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‘Let it settle first’: Users hope Badger Fire prompts improvements to South Hills recreation | Local

Weeks have elapsed since the last embers of the Badger Fire — which turned decades-old forest growth to ash — were extinguished.

Recent storms have washed small amounts of soot and sand down streams, but the smell of burnt trees and grasses still lingers within the canyon walls.

About this series

This story is the fifth in a multi-part series on the Badger Fire and its effects on South Hills. Read the previous parts at go.magicvalley.com/badgerfire.

Next week’s story explores the science of increasingly large wildfires, how they’re changing the West and how the Badger Fire fits into the new normal for wildfire.

Among the noticeable changes in the South Hills is the noise — or the lack thereof.

The familiar sounds of fall recreation are missing as many trails and roads remain closed.

Gone are the bicycle hubs buzzing on descents of Third Fork, the “BRAPP!” from motorbikes and ATVs among the aspen groves near Bostetter Campground, and the gentle claps of horse hooves from trail riders ascending Badger Mountain.

The forest is nearly silent.

And it’s not clear when recreation will return to the South Hills or what it will look like when it does.

But when it does, the people who use the area say they hope they’ll be involved in making improvements.

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Incoming storm prompts closure at Whiskeytown National Recreation Area

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The storm arriving Tuesday in the Northstate has prompted the closure of part of Whiskeytown National Recreation Area.

Park officials said with the potential for substantial rain starting Tuesday, as a safety precaution, the south side of the park will be closed through Wednesday. The closure includes Kennedy Memorial Drive at the Clair A. Hill Whiskeytown Dam, Brandy Creek Marina, and Crystal Creek Road. Park officials said in the post-Carr Fire landscape, environmental hazards increase during storms. The southern areas of the park, specifically the steep drainages on Shasta Bally, are susceptible to debris flows carrying rock, soil, mud, and water.

The National Weather Service also issued a Flash Flood Watch for areas burned in the North Complex fire in Butte County. That flash flood watch takes effect at 10 a.m. Tuesday through 4 a.m. Wednesday.

A post by the National Weather Service on Facebook said “Moderate to heavy rainfall could cause ash flows on newly burned areas, especially over the North Complex burn scar. It is important to not drive over areas where ash or debris is flowing, and stay connected to local alerts for updated information.”

Safety tips for burn scars and areas nearby:

  • Do not drive over areas where ash or debris is flowing
  • Stay connected to local alerts
  • Turn around, don’t drown

Snow is expected at elevations 6,000 feet and higher.

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California coronavirus surge prompts pleas to avoid travel

With California staring down the barrel of another significant coronavirus surge, health officials are recommending residents avoid unnecessary travel — including for Thanksgiving — and urging those who do head out of state to self-quarantine for 14 days when they return.

The move comes amid ominous new signs that California is in the midst of a major new outbreak. Weekly coronavirus cases have doubled in just the last month, from nearly 23,000 cases a week a month ago to almost 48,000 in the seven-day period that ended Thursday, according to a Los Angeles Times analysis.

Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties have seen their combined weekly cases shoot up from about 13,000 to 26,000 over the last month. San Diego County saw its weekly cases rise from about 2,000 to 3,700 over the same time period. The county set a record this week with its highest single-day number of confirmed cases reported: 661.

Officials fear the situation could get much worse if people let down their guard during the Thanksgiving holiday.

“And whatever the hell you’re doing, don’t do Black Friday,” said Dr. George Rutherford, an epidemiologist and infectious diseases expert at UC San Francisco, saying crowds crawling for deals could easily become super-spreader events.

Though they were quick to point out that the state travel advisory issued Friday is just that — “it isn’t a ban; it isn’t a restriction,” California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly said — officials nonetheless hope that residents take the guidance to heart.

“We’re encouraging Californians to stay close to home, to avoid nonessential travel to other states, other countries and, frankly, across the state if that’s avoidable,” Ghaly said.

The advisory, which Gov. Gavin Newsom announced in conjunction with his counterparts in Oregon and Washington, also asks those who arrive in California from another state or country to self-quarantine for 14 days.

Essential travel, as defined by the advisory, is “for work and study, critical infrastructure support, economic services and supply chains, health, immediate medical care and safety and security,” according to Newsom’s office.

“Increased cases are adding pressure on our hospital systems and threatening the lives of seniors, essential workers and vulnerable Californians,” Newsom said in a statement. “Travel increases the risk of spreading COVID-19, and we must all collectively increase our efforts at this time to keep the virus at bay and save lives.”

Ghaly emphasized that residents can reinforce the battle against COVID-19 by taking steps to protect themselves and their loves ones: Wearing masks in public, regular hand washing, staying home when ill, maintaining physical distance and, of particular importance with the holidays just around the corner, avoiding gathering with those outside your household.

California has generally banned large gatherings, but says shorter, smaller ones of no more than three households may be held, provided they take place outdoors in the hardest-hit counties, and that attendees physically distance and wear face coverings.

The worry, though, is that guidance may fall on the deaf

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COVID prompts temporary Aspen Recreation Center closure | News

The Aspen Recreation Center and Aspen Youth Center are closed for a deep clean after an ARC visitor tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 14, the city of Aspen announced Thursday. The closure extends at least through the weekend.

“Over the next several days, the ARC and Aspen Youth Center will undergo an extensive and deep clean following all COVID-19 protocols. The immediate closure will result in the first weekend of Fall Face-Off to be canceled,” it was noted in a statement.

It’s hoped the facility can reopen by Monday for fall break if feasible.

“The county’s disease investigation team has identified over 70 potential contacts and this closure will help minimize further spread until the contact tracing team can finish their investigations to understand the breadth of the potential outbreak at the facility and in our community. The contact tracing team is continuing its investigation with potential contacts and is working closely with the city of Aspen staff to determine the next steps,” according to the statement.

The ARC opened Oct. 5 to the public with a reservations system and limited capacity for community teams, the statement noted. It continued: “The ARC was following Pitkin County Public Health protocols and limiting group sizes in any area of the ARC to 50 people. Every hour the ARC staff actively cleans the entire facility between reservations.”

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