Natchez Fire Transitions to Pacific Northwest Team
by Judy Bushy Reprinted from Klamath Views in Siskiyou Daily News August 21, 2018

There used to be an old song, “Smoke gets in Your Eyes.” February 2, 1964, Judy Garland performed the song in a comedy performance on her variety television series, The Judy Garland Show. In her “romantic” performance she sings longingly, sitting at a small table, in a favorite comedy of the day.

So that is what Happy Camp is doing, keep on singing and grateful it is only smoke and we have heros on hand with the skills and experience to put out the fire as quickly and safely as possible.

We are so very thankful for the hard work (and dangerous) done by the Rocky Mountain Fire Incident Command Team that has just transitioned in on the fire, and all of the firefighters crews and support people, who have come here from many different places.Some, have even come as far as Australia!! Fires got a big early start in Oregon (22 at one time) and the Northern California (record setting Carr in Redding and Mendocino Complex which is believed to be largest historically) and even British Columbia in Canada! That is the reason for the “smoke in our eyes”– Not necessarily the (ver romantic) fire in our heart.”

I am especially grateful for the Public Information Officers who keep us informed so we don’t have to worry and fret. They let us know what is happening with the fire, pros and cons, and it’s great to KNOW! Josh Veal has come out from Yreka, as has Patricia Grantham, and Duane, and they are always quick to say that they will be happy to answer any questions. One thing about the town Meetings at the Grange is that other people ask such good questions.

The questions of whether salvage logging will be done after the fire is put out is not the concern of the Fire Team as they will be back home in Montana or wherever home is. That is a completely different department of the Forest Service and doesn’t get involved in timber or silviculture or fisheries or other departments. The time it is important to make your views known on salvage timber and logging is when they have public meetings specifically for that purpose. those meetings are often under-represented by local members of the community and that is the time to make your views known. It is important at that time.

We are grateful Eric Haskell, Marble Mountain Gift Co and others are distributing masks to wear when the air is hazardous. The Karuk Tribe is even lending air filters, and keeping the Senior Nutrition Site open from 11 to 5, or the clinic during normal hours, for a place for those who need to get out of the hazardous atmosphere.

Natchez Fire Information & Cooperation Shared Thursday

Natchez Fire Information

by Judy Bushy
Grange Town Meeting 8/9/2018
Thursday many Happy Camp residents gathered at the Grange, just like in the old days. We were, of course, accompanied by a host of “Fire people!”Scott Blower, who is the Acting Happy Camp District Ranger for the Klamath National Forest gave a welcome and introduced dozen or so who would be available for questions. It is great to meet the personnel who are handling our Natchez Fire. I say “our” fire, but technically, it began in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, and Merv George was here from the RR-S. Patricia Grantham, our own Klamath Forest Supervisor was also present and we’ve so enjoyed seeing her a couple times a week lately. Neal comes with her as the Public Information Officer and is helpful with questions as well.
Penny Bertram is the Northern Rockies Incident Management Team 1 working on the fire and was facilitator to introduce Andy Huntsberger who is Northern Rockies Operations and has been “on the ground” up there at the Natchez Fire! On t he North end Division S is looking good. Originally it had jumped handlines painstakingly put in place but they did it again and the lines are holding. Across Division A (Alpha) there had been a couple area spotting the other day but now A to F were fully secured and looking good but the main concern is the Runaway Point at the South. Also most of the residences and the town of Happy Camp is on the south so of concern. They don’t want it to get south of South Fork of Indian Creek and are holding it ther. Division J (Juliet) very challenging as it has large trees, dense vegetation and challenging, steep terrain but they are trying to go right on! They were also putting in contingency lines, put in during the Eclipse fire a couple of years ago. So the Natchez hasn’t reached the place where we were beginning a couple of years ago when the fire threatened the town.

