CA Relief Grant Reopens: Rounds 7-9 begin August 3rd
The California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program just announced rounds 7-9 will commence in the coming weeks. These $5,000 to $25,000 grants are available to eligible small businesses impacted by COVID-19.

“….The additional $1.5 billion expansion, for a total of $4 billion, makes California’s small business relief program the largest in the country. The funding will support small businesses and nonprofits that have been highly impacted by COVID-19.”

Round 7: Waitlisted applicants from certain previous rounds
Selection Window: Tuesday, August 3rd through Thursday, September 16th
New applications will not be accepted in this round.

Round 8: Nonprofit cultural institutions only:
Application window: Friday, August 27th through Wednesday, September 8th
Eligible applicants: Only non-profit cultural institutions with any revenue size that meet eligibility criteria found at

Round 9: New Applicants and Waitlisted applicants from certain previous rounds
Application window: Thursday, September 9th through Thursday, September 30th
Eligible applicants: current waitlisted applicants from certain previous rounds and new applicants that meet eligibility criteria found at

Visit for more info
Contact your local SBDC for general questions or Lendistry Support for portal issues.
Lendistry Contact Information:
Monday – Friday – 7AM – 7PM PST

The SBA just issued a press release, stating that a new PPP forgiveness online portal (for loans of $150k or less) is set to go live on Wednesday, August 4th: 

WASHINGTON – The  U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is launching a streamlined application portal to allow borrowers with Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans $150,000 or less through participating lenders to apply for forgiveness directly through the SBA.

“The SBA’s new streamlined application portal will simplify forgiveness for millions of our smallest businesses -- including many sole proprietors -- who used funds from our Paycheck Protection Program loans to survive the pandemic,” said Administrator Isabel Casillas Guzman. “The vast majority of businesses waiting for forgiveness have loans under $150,000. These entrepreneurs are busy running their businesses and are challenged by an overly complicated forgiveness process. We need to deliver forgiveness more efficiently so they can get back to enlivening our Main Streets, sustaining our neighborhoods and fueling our nation’s economy.”
…. Borrowers that need assistance or have questions should call (877) 552-2692, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. EST.
….Over 600 banks have opted in to direct forgiveness, enabling over 2.17mm borrowers to apply through the portal (This represents 30% of loans $150,000 or less that have not yet submitted for forgiveness)...
See the full Press release here.
Town Chatter - August 2021, Volume 1