29 STRUCTURES DESTROYED AS FIRE CONTINUES ADVANCE – (another incremental post)

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THURSDAY July 20th, 2017 @ 0745 hrs

BELOW: From the Lake Don Pedro subdivision looking Southwest towards Merced

LOOKING TOWARDS MARIPOSA  (Southeast)

Pencil point approximate area of fire @ HORSESHOE BEND this morning

 

THURSDAY July 20th, 2017 @ 0620hrs – Just returned home after a short “field trip”.  The photo below was taken from Alamo Drive in the subdivision looking towards Coulterville:

Looked like it was around the HORSESHOE BEND area of Lake McClure – so took a quick trip up HWY 132 to check it out.  Yup, CHP had 132 closed right after the right turn into Horseshoe Bend so I pulled in to see if there was any view of the fire.

BELOW:  HORSESHOE BEND BOAT LAUNCH AREA/LAKE McCLURE around 0400hrs:  Fire was slowly advancing AGAINST THE WIND!  Ash was lightly falling like snowflakes – the sound of that roaring fire in the background with an occasional “pop” of vegetation exploding due to the heat was quite a contrast to the rhythmic relaxing lapping of lake waves on the shore.

JUST BEFORE SUNUP A WATER TANKER ARRIVED TO

FILL UP WITH LAKE WATER

 

ONE OF THOUSANDS WORKING TO DEFEAT THE DETWILER FIRE –

THANK ALL OF YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE – BE SAFE!

 

BELOW:  Heading back to Lake Don Pedro subdivision via HWY132

RESULTS OF THE BANDERILLA FIRE IN THE SUBDIVISION LAST WEEK

 

Thursday, July 20th, 2017 @ 0300hrs

Awoke to heavy smoke again so I got up to close windows.  The red glow on the horizon to the Northeast appears larger.  Just checked the CALFIRE INCIDENT Web page which reported the loss of more structures.

Many years ago while camping up here on my Lake Don Pedro property I woke up in a tent to the smell of heavy smoke from a Yosemite National Park fire in the early hours of the morning.  Although I cannot say with any certainly, I do believe this Detwiler Fire is much worse.  Outside versus inside difference aside, this seems much worse.  Even my eyes are stinging.  I cannot imagine what sort of hell lies just beyond those mountains.

 

Detwiler Fire Information

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DETWILER or DETWILLER? FAR MAJORITY SPELLS DETWILER. REGARDLESS – STILL LOTS OF SMOK ! (and another running post?)

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1311 hrs:   45,724 acres, 8 structure losses with 7% containment.  Very depressing but apparently the town of Mariposa and the other threatened communities evacuated have thus far escaped the fire.  Let’s pray they continue to do so.

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LOOKING TOWARDS MERCED 0745hrs

LOOKING SOUTHEAST TOWARDS MARIPOSA CALIFORNIA

(BELOW PHOTO)

PETE KAMPA’S RECENT TRANSPARENCY AWARD

(FOR RECONFIGURATION OF OUR FORMER SURFACE WATER
TREATMENT PLANT INTO A GROUNDWATER SUBSTITUTION FACILITY FOR LAND DEVELOPERS
NOT ENTITLED TO MERCED RIVER WATER UNDER WATER LICENSE 11395?)

 

 

myMotherLode NEWS

OK, OK….Detwiler, regardless of what the map I had said.  Perhaps we’ll find out for sure today?

Woke up coughing this morning as I gave the air conditioning a break last night by leaving the windows open.  Probably won’t do that again – much cooler temperature but heavy smoke in the Lake Don Pedro subdivision.

PHOTO BELOW:  Looking Southeast towards the town of Mariposa approximately 25 miles away.

That’s the LAZO DRIVE hill to the left above wire, and a bird to the right which will also be subject to visual flight rules today.

                             SUNUP in Lake Don Pedro.

 

Everyone will be carefully watching the town of Mariposa California today – when and where it can be seen.

 

My best to you and yours, Lew

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HORRIFIC – (let’s just update this post for a while with new info first)

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Just before midnight…..time exposures

Well this will be the last of this post – almost midnight.  later, Lew

2315 hrs    TIME EXPOSURES LOOKING EAST (HUNTERS VALLEY)

ABOVE:  Zoom of Hunters Valley

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BELOW:

Looking Southeast towards MARIPOSA CALIFORNIA approx 25 miles away

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KCRA CH3 NEWS VIDEO  LINK

 

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1711 hrs…..

VERY SHORT VIDEO OF HUNTERS VALLEY FLARE UP also taken @ 1644 hrs  (NOTE: this is my old Olympus camera with the two obvious dark spots….what the heck!   Still works….I’m rotating the cameras so while one is downloading I can monitor the fire with the other.

Wish I could get on the roof easier?????

SHORT VIDEO OF HUNTERS VALLEY FLARE UP

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1628hrs

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BELOW TAKEN @ 1625 hrs looking east towards the DETWILLER FIRE in Mariposa County California

 

1620hrs…..Governor Brown announced State of Emergency for Mariposa County – over 20,000 acres.

