Feather Canyon

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Feather Canyon
LocationCalifornia, United States
Population centersPulga, Keddie
Traversed byCalifornia State Route 70, Feather River Route

The Feather Canyon (or Feather River Canyon) is a 42 mi (68 km) landform in the Feather Headwaters between Pulga, California (west) and Keddie, California (east) along portions of the North Fork Feather River (west & downstream) and the East Branch North Fork Feather River (east & upstream). The canyon is the location of portions of California State Route 70 and the Feather River Route, including the Tobin Bridges.[2]

The Feather River Canyon, where the Camp Fire (2018) disaster began, is well-known for high winds. The so-called "Jarbo Gap winds" down the canyon from the northeast every fall are caused by high-pressure air over the Great Basin seeking a path through the Sierra Nevada to the low-pressure voids on the California coast. Meteorological records show 36 days since 2003 with gusts of 100 mph or more, and as high as 200 mph. Paradise is in the path of these winds. [3]


  1. ^ Gascoyne, Tom (July 12, 2001). "Empty Promise". Retrieved 2010-12-01. A 12-car train took the guests up the Feather River Canyon to where the dam was to sit. There Gov. Goodwin Knight gave a short speech hailing the historic importance of what was to transpire on that very ground
  2. ^ Oxlade, John (31 December 2003). "Out-n-About - The Feather River Canyon,[sic) California, USA". WorldRailFans.info. Archived from the original on 28 July 2011. Retrieved 2010-09-11. the actual "canyon" portion petween Pulga and Keddie is only approx. 42 miles
  3. ^ Here's how Paradise ignored warnings and became a deathtrap, LA Times, Dec 30, 2018