August 2021, Volume 4
Reach Out - Connect - Take Part

T-Shirt Campaign to Support Chester Fire

The t-shirt campaign to support Chester Fire ends in three days. All profits from the t-shirts will go directly to the fire department. Organized by Betsy Bridges Babcock. Special thanks to CHS and Mr. Shellnut for approval to use Volcanoman and the CHS logo. Please click here to purchase your t-shirt.

Disaster Relief & Dixie Fire Information

Plumas Crisis & Intervention Resource Centers
Quincy: 175 Main St, (530) 283-5515: Resource mitigation
Portola: 165 Ridge Street, (530) 832-1827: Resource mitigation
Loyalton: 513 Main Street, (530) 993-1237: Domestic violence help
24/7 Crisis Line: (877) 757-0029
Mental Health Crisis Line: (530) 283-6307

Alliance for Workforce Development, Inc. Resources
If you were affected by the Dixie Fire and are displaced from your job or need help with employment, training, or assistance applying for unemployment, call (530) 283-1606 or email

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

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


USFS Information 

Damage Assessment Maps

Dixie Fire Structure Status Map (CAL FIRE)

Recovery Information

Plumas County Recovery Information

Plumas County Resources:

Welcome to our Newest Chamber Members

At the Branch
Chris Chavez

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

Many Plumas Evacuation Warnings Lifted
Please click here for more information.

Almanor Basin Food Pantry Community Supper Tonight
Wednesday, August 25th at the Chester Memorial Hall from 5:00pm to 6:00pm. DRIVE-THRU pickup only.
On the menu: Chicken, rice, broccoli, rolls and dessert

Carol's Cafe 50th Anniversary Party is Now a Benefit for Greenville & Canyon Dam
Saturday, September 11, 2021 | 3:00-6:00pm
On the lawn at Wilson's Camp Prattville Resort 
$20 per person
Buffet, Adult Beverages, DJ Steve Lawson, Dancing
Free admittance for all Greenville or Canyon Dam residents showing ID
Please reserve your spot by calling Carol at (530) 616-9007 or Brittney at (530) 260-1853.

Samaritan's Purse U.S. Disaster Relief 
Samaritan's Purse is working with homeowners in the area. This is a free service provided to homeowners who have little or no insurance. Requests are handled upon need and volunteer availability. For assistance with the Dixie Fire or to volunteer, please contact (530) 855-0426. Lake Almanor Community Church, 2610 Plumas County A13

Farmers Market Community Outreach
Thursday, September 2, 2021
4:00-7:00pm, Chester Park

Join us next week at the Farmers Market with a bit of a twist. There will still be many wonderful vendors, but we are also inviting disaster relief organizations to come and share information, donations, gift cards, and assess needs.for the community.

U.S. Post Office and Sept. 14th Election Update
Chester Post Office is officially reopened. Ballots should be arriving at the post office this week. The Plumas County Elections Office has asked residents to wait until the end of the week to see if theirs has arrived. If not, please call them at (530) 283-6256 or email as to the other options available to receive their ballot for the Sept. 14 election.

Waste Management Update
Due to the Dixie Fire burning over the Chester Landfill, the Green Waste Disposal Program for 2021 at that location has been terminated. Green Waste will continue to be accepted at the Chester-Lake Almanor Transfer Station, the East Quincy Transfer Station and the Delleker Transfer Station at normal green waste fees. The Chester-Lake Almanor Transfer Station will reopen this Wednesday and will be open Wednesday through Saturday for the time being from 9:00am until 5:00pm, but will be closed during lunch.

Pet Food Distributed Today
Barbara Montadon is distributing pet food at 101 Meadowbrook Loop (Almanor Rec Center) today.

Back-to-School Resources and Assistance for Families in Need
Thursday, August 26, 2021
10:00am-1:00pm on the lawn of the Plumas County Office of Education / Unified School District building, 50 Church Street Quincy, CA

Events Canceled
8/26 Lake Almanor Farmers Market
9/4 Lake Almanor Peninsula Arts and Crafts Faire
9/11 Annual Street Rod Extravaganza - refunds will be issued soon.

Plumas News

For daily (and sometimes hourly) news and information, please visit our Facebook page:

Lake Almanor Area Chamber Board Meeting rescheduled for 8/31.

Open for Business

If you do not see your business on this list, please email to let us know and we'll get you in next week's newsletter.