Most recent Tarantu-Rattle image from Lake Don Pedro subdivision (west of Detwiller Fire, Mariposa County)

Hunters Valley zoom photo of apparent flare up of fire activity-

7/18/2017 @ 1553 :  From LDP subdivision looking easterly

7/18/2017 @ 1522hrs…sorry…UPS stands for Uninterrupted Power Supply (gives you a couple of minutes of “backup battery power” to properly close computer programs during a power outage – or TV, whatever sensitive equipment could be damaged). It really is bothersome to me when folks use acronyms without definition like I just did – sorry but my excuse was impending power failure!  lol  Just turned off the AC to protect the compressor from potential damage if this keeps up.   PG&E is of course swamped with all the fire related outages.  The sheriff’s incident report was heavily represented with welfare checks for people and animals.  (Naturally my first thoughts are of the human beings affected, but do not forget the untold number of domesticated and indigenous animals running in fear of the approaching fire – if not confined.)

ANYWAY…..

View of DETWILLER FIRE from my place in the Lake Don Pedro Subdivision…..

 

[OLD POST]  …power is flickering now – UPS to computer signaling!   1517hours – later!  1537hrs – power OK so far.  Better cook a quick frozen pizza just in case!

 

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AN UNTHINKABLE BECOMES REALITY

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Just got back from shopping.  Shot a couple of photos near McSwain Dam / Merced Falls area (other side of Hornitos Road bridge which crosses the Merced River) with the DETWILLER FIRE smoke in the background.  Goes to show how deceiving these things can be……thought it looked better than yesterday but it was obviously heading for Mariposa with the wind.

Leanne just advised (and I confirmed on the CALFIRE INCIDENT website) —-the town of Mariposa is under mandatory evacuation (as well as other residential areas in the vicinity.  So I don’t get something wrong…..here are some LINKS to news on the DETWILLER FIRE and current evacuations:

 

<CALFIRE INCIDENT WEBPAGE>

Update: Detwiler Fire 19,600 Acres With More Evacuations Underway

 

My best to you and yours with special prayers for all those escaping and fighting this extremely dangerous fire, Lew

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DETWILLER FIRE IN MARIPOSA COUNTY IS ALSO EXPANDING – more fire fighting assistance on the way

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TUESDAY 7/18/2017:  [In answer to my previous question of whether that fire could actually reach this side of Lake McClure]

Having had a better opportunity to see the fire’s location (after yesterday’s LDPCSD meeting from a closer subdivision hilltop roadway), I would say it would be highly unlikely the fire could sweep around to this side of the Lake, however,  I have learned to NEVER say NEVER! 

15,000 acres and growing with only 5% containment and 300 structures threatened according to the 0600hrs news report on TV KCRA Channel 3 this morning.  (One residence lost another damaged.)  More firefighting resources will be coming from Sacramento today.   A DC10 is being prepared for today’s Detwiller fire fighting efforts at McClellan AFB.

Here are some photos taken yesterday after the LDPCSD Monthly meeting where another EXPANSION IS STILL UNDER WAY.

That BEAUTIFUL AND FULL Lake McClure is between the subdivision and the Detwiller Fire (other side of Oak trees in the above photo).  The probability of the fire making it over here is very slim, but again…..NEVER SAY NEVER – atmospheric transfer of embers by fire storm winds?   Always a better proposition to, if nothing else, be aware of surroundings and prepared as possible for the “unthinkable”.

BEING AWARE IS THE KEY

Too bad directors on the LDPCSD Board do not recognize their continued “selling of our local public agency” [little by little] to a GM with a “for profit special district management company” who has personal and business motivations for such expansion.

(Perhaps with subtle “wink and nod approvals” by otherwise “legitimate government departments and agencies”?  That sure would explain the apparent lack of interest and/or action by county and state officials.  Is there a far greater water  service expansion plan for the LDPCSD developing right under the smoke filled nostrils of MERCED RIVER WATER ENTITLED CUSTOMERS <MR WECs> of the Lake Don Pedro subdivision?  Is that why LDPCSD Board Members only appear clueless as to what KAMPA is doing with their incremental, yet continuing, assistance in re-configuring our local public agency into a money making enterprise for KAMPA & KOMPANY and his land development buddies around the Lake Don Pedro residential subdivision?

However, IF SUCH A MASSIVE EXPANSION PLAN IS BEING CONSIDERED IN THE BACKGROUND OUTSIDE PUBLIC VIEW BY THE MAJOR PLAYERS INVOLVED – where does the BROWN OPEN MEETING ACT figure in all this?  Is it only used against the legal victim customers?)

Kampa had quietly set up some of these “LAFCo property annexed expansions” for district water service over twenty years ago!   He was returned to the LDPCSD in October 2014 to use his experience, expertise and “political connections” acquired in the last twenty years to continue expansion of that special benefit GROUNDWATER SUBSTITUTION water service to land developers OUTSIDE THE PLACE OF USE FOR MERCED RIVER WATER under WL11395.  All the while utilizing grant funds INTENDED TO ASSIST EXISTING CUSTOMERS DURING A SEVERE EMERGENCY DROUGHT!

By chance –  any of you viewers out there ever hear of such a diabolical plan?

