Laura Lavelle: Bucket dipping offers show for LOP residents |

Laura Lavelle: Bucket dipping offers show for LOP residents

The excitement of reality television pales in comparison to the action that occurred last Sunday afternoon at Lake of the Pines.

A line of golf carts were parked on the dam and spectators had front row seats as they watched a red-and-white helicopter hover over the dam. It was dipping its 350-gallon “Bambi” bucket into the lake to collect water to assist the firefighting efforts at a nearby grass fire on Brewer Road. The aircraft was dispatched from the U.S. Forest Service near White Cloud.

The pilot returned repeatedly to refill his bucket and maneuvered close to trees and the surface of the lake. As he sped away to release his load over the blaze, onlookers marveled at his skill and were treated to an afternoon misting as the massive propellers lifted droplets of water from the lake and gently released them over the crowd.

Jerry Good, battalion chief at the Higgins Fire Protection District said these helicopters are a great asset because of their ability to utilize nearby water sources and pinpoint hotspots, often a single tree, with a precise dousing of water.

The 6-acre, slope-driven fire was quickly extinguished and posed no threat to residents of LOP, good said.

Chief Good also mentioned the extreme “red flag” conditions that exist this week; high winds and low humidity, and urged area residents to use caution when using a barbecue. This weather is a legitimate excuse not to mow weeds, and power equipment should be left in the garage so sparks will not ignite dry brush.

The Fire District has responded to two house fires this year in LOP, both of them due to the spontaneous combustion of rags used in deck staining.

Speaking of sparks, the Bear River High School football season is about to ignite. Last Friday after practice, the Booster Club hosted a tri-tip barbecue at the football field and fed over 500 players and fans to kick-off the season.

The first home game is scheduled for September 12th against Capital Christian High School.

Plans for this year’s Bear River Football Golf Tournament were also unveiled, and will take place on Saturday, Oct. 25. The four-person scramble event was a complete success for the club last year, and promises to be an even bigger event this year.

The cost for the tournament is $100 per player or $25 for dinner only. Hole sponsorships are also available and include a hole sign, name in flyer and dinner announcement. Donations for raffle prizes are also appreciated and contributions can be sent to BRHS Football Boosters c/o Shawn Mason, LOP Golf Course, 11665 Lakeshore No., Auburn, CA 95602.

For more information, contact Frank Mascari, 906-7503, or Tony Talbot, 268-8894. All proceeds from this event go directly to the BRHS football program.

Candidates for the upcoming LOP Board of Directors October election have been finalized. They are Brigitte Crawford, Rodger Davis, Dave Gove, Bill Hagin, Max Kane, Chuck Lautrup, Derrald Pick, and Tom Schuyler. Residents will be given an opportunity to meet the nominees and hear their statements at the upcoming Candidates’ Night to be held at the LOP Clubhouse on Sept. 15.

Laura Lavelle’s column is for Lake of the Pines area residents to share thoughts and information. Contact her at or leave a message at 477-4230.

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