Blue Ox Coffee
- Tentative Open 8/28
Buffalo Chips Pizza - 7 days a week 11:00am-8:30pm
Carol's Cafe Prattville - Friday-Sunday 7:30am-2:00pm
Coffee Station - Monday-Saturday 7:00am-1:00pm
Cravings - Opening 8/26, please call for days/times open.
Karen's Deli at the Branch & Gas Station - 7 days a week Gas Station: 6:00am-7:00pm, Deli: 11:00am-7:00pm
Tantardino's - Tuesday-Saturday 11:30am-8:00pm and Sunday 1:00-8:00pm
Plumas Pines Resort - 8/27-8/29, 9/2-9/6, Thursday-Sunday for the rest of September. 11:00am for lunch, 5:00pm for dinner
Pine Shack Frosty - Reopening 8/27 11am-4pm, free shakes for fire personnel
Pizza Factory - Tentative Reopening 8/27; 7 days a Sunday-Thursday 11:00am-8:00pm, Friday-Saturday 11:00am-9:00pm

Ace Hardware
Ayoobs Intermountain Hardware
Bailey Creek Golf Course
Builder's Supply
Chester Public Utility District
Coldwell Banker Kehr/O'Brien Real Estate

Collins Pine 
Dollar General
Holiday Market 
Little Shop of Nails
- Opening 8/31
Rouland Insurance Agency
Tom Wallick Pottery and Rock Shop
Turner Excavating, Inc.
Universal Electric
Sage Creek Insurance
Seneca Healthcare District
Womack Construction

Seneca Heathcare District Open

Chelssa Outland, PIO

As of 1400 (2:00 PM) hours on Friday, August 20, 2021, Seneca Healthcare District has  received final approval from local and state authorities for the healthcare facility to open and operate. The Emergency Room and Acute Care Unit will open at 0800 (8:00 AM) tomorrow Saturday, August 21, 2021 and the Almanor Walk-in Clinic will open the Clinic  and the Family practices at 0800 (8:00 AM) Monday, August 23. All outpatient and auxiliary  services will open by Monday, August 23 as well. Please check with your individual  physician’s office as some of our providers’ offices will not be immediately opening. 

Plumas County is experiencing a considerable surge in active COVID cases. Over the recent  evacuation period, much of our community evacuated to areas with higher incidence of  COVID infection. As such, Seneca will be practicing strict access and visitation guidelines in  accordance with recently updated CDC and CDPH guidelines.  

Procedures for gaining entrance to Seneca Healthcare are as follows: All entrances to the facilities will be locked so that all people entering the facility can be screened prior to  entry. Once you reach the doors to the hospital or clinic please ring the bell for assistance.  Ringing the bell alerts the staff that someone is at the door. Please be patient in waiting for this person to come as they may be assisting another person and will be with you as soon  as possible. Staff will step outside to do a screening which includes taking a temperature, a  short questionnaire with regard to common COVID-19 symptoms and discussing any  recent potential exposures. Appropriate masks will be mandatory for persons entering all  facilities. Mask with exhalation valves are not acceptable. If you do not have a mask, one  will be provided for you to wear while within the facility. If you are not able to wear a mask  for medical reasons, please notify staff and the alternative steps will be taken.  

Thank you for your continued support during these times. We are looking forward to  having our community back home, being able to serve our patients and beginning the  process of recovery together.  

Please contact our PIO line at (530) 258-2085 with any questions or concerns.

530-258-2151 HOSPITAL
530-258-2826 CLINIC 

130 Brentwood Drive, PO BOX 737  Chester, California 96020

Foundations Join Forces to Aid in Dixie Fire Relief and Recovery

Susan Bryner TAF ED, David Little, NVCF VP

The Almanor Foundation and North Valley Community Foundation are joining forces to award grants to organizations for Dixie Fire relief and recovery.

The two foundations have been raising money to provide to organizations helping Dixie Fire evacuees. NVCF has awarded $55,000 in grants through its Wildfire Relief and Recovery Fund, while the Almanor Foundation granted its first funds for the Dixie Fire last week. Friday’s joint grant committee funded the relief work of the Tiny Pine Foundation, the Susanville Salvation Army and Project Camp Pop-Up Day Camp for a total of $15,000 in grant awards. 

Rather than asking fire relief organizations to apply via two different applications, the foundations will work together to vet applications, then pool resources on grant awards.

“We have been working with Almanor Foundation leaders for more than a year to incubate their new foundation,” said Alexa Benson-Valavanis, NVCF president and CEO. “When the Dixie Fire struck we were able to set up their Almanor Foundation Wildfire Relief Fund and partner with grantmaking applications. They have tremendous local expertise that will inform our grant decisions. Our hearts are in the same place. We just want to help.”

“NVCF and their staff have been wonderful mentors through the organizational effort of founding our organization”, says Susan Bryner, executive director of the Almanor Foundation, “and we are thrilled now to be able to work in partnership with them for this wildfire relief and recovery effort.”

For more information on Dixie Fire relief, how nonprofit fire organizations can apply for grants and how to donate, visit The Almanor Foundation online at or NVCF at

Both sites link to a single grant application. Organizations should apply only once, through either site.

Dixie Fire Resources by Area

Please note that this list is subject to change at any time.

