Background: In the summer of 2000 a large wildfire started by a Union Pacific Railroad maintenance crew burned
onto the Lassen and Plumas National Forests lands. The railroad was found at
fault for starting the Storrie Fire and was ordered to pay the Forest
Service a settlement. The monies are primarily to be spent on
restoration of the fire area. Plumas County Road 307 known as the
“Humbug Road,” was, and still is the primary access into the fire area.
Since the road is currently a
native surface road that has been identified as needing maintenance to
decrease impacts to watershed,
the project is involved in improving drivability and reducing watershed
impacts of the Humbug County Road. The project will include, among
various treatments, replacing and adding drainage culverts and adding
The Public Works Department responsibilities for the project was to improve drainage facilities in the project area.