Hunter Bell continues his structure protection with the Contingency group.. One good thing they announced how important is is for people to put their house numbers plainly seen on their homes. I wonder if the Seiad Fire Safe Council still sells them. Perhaps they will have a booth at Seiad Days a week from Saturday on the 25th at the Fire Hall in Seiad Valley. With the Bigfoot Jamboree postponed from Labor Day Weekend, many people are planning to take the kids (and go dinner and dancing with their sweethearts) at the Seiad Valley Day a week from Saturday. The Parade starts at 10 o’clock but you need to be earlier to get a good “spot”, if you want a good “seat” bring your own!

Incident Commander Trainee with the Northern Rockies Incident Management Team 1, Mark Goelier answered questions. Mark has been working his way up to this position for 17 years, so he has plenty of experience in fighting these fires! He mentioned that we are at Level five for Fire Season, with lots of teams and crews competition for resources! There are 21 large fires in Washington and Oregon and five large fires in California. Of most concern is 8,000 personnel on the Carr Fire of Redding and Mendocino Complex which are both south of us. Mark mentioned that this is a strong aggressive team and using every viable opportunity that is safe to stop this fire. He also mentioned that they greatly appreciate the work with cooperation of the locals who have been helpful information and resources. They all know what it is like to be in this situation with wildfire in our backyard!

It is so neat to see the Fire Fighters, especially when they stop by Marble Mountain Gift for coffee and we have a chance to chat. We usually don’t have so much traffic along Davis Road each morning and evening but it is heartening to see them going by, up to put in long hours of hard work on the fire, or returning tired from their labors and ready for food and rest! We appreciate that way they emphasize they “got to secure these lines” and recognize there may be latent fires we can’t see which is why they are flying every night with infa-red to get pictures of hotspots. Blue Ridge Hotshots came in Thursday and a couple more crews were expected Friday. Australian crew came in Wednesday.

It was good to have Merv George, Supervisor on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest north of us. Officer Monday with the California Highway Patrol was there, and Sheriff’s Deputy Garrison updated their actions keeping up on the fire. Tom Mopas had been to a previous Town Meeting and Eric Haskell , Happy Camp Volunteer Fire Chief has more face masks and they are also at Marble Mountain Gift Co. It is good to see so many taking part in the Town Meeting, and you know you can ask a question afterwards.

The only place evacuation warning thus far was Sunstar, a tiny community on the outskirts of Takilma in Oregon, and those on Happy Camp’s South Fork of Indian Creek left earlier to be safe. THANKS TO ALL THE HARD, AND CHALLENGING WORK OF THE FIRE FIGHTERS!!

July Celebrating the Happy Camp Chamber of Commerce

by Judy Bushy, July 2018

Happy Camp on the Wild and Scenic Klamath River

We love Happy Camp and our Klamath Neighbors, and walking in beauty of Creation everyday!

July is a big birthday time for our family!! We just had my youngest son’s birthday, Linda my friend in Idaho, and even the Constitution of the United States! The biggest surprise was that the Happy Camp Chamber of Commerce began on my birthday!

It was a hot evening, but the business leaders of Happy Camp enjoyed the cool breezes on the deck by Elk Creek. The Jones’ had invited them to discuss the prospect of erecting a billboard to bring people from Interstate 5 down to enjoy the hiking, camping, rafting, fishing and hunting in our wonderful town!

On July 8th, 1986 they collected $1,730.49 in dues etc. which were $50 each. August five more joined, September another and October, a couple three more. They began putting aside money for the Christmas tree fund as they wanted it not to be a collection, but a gift to the Community. They rented meeting space at the Happy Camp Lions and replenished the bar. They got popcorn from Coley and Pollard and Lights from Happy Camp Hardware, more party refreshments from Larry’s Market and prepared for a coloring contest at Happy Camp elementary. We had a total income of $2,585.06 for 1986.

The next year they really got busy. They helped the Happy Camp Boy Scouts do town cleanup, paid Naturegraph to do printing, and got the telephone line (530) 493-2900.
Fundraising began in order to get a Deputy Dog for Siskiyou County Sheriff and a Reno Night helped that project.

