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2001 Fire Season Totals for the Klamath National Forest

November 3, 2001

The Bridge at Clear Creek
The Bridge at Clear Creek

After an abnormally dry summer, rainstorms have begun to refresh the forest around us. Most of California has reached low fire danger status, but the Forest Service lists the Klamath National Forest as still having a moderate danger of fire as of November 1, 2001.

There have been a total of 227 fires so far this year in our forest. They burned 10,122 acres. Most of the fires, 200 of them, were started by lightning strikes. The remaining 27 fires were started by human error.

The Leonid Meteor Shower

November 1, 2001

The annual November late night sky-show caused by the Leonid Meteors is coming up on November 17-18, 2001.

Scientists David Asher and Robert McNaught expect that 2001 will be a good year for viewing the meteors as the new moon will be only 3 days old, making it a very dark sky, good for stargazers. The Leonids are the dust left over from Comet Tempel-Tuttle in 1866.

For more information on what we can see in the sky over Happy Camp, check out the Sky and Telescope website.

California Earthquakes

Jim Berkland of beautiful Glen Ellen, California, seems like a nice down-to-earth guy. He is a former geologist for Santa Clara County and runs the SyzygyJob.Org earthquake prediction website.

He claims to have predicted the series of earthquakes that took place in Northern and Southern California in the last few days. Have you felt any of them?

This data, from the USGS earthquake database on November 1, 2001 at 09:17 a.m. EDT, shows a series of quakes from 3.0 to 5.4 magnitude in California:

2001/10/30 03:24:29 24.17N 109.02W 10.0
2001/10/30 12:58:32 34.35N 116.47W 9.4
2001/10/30 19:38:34 38.77N 122.73W 2.5
2001/10/30 21:07:43 38.84N 122.78W 2.3
2001/10/31 07:56:16 33.50N 116.52W 14.2

Berkland states that a series of small quakes indicate that there’s still unrest down below. If you’re living where the fault is slipping regularly, you’re unlikely to get large quakes, as this relieves the strain. The greatest concern now is between the California towns of Parkfield and Palmdale.

Could an earthquake happen in the area of Happy Camp? The answer is yes. There are earthquake faults all over the United States, except an area around the Dakotas and in Southern Florida. Pressure is building up under the volcanoes at Sisters, Oregon, where the ground is beginning to bulge ominously. Release of this pressure in volcanic activity could set off earthquakes in surrounding areas.

Klamath River Resort Inn
Klamath River Resort Inn

Indian Creek

Indian Creek, downstream from the Eddy.

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Happy Camp River Access Buck

A buck at the Happy Camp River Access.

Elk Creek Bridge

The Elk Creek Bridge.

Klamath River

Downriver, about four miles.