Sunday, June 21, 2015

Commendation to Firefighters on Fathers Day

   The Sierra Sentinel cannot remember a Sunday with more emergency calls for firefighters as today has been.

     Whether it was traffic collisions, fires big or small, medical emergencies or a water rescue, our Mother Lode firefighters worked all day this Father's Day. A big thank you to all of you from all of us!

Fire reported at Stanislaus County Park

   UPDATE:  This was only 100' of roadside grass. One unit is handling. Others were released.

Truck and trailer on fire

   June 21, 2015 at 4:15 PM:  A truck and trailer have been reported on fire on Hwy 120 at New Priest Grade in Jamestown.

   Fire personnel and CHP are en route to the scene. Avoid the area if possible.


Fire on McHenry Boulevard re-ignites

   June 21, 2015 at 3:50 PM:  The fire on McHenry has re-ignited near Hogue Road in Modesto.  A fire engine has been dispatched to the scene.


Large Warehouse fire in Modesto

   UPDATE:  CHP is at the scene. Westbound Hatch had to be shut down due to fire.

Another Fire at Woodward Reservoir

  June 21, 2015 at 1:55 PM:  Another fire has been reported at Woodward Reservoir near the campground.

   Cal Fire personnel are responding to the scene. Avoid the area if possible. The Vallecito crew and 2 dozers are also responding.

CalFire Training Class results in forest fire--Cook Fire

   June 21, 2015 at 1:45 PM:  A training fire at the UC Sierra Foothills Research Center on Scott Forbes Drive in Browns Valley escaped, causing a forest fire in the area on June 18, 2015.

   It is currently 158 acres, but is 90% contained.

Flooding on Jack Tone Road

   June 21, 2015 at 1:40 PM:  Jack Tone Road is reportedly flooding due to what appears to be a broken pipe in a vineyard near Liberty Road, outside Clements.

   Authorities are trying to contact the property owner. Avoid the area if possible.

Fire reported in Modesto

   June 21, 2015 at 1:35 PM:  A brush fire has been reported at Crocus Drive and Cottonwood Court in Modesto, just off Hwy 108.

   Fire personnel are responding to the scene.

New fire reports in Oakhurst part of Sky Fire

   June 21, 2015 at 1:25 PM:  Callers reporting explosions in Oakhurst at Country Club Road and Road 632 have been told it is possibly trees or transformers exploding in the Sky Fire in the Sierra National Forest.

   The Sky Fire is near Fishcamp and is now 500 acres and is 40% contained on the perimeters. When a fire personnel investigated they found an exploded transformer in the Country Club Road area and have notified PG&E. The roadway will be closed for awhile.

2nd collision on Gurr in Merced

   June 21, 2015 at 12:30 PM:  A 2nd collision has been reported on Gurr Road at Hwy 140 in Merced.

   A Chrysler van and a Ford pickup were involved. Major injuries have been indicated in this collision. Avoid Gurr Road while CHP is clearing up these collisions.

Big Rig and car collide in Merced

 UPDATE:  Per CHP no injuries were indicated in this collision.

     June 21, 2015 at 12:25 PM:  A car is reportedl

Collision near Beardsley Reservoir

   UPDATE:  CHP indicates injuries in this collision were minor.

Boat seat on Hwy 4/ Copperopolis

  June 21, 2015 at 11:35 AM:  A boat seat has been reported in the lanes on Hwy 4 near Horseshoe in Copperopolis.

   Use extra caution if in that area until CHP can clear.

Fire at Woodward Reservoir

   UPDATE:  First to arrive reported the fire is only 1 acre in size at this time.

UPDATE: Hooray! Slater was bailed out and adopted!Help me! Help me! I'm in jail and I"m innocent!!

Slater is a total lover, who knows he did nothing wrong to be in jail.
You can visit him or adopt him at the Calaveras County Animal Shelter
or call 754-7609, email

U-turn attempt on Hwy 120//now stuck

   June 21, 2015 at 10:40 AM;  A vehicle reportedly tried to make a U-turn at Hwy 120 and Old Priest Grade between Moccasin and Groveland, hit the side of the mountain and got stuck there.

   CHP and a tow truck are responding. Use extra caution in that area as roadway is blocked.

Park Hill Fire in San Luis Obispo County

 UPDATE on June 21, 2015 at 7:15 AM:  Cal Fire has updated the Park Hill Fire to 1200 acres with 15% containment.

Traffic collsion near Hilmar

   June 21, 2015 at 9:30 AM:  A traffic collision at Morgan Road and Ehrlich Road near Hilmar was reported.

   CHP and other emergency personnel are responding to the scene. Use extra caution in the area.

Collision in Keyes

  June 21, 2015 at 8:50 AM: CHP is at the scene of a traffic collision at Hwy 99 and Keyes Road in the town of Keyes, where a vehicle is now 40' off the roadway into the bushes.

  A tow truck and ambulance are en route to that location. Use extra caution if in that area. There was also reports of a bumper and other debris in the roadway.

Bicyclists vs dog in Modesto

  June 21, 2015 at 8:25 AM:  Bicyclists reportedly have collided with a dog at Carver Road and Hwy 219 in Modesto.

   Three CHP units are now at the scene. An ambulance has been dispatched. It doesn't say if it's for the cyclists or the dog.

Oakland A's at home

   The Oakland A's (30-41) play the LA Angels (35-34) at home today. The game starts at 1 PM on CSCA.

Giants play in LA today

   The SF Giants (38-32) are in LA to play the Dodgers (38-31) today.   The game is at 5 PM on ESPN.

First official day of summer...

June 21, 2015!  Keep cool!

Fire off Hwy 99

   June 21, 2015 at 7 AM:  A fire has been reported at Hwy 99 south of Waterloo Road in Stockton.

   Fire personnel are responding to the area.

Do these two flags now represent...

Head-on collision in Oakdale

   UPDATE:  Fortunately, injuries in the collision were minor.

  June 21, 2015 at 6:50 AM:  What was apparently a head-on collision

Fire in Turlock

  June 21, 2015 at 6:45 AM:  Firefighters are presently battling a structure fire at South 1st Street and I Street in Turlock.

   Avoid the area if possible as emergency vehicles are staging in the area.

Lake Fire in San Bernardino National Forest

   The Lake Fire in the San Bernardino National Forest is now 16,000 acres in size and is only 15% contained.

    No evacuation orders have been issued, but portions of the Pacific Crest Trail have been closed. There are 5 air tankers and 16 helicopters assigned to this fire.

Traffic collision on Hwy 99

   June 21, 2015 at 6:25 AM:  A traffic collsion has been reported on northbound Hwy 99 near Briggsmore in Modesto where a Toyota Prius ran off the road and over the embankment.

   Emergency personnel are en route to the scene. Use extra caution if in that area. A tow truck with at least 100' of cable is required.

Corinne Fire in Madera County update

   As of 8 PM on June 20, 2015 the Corinne Fire, located north of Auberry in Madera County had grown to 860 acres. Over 1400 firefighters are on the fire lines.

    It is 25% contained at this time. Many mandatory evacuations have been ordered in the area. Three outbuildings have been lost so far.

Happy Father's Day

  "When I was a boy of 14 my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around; but when I was 21 I was amazed at how much he had learned in 7 years."  Mark Twain