They paid for an ad in the Pioneer Press fun Guide, and contributed $1100 for the Colliers Rest Area information to the Associate Chambers of Commerce of Siskiyou County. When Carol Jones and Mary Lee Adamson audited the accounts they’d taken in $5,867.80 of which they donated $4,766.50 for the Deputy Dog. The rest went to office supplies, signs, advertising, promotions, brochures, phone, Christmas and meeting expense and a memorial to J.R. to the Hospice Center.

In 1989 they paid $15 for a booth at the Bigfoot jamboree. That was one of my favorite Bigfoot Jamboree events when James Cook had the Youth Group from the Bible Church dress up as clowns for the parade.

Jim Jones took brochures and community information to the Reno Boat Show, Ron’s used Cars, Thompson Creek Guide Service and Peachey Clean launderette were members, Hair we Are, Joan Rogers, River Country Rafting, Sears,

In 1971 Dianne Hokanson painted a mural on the side of Larry’s Market. Napa and Pences’ Hardware provided some paints and total costs for the Chamber were $1,590.76

Thirty-two years, and we still get calls every day asking about Happy Camp. Seems like many people dream of coming here and we are happy to welcome them. How wonderful for us to be able to live here always, not just vacationing!!

Franklin Graham’s Decision America Blessings!

Franklin Graham Northwest Tour on stage in Medford (Central Point)

by Judy Bushy
Last Wednesday we were able to go to the Bi-mart Amphitheater in Central Point to hear Franklin Graham in his Northwest Tour.

We were among about 8, 750 people of all ages in the gathering. A grandmotherly lady invited us up to two seats near the front. We were sitting next to a young lady who was so excited to deliver an envelope to Jeremy Camp whose music was a hit with the younger set.

Franklin Graham, like his father, Billy Graham, declines to be involved with any political party, but encouraged those in attendance to pray for their mayor and those in Salem and Washington. I’m sure he didn’t mind our also praying for Ray Haupt. He emphasized the country’s political divide is a problem beyond mere mortals and needs prayer as only God can fix it!

Franklin emphasized, “We are so divided, I believe that if the churches would pray, then God would heal our land,but it’s going to take God to do that.”He also mentioned the wildfires in Oregon and northern California, and the “all-hands on deck” mentality fighting them, as an example of how our country can work together to bridge the political divisions separating us. Wildfire burns homes without political or other prejudice, but people come together to help in times of crisis.

“That’s what we need in this country! We need to come together to build this nation and to help this nation. If President Trump succeeds, we all succeed. If the next president comes down the road and does a good job, we all benefit.”

Community Collaborations topic of Courses at Computer Center

Grant Writing Magic U

By Judy Bushy, published in SDN klamath Views July 24, 2018

Volunteers are the life of Happy Camp! July has been really busy, but in the meantime a couple dozen or more Happy Camp citizens are busy learning “The art and science of grant writing” for their favorite Happy Camp volunteer activities. What would Happy Camp do without volunteers to make the community so much better?!?!

For a couple dozen Happy Campers studying grant writing for community projects, we are 60% completed the course.

This week is Session 6 of The Ultimate Grant Proposal Blueprint that deals with the daunting area of budgeting. Financing the project is important so it takes us on a deep dive into the heart of our proposal planning: The budget – the plan for managing all the resources we need to successfully complete the work we want to do … and to achieve the results we want to see. Maryn Boess is such an enthusiastic teacher, and she keeps us involved and illustrates the work to be done with Logic models, chocolate chip cookie recipes and similar helps.

Plans are for grant applications for many projects from trees, trails to kids sports programs to …well, the sky is the limit. Having once had the only licensed day care center in Happy Camp, I’d love to see child care a priority if I could find a suitable facility! There’s a lot of work to be done to make our community work better, and our volunteers are busy at it! Remember the words of Maryam Kazmi!

