MoCo Emergency System Test tomorrow

Monterey County to Test Emergency Notification System
If you get a phone call, text message or email from Monterey County’s emergency notification system on Thursday, October 15th, don’t panic. This is one message you’ll be happy to receive.

The County will hold its annual community test of the Alert Monterey County system on October 15th, the same day as the Great Shake Out earthquake drill.

The Alert Monterey County system is used to notify the public of important public safety information such as natural disasters, evacuations, wide-area power blackouts, urgent law enforcement operations, and missing persons or kidnapped children. Landline phones are called automatically, but if you have a cell phone, you won’t receive messages unless you have registered your phone in the Alert System.

Registration is quick and easy online, and it allows you to select how you want to receive emergency messages and what areas of the county you wish to receive notifications about. Prior to last year’s notification test, more than 600 residents registered cell phones to receive notifications.

“We are always looking to reach those who just haven’t signed up yet or are new to the area particularly with the specter of winter storms on the horizon,” says Monterey County Emergency Services Manager Sherrie Collins. “Emergency notifications via cell phones are a highly successful way to disseminate critical information to area residents during emergencies. Testing the system ensures that it will be ready when we need it.”

The Alert test will take place on Thursday, October 15th between Noon and 12:30 p.m., after the Great Shake Out drill, which takes place at 10:15 a.m. If this were a real emergency, county residents would duck, cover and hold, then receive critical disaster information.

It is important to note that you will only receive a message if you have registered for Alert Monterey County prior to October 15th. For more information on Alert Monterey County, check out the FAQs and other emergency information on the Monterey County Office of Emergency Services webpages.

What to expect

A short message identifying itself as a test of the Monterey County Emergency Notification System, delivered via the method that you designated upon sign up (call, text, email, or VOIP) on Thursday, October 15th. Your caller ID will read 831-796-1908. Add this number to your contacts to identify future emergency messages from Alert MontereyCounty.

Ride to Recovery Oct 20th from Carmel to San Simeon


CENTRAL COAST – The Ride 2 Recovery Bicycle Challenge will move through the Central Coast next week and will result in moving closures on the following portions of the state highway system:

· Sunday, Oct. 18 – Riders will use State Route 9 in Santa Cruz County between Redwood Gulch Road and Encinal Street.
· Monday, Oct. 19 – Riders will use State Route 1 from Jensen Road in Santa Cruz County to State Route 68 in Monterey County.
· Tuesday, Oct. 20 – Riders will use State Route 1 between Carmel in Monterey County and San Simeon in San Luis Obispo County.
· Wednesday, Oct. 21 – Riders will use State Route 1 from San Simeon to Pismo Beach in San Luis Obispo County.
· Thursday, Oct. 22 – Riders will use State Route 1 from Pismo Beach to State Route 246 near Solvang in Santa Barbara County.
· Friday, Oct. 23 – Riders will use State Route 246 in Solvang, State Route 154 near San Marcos Pass, State Route 1 in Carpinteria and
US Highway 101 towards Ventura County.

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) will be present to ensure a safe condition for everyone.

Caltrans reminds motorists to move over and slow down when driving through highway construction zones.

Cienega Fire near Hollister

10:00 pm – Press Release and photos of fire were just released by Cal Fire

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Monterey County/San Benito Cal Fire continue to fight a wildfire late this afternoon at Limekiln and Cienega, near Hollister. Downed power lines across the road are making it difficult to access.The smoke column was visible all the way down to Chualar. It was evidencing a dangerous rate of spread before nightfall. A VLAT, very large air tanker, was on scene and was to make a drop on the head of the fire before nightfall. One unconfirmed report had the fire at 500 acres before nightfall.

This one will bear some watching in the morning.

Vegetation Fire Hwy 41 and Cottonwood

3:30 pm –

Recent Incidents (Prepared 10/12/2015 15:36)

Date Inc # Name Type Location WebComment Resources IC Fuels Acres Lat/Lon
10/12/2015 15:09 LPF-3274
Detail Information
3:15 PM 4 [7] B9-008B 97 W/ CAL FIRE / BY OLIVE FARM
3:05 PM 2 [2] 1039 CALFIRE
3:04 PM 1 [1] GRASS FIRE

ill be looking for further and updating if necessary.

Wildfire in Lockwood

There are 5 tankers out of Paso working it, so I would imagine this one will be under control in no time.
Recent Incidents (Prepared 10/10/2015 14:10)

Date Inc # Name Type Location WebComment Resources IC Fuels Acres Lat/Lon
10/10/2015 13:20 LPF-3238
New Wildfire argyle rd, Lockwood . BC11LPF CRW3LPF E16LPF 4X4 E319LPF . . . 36.041 x 121.152

Wild Fire, Hidden Valley Rd & Deerfield, near 46

Incident: 00149 Type: Report of Fire Location: Sr46 / Hidden Valley Rd Loc Desc: HIDDEN VALLEY RANCH ENTRANCE Lat/Lon: 35.551303 -120.774947

Started by downed power lines.

From a reader in Paso : “just had a response for a veg fire on Deerfield Rd. with a cross of Hidden Valley Rd. ……B3415, A/A504, T74 an 75, Heli Tanker 792, H527, Engs. 7185, 3462, 3460, 3477, E30, D3441, WT57, Ques. 2 crews “… Also Tanker 74 responding. Should have this one is no time, if winds aren’t bad out there.

Just called Rock Knocker who was in Templeton this afternoon, and he is currently over by Vineyard and 46, and can see the smoke and flames. Says it is a mess. Will call again when he gets thru.