Monday, September 14, 2015

Rain,Rain! Wonderful rain!

Please, Mother Nature! Put out these fires!
No one else seems to be able to!

Car off road into ditch

    UPDATE at 8:50 PM:  No injuries were indicated in this collision.

Closure on Sheep Ranch Road changed

   September 14, 2015 at 7:35 PM:  Cal Fire has requested that  the closure of Sheep Ranch Road be moved from Fullen Road and Sheep Ranch to Avery Sheep Ranch Road and Sheep Ranch Road.

   CHP is complying with the request. Now, however,it is raining in the area. A pretty steady rain, in fact. We'll see what happens.

Fire on China Gulch in Mokelumne Hill

   September 14, 2015 at 7:30 PM:  A report has been received that the fire has started up again on China Gulch Road in Mokelumne Hill again.

   Cal Fire working in the Butte Fire is responding.

Burning tree down on Mountain Ranch Road

   September 14, 2015 at 6 PM:  A burning tree has been reported down on Mountain Ranch Road above Senders Market in the Butte Fire.

   A crew has been requested to respond to that location.  If they can find one free.

Ebbetts Pass Forest Watch cancels events

  Ebbetts Pass Forest Watch has cancelled their events for this month, including the Film Festival and the picnic due to the devastating Butte Fire.

    We are sharing a letter from Supervisor Chris Wright

Emergency FREE water fill stations

Photo taken from ridgetop in
Murphys of a ridge near
Sheep Ranch.
      We were just informed that CCWD has opened three emergency water fill stations in Calaveras County for those members of the community who have been affected by the Butte Fire. 

          If you have questions,

Fatal Collision on Hwy 4 in Copperopolis

   According to the CHP report on September 12, 2015 around 5:50 PM a 48 year old man from Antioch was driving a 2005 Nissan northbound on Obyrnes Ferry Road

What a beautiful majestic creature

A real man will go out into the mountains armed only with a camera!
These magnificent creatures make living in the Sierras worthwhile!
Only true cowards could use a gun or photograph an innocent animal
that was killed by human predators!


New spot fire on HIdden Valley Road

   September 14, 2015 at 3:25 PM:  A new spot fire has been reported on Hidden Valley Road in West Point due to the Butte Fire.

   Firefighters are continuing to lose homes in that area, and spot fires shoot ahead of where they are working regularly. 

Elderly woman killed in Valley Fire

 UPDATE: We learned that the elderly woman who died in the Valley Fire was a retired schoolteacher. Very said to hear.

     Apparently a couple of people were concerned about her,

Planning Commissioners Lose Money

     Making it clear that they are not happy about losing the money they receive for each meeting they attend at the Planning Commission meetings, Calaveras County has cancelled their special meeting for this week, September 17, 2015 sue to the Butte Fire.

   They have been holding "special meetings" each week, they say, to discuss the General Plan Update, which is now nearly 20 years old.  Poor babies!  We think they'll survive!

OP-ED: De-Forestation of Tree population affects Climate Change & weather-- Less Trees, Less water

"These nasty Redwoods
have GOT TO GO! Do
you know how much water
they retain?" says a Calaveras
   Since the world began being controlled by the deforestation corporations in the world, there are 46% less trees. Could this be part of the cause of Climate Change?

Calaveras Sheriff: West Point evacuations

   As of September 14, 2015 at 2:15 PM mandatory evacuations are in place for Woodhouse Mine Road, Stanley Road and Rabbit Foot Road in West Point.

   Please leave immediately. The fire is in your area.

Schools closed due to Butte Fire

   Calaveras County is used to having 'snow' days off, but now we are having 'fire' days. Both Calaveras Unified and Bret Harte Unified are closed until Wednesday, September 16, 2015.

  Mark Twain Elementary and Vallecito Districts are also closed until Wednesday. If you are unsure about your school, check with the district office.

Calaveras Sheriff: West Point still evacuated

   As of September 14, 2015 at 2:05 PM the Calaveras Sheriff indicates mandatory evacuations are still in effect for Upper Dorray Road all the way to West Point in the Butte Fire.

   Please do not attempt to enter West Point by this road.  Stay out of the area until Cal Fire says its ok to go back in.

Motorcycle crash in Jamestown

   September 14, 2015 at 2 PM:  A motorcycle has reportedly crashed on Hwy 59 at Old Don Pedro Road in Jamestown.

   Emergency personnel are en route to the scene. Use extra caution if in that area.

In Seattle: Teachers strike for four days

   Now people can see what is wrong with the teachers union, not to mention other unions such as the POSTALS unions.

   Teachers in Seattle have been on strike since day 1 of the new school year!  Hard to believe.

Fire in Ione

   September 14, 2015 at 1:30 PM:  A fire has been reported on Jackson Valley Road near the Oaks in the Jackson area..
     Fire personnel are en route to the scene. This is just below Camanche Road near Pardee Reservoir.

Boy Scout Troop 302 taking donations for fire victims

   In Valley Springs, Boy Scout Troop 302 will be taking donations for the victims of the Butte Fire tonight at the Veterans Hall.

