Sunday, August 28, 2016

Evacuation lifted for Old Gulch Road

   August 28, 2016 at 6:30 PM:  The evacuation order has been lifted for the Old Gulch Road area in the Willow Fire.  The Willow Creek Subdivision is still under mandatory evacuation orders.

   Total acreage now officially charred in 450 and containment is 15%. 30 engines and 5 airtankers are working this fire. At least one residence has been destroyed.

Breaking News: Willow fire grows to 500 acres! Who is in charge???

   UPDATE:  CHP just pulled off this incident. They also closed their incident on this fire. hmmm.

Evacuation Center at San Andreas Town Hall

   August 28, 2016 at 4:45 PM:  We just received a notice from the Calaveras Sheriff's Office that an evacuation center is being opened at the San Andreas Town Hall.

   This is for evacuees of the Willow Fire.  But how are people supposed to get there with Mountain Ranch Road blocked?  We aren't sure. Edson must be in charge again!

Breaking News: Evacuation advisory for parts of Mountain Ranch

  August 28, 2016 at 4:05 PM:  The Willow Fire is only 2% contained and has destroyed 400 acres.

   Parts of Mountain Ranch are now under evacuation advisory.  Ebbetts Pass is getting the smoke from this fire.

Retardant and two copters trying to hold Willow Fire

UPDATE at 4 PM:  The Willow Fire is now 400 acres.

Grass Fire on Poole Station Road near Hwy 4

   UPDATE:  This fire was quickly extinguished.

Willow Fire nears 55 acres--Car started fire

  UPDATE at 2:45 PM: Unofficially the Willow Fire is now estimated at 55 acres and growing.  It started on the east side of Mountain Ranch Road near Willow Creek Road in San Andreas.

   Fire personnel are responding from all areas around Calaveras County and beyond. Air support is also at the scene.  This is an area not burned in the Butte Fire.
  The vehicle that started this fire was apparently a Hyundai with a blown tire.

Avoid Mountain Ranch Road due to Willow Fire

UPDATE at 2:20 PM:  Mountain Ranch Road is now closed at Rocky Road towards Mountain Ranch.  There are also engines on Old Gulch Road.

Multiple fires in San Andreas

   UPDATE:  Evacuations are taking place on Willow Creek Road.  The fire has jumped over Willow Creek now.

Letter to the Editor: Sheriff and POT

   Dear Sierra Sentinel:

    I have been reading and loving the Sentinel ever since you were printing. The only truly honest paper in this area in my opinion. Some can't take it,

Big rig and sedan collide outside Farmington

   August 28, 2016 at 11 AM:  A big rig and a sedan have reportedly collided on Jack Tone Road near Mariposa Road between Farmington and Stockton.

   The sedan ended up overturned in a ditch. An ambulance is responding for major injuries.  Avoid the area if possible until cleared.

Chimney Fire in San Luis Obispo County

   As of August 28, 2016 the Chimney Fire, burning in San Luis Obispo County has charred 45,108 acres.
      49 homes and 21 other structures have been destroyed. It is currently 52% contained. The cause has still not been determined.

Large rocks and debris on Hwy 49

   August 28, 2016 at 7:50 AM:  Large rocks and other debris has been reported on Hwy 49 near Hwy 132 in Coulterville.

   Be cautious if headed in that direction until Caltrans can clear the roadway.

Giants face Atlanta at home

   The Atlanta Braves are in San Francisco today to play the SF Giants. The Giants ate in 2nd place in the National League West with 70 wins and 59 losses.