News for the Week of November 26, 2020

And the winds came. . .

HOWLING WINDS last Tuesday brought in major destruction to a lot of areas in the county. The Alturas Airport, above, sustained some heavy damage to its roof and building which Kathy Brown photographed. There were several reports of other wind damage to trees, roofs, including roofing that blew off businesses and homes and outdoor swings and furniture

 


California counties expected to change tiers as cases surge


Coronavirus cases in California are trending up; the state is reinstating overnight stay-at-home restrictions on all counties in the purple tier. Modoc is in the red tier, one step lower, so is not affected yet.

Governor Gavin Newsom issued an order this week stating that counties in the purple tier will be under curfew from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m.

Modoc now has 118 positive cases, up from 100 last week, with 30 active, three hospitalized and 88 recovered. Modoc has no deaths yet. Modoc has conducted 4,781 tests. With 4,662 being negative.


Cold, wet weather brings snow


The cold wet weather in Modoc over the past week has started to put some snow in the higher elevations.

According to SnoTel readings on Monday, Dismal Swamp in the north Warners had 14 inches of snow containing 3.9 inches of water. The SnoTel monitor is at 7,360 feet altitude.

Cedar Pass at 7,030 feet had five inches of snow with two inches of water.

Adin Mountain’s monitor at 6,190 feet showed six inches of snow and 1.9 inches of water. It had eight inches on Nov. 16.


October jobless rates falls


According to the state Employment Development Department, Modoc County’s October unemployment rate fell to 5.9 percent, down from September’s 6.2 percent. Last October the rate was at 4.7 percent.


Deaths

Lula Hellen ‘Peggy’ Chapman

George Cullins

Russell E. Cuppett

Margaret Maxine Knudson

William (Bill) A. McMaster

Orin S. Stimers

James Allen



Feature

Planned burns readied on Modoc Forest


As more and more Americans are faced with the possibility of catastrophic wildfire, many are also coming to understand the role healthy fire plays in protecting wildlands and urban interface communities from the devastation of unnaturally-intense wildland fires.

Taking advantage of the safest-possible “burn windows” and in coordination with other Northern California Forests, Modoc National Forest Fire and Fuels personnel plan to conduct prescribed fire activities as conditions allow in the coming months.



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