September 2021, Volume 2
Reach Out - Connect - Take Part

Disaster Relief & Dixie Fire Information

Plumas County Dixie Fire Resource List
Click Here.

Dixie Fire Distribution Center in Chester

Sponsored by Elks Lodge 2626 in collaboration with The Almanor Foundation. 164 Main Street, Chester. New items only. Opens for the first time this Saturday 9/11 and will be open Monday, Wednesday and Saturday 3 - 6 pm through the end of September.

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

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.

Chester Wellness Center Open for Wildfire Victims
The Chester Wellness Center is full and no longer accepting donations for wildfire relief. Hours of operation for distribution are 10:00am-3:00pm Monday-Friday.

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:

Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Relief Funds

Clint Koble, Advisor - Sierra SBDC

Following are links and information about various disaster relief funds currently available. For any questions or assistance, call Clint Koble, Advisor - Sierra Small Business Development Center;; (775) 843-4081.

Small Business Administration (SBA) disaster loans to repair or replace private and business property from the Dixie Fire. This is a straight-forward FACT Sheet to disaster assistance from the SBA. The same FACT Sheet will describe Economic Injury Disaster Loans for business losses due to the Dixie Fire.

The State of CA has authorized $1.5 billion in additional funding for the CA Small Business COVID-19 Grant Relief Program to cover COVID-related financial losses in 2020 vs 2019.  There are two grants to apply for:

Non-Profit Cultural Institutions:  Must be a 501 (c) 3 non-profit in the business of Art Dealership; Dance Company; Performing Arts Center, Museum; Historical Site, or  Dinner Theater. Applications from August 27, 2021 - September 8, 2021.  Https://  See Round 8.

CA Small Business COVID-19 Grant Relief Program for small businesses that suffered financial losses in 2020 vs 2019 due to COVID-19.  Https://  See Round 9.  Applications begin September 9, 2021 thru September 30, 2021.  This will most likely be the last round; please apply on the starting date.

Please contact Clint Koble for more information or assistance. Clint lives in Lake Almanor and he serves Plumas, Lassen, and Modoc Counties. The Sierra SBDC offers free one-on-one small business counseling, assistance in getting financing, and assistance in writing your business plan. Go to; open the Home Page; click on Apply Now and fill out the appropriate information boxes.

For FREE seminars and class sessions, go to; open the Home Page; click on Trainings; register for the session of your choice.  Sessions are FREE.

The Almanor Foundation and North Valley Community Foundation in the News

Chico Enterprise, Sept. 4

As long as there are fires — and in our neck of the woods, that seems to be about six months out of the year — and crises in general, there are heroes. Typically, there are far too many to mention but today, we’ll mention a few once again.

For starters, there’s the North Valley Community Foundation, which is now partnering with the Almanor Foundation to aid Dixie Fire victims. The NVCF has shown a remarkable (and much needed) ability to adapt to whatever the latest crisis to unfold in our battered region; throw in the strong right arm (and pocketbook) of Aaron Rodgers, and it’s been a winning combination benefitting thousands of people who desperately need the help.

Their task isn’t easy. They have repeatedly shown great care in directing the funds to the areas that need it the most and will do the most common good, and they’ve done it well.

Local Resident Brings Air Purifiers to Elk's Distribution Center

The Almanor Foundation thanks Molekule, for contacting us to make a generous donation of air purifiers to the Lake Almanor area Dixie Fire Distribution Center at the Elks Lodge in Chester. Pictured here is Elk, Bud Wasson, receiving air purifiers from Patrick Avina and Lake Almanor resident, Rick Rasor of Molekule.  The Distribution Center will open its doors on Saturday 9/11 from 3 - 6 pm and will be open Monday, Wednesday and Saturdays 3 - 6 pm until the end of the month.

Molekule was founded out of a critical need to address the adverse impacts of polluted air, a void in the market for purification, and with the goal of using the power of science to destroy indoor air pollution. Molekule's air purifiers destroy viruses, bacteria & pollutants. Their patented PECO technology is a revolution in the science of air purification, and their mission is to deliver clean air to everyone, everywhere.

