Coverage of the Carr Fire in Shasta County (on Tuesday: 110,154 acres; 27 percent containment) was ably handled at the Record Searchlight, USA Today reports, by staffers that had evacuated their homes and in some cases were sleeping in the newsroom.
And when the power failed, the paper was printed at the Chico Enterprise-Record, 70 miles south.
“It was incredibly important to us that, when the unthinkable was happening, our community could wake up to a newspaper,” Executive Editor Silas Lyons said.
The 11-person staff got reporting relief from other newsrooms in Gannett’s USA Today Network.
Meanwhile: Still under evacuation on Tuesday were Lewiston and Douglas City, west of Whiskeytown Lake, near where the fire originated. West of Lewiston is the county seat of Weaverville, where The Trinity Journal is monitoring the fire while preparing this Wednesday’s edition.
Elsewhere: “Thursday night and Friday were sad, scary days for me.” (Editor David Little, Chico Enterprise-Record)