Friday, September 18, 2015

Calaveras County Water District demands emergency funds for Butte Fire

   The Calaveras County Water District (CCWD) will hold their regular meeting on September 23, 2015 at 9 AM in their Board Room on Toma Court in San Andreas.

   On the agenda already is a claim emergency for re-imbursement of funds to repair damage done by the Butte Fire.

Cal Fire calls for Butte Fire Community Meetings

     On Monday, September 21, 2015 at 7 PM the Butte Fire Incident Management Team will be holding a community meeting at the Pine Grove Town Hall

What happened to Clay Hawkins??

  During the debacle that should have been the Office of Emergency Services taking care of all the problems during the Butte Fire, several people remember a man named Clay Hawkins, who was at one time head of the Office of Emergency Services

Pretending to be Cal Fire contractors

      Law enforcement blocking the closed roadways are actually seeing people with what appear to be phony markings on the side without ID, trying to get into the fire areas.

   Fortunately, CHP continues to send them away. Could be looters or worse. Cal Fire assures CHP these are NOT Cal Fire contractors.

Sheriff Kuntz says he's just not "UP" for this!!

   Apparently Calaveras Sheriff Gary Kuntz feels abused, and says he's just not "up" for this Office of Emergency Services stuff since the Butte Fire.

Traffic collision in Plymouth

   September 18, 2015 at 1:30 PM:  A traffic collision has been reported on Hwy 124 near Hwy 16 in Plymouth.

   Emergency vehicles are responding. Use extra care if in the area.

Many attempts to get into Butte Fire area --Thank you CHP

We have seen CHP be consistent and
diligent in keeping out those who
don't belong in the Butte Fire area.
   We have seen many reported attempts to gain access to the Butte Fire area, especially those areas that remain in the fire zone; often looters or other criminals, using the fire to help themselves to peoples belongings.

   Thanks to CHP, few have made it; but they continue the attempts, saying they are workers or firemen, etc. At least CHP is helping residents keep their property safe.

   A big thank you to CHP in Calaveras County.

Office of Emergency Services in Calaveras County

   The person IN CHARGE of the Office of Emergency Services for the Butte Fire is Sheriff Gary Kuntz.

   He can be reached at 209-754-6500, which is dispatch and a business line for the Sheriff.

Mountain Ranch Road opens to Senders Market

   Apparently Mountain Ranch Road has just been reopened to Senders Market in Mountain Ranch. Lower Michel Road is also now open.

   It had been closed most of this week due to the Butte Fire.  Use caution in the area.

Angels Camp lifts evacuation orders

  September 18, 2015 at 10:55 AM:   The Angels Camp Police Department has lifted all evacuation orders, sent out due to the Butte Fire.

Code Enforcement stopped at roadblocks

   We just heard a rumor that Todd Barr and Courtney Minehart have been stopped in their civilian trucks at a road block in the Old Gulch area of the Butte Fire.

   Apparently they flashed their Calaveras County ID cards and were finally allowed through. Code enforcement is enforcing codes?

Cows on Hwy 120

   September 18, 2015 at 10:30 AM:  Five cows have been reported on Hwy 120 at Ferretti Road in Groveland.

   CHP is trying to locate the owners, but be careful if driving in that area.

Tour Bus smoking in Ione

   September 18, 2015 at 10:15 AM:  A tour bus is reportedly pulled over on Hwy 88 at Blue Sky Drive in Ione, with smoke coming out of the windows.

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

National Guard and PG&E working on Old Gulch Road

    We just learned that at Old Gulch Road and Rocky Road, traffic is blocking the roadway. It isn't totally closed, but National Guard and large PG&E trucks are working, parked along the side of the road.

   Be extra careful anywhere in the Butte Fire area, as fire crews continue to mop up and PG&E is attempting to restore power.

Cal Fire's Daniel Berlant / Auburn City Council

   Highly respected in Sacramento as Cal Fire's Chief Information Officer, Daniel seems to be everywhere during fire season; and when isn't it fire season in California?

   Daniel lives and grew up in Auburn, where he is now a hard-working City Council member. Daniel is good at his job of press releases and interviews, because he seems to really care and relates to how fire victims feel; he's a genuinely nice man.

Cave City Road blocked

   September 18, 2015 at 8:20 AM:  We just learned that Cave City Road in the Sheep Ranch/Fricot area is blocked.

   We don't have details of what is blocking the roadway at this time. Stay clear until CHP ok's it for traffic.

Butte Fire claims 365 homes

   Cal Fire has updated the number for the Butte Fire, and the number of homes has grown, tragically, to 365, with 261 outbuildings and 20 other structures destroyed.

   The acreage burned is still around 70,000 and containment is now 60%.  Many fire ravaged areas are still closed in Calaveras County.

Warning to locals: Price gouging!

   This morning on KCRA 3 they ran a story showing one gas station in Calaveras County lowering prices for one day. However:

  . The story they were really doing was about complaints the State of California is getting about price gouging by some as yet unnamed businesses in or around the Butte Fire area.

   It is illegal to raise prices more than 10% after a disaster. If you feel you are being what they call "gouged" report it to the state. Channel 3 is also going to follow up on this, so you might tell them about it.

Calaveras County Schools will reopen

   With the exception of West Point and Railroad Flat, all schools in Calaveras County, whose families have been horrendously affected by the Butte Fire, will reopen on Monday September 21, 2015.

    If your children attend West Point or Railroad Flat Elementary Schools call the office for when they will be able to open their doors.

Don't drink the WATER!!

   UPDATE on September 18, 2015 at 10:45 AM:  Per CCWD the only people whose water was disrupted by the Butte Fire was