Town Trivia

Winner to last week’s answer, in 1932, Adelaide and Fred Smith opened and operated this popular resort for 20 years, was Amy Hutchinson with correct question: What is Plumas Pines Resort? She wins a $10 gift certificate from B&B Booksellers who is this week’s sponsor.

This week’s answer: In 1925, Great Western Power Company announced its intention to enlarge Lake Almanor, thus having to move this cemetery.

This week’s sponsor is B&B Booksellers with a $10 gift certificate for the winner. 

Please email your question to

If interested in being a sponsor, please contact

Please note: only emails received after release of Town Chatter Wednesday am will be considered.

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

20th Anniversary of 9/11 - A Day to Remember . . . A Day to Never Forget

Katherine Sansone

None of us will ever forget where we were or how we heard about the attack on the United States of America on September 11th.  We were a nation of people who watched the horror unfold in disbelief as we saw fellow Americans who do what many of us do – get up and go to work every day – lose their lives to an atrocity on our soil.

This is not the first time the US has been attacked without warning. Many of our parents/grandparents probably listened on the radio as Pearl Harbor was bombed unbeknownst to many locals, servicemen and women who were enjoying a leisurely morning unaware that life as they knew it was altered.

It is hard to believe that it has been 20 years. But as a loving and resilient society we come back. We rebuild, but we do not forget. Today we recognize those who fought aboard Flight 93 and the passengers that lost their lives as they crashed into a Pennsylvania field. We grieve for all the children who lost their parents – some never knowing their dads – not understanding why mommy or daddy were not coming home that day.  We pay respect for the first responders who entered hell to fight the inferno and try and save as many as possible who died in their efforts to do what they were trained to do and not be afraid to battle against evil some certainly knowing the outcome. We remain saddened for those who have passed years later due to their exposure to elements and pray they rest in peace.

We remember and honor all . . . and we will never forget.

Bits & Pieces

25% Off Sale at the Candy Shoppe in Chester
Dixie Fire Blowout Sale - stop by for 25% off all candy during the entire month of September. Free truffle while supplies last.

Lake Almanor Farmers Market Thursday, September 9
Join us tomorrow from 4-7pm at Chester Park.

Westwood Farmers Market Friday, September 10
Support our neighbors as they restart their Farmers Market on Friday from 4-7pm at the Walker Mansion Inn.

We Are Warriors
Courage Triathlon, Saturday September 11, 10am to 2pm Rec I Lake Almanor Country Club to benefit Courage Worldwide to assist and stop children from sex trafficking trade. Join us to race, volunteer, celebrate and honor 20th anniversary of 9/11 and what we have gone through as a community with the Dixie Fire.

Distribution Center for Dixie Fire Relief Opens in Chester, Saturday 9/11 3-6 pm
Elks Lodge 2626 in Chester will open and operate a Distribution Center of relief supplies for those who have been affected by the Dixie Fire. Relief supplies are being transported from the Distribution Center in Quincy to the Elks Lodge this Thursday. Doors will be open to the public at the lodge on 164 Main Street, Chester for the first time on Saturday, 9/11, 3 - 6 pm. And every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday through the rest of the month, 3 - 6 pm. Supplies and goods to be distributed are new. Used items can not be accepted at this time. 

Carol's Cafe 50th Anniversary Party Saturday, 9/11 3-6 pm 
Carol's Party, now a benefit for Greenville and Canyon Dam Residents, is this Friday, 9/11 at Chester Park, 3 - 6 pm.  Tickets for dinner are sold out, but there will be plenty of fun and opportunities to donate. For information or to donate, CLICK HERE.

Mt. Lassen Community Church Ladies Seminar
Faith Refined by Fire with guest speaker Dr. Kathy A. James
Saturday, September 11, 2021
Mt Lassen Community Church - 200 Main St. Chester, CA
9:00am ~ 2:00pm
Bring your own sack lunch; coffee, tea, water, fruit & cookies will be provided
Cost: FREE; Limited space ~ R.S.V.P. by Sep 8th via email:
or call (530) 258-3005.

