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Various articles in the news relating to the rebuild and recovery after the Dixie Fire.

Firewise meeting open to all Lake Almanor area residents, landowners

The Firewise communities of the Lake Almanor Basin are hosting a meeting for all residents and landowners in the area. It will be held March 8 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Chester Fire Department at 251 Chester Airport Rd.

Organizers report that the event will include information on the standards for making a home more resistant to fire, including the new Zone 0. “Creating this defensible space may make a big difference in your insurance costs and the ability to get fire insurance for your home,

FRC teams with SPI to address local workforce training needs

In an effort to meet local labor market demand, Feather River College is now offering a commercial driver’s license program, reports Nick Maffei, FRC’s director of marketing, communications and outreach. “Through a valuable collaboration with Sierra Pacific Industries, Feather River College will have access to one of SPI’s manual semitruck-and-trailers to utilize as a training tool for students interested in a career in transportation and trucking,” he said.

The program consists of two classes

Webinar addresses wildfire safety, homeowners insurance

Sierra Forward, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting California’s foothill and mountain communities, invites anyone worried about wildfire safety or concerned about homeowners insurance to join a virtual webinar Thursday, Feb. 22, at 6 p.m.

The speaker will be Ken Pimlott, principal management analyst for El Dorado County and former Cal Fire chief. Pimlott has been working with a team to create a coordinated effort in the county to prepare for wildfires. Webinar attendees will learn about how th

Rep. Kiley introduces home hardening act

Republican Rep. Kevin Kiley, representing California’s 3rd congressional district, recently introduced HR 6861, the Supporting Affordable Fire Emergency Hardening through Optimized Mitigation Efforts (SAFE HOME) Act. Kiley said that Californians struggling to pay higher home insurance rates and harden their homes against fires would find relief under the new legislation he is sponsoring.

“The federal government needs to be more proactive in helping families dealing with the threat of wildfires,

Prescribed fire training returns to Plumas

The Plumas County Cal-TREX training opportunity is returning this spring for the fifth time, offering yet another week of hands-on education and learning for prescribed fire students and enthusiasts. The Cal-TREX (short for “training exchange”) is a prescribed fire training opportunity held over the course of one week, from April 28 to May 4. This event brings together fire professionals and nontraditional partners in a joint effort to restore the ecological and community protection benefits of

AT&T seeks to drop local landlines

AT&T;, the primary telephone provider for much of Plumas County, is seeking to discontinue its landline service throughout a large swath of rural California.

In a Jan. 22 notice to customers, the multinational telecommunications company announced it has requested permission from the California Public Utilities Commission to “remove obligation under California law” to provide traditional landline telephone service in a portion of its territory that includes Plumas County.

Approval would el

PG&E pays $2.5 million to Maidu tribes

The Greenville Rancheria of Maidu Indians and the Maidu Summit Consortium will receive a combined $2.5 million payment from Pacific Gas & Electric Co. for damage to their ancestral lands and cultural assets caused by the 2021 Dixie Fire.

The payment is part of a $45 million agreement between the California Public Utilities Commission and PG&E penalizing the company for its involvement in California’s largest single fire.

The settlement agreement, reached Jan. 25 between the CPUC’s Safety and E

Election 2024: Hagwood versus Hall

In the March 5 presidential primary election, the race for Plumas County District 4 supervisor pits incumbent Greg Hagwood against challenger Mimi Hall. The Plumas Sun asked both candidates the following questions. Their responses are in alphabetical order.

Starting in 1988 as a sheriff’s deputy, I spent 31 years in law enforcement retiring as a three-times elected sheriff. Elected to the board of supervisors in 2020, I enter my fourth year on the board with experience and an understanding of w

PG&E resumes undergrounding on Highway 70

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. reports it has resumed work to underground power lines along Highway 70 between Storrie and Rich Bar in Plumas County. PG&E contractor MGE is continuing work to underground about 16 miles of power lines along the highway, starting from about 3 miles east of the Butte-Plumas County Line and working to Rich Bar Road.

Work began in December 2022 and continued until last October as planned. One-way traffic controls will occur as crews trench and install conduit for unde

House passes bipartisan bill to enhance child tax credit, revive key tax breaks for businesses

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House accomplished something unusual Wednesday in passing with broad, bipartisan support a roughly $79 billion tax cut package that would enhance the child tax credit for millions of lower-income families and boost three tax breaks for business, a combination that gives lawmakers on both sides of the political aisle coveted policy wins.

Prospects for the measure becoming law are uncertain with the Senate still having to take it up, but for a House that has struggled to get

CPUC Approves $45 Million Penalty in Settlement With PG&E For Dixie Fire

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) today approved a settlement agreement between the CPUC’s Safety and Enforcement Division (SED) and Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), which penalizes PG&E $45 million for its involvement in the 2021 Dixie Fire.

The 2021 Dixie Fire started on July 13, 2021, and ignited after a Douglas fir tree fell and struck energized conductors owned and operated by PG&E. SED conducted a thorough investigation to determine whether PG&E had violated the Pu

ATM available in Greenville

Plumas Bank announces that a new, state-of-the-art bank ATM is now available and ready to serve the Greenville/Indian Valley community and surrounding area.

The bank ATM was purchased in 2021 and was ready for installation when the Dixie Fire ravaged the local community, destroying all but five buildings downtown. Plumas Bank’s Greenville branch survived with considerable damage but was rebuilt and reopened as a community meeting space in 2022. The bank’s top priority for clients was returning

Waterline construction to begin in Greenville

Dig It Construction is scheduled to begin work the week of Jan. 22 on the long-awaited replacement of Greenville waterlines. The project is expected to last through late July, said Adam Cox, general manager of the Indian Valley Community Services District.

