Deadline to seek federal disaster help extended

The deadline to register for FEMA assistance has been extended for those impacted by the August Complex fires.

The Individual Assistance registration deadline to register is now Dec. 11 for 15 counties, including Trinity.

Applicants may register in the following ways:

► Go online to DisasterAssistance.gov.

► Download the FEMA Mobile App for smartphones.

► Call 800-621-3362 (TTY: 800-462-7585) between 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. PST, seven days a week. Multilingual operators are available.

For the latest information on wildfire recovery, visit www.fema.gov/disaster/4558 and follow the FEMA Region 9 Twitter account at https://twitter.com/femaregion9.

Phase 2 fire debris removal deadline nears

Debris removal operations are underway in Trinity County. Phase 1 Debris Removal of Household Hazardous Waste at properties affected by the August Complex fire started on Nov. 3.

Phase 2 — removal of remaining burn debris — is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, Dec. 1. Property owners are urged to participate in Phase 2 as it results in removal of wildfire debris at no out-of-pocket cost to the property owner. Owners choosing to opt-out of Phase 2 assume the responsibility of removing debris at their own expense.

Property owners who wish to participate in Phase 2 must complete a Right-of-Entry Form. ROE forms have been mailed to property owners and lease lot holders. More information, and the ROE form, can be found at www.trinitycounty.org/recovery/debrisremoval. The deadline to submit an ROE form for the Debris Removal Program is Dec. 15.

For up to date information and access to resources, go to www.trinitycounty.org, call 623-8223, or email hhs.disasterrecovery@trinitycounty.org.

Christmas tree permits available locally, online

Forest Service Christmas Tree Permits are available at both the Trinity County Visitor Center and Up North Confectionery on Main Street, Weaverville. You can also go online at Recreation.gov to obtain permits (great for out-of-town visitors coming here to get their trees).

Forest Service plans prescribed burning

The Trinity River and South Fork Management Units of the Shasta-Trinity National Forest are planning to begin prescribed burning projects to take advantage of cooler and wetter conditions in the forest.

Areas planned for vegetation treatment projects in the TRMU this fall through next spring include Pattison Peak, Underwood Mountain, Denny Road and Bell Flat on the Big Bar District. Areas on the Weaverville District include Trinity Dam, Trinity Mountain, Dog Creek, Long Canyon and the Weaverville Community Forest. Areas on the SFMU include Wildwood, Forest Glen, Hyampom, Platina and Hayfork. Additional burning will occur at administrative sites including fire stations and campgrounds.

Prescribed fire, including pre-ignition public notifications will be provided to local media outlets and will also be posted on https://inciweb.nwcg.gov, the Forest’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/ShastaTrinityNF, and Twitter www.twitter.com/ShastaTrinityNF pages.

Residents and visitors are asked to avoid areas where prescribed burns are being conducted.

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