  Items needed are protein energy bars, toilet paper, and non-perishable foods. Please, no clothing or household items.

Fire grows along Mountain Ranch Road

   After damping down a bit overnight, the Butte Fire has picked up and is spreading in the Mountain Ranch Road area on Hidden Valley, above San Andreas.

   With the additional forces arriving from all over the state and even outside the state, they hope to gain containment within 24 hours.

Calaveras Local Agency Formation Commision meets

   Calaveras LAFCO will hold their regular monthly meeting on Monday September 21, 2015 at 6 PM in San Andreas Board of Supervisors Chambers.

Caltrans officially closes Hwy 26

    Caltrans has sent a notice officially closing Hwy 26 from Lafayette Street in Mokelumne Hill, Calaveras County,  to the Amador County line.

   This is due to damage done by the Butte Fire and will remain in place until Wednesday September 16, 2015.

Barn Fire in Plymouth

   September 14, 2015 at 11:40 AM:  A 2-story barn fire was reported on Bush Street in Plymouth, but by the time a crew arrived the owners had put the fire out themselves.

   The Fire Department is investigating the fire.

Air Quality Improves in Amador and Calaveras

   September 14, 2015 at 11:30 AM:  The air quality in both Amador and Calaveras counties has improved today, after days of smoke and ash.

   If containment improves in the Butte Fire, maybe the areas can try to get somewhat back to normal.

Friends of the Fair meeting cancelled

   The September Friends of the Fair meeting scheduled for September 16, 2015 has been cancelled.

   We will let you know when the October meeting is scheduled.

49ers take on Vikings tonight

   Monday Night Football returns tonight, September 14, 2015 at 7 PM on ESPN, with the San Francisco taking on the Minnesota Vikings at Levi Stadium in Santa Clara.

  This is the first official game for the Niners of the 2015-16 season. Go Niners! Oh, does anyone want to hear what happened to the Raiders yesterday?

Did you think LOOTING was just for big cities??

   Although we saw two arrests on September 13, 2015, we hear many more reports of looting or possible looting in the evacuated areas, especially

Butte Fire isn't over yet!

    UPDATE:  Air attack of the Butte Fire is now resuming.

Burglary arrest at Meadowmont Shopping Center

   On Sunday September 13, 2015 while all the businesses in the Meadowmont Shopping Center were apparently closed, the Calaveras Sheriff arrested Conner Avery White (25) of Arnold.

    White was booked into the Calaveras County Jail for alleged 2nd Degree Burglary, a felony.

Burglary arrest on Pope in San Andreas

  We aren't sure if this is related to the looting that has been reported due to evacuations in the Butte Fire, but on September 12, 2015 the Calaveras Sheriff arrested Mychael Deshawn Pope (30) with no known address, on Pope Street in San Andreas.

    Pope was booked into the Calaveras County Jail for alleged First Degree Burglary, a felony.

Valley Fire in Lake County Update

   September 14, 2015 at 8 AM:  Cal Fire now has the number of homes lost so far in the Valley Fire in Lake County in the hundreds, and hundreds of outbuildings destroyed.

   No official number is now listed. It seems they cannot keep up with the number of structures, because they are going up in flames so quickly. Hopefully the National Guard will help.

Butte Fire Update

   As of September 14, 2015 at 7:55 AM:  The Butte Fire is now officially 71,063 acres and is 30% contained.

    After a more detailed investigation, it was found that 135 homes, 79 outbuildings and 4 other structures have been destroyed.

Possible new fire in West Point

  UPDATE at 7:50 AM:  Crews from the Butte Fire responded to the scene, in addition to local fire crews. 

   Another call was received of a slightly different location and a local engine has been dispatched to that location.

SPI already eyes Calaveras Timber

  We've had several reports that SPI has sent many vehicles (FORESTER, they're called) into the fire area to find out how much money they will make from clearing the timber from the Butte Fire area.

   This is the SPI we all know and despise. Money, money, money is all they care about. People lost their homes, and good old SPI, they're right on top of things, searching out more ways to make money for the Emmersons.

   Most have trouble believing that SPI bulldozers used by Cal Fire were for anything but dragging in logging roads for them use after the fire.

National Guard called out for Valley Fire in Lake County

   This morning we learned that the Governor has called out the National Guard for the devastating Valley Fire in Lake County.

   They have already lost 50,000 acres with 0% containment and 400 structures have already been destroyed.  One person has also reportedly died in this fire.


Butte Fire 25% contained 135 homes burned

   While the Butte Fire got help from the rain in the Ebbetts Pass area last night, other areas continue to be under threat.

   The Butte Fire is now 25% contained and the acreage has not been changed from around 65,000, but the news is not good for homeowners in the Butte Fire, as 135 residences, 79 outbuildings and 4 other structures have been destroyed so far.

Mokelumne Hill Residents allowed back homel

   Most Angels Camp residents and also Mokelumne Hill residents of the downtown area, were  allowed back home late last night.