Burney, California

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Burney is an unincorporated town and census-designated place (CDP) in Shasta County, California, United States. The population was 3,217 at the 2000 census. Burney is located on State Route 299, about 4 miles west of its junction with State Route 89.

Burney is a center for fly fishing, with wild brown and native rainbow trout in many nearby rivers and streams, including Hat Creek, the Pit River, and Burney Creek. Other attractions in the area include McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park, home to the Burney Falls.

Burney was named after Samuel Burney, a settler in the area in the 1850s. Burney was found dead in the valley in 1857, which came to be called "the valley where Burney died," and finally just "Burney".

The town of Burney sits at the base of an extinct volcano called Burney Mountain. The peak is 7,863 ft tall (2,397 m).

Another volcano sits south of Burney Mountain named Crater Peak, it is 8,677 ft tall (2,645 m).

Erick Lindgren, one of the more well-known professional poker players on the World Poker Tour, was born here in 1976.

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Government

Burney has a city council and many city services, but it is currently unincorporated because too many of the city's services like the planning department are contracted through the county. Burney has a city fire department and the police department is contracted through the Shasta County sheriff's office. It would've incorporated in 1939 when the fire district was formed, but the city has not had enough money ever since, and it still doesn't today. That is why half of the city services are contracted through the county.

Burney has attempted several times since the mid-1900s to incorporate, but all of them failed. If it is incorporated, it would be the fourth or fifth city in Shasta County, and the first city in Eastern Shasta County. Cottonwood, Shingletown and Fall River Mills expressed an interest in incorporation too. Burney has tried to incorporate for one of two reasons: First, the community is seeing a lot more development and wants stricter building codes- the same situation in Cottonwood and Shingletown; and independence from county services. This is the same exact reason why Weaverville wants to incorporate, but hasn't yet.[citation needed]

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