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Editorial

Fire Season – visual essay

Firefighter David Remington of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection hoses down a fire early Monday morning at 7778 Deschutes Road in Palo Cedro. An estimated $200,000 worth of damage was done after the fire totally destroyed the mobile home said Cal-fire Battalion Chief Keith White . White said that none of the residents appeared to be home and that there was no one injured by the fire. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Nathan Morgan/Record Searchlight WPnathanmorgan_28 Firefighter David Remington of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection hoses down a fire early Monday morning at 7778 Deschutes Road in Palo Cedro. An estimated $200,000 worth of damage was done after the fire totally destroyed the mobile home said Cal-fire Battalion Chief Keith White . White said that none of the residents appeared to be home and that there was no one injured by the fire. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Nathan Morgan/Record Searchlight
Yvette Schanuth of 18575 Oasis Road and Captain Jeff Vanatta of engine eight,  reacts Thursday around noon after the inside of her home was severely damaged from a fire. Schanuth's husband Ed came home around 11 a.m. to a house full of smoke, and used a garden hose to extinguish the fire in his living room said Jeff Granberry, Fire Prevention Officer with Redding Fire Department. Schanuth inhaled   a lot of smoke but was able to keep the fire from spreading to other parts of his house Granberry said.
Nathan Morgan/Record Searchlight WPnathanmorgan_29 Yvette Schanuth of 18575 Oasis Road and Captain Jeff Vanatta of engine eight, reacts Thursday around noon after the inside of her home was severely damaged from a fire. Schanuth's husband Ed came home around 11 a.m. to a house full of smoke, and used a garden hose to extinguish the fire in his living room said Jeff Granberry, Fire Prevention Officer with Redding Fire Department. Schanuth inhaled a lot of smoke but was able to keep the fire from spreading to other parts of his house Granberry said. Nathan Morgan/Record Searchlight
A prescribed burn lights up the night sky on the east side of Hat Creek campground in Lassen National Forest Tuesday night in an effort to contain the Sugarloaf Fire.
Nathan Morgan/Record Searchlight WPnathanmorgan_30 A prescribed burn lights up the night sky on the east side of Hat Creek campground in Lassen National Forest Tuesday night in an effort to contain the Sugarloaf Fire. Nathan Morgan/Record Searchlight
Erick Davis, 17, left, and his mom Donna Casey, 44, right, cry tears of relief after finding Erick's grandfather Chet Davis, 95, uninjured from a fire that destroyed most of his double-wide mobile home Wednesday. "I feel like I am out in the cold," Davis said, who had lived there with his wife and family for more than 20 years. The blaze was reported about 7:10 p.m. at 190835 First Street, west of Interstate 5 near Charles Street in Cottonwood. "I'm lucky we're all alright," said Davis.
Nathan Morgan/Record Searchlight WPnathanmorgan_31 (1) Erick Davis, 17, left, and his mom Donna Casey, 44, right, cry tears of relief after finding Erick's grandfather Chet Davis, 95, uninjured from a fire that destroyed most of his double-wide mobile home Wednesday. "I feel like I am out in the cold," Davis said, who had lived there with his wife and family for more than 20 years. The blaze was reported about 7:10 p.m. at 190835 First Street, west of Interstate 5 near Charles Street in Cottonwood. "I'm lucky we're all alright," said Davis. Nathan Morgan/Record Searchlight
Cassel fire Tuesday
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Firefighters work Thursday on the Sugarloaf Fire, part of Hat Creek Complex in the Lassen National Forest. The Complex was more than 8,000 acres in size and about 20 percent contained.
Nathan Morgan/Record Searchlight WPnathanmorgan_33 (1) Firefighters work Thursday on the Sugarloaf Fire, part of Hat Creek Complex in the Lassen National Forest. The Complex was more than 8,000 acres in size and about 20 percent contained. Nathan Morgan/Record Searchlight
An Osprey looks out from its nest as fire consumes trees less than a mile away, on the north side of Highway 299 at Whiskeytown Lake Saturday afternoon July 12, 2008.  Since this photograph was taken the osprey survives but the hillside has areas of black where the fire left its path.
Although fully contained, fire still consumes islands of brush within the perimeter of the 28,336-acre Motion Fire.  A part of the Shasta-Trinity Lightning Complex, the complex consisted of 158 fires, of which the Motion and the Moon are the remaining active ones. A total of 86,500 acres have burned, destroying six residences and 16 outbuildings, and damaging three other structures, officials said.  Firefighting costs are $48.3 million to date and 47 fire personnel have been injured since the fires started burning beginning at 5 a.m. June 21. 