U.S. Post Office and Sept. 14th Election Update
If you have not received your ballot for the Sept. 14 election, please call the Plumas County Elections Office at (530) 283-6256 or email

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

Carol's Cafe A 50 Year Lake Almanor Tradition

Katherine Sansone

Well-known and much-loved citizen of the community, Carol Wilson Franchetti, owner of Carol’s Café in Prattville, will celebrate her 50th anniversary this September serving her “comfort” meals and warm smile to locals and guests of the Lake Almanor Basin.


Feather Publishing File Photo

“I began working in my father’s restaurant in Myers Flat at age six washing glasses and silver ware.  I stood on a turned over fruit crate so I could reach the sink. I was 10 when I began waiting on tables. Who would have thought I would still be doing this 50 years later?” says Carol. Though those who know her or who have eaten any of her meals, recognize that this is her passion, which is reflected in every morsel of food.
Carol arrived at Lake Almanor in 1971 when her late husband Kenneth Wilson brought her here to help with the family business, Wilson’ Camp Prattville, now the oldest family-run business on Lake Almanor.  Carol fell in love with the area immediately, and without any hesitation or doubt she was “home,” she rolled up her sleeves and began cleaning cabins, bathrooms and anything else that needed to be done.
“The focus at that time was running the campground and keeping a fully stocked grocery store that had everything our guests would need so they didn’t have to go into town,” she explains. Closed off from the store was a former restaurant and it was Carol’s thought that if they were providing everything for their guests, why not a restaurant as well? 
Though the notion of re-opening the restaurant, which had been closed for seven years, was not well-received at first, those who know Carol, that wasn’t going to stop her. She opened Carol’s Café in May of 1971 and though she faced some lean years, sometimes only making $25 a day, she persevered and continues today now serving the fifth generation of some of her original guests.  “That tells me I have been doing something right,” she says with a laugh. But it is not only her food.  Carol takes the time to make you feel special and welcomed. Something she said she learned working with her father those many years ago.
Carol oversees and participates in the crafting of all the food, which patrons who eat there regularly have come to recognize as “consistently delicious and mouth-watering good.” Though her menu has changed some, the basic concept of “comfort food” with fresh ingredients is what has made guests return again and again.
Carl’s Café is not her only accomplishment.  Never one to be too idle and always wanting to “master her craft,” Carol enrolled in a two-year correspondence course through the National Restaurant Association and received her certificate in Restaurant Management.  After her husband passed, Carol took classes at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone, St. Helena, CA, completing enough classes to graduate as a certified ‘Chef de Cuisine’.  Later, she co-founded the Almanor Culinary Academy in Chester, CA, and taught there for three years.  When the program was moved to the Feather River College in Quincy, Carol worked as an associate instructor for several years.  She is a registered proctor and instructor for the ServSafe food safety program.  Still “on the move,” she took more courses and received a Liberal Arts Degree at the young age of 64 years. And her drive continues with opening a bakery May 1 with an enticing selection of espressos, teas and delicious pastries; and her Mother’s Day Brunch received raved reviews as her “best yet!”
Everything Carol does is a labor of love.  Her food, her baking and her commitment to her community, are extraordinary. She truly is a force -- a wonderful one with an infectious smile and no-nonsense attitude. Her hands and creative mind craft wonderful food, but her journey creates a great lesson in life.  Carol’s favorite quote is by Executive Chef Tory McPhail, “I come to work to live my passion”.  And from the results of 50 years, anyone who has had the pleasure of being in Carol’s presence and enjoyed one of her meals, knows she has embraced and surpassed this quote.

