Illegal Campfires

were rampant yesterday. Maybe that why I saw USFS LE officer Roberta  for the first time in years. She was at the bottom of Plaskett when I saw her. Maybe she got up To Prewitt last night or today. As I told her, people are absolutely crazy this year. What part of this sign don’t you get?

imageJust a few wildCAD:

. . . . . 35.350 x 120.353
07/17/2015 13:48 LPF-2098
New Wildfire LOS BURRO ILLEGAL CAMPFIRES . . . . 35.857 x 121.328
07/17/2015 13:29 LPF-2097
New Wildfire LOS BURRO ILLEGAL CAMPFIRE . . . . 35.857 x 121.328
07/17/2015 13:08 LPF-2096
New Wildfire LOS BURRO RD M ABANDONED CAMPFIRE . . . . 35.857 x 121.328
07/17/2015 11:12 LPF-2094
LOS BURRO CR/BURRO RD M ILLEGAL CAMPFIRE . . . . 35.874 x 121.289
07/17/2015 10:44 LPF-2093
New Wildfire LOS BURRO CR/BURRO RD M . . . . . 35.874 x 121.289
07/17/2015 10:44 LPF-2092
. Wildfire LOS BURRO CR/BURRO RD M ILLEGAL CAMPFIRE . . . . 35.874 x 121.289

I count five. I don’t get it.

oh, and while I am ranting … What in the heck was MoCo Weekly thinking in publishing an article on hiking the Buckeye Trail down here which encourages campfires, even thourgh the writer mentioned the drought and lack of water in the area? Bad, bad idea, people! That intern needs to be educated, as do her editors and publishers, apparently. Please contact MCWeekly and call them on their irresponsible reporting.

Sunset over Willow Creek

20120809-063903.jpg

Just loved these cloud formations the other night.

On another note, new Fire restrictions went into effect yesterday. Still no campfires outside of developed campgrounds (Nacimiento, Ponderosa, Plaskett Creek, and Kirk Creek, along with Day use areas Sand Dollar Beach and Mill Creek). Also permits are now required for both propane stoves and lanterns. I’ll post the notice later today, which has a link to get a permit online.

Death of a Firefighter

Today, flags fly at half-mast for a firefighter lost on Tuesday.

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today released the following statement regarding the death of U.S. Forest Service Firefighter Thomas Marovich of Hayward:

“Maria and I join all Californians in expressing our deep sadness over the passing of U.S. Forest Service Firefighter Thomas Marovich. Thomas selflessly dedicated his life to protecting our communities and saving lives and we are forever indebted to his service. Our hearts go out to Thomas’ family, friends and fellow firefighters as they mourn this terrible loss.”

Marovich, 20, died July 21 as a result of injuries sustained while performing routine rappel proficiency skill training at the Backbone Helibase in Willow Creek. Marovich was a second-year apprentice with the U.S. Forest Service at the Modoc National Forest and was working with the Chester Helitack Crew from the Lassen National Forest which was assigned to the Backbone Fire at the time of the accident.

In honor of Firefighter Marovich, Capitol flags will be flown at half-staff.