Travelers can expect traffic controls at various times on North and South Main streets, Bush Street, Hot Springs Road and throughout the residential area adjacent to Wolf Creek Road.

This project will provide long-term stability for Greenvil

Supervisor Goss lobbies for federal tax relief

Tax relief for victims of the Dixie Fire and other utility-caused disasters is poised for approval by federal legislators as part of the Federal Disaster Tax Relief Act of 2023.

The bill, originally proposed by Reps. Doug LaMalfa and Mike Thompson, is part of a new bipartisan tax framework package deal adopted Jan. 16 by the House Committee on Ways and Means and the Senate Committee on Finance. The legislation would include victims nationwide of all disasters caused by utility companies, railro

Jan. 20 Dixie Fire Collaborative meeting includes contractor fair

The Saturday, Jan. 20, Dixie Fire Collaborative community meeting will feature presentations by contractors and the election of four new members to the DFC Steering Committee.

The regular monthly meeting, which starts at 11 a.m. in the Greenville School campus cafeteria, will also include an update on Greenville schools by Bill Roderick, superintendent of the Plumas Unified School District. Other presenters include Pacific Gas and Electric Co., Indian Valley Innovation Hub, the Dixie Fire Canop

Feather River Community Fund announces 2023 grant awards

The Feather River Community Fund awarded seven grants to Plumas County organizations after reviewing applications at its November board meeting. Grants have been awarded to the following organizations:
• The Plumas Sun, to assist in funding startup costs.
• Feather River Trout Unlimited, to support its Trout in the Classroom program.
• Indian Valley Innovation Hub, to assist in efforts to establish an online business resource center for Plumas County and expand the Made in Plumas County program.

Greenville town center plan supports long-term recovery

The Dixie Fire Collaborative (DFC), in partnership with the North Valley Community Foundation (NVCF) and The Almanor Foundation (TAF), is proud to present the Greenville Town Center Plan and Canyon Dam Summary Report. This project was done in support of the Plumas County 2021 Wildfire Long-Term Recovery Plan (LTRP), as well as multiple individual community members and agencies.

This guidebook summarizes the Phase 2 work completed by LMNOP Design, SERA Architects, and a team of architecture inte

Dixie Fire Collaborative hosts community meeting on economic recovery and business support

Entrepreneurs and business owners in the Dixie Fire burn scar and surrounding areas will have the opportunity to gather information on available support and resources during the Dixie Fire Collaborative community meeting Saturday, Nov. 18, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Greenville Elementary School cafeteria, 225 Grand St. The meeting is also accessible via Zoom.

The meeting will spotlight the combined efforts of various business support organizations, showcasing the mobilization of resources ai

Spending PG&E settlement draws ongoing discussion

The Plumas County Board of Supervisors continued to discuss how to spend the county’s $7.8 million Pacific Gas & Electric Co. settlement fund at their Nov. 7 session.

In a half-hour conversation that hinted at differing opinions, Chairman Greg Hagwood made it clear this was the beginning of a larger discussion that should result in a list of priorities for addressing the damages caused by the 2021 Dixie fire.

The $7.8 million PG&E settlement is more than half of the $15 million Plumas County h

Supervisors deliberate how to spend $7.8 million Dixie civil settlement

Plumas County officials are weighing how to spend $10 million in Pacific Gas & Electric Co. and insurance payments to the county for damages incurred by the 2021 Dixie fire, which burned nearly one million acres in California’s largest single fire.

At the county Board of Supervisors’ Oct. 17 meeting, County Administrative Officer Debra Lucero launched the discussion with a 30-page presentation that included the county’s direct costs and a list of unreimbursed expenses.

The Oct. 17 discussion f

Greenville celebrates Highway 89 project

A downtown enhancement project over a decade in the making came to fruition Oct. 21 when local, county and state officials formally dedicated improvements to Highway 89 as it passes through Greenville.

Locally known as the Streetscape Project, the undertaking includes sidewalks, curbs, street lights and, most recently, landscaping along a quarter of a mile of Crescent Street. The $917,000 investment in beautification includes flowers, shrubs and trees planted on corners and curbs complete with

Expect power outages as PG&E switches from substation generators to grid

After over two years of supplying electricity from generators to Greenville area customers, Pacific Gas & Electric Co. is switching them to grid power.

Following completion of a eight-mile underground main power line, from a substation in Canyon Dam to Power Line Road along Highway 89, PG&E will transfer power from substation generators to grid power on September 18 and 19.

More than 1,600 customers, mostly in Greenville and some in outer Crescent Mills, will no longer rely on utility-scale ge

Kiley discusses rebuilding, tax relief for Dixie fire victims

California Congressman Kevin Kiley met with Greenville residents Sept. 6 to discuss the need for state and federal assistance and the importance of enacting tax relief for victims of the 2021 Dixie fire.

Kiley, who represents Plumas County as part of the 3rd Congressional District, is a co-sponsor of HR 4970, which would protect victims of certain wildfires from being taxed on funds they receive as settlements for their losses.

Sponsored by 1st District Congressman Doug LaMalfa, the bill intro
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Greenville Rising From The Ashes 2 Years After The Dixie Fire

From NBC Bay Area (August 10th, 2023):
The images from the Hawaii wildfires can bring back some painful memories from our own state. Last week marked two years since the Dixie Fire broke out, destroying the town of Greenville, in Plumas County. Joe Rosato Jr. visited the devastation shortly after the fire, and returned this week to see how the town is recovering two years later.

Rebuilding After The Dixie Fire | Team Rubicon

In April 2022, Team Rubicon worked with CalOES, Plumas County, the CPI Foundation, and community volunteers to recover and preserve bricks from three 19th century buildings in the historic downtown of Greenville, CA that was destroyed by the Dixie Fire in 2021.

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Main Street, Greenville, late-1800s.