The Almanor Foundation Wildfire Relief Fund

Susan Bryner

Donations to the Wildfire Relief Fund
The Almanor Foundation is grateful to the 100's of individual and corporate donors who have stepped up to donate to The Almanor Foundation Wildfire Relief Fund. These funds will be used for relief and recovery efforts for the people and communities affected by the Dixie Fire. We are pleased to be able to share them with you now at
To make a tax deductible donation to The Almanor Foundation Wildfire Relief Fund go to:

Wildfire Relief Fund Grantees
The Almanor Foundation works collaboratively with the North Valley Community Foundation and will soon be working collaboratively with other organizations to fund relief and long term recovery projects. We are particularly interested in projects and initiatives that serve the most vulnerable members of our community – those with the least resources and most needs, who have the most challenging time recovering. We also seek to fill gaps – providing shorter-term, catalytic funding that is not available elsewhere and has the potential to leverage longer-term ongoing support. We want to ensure that our investments leverage – but do not duplicate – other funding streams and lead to significant and measurable positive benefits for impacted households and the region as a whole.

We are honored to steward investments on behalf of a broad range of donors and  therefore design and implement the Wildfire Relief & Recovery Fund transparently, with accountability and in accordance with the principles of Partnership, Collaboration, Focus on the Most Vulnerable, Leverage, Impact and Sustainability.

The following organizations have been jointly funded in the past 4 weeks by TAF and NVCF Wild Fire funds:

Paradise Gleaners/BC Gleaners
Relief: Gift Cards for basic necessities
Lost Sierra Food Project
Relief: Fresh produce for Dixie Survivors
Plumas Rural Services - Dixie Fire Fund
Relief: Gift cards to those who lost homes
Plumas Crisis Intervention & Resource Center
Relief: Gift cards for necessities
Tiny Pine Foundation
Relief: Gift cards for basic necessities.
The Salvation Army, Del Oro Division EDS
Relief:  Food, gift cards, and specific needs as they arise.

For more information about our Dixie Fire Grant Guidelines CLICK HERE for the Almanor Foundation website.


Collins Pine Management Celebrates Employees’ Efforts on the Fire; Gives $50,000 to Local Fire Dept. and $15,000 to Almanor Basin Food Bank

Gregg Scott, Plumas News Staff Writer

For anyone that has driven into Chester from the east they will surely have a vision in their minds of a stark white plume of steam soaring into the sky from the cogeneration plant at Collins Pine. It is truly a reminder of the presence of the Collins Company in our community. The other reminder is the simple fact the they are the largest private sector employer in the area. Between the physical mill, the cogeneration plant and the Collins Almanor Forest, they employ approximately 120 employees currently here in Chester and that doesn’t include the forest contractor they hire to build roads, harvest trees and haul them to the mill.

The history of the Collins Companies goes back into the nineteenth century and to date they still have thriving operations in Kane, Pennsylvania and Lake View, Oregon.   The beginnings of the Collins family commitment to Chester began in 1941 when they started stockpiling logs in the Chester ‘pond’ and log yard in anticipation of processing them in the Chester mill that was being built.

On Thursday, Sept. 2, several folks from the corporate office in Wilsonville, OR, flew down to the local office to confirm the family’s 80-year commitment to Chester. TJ Rosengarth, President and CEO; Jeff Stoddard, Chief Operations Officer; and Rebeka Cunningtom, VP of Human Resources; wanted to personally thank the employees and the community for the extraordinary efforts that they displayed in combating the effects of the Dixie Fire on the area. The venue for the event was a bountiful steak barbeque with all the trimmings on the front lawn of the Collins office in front of the mill.

Of the approximately 100,000 acres of Collins Almanor Forest there was roughly 55,000 acres that were impacted in varying degrees by the fire. Rosengarth specifically thanked the Collins Forestry Department along with local and state fire units, without whose efforts the damage could have been much worse. He along with Terry Collins, also thanked many local individuals and businesses for their support during those trying times.  The invitees included all the mill and forestry department employees, local fire and law enforcement agencies and several local businesses and organization. During the ceremony, Rosengarth presented a check for $50,000 dollars to the Chester Fire Department and $15,000 dollars to the Almanor Basin Food Bank.

One of the main points stressed by Rosengarth and Collins was the continued pledge of long-standing commitment and support to Chester and the surrounding community. Rosengarth stressed that the plan is to increase production capacity of the mill to deal with the fire aftermath. That means they will be hiring new employees in an effort to expand work shifts and mill capabilities. He also said, “We are looking for people.”  Folks that are looking for work should call the local Collins office at (530) 258-4417.