One song can spark a moment, One flower can wake a dream
One tree can start a forest. One bird can herald spring
One smile begins friendship. One handclap lifts a soul
One star can guide a ship at the sea
One vote can change a nation. One sunbeam lights a room
One candle wipes all the darkness. One laugh will conquer gloom
One step must start each journey, One word must start each prayer
One hope will raise our spirits, One touch can show you care
One voice can speak with wisdom, One heart can know what’s true

One life can make a difference; You see it’s up to you!

Natchez Fire; Sign up for Code Red and Be Prepared!

by Judy Bushy, printed in SDN Klamath Views July 24, 2018

Code Red symbol for the Siskiyou County Emergency Services Notification

It was great to see Patti Grantham, forest Supervisor Friday. Of course, from 8 AM the previous Sunday morning we’d heard the thunder roll. When you hear the thunder, lightning isn’t far off. When there’s lightning, it’s likely to cause the fires, no matter how much we wish it wouldn’t. There were probably 28 lightning strikes or could have been fifty, but a dry forest means a lightning strike is likely to spark a wildfire!

After days of smoke in the air, we met at the Grange. There were a lot of people at the Grange for that meeting and in an official capacity from Klamath National Forest as well as the Rogue River Siskiyou National Forest since the biggest share of the local fires is over the hill in the Oregon sector. That is the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest in Region 6, whereas we are in Region 5.

Siskiyou County Sheriff Office was represented by Deputy Tygart and I believe Deputy Garrison popped in part of the time. Our local Volunteer Fire Departments, Eric Haskell for Happy Camp and Tom Mopas for Seiad Valley Fire Fighters were there. Eric was handing out masks to wear when the air is smoky. Josh Veal came as Public Affairs officer with Patricia , Klamath Forest Supervisor. Our own District Ranger Jeff Marszal has moved on to Gasquet and our new District Ranger arrives in September.

Fire Fighters Spike Camp is up at the Page Mountain Snow Park, so that’s a busy place right now. Traffic can go over the hill to Oregon from Happy Camp, but check because Fire Situation is apt to change “with the wind” and public safety concerns. The Pacific Trail is closed, so if you wanted to hike that way, you’ll have to wait until it is deemed safe by the Rangers to open it up to hikers again.

When and if the Sheriff’s department calls the Red Alert List, it is imperative that if it’s a warning, you prepare to leave. If it is evacuation, leave right away. There were a number of questions as to when warnings versus evacuation would be announced, but the answer in most cases is “it all depends.” So many factors may be involved in the desire to keep people safe. In the meantime, keep your property clear of brush in an approved perimeter. That’s always important and we appreciate the work of the Fire Safe Council who helps in that regard.

Think ahead about what you will take, how you will move livestock and pets, and where you will go in case of evacuation. It is always wise to have a plan in place that all the family understands and can put into practice if needed.

Siskiyou County has a Red Code Emergency System. According to Siskiyou County, “This service can be used in case of fires, chemical spills, evacuations, lock downs, downed power lines, lost individuals, natural disasters, abductions, water system problems, bomb threats, or other emergencies. Calls can be geographically targeted for localized messaging. If widespread, the entire community could be called within 20 to 30 minutes. The system also reports who did not get a call so that they may be contacted by other means.

“Siskiyou County residents are welcome and encouraged to enter their contact information for home, business, and mobile phones so they may be contacted by the system in the event of an emergency. It is important for residents and businesses customers to register, especially if they use unlisted numbers, cell phones, or VOIP. Those who do not register their address and phone number may not be notified with CodeRED in the case of an emergency. Registration is confidential, free, and easy at

In the meantime stay cool and take precautions about this smoky air. Drink plenty of liquids to keep hydrated and if you are a praying person, include the fire fighters in your intercession. Remember the Karuk Clinic and Senior Nutrition has hours for elders who need it to escape the heat and smoke.

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