Thursday, July 30, 2015

Fires, fires everywhere: National Guard to the rescue!

   There have not been enough air attack helicopters available for the fires we've faced here in the Mother Lode or elsewhere in Northern California.

  Now the National Guard has been called out to bring their big helicopters to the fight. It's about time.

Finally, Music in the Park comes to Valley Springs

     On Wednesday, August 12, 2015 from 6:30 to 8 PM the Calaveras Arts program Music in the Park will present Bill Welles and Friends.

   It will be held at the Valley Springs Ball Park. It's free.


Suspicious car stuck in ditch

   July 30, 2015:  A car that crashed into a ditch at Hwy 26 and Hwy 12 near Toyon, was suspicious, according to CHP.

   The driver got out and tried to get help being pulled out, but the other men in the car refuses to exit the vehicle.  The Calaveras Sheriff was notified.

Overturned vehicle in Acampo

   July 30, 2015 at 3:10 PM:  An overturned vehicle is reportedly blocking the onramp of Hwy 99 and Acampo Road in Acampo.

   CHP and a tow truck are en route to the scene. Use extra caution if in the area.

Big Creek Fire in Groveland update

  UPDATE:  We just learned that only 1 aircraft, a helicopter is working the Big Creek Fire. The cause of this fire is still under investigation.

Multi-vehicle collision on Hwy 108

   July 30, 2015 at 2:55 PM:  A four vehicle collision has been reported on Hwy 108 at Woods Way in Jamestown.  Injuries are apparently minor.

   Emergency vehicles are en route to the scene, including an ambulance. Use extra caution if headed that way.

Big rig overturned on Hwy 99

   UPDATE at 5:45 PM:  Lane 2 was just reopened on Hwy 99. Minor injuries were caused in this collision.

Swedes Fire in Butte County update

Butte county fire
   Per Cal Fire the Swedes Fire in Butte County was 500 acres at 7 AM July 30, 2015. It is 45% contained, but evacuations are still in effect.

Traffic collision in Rancho Calaveras

  July 30, 2015 at 1:30 PM:  A traffic collision has been reported on Garner Place in Rancho Calaveras.

   CHP is en route. N injuries have been indicated.

Rocky Fire in Lake County out of control

   As of 11:15 AM July 30, 2015, less than 20 hours after first reported the Rocky Fire in Lake County is 8300 acres with absolutely no control or containment.

   Three structures and multiple outbuildings have been damaged or destroyed so far.  11 helicopters and 8 air tankers are currently assigned to this fire.

Traffic Collision on Hwy 99

   July 30, 2015 at 11:45 AM:  A traffic collision with injuries has been reported on southbound Hwy 99 at Hatch Road in Modesto.

   A semi truck and a Honda sedan collided. Emergency personnel are en route to the scene. Use extra caution if headed that way.

Gladys E. Hargous, teacher

   Gladys E. Hargous went home to be with God surrounded by her family on July 15, 2015. 

     Gladys, or Grammy as she was affectionately known by many, was born

Traffic collision in Copperoplis

  July 30, 2015 at 11:05 AM:  A traffic collision has been reported at Littlejohn Road and Bow Drive in Copperopolis.

   Drivers are out of their vehicles; vehicles are blocking the roadway. Use extra caution if headed in that direction.

Fire on Mono Way in Sonora

 UPDATE:  As quickly as crews got on scene, they extinguished this fire. Good news!

Taking your Apple on the Road...SMUG

   Sierra MacIntosh Users Group is holding their next meeting on August 11, 2015 at 7 PM at the Ebbetts Pass Fire Department on Blagen Road in Arnold.

   The subject will be about using your Apple product while traveling.

Sand spilled on Hwy 108

   July 30, 2015 at 10:10 AM:  A traffic collision has caused a trailer to overturn at Hwy 108 and Obyrnes Ferry Road in Jamestown, spilling sand all over the roadway.

   Tuolumne County Roads has been dispatched for clean up. A big rig tow is en route for the trailer. No injuries were indicated. One way traffic control is in effect.

Overturned tan SUV on Hwy 4

  UPDATE at 10 AM:  The tan SUV is reportedly over the side. Eastbound Hwy 4 will be blocked for investigation and assistance.

Another fire near Burson--If you see anyone acting suspiciously, call 911

 UPDATE at 9:05 AM:  Fire personnel have been able to respond quickly and have these fires under control.

Grass fire in Burson area

  July 30, 2015 at 8:40 AM:  A fire was just reported on Camanche Parkway at Pattison Road in the Burson area.

  Fire crews have been assigned to this fire. Use caution if headed in that direction.

Hwy 120 closed again

   July 30, 2015:  Hwy 120 is closed in both directions as of 8:30 AM again due to the Big Creek Fire in Groveland.  CHP is handling the blockades.

 If heading to Yosemite use an alternate route. Caltrans is seeing about getting signboards posted.

Fire outside Pardee

  July 30, 2015 at 8:30 AM:  A grass fire has been reported on Buena Vista Avenue between Pardee Reservoir and Ione.

  Cal Fire has dispatched a crew to the area. Be extra cautious if headed that way.

Big Creek Fire in Groveland

   According to Cal Fire the Big Creek Fire in Groveland has burned 150 acres and is only 5% contained.

  As of 8 AM Hwy 120 is reopened in both directions. Evacuations in the area are still in effect.

Rocky Fire looms large in Lake County

  As of 7 AM on July 30, 2015 the Rocky Fire in Lake County is 8000 acres.  This fire was first reported at 4:10 PM on July 29, 2015.

   There is 0% containment on this fire, which has so far destroyed several outbuildings. Many homes are threatened and evacuations are in effect in the area.  Additional resources have been requested.

Fire reported in Winton

   July 30, 2015 at 6:35 AM:  A fire has been reported at Meadowlark and Crawford in Winton.

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

Car runs stop sign, hit by big rig, overturns

   July 30, 2015 at 6:30 PM  A car that reportedly ran a stop sign was hit by and big rig and overturned at Turlock Road and Looney Road near Snelling.

   Fortunately, only minor injuries resulted from this collision. CHP is clearing this collision now.