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Susanville WebXtra for September 3rd, 2020
Volume XIII Issue 24
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From the Files of the Lassen Historical
Society: Charles Dennison Kellogg

By Susan Couso

Charles Dennison Kellogg was a very unique guy. He was born near Mineral, Plumas County in 1868, and grew up on a ranch near Susanville. His father, Henry, was a miner, blacksmith and operated a general store that catered mainly to miners.

Charles had two sisters and a brother and the kids were mainly left in the care of their Native American nanny and the family's Chinese cook, Moon.

Charles enjoyed his life and loved nature and, at a very early age, he learned to 'converse' with birds.

He learned to make bird sounds, not by whistling, but by using his throat.

He became an expert at this, and by the time he was 22 years old, he became a Vaudeville performer and traveled extensively.

Charles Kellogg as a vaudeville performer in 1912
In 1911, Kellogg was signed by RCA Victor to record, and you can hear his recordings on YouTube today. But more than anything else, Kellogg loved nature, and he loved the redwoods.

He probably did more to bring the plight of the redwoods to public attention than anyone. Kellogg claimed to have never killed a living creature, and was a vegetarian. He did what he could to lessen his 'footprint' on nature.

Charles Kellogg was also a craftsman and inventor who designed a mechanized fruit and nut picker and a movable fireplace, among other things.

In 1917, Kellogg began work building his 'Travel Log', an early motor-home hewed from a 22-foot long section of a 11-foot-diameter fallen redwood tree from Bull Creek Flat. The log was estimated to weigh 36 tons, and Kellogg got to work hollowing it out.

When he finally finished, after months of work, and after adding windows, cabinets, bed and a toilet, etc., it weighed in at 8-tons. Still quite a load. He chose a 1917 four-wheel-drive Nash Quad to carry his masterpiece.

The Quad had been the vehicle of choice for ambulances during WWI, and was up to the challenge, but top speed was still only 18mph. And Kellogg was off, traveling the country to save nature, and the redwoods, in particular.

Kellogg died in 1949, after a lifetime of loyalty to the Earth. On his 100th birthday, October 7th, 1968, Redwood National Park was dedicated, and today, Kellogg's Travel Log is on display at the visitor center in Humboldt Redwoods State Park.

BLM Reopens Bizz Johnson Trail and Dodge
Reservoir Campground as Fires Subside

The Bureau of Land Management's Eagle Lake Field Office has reopened the Dodge Reservoir Campground and the Bizz Johnson National Recreation Trail in Lassen County, as dangers from two wildfires has been reduced.

The BLM temporarily closed the sites in late August, when the W-5 Cold Springs wildfire moved within a mile of the campground, and there was potential for the Sheep Fire to spread into the trail corridor. While fire crews continue to work on both incidents, active fire is now far from each of the recreation sites.

Dodge Reservoir Campground is about 60 miles northeast of Susanville and offers a remote camping experience and fishing in good water years. Information and directions are available at

The reopened section of the Bizz Johnson Trail extends from Susanville west for seven miles through the scenic Susan River Canyon to the Devil's Corral Trailhead along California State Highway 36.

One section of the Bizz Johnson Trail from the Devil's Corral Trailhead west to the Goumaz Campground remains closed to protect public safety while damages from this summer's Hog Fire are repaired. Trail information and directions are available at

The BLM reminds public land visitors that campfire restrictions are now in place in northeast California. All campfires are prohibited, including in developed campgrounds and recreation sites.

Portable stoves and lanterns using pressurized, liquid, or jellied fuel are allowed. A valid California campfire permit is required, and can be obtained free at

Information on BLM public land fire restrictions is available at

Deadline Extended for Lassen National Forest and the Resource Advisory Committee Project Applications

The Lassen National Forest and Lassen County Resource Advisory Committee is extending the deadline to submit proposals for projects that qualify for funding under the authority of the Secure Rural Schools and Communities Self-Determination Act until September 15th.

Projects must benefit National Forest System lands and ecosystems in Lassen County.

