The weather has been unkind to us here in WonderLand. Last week we had lots of lightning strikes that started 22 fires in the Six Rivers National Forest. The good news is that most of them were small and are under control or out. The bad news is that a fire up on the South Fork of the Trinity River near Hyampom jumped the river and is now in Humboldt County and has reached more than 1,500 acres. The smoke comes right down the river and into Willow Creek. Most of the time it is just a smoky haze but at some times it really gets thick. It clears most days around 1 or 2 in the afternoon. A couple of times last week the smoke got thick enough that one could hang out your salmon and you could smoke it overnight. Most of the time it is not bad and it does help cool down the air temperatures. That’s a good thing because the temperatures have been in the hundreds most of last week. Today I have not had a helicopter fly over the house and am hoping that that is a good thing.
The Shasta-Trinity National Forest invites visitors to enjoy a fee-free weekend at several of our recreation sites in honor of National Get Outdoors Day on Saturday, June 13. National Get Outdoors Day is a day when federal agencies, nonprofit organizations, and the recreation industry encourage healthy, outdoors activities.
It has felt like summer all week. I don’t know where NOAA gets its temperatures from, but I live just three miles east of Willow Creek and my temperatures here at the house seem to be 3-6 degrees higher than the official weather forecast says it is. This week it has been in the high 80s to high 90s most of the week on my front porch while the paper and NOAA says it is in the low to mid-80s. If I use the water temperature readings they kind of confirm or match the air temps at my house, so I think I will stick with my thermometer readings rather than the paper’s or NOAA’s.
If you’ve been on the fence about going to check out the motocross races in Hayfork, the Sunday, June 7, race will be the one you don’t want to miss.
There will be a few pro riders coming to throw down at Hay-Town! Earthshaping Inc. put up a $1,000 purse for the winner of the Pro Class, and Trinity Outdoor Premier Properties has put up the purse for second place of $600.
The public is invited to join the Trinity River Restoration Program for a free raft trip on the Trinity River from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, June 26.
This feels more like the beginning of summer rather than spring. The water temperatures are starting to warm up and the water flows are starting to drop to the summer flows of 350 cfs. Like I have said for the last couple of weeks, the water flows seem to be disappearing as they flow/move down the river.
The Hyampom Rod and Gun Club will host a Trap Shoot benefiting Roderick/Hayfork Senior Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, June 7. Scatter cards are available at the center, 90-A Coral Ave. (behind Hayfork Elementary School) and at merchants throughout Hayfork.
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