 Originally published on September 3 here.

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.

Almanor Argentine Grill
 - Opening Friday, Sept. 3rd from 11:00am- 3:00pm
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
Cliffords - Thursday - Saturday 3:00pm-7:00pm , Grab n Go only
Cravings - Thursday - Monday, 7:00am-2:00pm
Karen's Deli at the Branch & Gas Station - 7 days a week Gas Station: 6:00am-7:00pm, Deli: 11:00am-7:00pm
Koninkrijk Koffiehuis - Tuesday - Sunday 8:00am-4:00pm
Kopper Kettle - 7 days a week, 6:00am - 8:00pm
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 11:00am-4:00pm, free shakes for fire personnel
Pizza Factory - Tentative Reopening 8/27; 7 days a week Sunday - Thursday 11:00am-8:00pm, Friday - Saturday 11:00am-9:00pm

Almanor Physical Therapy
A Balanced Touch - massage & wellness studio, Tues, Thurs- Sat
Ace Hardware
Almanor West Golf Course
 - Opening Friday, Sept 3rd.  ProShop will be accepting tee times starting Tuesday, August 31st. 
Ayoobs Intermountain Hardware
Bailey Creek Golf Course
Big Springs Resort - 
Opening Sept. 2 for cabin and RV rentals
Builder's Supply
Chester Public Utility District
Coldwell Banker Kehr/O'Brien Real Estate

Collins Pine 
Dollar General
Dr. Eric Dunbar, DDS
Forever Home & Outdoor
 - Open starting Thursday Sept. 2 - Saturday 9:00am-4:00pm
Gather Home - Wednesday-Saturday 9:00am - 4:00pm
Holiday Market 
Little Shop of Nails

Rouland Insurance Agency
The Giggling Crow - 
Tuesday-Saturday 10:00am-4:00pm
The Sports Nut
Tom Wallick Pottery and Rock Shop
Turner Excavating, Inc.
Universal Electric
Sage Creek Insurance
Seneca Healthcare District
Sierra's Fly and Tackle - 
Mon-Sat 7:30am-5:00pm & Sun 7:30am-2:00pm.
Singleton Auman
Slusher, Inc.
Sunshine Flowers
Watkins Pet Supply
 Mon - Fri 10:00am - 6:00pm and Sat 10:00m - 5:00pm
Womack Construction

ARPD Youth Soccer

Bennie Johnson Howell, ARPD Youth Soccer Coordinator

We are excited, (and anxious!) to begin the fall Youth Soccer Season. While we realize that this fire continues to burn, we have decided to move forward and hopefully provide an opportunity for our youth to get out on the field.  

While we cannot guarantee success, we want to do our best to make this happen! Contingency  is the operative word here! 

Our challenges:  Air quality and the safety of our kids and volunteers: Currently air quality conditions remain  very unhealthy, but we do see improvement and are hoping for enough relief to go forward. We  have no control over this issue, and will adhere to a specific threshold for air quality. 

Volunteers: We still need volunteers to help coach, paint the fields, and organize soccer equipment. We fully recognize that many of you are exhausted, both physically and mentally.  And we understand that some of you who were planning to volunteer this fall may no longer be  able to. But if enough of you step up, we can lighten the load for everyone and get our kids out  on the field. Please contact me at 

Anticipated schedule: Under ordinary circumstances the fall soccer season would already be underway for practice. We currently are targeting to begin the third week of September.  

If your child is registered but you have not paid, please do so by dropping a check in the drop box at the ARPD office – 101 Meadowbrook Drive. Or you can mail it to ARPD, PO Box 325,  Chester CA 96020. If you still need to register, please do so by accessing the website at and  clicking on the link to Register. 

Scholarships for Registration Fees are available! Every child should have the opportunity to play, and in these difficult times we recognize that not every family can afford registration fees. If you find yourself in this position, please let us know by sending an email to stating your name, and the names of your children. Please remember that you must still register online! 