The projects must have broad-based support with objectives that may include, but are not limited to: road, trail, and infrastructure maintenance or obliteration; soil productivity improvements; improvements in forest ecosystem health; watershed restoration and maintenance; wildlife and fish habitat improvements; control of noxious and exotic weeds; the reintroduction of native species, and hazardous fuels reduction.

"We are seeking a diverse array of proposed projects that will serve to enhance the LNF and benefits the surrounding communities," said Deb Bumpus, Forest Supervisor.

"We are excited about working with the LCRAC to accomplish essential natural resource projects."

The RAC will review applications and provide recommendations to the LNF Supervisor for a funding decision. All RAC project proposals must be carefully coordinated early in the process with the Forest Supervisor, appropriate Ranger District representatives, and other critical partners during the application process. Projects that don't include a coordination letter with support from the applicable District Ranger will receive no consideration.

A hard copy application package must be submitted no later than September 15th addressed to the Lassen RAC, c/o Lassen National Forest, 2550 Riverside Drive, Susanville, CA 96130, Attn: Mark Gaston.

For information about the Lassen National Forest, copies of the application and critical related instructions, visit

The Sheep Fire explodes above the heads of firefighters. photo from
Sheep Fire Update: Just Under 30,000
Acres and 71% Contained

The Sheep Fire is 71% contained this morning according to fire officials, with the current mapping showing 29,538 acres burned in the fire, which began more than two weeks ago.

Minimal growth occurred Tuesday and according to the yesterday's update crews continue to strengthen line and patrol for hotspots.

The crews kept up their efforts on the northwest and western edges of the fire to bolster containment lines and reduce any potential for spread.

Crews are working to wrap up the fire near Williams Creek along the northwest side of the fire and out toward the Roxie Peconom area and Willard Creek Road along the western edge.

The remaining portions of the fire are being patrolled and mop up is being executed where firefighters find any remaining heat.

A majority of the smoke visible to the residents in the area is coming from pockets of unburned fuel far within the fire's perimeter and does not pose a threat to containment.

Even though all evacuation orders related to the Sheep Fire in Lassen County have been lifted, it's of utmost importance for residents to remember the fire is not out and to remain vigilant.

Officials ask that you use caution, reduce your speed, drive with your headlights on and yield to emergency personnel and fire equipment.

Currently there are 9 dozers, 83 engines, 9 hand crews, 4 helicopters, 25 water tenders, 5 other pieces of heavy equipment and 558 total personnel on the fire.

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SusanvilleStuff Today in History

Lightning Stuns Forest Ranger
September 3, 1923

Louis Peterson, a forest ranger attached to the Bogard Ranger station between Susanville and Pittville, was stunned by lightning during the electrical storm last Wednesday night, according to the Lassen Mail of Susanville.

Peterson was sitting near a stove in one of the buildings at the station when a ball of fire rolled in over the telephone wire, jumped to the stove pipe and from the stove to his legs.

He was not seriously injured, but his legs were scorched and were paralyzed for several hours. He is gradually recovering the use of his legs and was in Susanville Friday for medical treatment.

The same bolt of lightning burned out the fuses and did other damage to the phone in the main ranger building.

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If you are a fan of our daily history stories you should join the Lassen Historical Society! It's a fun way to be a part of our county's rich history. When you sign up you'll receive regular Historical Society newsletters with interesting stories and information. Membership is open to anyone with an interest in area history.

Through your membership you help preserve local history.
You can download a membership application here.

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Today: Sunny. Haze and areas of smoke. Highs 94 to 99. Light winds becoming southeast around 10 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight: Clear. Haze and areas of smoke in the evening. Lows 49 to 59. West winds around 10 mph in the evening becoming light.

Friday: Sunny. Highs 91 to 101. Light winds becoming south around 10 mph in the afternoon.

Friday Night: Clear. Lows 47 to 57. West winds 10 to 15 mph in the evening becoming light.

Saturday: Sunny. Highs 91 to 101.

Saturday Night: Clear. Lows 49 to 59.

Sunday Through Monday Night: Clear. Highs 91 to 101. Lows 47 to 57.

Tuesday Through Wednesday: Clear. Highs 81 to 91. Lows 44 to 54.

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