ANYTHING VALUABLE REQUIRES PROTECTION!

(And quality MERCED RIVER WATER from Yosemite National Park is truly valuable in this drought prone region where only water is required to make the difference between abundant dry foothill cattle grazing land and millions of dollars in speculative real estate development.)

 

My best to you and yours, Lew

 

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NEWS UPDATE ON DETWILLER FIRE IN MARIPOSA COUNTY – NO CONTAINMENT YET-

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Here’s the most recent update I have found on the internet from myMotherLode.com ……

The monthly Lake Don Pedro CSD Board Meeting is today @ 1300hrs….. sure would like to know the anticipated path for this fire ….

Is there ANY CHANCE it could cross the MERCED RIVER to this side of Lake McClure?

(Through the McSwain/Hornitos Road Bridge area?)

Can not see where the fire is advancing from here due to heavy smoke.

The zero containment mentioned in the below article is certainly cause for concern.

Perhaps there will be more information at the LDPCSD meeting?

God Bless all those escaping and fighting this ugly fire.

Update: Detwiler Fire Acreage Grows And Evacuations Continue

My best to you and yours, Lew

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DETWILLER FIRE – MARIPOSA COUNTY SUNDAY, JULY 16th, 2017- looks like hell from the Lake Don Pedro Subdivision!

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Sorry, do not have time to better present this horrible situation.   A friend was coming by my place so I was outside to great him when I noticed the air traffic and column of smoke to the east of the LDP Subdivision  around the Hunters Valley area.  (The “finger peninsula” between the Merced River coming from Bagby around Horseshoe Bend and into Lake McClure which is formed from backing up the MERCED RIVER with the New Exchequer Dam – (also had a major fire there [Hunters Valley] several years ago – but this looks much worse!)

I made a good estimate – my neighbor told me what he had heard—- BLM land (aka Public land)  — Hunters Valley area – BUT THOSE PERIODIC BLACK COLUMNS OF SMOKE THAT ROSE FROM THE HORIZON WERE WORRISOME…..   Barn?  Shed.  Other outbuilding?  God forbid a residence?  Did not look good from this distance.

The Hunters Valley subdivision is right there too!  – next to the BLM Land….just west of the open “Peoples Land” on Hunters Valley Access Road (to left when driving to BEAR VALLEY) —- that mountain between the MERCED RIVER and the residential/ranch subdivision !  Then I saw the CALFIRE DESIGNATION on the internet …..The DETWILLER FIRE…..(deep sigh…..residential/ranch area!)

Check it out for yourselves….here are some photos from my place looking almost due East – (Lake McClure is in between and out of sight beyond foreground hillside).   Please say a prayer for those involved – or at least think “good thoughts” for all living things – this one appears to be particularly “ugly” and  fast moving judging by the wind here and the smoke drift there.)

 

My best to you and yours, Lew

<OFFICIAL INFORMATION LINK>

PHOTOS FROM TARANTU-RATTLE (Lake Don Pedro Subdivision, Mariposa County side)

<above>  THREE FIRE FIGHTING AIRCRAFT AND A BIRD!

 

(NOT IN ORDER OBVIOUSLY…..!)

Here are two photos of the Detwiller Fire from TURLOCK CA, from “Leanne”- thanks Leanne!

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IT HAS BEEN A WHILE SINCE RECEIVING ONE OF THESE “CONFIDENCE REPORTS”

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Get yours in the mail recently?  Wonder if this explains why my pond “fountain frog” suddenly developed nasty looking black stains, although the pond water is very clear?  No biggie, not drinking that recirculating pond water myself and the Comet Goldfish appear healthy and active.   (Guess they aren’t chewing tobacco and spitting on the frog…..lol!)

Still, looks like we must now apparently deal with this Manganese contamination issue also – (“as well” might have been confusing) in addition to the arsenic and other groundwater contaminants.

What bothers me a bit is that PETE KAMPA knew about such groundwater contamination twenty years ago but failed to plan for its successful removal with his expanded GROUNDWATER SUBSTITUTION PROGRAM.  Doesn’t seem right that the MERCED RIVER WATER ENTITLED CUSTOMERS of the subdivision must now consume such GROUNDWATER when there is no legal reason for them to do so.  In other words, the only reason residents of the Lake Don Pedro Subdivision must have groundwater mixed with their “normal high quality” MERCED RIVER WATER from Lake McClure, is so the LDPCSD can provide (and expand) a special benefit GROUNDWATER SUBSTITUTION PROGRAM to properties not otherwise entitled to the MERCED RIVER WATER under 11395.

Obviously, with every new service connection OUTSIDE THE MERCED IRRIGATION DISTRICT PLACE OF USE, more GROUNDWATER CONTAMINANTS will be introduced and “blended” into the subdivision’s former, and traditional, lake water source.

Anyway, for viewers not receiving one of these   “Violation Notices”, here are two partial page copies concerning the Manganese reporting.  (Original pages were 8.5″ x  14″).

ALMOST TWICE AS MUCH AS PERMITTED –

but of course, it could be much worse.

(anyone care to bet this is just the beginning?)

 

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My best to you and yours, Lew

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