Tuesday, September 15, 2015

49ers look GREAAT!!

   It's hard to think about enjoying the football games when this fire is destroying our beautiful county.

   However, our super 49ers did win handily last night against the Vikings! Kaepernick is looking better than ever. 20-3 the final score.

Why did the Tortoise cross the road?

   September 15, 2015 at 6:20 PM:  It has been reported  that a large tortoise just crossed Santa Fe Avenue at Franklin Road in Merced.

   Animal control and CHP have been notified. If you lost your tortoise, you better get out there and collect him before someone hits him with a car.

   So why did the tortoise cross the road?  He;s lost??

Sheriff Kuntz happy to help Butte Fire victims

   We were just told unofficially that apparently Sheriff Kuntz is so happy to be able to give his personal attention to the voters who re-elected him just a few months ago, that he hopes everyone calls his office or cell to get the information they need about the Butte Fire.

   The Office of Emergency Services for Calaveras County is Sheriff Gary Kuntz, and no other. He loves the job and is right on top of all information that he should be, like details of houses burned, power outages, etc.

   He doesn't want anyone to hesitate to call him when they need to know what is going on while this horrendous Butte Fire is ongoing.  See next article for his numbers.

Suddenly Sheriff Kuntz takes over Calaveras County Office of Emergency Services

  UPDATE:  We have been told that the Calaveras Sheriff's main number 209-754-6500 doesn't want to be bothered by OES calls. We aren't sure why, since its on their main website. And the county website says nothing anyone needs to know.

   Therefore, we are certain that Sheriff Kuntz will be happy to help citizens who cannot get information to call another number we've been given for him which is 209-754-6552 or even his cell number of 209-256-6184.

We are sure the Sheriff truly wants to help everyone, so if the dispatchers at the main number are mean to you or disinterested, be sure to make a complaint to him.

No one will answer questions?

    To say that the Butte Fire emergency was not well-handled by Calaveras County officials is putting it way too mildly. For example:

 There was what Cal Fire officials called a disturbance

Butte Fire Update--Too many secrets!!

  As of 2 PM on September 15, 2015 the Butte Fire is listed at 71,780 acres and is 40% contained.

   166 homes, 116 outbuildings and 12 other structures have been destroyed. Information is very difficult to come by. We've never seen anything with so many secrets being held.  Why?

Summit Level Road stays closed

   As of 3 PM Summit Level Road is closed in Arnold. We have tried to get more information about how close the fire is, to no avail.

   We totally understand how the public feels and even residents of burned out areas. No one wants to tell anyone anything.  Secrets are not good for a democracy. Hopefully it will affect the next election cycle.

Wanna hitch a ride?

Mama gives her cubs a ride at Katmai in Alaska

Motorycle collision near Chinese Camp

   UPDATE:  A tow truck has been dispatched to pickup the three wheeled motorcycle. One of its wheels is now missing.

Traffic collision on Hwy 49

   September 15, 2015 at 11:55 AM:  A traffic collision has just been reported on Hwy 49 at Lombardi Drive in Mokelumne Hill.

   Emergency vehicles are responding to the scene. Use extra caution if in that area.

Shasta Fire Truck Missing in Action?

   We just received information that a Shasta Fire Truck has gone missing in the Butte Fire. If anyone sees a fire truck engine with Shasta on the side, call 754-6500 or 911 for CHP.

   Hopefully, they are just lost on some of the back roads of Calaveras County. We'll let you know if we hear they are found.

Photo of Sheep Ranch ridge on fire--Butte Fire

This photo, taken by Joel Metzger of CCWD, taken a couple of days ago,
would frighten anyone within 10 miles!!  This is a ridge
 in Sheep Ranch, taken from a hill in Murphys, Calaveras County!

Arson reported in San Andreas

   On September 12, 2015 around 11 AM the Calaveras Sheriff received a call of Arson on West Murray Creek Road and Mills Road in San Andreas.

     According to the Sheriff's log, they took no report of the incident. Very interesting.

Mountain Ranch Road re-opens

   As of September 15, 2015 at 7:45 AM Mountain Ranch Road is reportedly reopen at Calaveritas.

  We aren't sure if that means Calaveritas Road is open yet, but good news for Mountain ranch residents. We will follow reports this morning.

Drive Carefully

   If you are attempting to get back to normal and go to work this morning, drive slowly as the roadways are wet in most of the foothills.

   Grateful for the rain, no one is complaining, but you do not want to have a traffic accident due to the wet conditions. Another rain system is due in tomorrow, September 16, 2015; just what our
forests need.

CHP will be stationed in Butte Fire area

  CHP officers will be stationed this morning in White Pines at Summit Level Road, at Hwy 26 and the Mokelumne River Bridge and on Gold Strike Road at Leonard in San Andreas for the Butte Fire.

  Be avoid those areas where roads remain closed.

Valley Fire in Lake County grows

  As of 9:45 PM on September 14, 2015 the Valley Fire in Lake County was 62,000 acres and was only 10% contained.

   585 homes and hundred of other structures have been destroyed so far in this fire. Four firefighters have been injured and one civilian has died as a result of this fire.

Butte Fire UPDATE

  As of 9:30 PM on September 14, 2015 these areas of Calaveras County residents on Gold Strike Road in San Andreas were allowed to return to their homes.

   Leonard Road in San Andreas, however, remains closed to residents.

   Total acreage burned in the Butte Fire now stands at 71,523 with a 35% containment. 166 homes have been destroyed, 116 outbuildings (barns, etc.) and 12 other structures.