Almanor Fishing Report

Captain Rob Ayers

Today we started our morning with 52 degrees and reached a high of 86 with light winds. The breeze started stiff this morning and chilly. Be prepared if you are heading to the water early. Forecasts say we should see warmer mornings and higher afternoon temperatures heading through this week. Calm mornings are forecast to change to our typical afternoon breezes. Wind should barely break the double digits before calming again in the evening. Smoke continues to play a role keeping temperatures moderated, but occasionally causing discomfort on the water. A steady stream of air tankers are traveling north and south above the Peninsula heading to drop retardant on the still active fire that has moved north of us. Occasional smoke may rise on the nearby mountains as hot timber is still active on the horizon.

Surface water temperatures are steady at 67 degrees. Water clarity is roughly 11' to 12’, a dark green color with dispersed algae that accumulates on surface materials and lines. It does not appear to be affecting baits presented below. The lake is reported down roughly 6 inches this week. A nearly 2” increase over last week’s 4” loss. Highway 32 and 36 east are open for travel into the greater Lake Almanor basin. 36 west from Susanville is impacted by road construction. Highway 44 west of A21 is hard closed. There is no traffic heading out on 44 towards Redding at this time. To our south, 89 to 70 is impacted with controlled traffic. 70 towards Quincy as well as down the canyon towards Oroville is similarly controlled.

Fishing continues to be good. Fish are being caught by trollers mostly on the east side of the lake. The area almost entirely from the Big Springs east and south to Canyon Dam is holding anglers. And, those anglers are holding fish. Bait presentations are changing as the fish appear to be becoming increasingly choosy. Perhaps the unbelievable fishing is coming to an end as boat pressure has increased. That, or other factors have seen the bite waning at the time of this report. Jigging is a solid option and an increasing amount of boats are being found on anchor or sitting still and casting. White is a solid choice to start if you plan on trying your hand at this time honored technique. Most public access remains closed. Canyon Dam is closed. The gates remain open as hazardous tree removal operations continue. However, the public is being confronted and asked to leave the area. If you wish to launch your boat make arrangements with a private boat launch facility. The Hamilton Branch is the top choice by shore producing fish both on the fly and with bait along its banks. Although the public forests remain closed, the river was reported to have seen moderate traffic from anglers this last week. Open recreation along the west shore in the Lassen National Forest was also visible. Of note, two beautiful Chinook Salmon that were taken by customers fishing nightcrawlers trolled 22’ down the wire near the mouth of the Hamilton Branch this last week. The biggest crested 22” and the smaller above 21”. Quality rainbows in the 25” class were also taken although larger fish were fewer towards the end of Labor Day weekend.

Additional Plumas National Forest Campgrounds Available for Dixie Fire Evacuees During Forest Closure 

QUINCY, Calif. – September 3, 2021 – Additional National Forest campgrounds are available for Dixie Fire evacuees while the Regional Forest Closure Order No. 21-07 is in effect. These campgrounds are in the areas of Meadow Valley, La Porte Road, and the Lakes Basin Recreation Area. The campgrounds are free of charge but have limited services available at this time. Open campgrounds include Meadow Camp, Rock Creek, and Deanes Valley Campgrounds in the Meadow Valley area, Red Bridge Campground off La Porte Road, and Lakes Basin Campground off Gold Lake Highway (County Rd. 519). Limited services are available at these open campgrounds – there is no water, and no wood campfires are allowed. Evacuees should bring a self-contained, portable heat source to cook meals, such as a propane camp stove or barbecue. Evacuees will need to obtain a 7700-48 permit to stay in one of the campgrounds listed above. A Forest Service representative can provide evacuees with the form when they are servicing campgrounds or evacuees can contact one of the phone numbers listed below.  

For more information, please contact the Dixie Fire information line at (949) 573-5702 from 7:00 am to 10:00 pm daily, or the Plumas National Forest Supervisor’s Office at (530) 283-2050, the Mt. Hough Ranger District at (530) 283-0555, or the Beckwourth Ranger District at (530) 836-2575, Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. More information on the Regional Forest Closure Order No. 21-07 can be found on the Plumas National Forest website Plumas National Forest - Alerts & Notices (

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