Nathan Morgan/Record Searchlight 071208_ospreyfire1_morgan An Osprey looks out from its nest as fire consumes trees less than a mile away, on the north side of Highway 299 at Whiskeytown Lake Saturday afternoon July 12, 2008. Since this photograph was taken the osprey survives but the hillside has areas of black where the fire left its path. Although fully contained, fire still consumes islands of brush within the perimeter of the 28,336-acre Motion Fire. A part of the Shasta-Trinity Lightning Complex, the complex consisted of 158 fires, of which the Motion and the Moon are the remaining active ones. A total of 86,500 acres have burned, destroying six residences and 16 outbuildings, and damaging three other structures, officials said. Firefighting costs are $48.3 million to date and 47 fire personnel have been injured since the fires started burning beginning at 5 a.m. June 21. Nathan Morgan/Record Searchlight
Angie Tomlinson, and her son John, 6, help fill Shasta Lake firefighter, Jerry Hill's water bottle Saturday after fire spread from a Fourth of July barbecue and burned 2 acres of vegetation bordering several homes in Shasta Lake before firefighters got it under control. "We just want to make sure they get water and stay hydrated," said Angie, after one firefighter suffered mild heat exhaustion. The fire, which broke out around 5 p.m., was off Autumn Harvest Way near Cascade Boulevard. The blaze burned about 300 feet of fencing and spread into an open field, said Battalion Chief Dennis Beck of the Shasta Lake Fire Protection District.
Nathan Morgan/Record Searchlight WPnathanmorgan_35 (1) Angie Tomlinson, and her son John, 6, help fill Shasta Lake firefighter, Jerry Hill's water bottle Saturday after fire spread from a Fourth of July barbecue and burned 2 acres of vegetation bordering several homes in Shasta Lake before firefighters got it under control. "We just want to make sure they get water and stay hydrated," said Angie, after one firefighter suffered mild heat exhaustion. The fire, which broke out around 5 p.m., was off Autumn Harvest Way near Cascade Boulevard. The blaze burned about 300 feet of fencing and spread into an open field, said Battalion Chief Dennis Beck of the Shasta Lake Fire Protection District. Nathan Morgan/Record Searchlight
An inmate crew from Sugar Pine Conservation Camp makes a containment line Monday after a fire burned a half acre along the north side of Dersch Road east of Parkville Road. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
Nathan Morgan/Record Searchlight WPnathanmorgan_36 (1) An inmate crew from Sugar Pine Conservation Camp makes a containment line Monday after a fire burned a half acre along the north side of Dersch Road east of Parkville Road. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Nathan Morgan/Record Searchlight
Jaretha Hansen sits as friends try to jump-start her truck
after her neighborhood, Trail In RV off of Gregory Creek Road, was evacuated because of the Elmore Fire Sunday afternoon.  "I hope they have good coffee down there," said Hansen. The fire broke out near Gilman Road and Salt Creek inlet at Shasta Lake, and burned more than 300 acres by late Sunday.  
Nathan Morgan/Record Searchlight WPnathanmorgan_37 (1) Jaretha Hansen sits as friends try to jump-start her truck after her neighborhood, Trail In RV off of Gregory Creek Road, was evacuated because of the Elmore Fire Sunday afternoon. "I hope they have good coffee down there," said Hansen. The fire broke out near Gilman Road and Salt Creek inlet at Shasta Lake, and burned more than 300 acres by late Sunday. Nathan Morgan/Record Searchlight
Crewmembers of the Baker River Hot Shots, of Concrete, Wash., walk along the fire line after battling a forth acre fire, one of many in the Lime Complex.  In addition to local forces, units from Nevada, Utah, Oregon, and Washington came to battle the approximately  1,500 acre that spread out in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest west of Redding, and started around Saturday due to lightning. WPnathanmorgan_38 (1) Crewmembers of the Baker River Hot Shots, of Concrete, Wash., walk along the fire line after battling a forth acre fire, one of many in the Lime Complex. In addition to local forces, units from Nevada, Utah, Oregon, and Washington came to battle the approximately 1,500 acre that spread out in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest west of Redding, and started around Saturday due to lightning.
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