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Colfax area temps reach 104 degrees during heat wave

By: Martha Garcia and Gus Thomson, Gold Country News Media
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In addition to enduring a week-long heat wave of temperatures that sometimes topped 100 degrees, on Tuesday morning Colfax area residents woke up to overcast skies, clouded by smoke from Northern California fires. According to Capt. Bryan Carter, of the Cal Fire station in Colfax, the smoke drifted into the area from the Chips Fire, burning in the Plumas National Forest, and the 7,325-acre Wye Fire in Colusa and Lake counties, that began Aug. 12 and as of Tuesday morning was 30 percent contained. The Chips wildfire originated July 29 near Belden; by Wednesday morning, it had grown to 42,215 acres and was 70 percent contained. Pacific Gas & Electric Co. was asking customers to conserve electricity on Monday in response to a Flex Alert called for Tuesday by the California Independent System Operator, which manages the state’s power grid. A Flex Alert is an urgent call to immediately conserve electricity and shift demand to off-peak hours to ease strain on the grid. PG&E is encouraging customers to adjust thermostats to 78 degrees or higher or turn air-conditioning off when not at home, draw drapes and turn off unnecessary lighting, and use a fan instead of air conditioning, when possible. Recent local temperatures, measured at Secret Town at 2,700 ft. elevation, were as follows: Aug. 8, 97 high, 62 low; Aug. 9, 99-64; Aug. 10, 101-66; Aug. 11, 104-65; Aug. 12, 102-70; Aug. 13, 102-72; Aug. 14, 99