Firefighters Monument, Junction City, Trinity County, CA


In Junction City, CA at the fire station, there is a rock monument which was dedicated in remembrance of those brave firefighters that lost their lives while fighting fire. The fires were horrific, and many firefighters from all over came to fight many fires. It was a tragic season for the lives that were lost during those terrible fires.

The people who live in the area have not forgotten and are very grateful for those that sacrificed their lives in the fires of 2008. They will always be remembered as brave souls that helped fight some of the worst CA fires ever.

We appreciate all the work the firefighters do in the area every day. We see the trucks filled with firefighters every day on Hwy 299 driving to and from the fires. You see them in groups at restaurants, stores, hotels, camp grounds, and always at the local fire stations. There were a few just resting in the shade on the day that I stopped by the monument. They were fully dressed, it was 100 + degrees outside, but the heat rarely seems to faze them.

Thank You!

Memorial for Firefighters


I went to the memorial yesterday in Junction City, CA for the fallen firefighters. I was glad that I went there were quite a few people there. I thought the governor might be there but he was not. There were some nice things said. It was an emotional event.

I thought that very nice, that the families came for the event.That must be so difficult. My cousin and I each baked about 6 loaves of bread zucchini and also zucchini banana. It is not much, but it was something we could do for the families.

There was some talk about policy change and implementing change in how things were handled. I guess that is the positive from all this negative. Steps will be taken to prevent future accidents.

I did not take any pictures at the memorial. I am not with the press, and I just thought it rude to take photos at a memorial. I copied this picture from the Record Searchlight.

Eagle Fires in Shasta county at Whiskeytown 2008

Whiskeytown lake also suffered some burning during the fires of 2008.
Whiskeytown lake hillside burned by the fires of 2008.

I took these pictures a few days ago. This is literally by the highway. From what I understand, this area was burned intentionally to create a back burn so the fire could be stopped before getting to the highway.

The fires in Trinity county are not completely contained according to the Record Searchlight this morning.

The Eagle Fire remained at 32,059 acres with 99 percent containment Wednesday. The Buckhorn Fire was at 28,439 acres with 94 percent containment while the Carey Fire in the Trinity Alps Wilderness was at 3,698 acres with 95 percent containment.

This is just a few of the fires. Many more acres between Shasta and Trinity counties have burned. I believe close to 1 million acres have burned in California alone from fires.

Below is a link to the Cal Fire Website. The link below is to the fire maps. You can see, what fires are currently burning and also, a cumulative fire map. I am sure more land has burned since the August 11 date on the map. Seems like fires everyday around Northern California.

http://www.fire.ca.gov/index_incidents_maps_links.php

Even two days ago, there was a serious fire near the Turtle Bay Bridge. A couple hundred acres burned. It was only a few blocks from the house here.

Eagle Fire at Whiskeytown Lake

Whiskeytown lake was victim to the Eagle fire, 2008 and the hillsides burned.
Mountainside at Whiskeytown lake burned by the Eagle Fire.

 

My dad recommended that I go and check out the mountains that were burned off of Hwy 299W at Whiskeytown. I drove by there and took some photos of the lake and the mountainsides that had burned. When this was burning I am pretty sure is when Hwy 299 was closed at points in July.