Community Safety and Awareness Report for Thursday, October 13th, 2011
•Caltrans, Humboldt Redwoods State Park, and the County of Humboldt have issued a permit for the partial closing of the Avenue of the Giants and Bull Creek Road for the Humboldt Redwoods Marathon this Sunday, October 16th. Both lanes of the Avenue of the Giants will be closed from the Dyerville Bridge to Hammond Grove from 8:30am to 2pm. Both lanes of Bull Creek Road from the Dyerville Bridge to a point 6.5 miles west will have controlled traffic between 8:30am and 2pm. Motorists on Bull Creek Road should be prepared for delays of 30 minutes. Only runners and walkers and emergency vehicles will be allowed on the roads during the closure of the Avenue of the Giants. Motorists are advised to drive slowly, safely, and to watch for runners this Sunday, October 16th.
•Autumn is deer mating season. Deer are on the move and less cautious. Drivers should be extra vigilant this time of year. Be particularly attentive between sunset and midnight, during the hours shortly before and after sunrise, and in foggy conditions. Most deer-vehicle collisions occur during those times. Drive carefully in areas known to have high deer populations. If you see a deer, slow down. Others are probably nearby. Use high-beam headlights when there is no oncoming traffic. The high beams can reflect off their eyes and warn you of their presence. If a deer is in your lane, brake firmly but stay in the lane. The most serious crashes occur when drivers swerve. Don’t rely on deer whistles, deer fences, or reflectors to deter deer. If your car strikes a deer, don’t touch the animal. If the deer is blocking the highway, call 911.
•The Six Rivers National Forest has begun issuing Matsutake (mat-sue-tock-ee) permits. Permits are required to harvest Matsutake mushrooms on National Forest System lands. Violations are punishable by fines. For more information, call 457-3131.
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