Fired Up Over Fire Preparedness

Kevin McConnell, Alme Allen, Monte Leffers, Boyd Ferris, Deacon Ferris, Keoki Burbank, Paul Allen, Jude Marshal and Nancy Bailey. Not pictured: Chris Root, Eric Nelson, Breeze Shea, Jared Wilder, Joshua Saxon-Whitcrane, Kade Whitecrane, Ben Saxon, Roberta Coragliotti, Tom Bouse, Will Harling, Monte Leffers, Cynthia Gerard, Laura Fenton, Penny Eckert, David Eckert, Skip Lowry, Kate Lowry, Brock Luedthe, Sill Beckman, and Tommy Horn./Photo courtesy of Maymi Preston-DonahueA combination of volunteer efforts, quick thinking on the part of locals, the important efforts of wildland firefighters, and the safely cleared out yard of the first house on the row helped to save this first batch of houses from near destruction. Read More →

Looking Back: Firestorm on the Rivers

The first fire call came at 5:15 p.m. on the last Monday of July. David Markin was normally the number-two man in fire at the US Forest Service in Orleans, but on that windy afternoon he was the ranking officer. He grabbed a truck and a fire engine with a crew of three and headed down to the brushy area at the mouth of Camp Creek. The situation was instantly clear, 5-10 acres ablaze and 15-25-foot flames racing through a grassy area and hitting the timber. Read More →

Orleans Fire Contained

"The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but preliminary signs indicate it was probably a human caused fire because there was no lightning in the area," said Mike Beasley with the Six Rivers National Forest during a briefing held in Hoopa with the Type 2 Incident Command team (NorCal Inter agency Team II) set to take command of the fire this afternoon from their incident command post provided by the Hoopa Valley Tribe. Read More →

Lifelong Orleans Resident Needs Help After House Burns Down

Submitted by the Ferris Family Zona Ferris, a lifelong resident of Orleans lost her house and everything in it due to a wildfire that started on July 29th. The family of Zona is calling for donations to help her re-build. Zona also raises her 7-year-old grandson who is in need of some toys, books or […] Read More →