North State Food Bank

Tiny Pine Foundation

Julia's Purse Project




Cowboy 911

American Red Cross

Plumas County Recovery Information

The Almanor Foundation

Heartstrings Counseling & Resources 


  • September 3: Food Bank - 812 King Street, 9am-12pm


  • Tuesday, September 7: Food Giveaway - 441 C Street, 9am - 11am and 6pm - 7pm 


  • Wednesday & Thursdays, 9-11 Salvation Army Drive through food distribution. 567 E. 16th Street
  • Sunday August 29: Free Walk-in Medical Clinic 1010 Mangrove Ave, 1pm - 4pm

  • Life From the Ashes - Click here

  • Once Upon a Child sponsored by My Oven's Meals - families with small children

  • Fresh Cove at 14 W Eaton - free meals

  • Basic Needs Pantry - M-F 8am-5pm, 580 Manzanita Ave Suite 5

  • Shalom Free Clinic - free medical walk-in clinic Sundays 1-4pm, 1010 Mangrove Ave.

  • CHAT

  • Free Groceries: Faith Lutheran Church, 667 E. 1st Ave. First and third Fridays of the month from 10am- 12pm. Only request, please do not arrive before 9:30am.  

  • Barbara Montadon: Animal Relief, Plumas County, (530) 258-1536

  • Oroville Hope Center - basic needs, or come by the office Tues-Fri between 9am-3pm at 1437 Myers St in Downtown Oroville

  • Butte County Food Bank - 2640 5th Ave #7 Oroville, CA


  • Food Pantry at First Christian Church - 5738 Pentz Road, Saturday 11am-1pm, Sunday 12-2pm - bring a bag 

  • Disaster Relief Center - Mon-Sun, 8am-8pm 9205 Skyway Rd Paradise Ca 95969


  • Plumas Crisis Intervention & Resource Center - Click here, 175 Main Street, 24 crisis line: 877-757-0029

  • Angels Among Us @ 530-616-8228

  • Ashlee's Toy Closet - 11am-1:30pm, 123 Crescent St. Hwy 70 

  • Plumas Fairgrounds - animal feed

  • Feather River Outdoors - free bikes, taking bike donations to fix up and give away to evacuees

  • Quintopia Brewing Company - free food

  • Quincy Provisions

  • Plumas County Office of Education - 1446 East Main Street, school supplies for children

  • Plumas Library - 445 Jackson Street, 10am-12pm, activities for children

  • Kristina's Gymnastics/Grange Hall - free food, water, clothing and supplies for evacuees

  • The Knook - Mon-Fri 11am-5pm, free meals

  • La Na'cho Mama - Mon-Sat 11am-8pm

  • Paradise Grill - Mon-Sat 9am-9pm

  • Mill Creek Fish and Chips - Tue-Sat 11am-7pm

  • Grandma Janes Place - Taco Tuesday, free tacos for lunch starting at 11am

  • Rugged Roots Farm - free fresh produce, Mon-Fri 7:30am-12pm

  • Feather River Fitness - Mon-Fri 6am-8pm, Sat 8am-12pm, 336 Cresent Street, free showers, have towels, no shampoo (Grange has Shampoo)

  • Behavioral Health (Little House) 527 Bell Lane, 8-4 Monday thru Friday


  • Mamma Celeste's Gastropub and Pizzeria - free meals for evacuees

  • Nevada Resources

Sacramento Area

  • Olive Hill Kennels 530-735-6517


  • Crossroads - Monday-Friday - free lunch at 12pm, Saturday - free dinner at 6pm

  • Merry Morsals - free coffee to evacuees

  • Salvation Army Susanville 

  • Lassen Community College

  • First Baptist Church behind Burger King

  • Susanville High School

  • Diamond Mountain Casino


Shelter Information

To receive shelter services and use facilities, registration is required. You do not need to stay inside the shelter to receive meals or services.

  • Springs of Hope Church at 59 Bell Lane, Quincy, CA 95971

    • Located on the east side of Quincy. Traveling from the east (from Graeagle) on highway 70 at the first stoplight turn right onto Mill Creek, then left on Lee Road, then right on Bell Lane. Traveling from the west (from Greenville) on Highway 70 at the first stoplight turn left onto Quincy Jct Rd., then right onto Bell Lane.

  • Holy Family Catholic Church at 108 Taylor Ave, Portola, CA 96122

    • Located on the south side of Portola across the river. Traveling east (from Quincy) on highway 70 at the light turn right on Gulling over the bridge, immediately left on Taylor Ave, located on the right. Traveling west (from Reno) on highway 70 at the light turn left on Gulling go over the bridge, immediately left on Taylor Ave on the right.

  • Lassen Community College at 478-200 CA-139, Susanville, CA 96130

    • Located just outside of town. Traveling north (from Reno) on 395, turn right on Ash Street/CA139, about a mile and a half school on the right. Traveling South (from Chester) on 395, left on Ash Street/CA139, about a mile and a half school on the right.

  • Lassen High School at 1110 Main Street, Susanville, CA 96130. 

    • Located right in town Main Street/395.

  • Torres Community Shelter, (530) 891-9048 at 101 Silver Dollar Way, Chico, CA, 95928

Town Chatter - August 2021, Volume 4