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Organizations, Volunteers Lighting up Downtown Cottonwood

Shasta County Public Works and PG&E are working together to help illuminate downtown Cottonwood after a string of suspicious fires.

Posted: Oct 17, 2018 6:27 PM
Updated: Oct 18, 2018 9:42 AM

SHASTA COUNTY, Calif. - Shasta County Public Works and PG&E are working together to help illuminate downtown Cottonwood after a string of suspicious fires.

In the last few months, the city has experienced at least 16 fires.

Most were started at night, so lighting up dark spots have been residents’ best and only defense.

“There's a lot of anger, a lot,” said Cottonwood resident John Morgan. “And rightfully so. We're being attacked in our sleep.”

Morgan and a group of volunteers are trying to help by providing solar LED lights to light up dark spots in the area.

“My wife Donna read an article on Cottonwood Neighborhood Watch that stated that the fire chief said the best defense right now is lights, light up some of the dark areas,” Morgan said.

But now they're getting some help from Shasta County and PG&E.

“We're trimming all the branches around the lights to light up the corners and light up the streets a little bit better,” said George Tyrolt of the Shasta County Road Department. 

One street light at Willows and Second Streets was particularly overgrown.

“The one was covered up pretty good,” Tyrolt said. “We had to cut quite a bit off of it. It took two truckloads to get it all out of here. But we opened it up pretty good.”

All in all, they trimmed trees around street lights at three different intersections on Willows, Hickory and Brush streets.

County supervisor Les Baugh also reached out to PG&E who has committed to replacing existing LED bulbs on street lamps with brighter ones to better illuminate the area where these fires have been occurring.

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