Fire coverage was lacking |

Fire coverage was lacking

The Union further accelerated its fall into yellow journalism with its coverage of the recent Downieville fire.

No mention of valiant efforts by ordinary citizens to contain the unbelievably rapid-spreading fire, while the historic Bell Tower sounded the alarm on Downieville Fire Chief Lee Brown’s orders of “Sound the siren and keep on until the whole town is awake!”

No mention of the truly heroic efforts of volunteer firefighters from Sierra County’s Downieville, Camptonville and even Nevada County’s North San Juan who literally saved a town.

No mention that the “nearby home” burned was not only historic but that of former CDF Captain Charlie Jakobs and wife Lynn – names familiar to many Nevada and Sierra County residents. (I leave it to you to find out why.)

These facts are readily available to someone who would care to ask any resident of this close-knit community. But no, your reporter found it sufficient to saunter into the local bar, find a victim and take a picture of the aftermath. I am sure you sold many papers with the dramatic front page photo, but readers found little else of substance once you had their money.

Steve Kyser


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