4th of July Safety With California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection of Tuolumne-Calaveras Unit

4th of July Safety With California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection of Tuolumne-Calaveras Unit

San Andreas, CA… The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) would like to remind Tuolumne and Calaveras county residents and visitors of the fire danger and use of illegal fireworks. All fireworks, including “Safe and Sane”, are PROHIBITED in ALL areas of Tuolumne County and Calaveras County. Public displays will be at […]

2020 Statewide Wildfires Debris Removal Update

2020 Statewide Wildfires Debris Removal Update

Sacramento, CA… Over 80 percent of properties have completed the debris clean up stage. The remains of 2020 wildfire survivors’ homes and property — burned metal, concrete, ash and contaminated soil — have now been cleared from more than 80 percent of the properties enrolled in California’s statewide Consolidated Debris Removal Program. Most properties still […]

Weather, Fire Behavior and Trends in the Central Sierra

Weather, Fire Behavior and Trends in the Central Sierra

West Point, CA… The Amador-Calaveras Consensus Group (ACCG) will be hosting a 45-min virtual presentation followed by discussion with Dr. Janice Coen and colleagues, titled “Weather, Fire Behavior and Trends in the Central Sierra”, on Wednesday, May 19th during the ACCG’s monthly general meeting from 9a-12p. Dr. Coen is a Project Scientist at the National […]

Public Comment Sought on Utica and UPUD’s Hazard Mitigation Plan

Public Comment Sought on Utica and UPUD’s Hazard Mitigation Plan

Angels Camp, CA…A joint release from UPUD and Utica.  The Union Public Utility District (UPUD) and Utica Water and Power Authority (Utica) have completed a draft Multi-Jurisdictional Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (MJHMP), and the agencies are inviting the public to review and comment on the plan. The public comment period begins Monday March 1, 2021, […]

The USDA Forest Service & Cal Fire Present The Urban Tree Canopy Viewer in California

The USDA Forest Service & Cal Fire Present The Urban Tree Canopy Viewer in California

Vallejo, CA… The USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region and California Department of Forestry & Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) are pleased to announce the launching of 2018 data for the Urban Tree Canopy Viewer Program in California. This program allows communities to understand the extent and location of its existing tree canopy in order to […]

Young Texas Man Was Found Deceased in Ponderosa Hills Home Fire

Young Texas Man Was Found Deceased in Ponderosa Hills Home Fire

Sonora, CA…The adult, male victim has been positively identified as 19-year-old David Neemidge of Round Rock Texas. Next of Kin notifications have been made. The cause of the fire, circumstances surrounding the incident and cause of death are currently under investigation. The Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office offers our sincerest condolences to Neemidge’s family and friends. […]

Tuolumne County Fire is Now Recruiting

Tuolumne County Fire is Now Recruiting

Sonora, CA…From TC Fire…”We’re currently planning to do our annual Joint Basic Volunteer Firefighter Academy starting in January following COVID safety precautions. It will be for Volunteer Firefighters, Water Tender Operators, and EMS Responders. Everyone that takes this Academy will get the following certificates: California Specialized Training Institute (CSTI) Hazardous Materials First Responder State Fire […]

Regional Fire Restrictions & Local Forest Order Extended for Stanislaus National Forest

Regional Fire Restrictions & Local Forest Order Extended for Stanislaus National Forest

Sonora, CA…Regional Forester Randy Moore signed Regional Order 20-22, extending fire restrictions for all California national forests due to the extreme fire danger.  Fire restrictions remain in effect through Oct. 22 at all elevations on the Stanislaus National Forest, which prohibits campfires and smoking materials. Visitors may use a portable lantern or a stove using […]

Updated Weather Forecast for Dry, Offshore Wind Event Means PG&E Might Need to Proactively Turn Off Power for Safety in Portions of 15 Counties

Updated Weather Forecast for Dry, Offshore Wind Event Means PG&E Might Need to Proactively Turn Off Power for Safety in Portions of 15 Counties

San Francisco, CA…Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) continues to monitor a potentially strong and dry offshore wind event forecasted to start early Sunday morning and expected to last through Monday. Given the expected weather conditions, PG&E began its one-day advance notifications to customers in areas where PG&E may need to proactively turn power off […]

Forest Service Officials Confirm Firefighter Fatality on El Dorado Fire

Forest Service Officials Confirm Firefighter Fatality on El Dorado Fire

San Bernardino, CA…USDA Forest Service officials on the San Bernardino National Forest have confirmed the death of a firefighter on the El Dorado Fire. The incident took place on Thursday, September 17, 2020. The name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin. Our deepest sympathies are with the family, friends and fellow firefighters […]

Obtaining a Burn Permit in the TCU. Burn Permits Required Starting May 1st

Obtaining a Burn Permit in the TCU.  Burn Permits Required Starting May 1st

San Andreas, CA…A little over one week remains for “Open Burning” in the CAL FIRE Tuolumne-Calaveras Unit. CAL FIRE burn permits will be required May 1. Take advantage of this time by continuing to work on your homes defensible space. When burning yard debris during this time, TCU reminds residents that “Open Burning” still requires […]

Fire Chief Nick Casci is the New Tuolumne-Calaveras CAL FIRE Unit Chief

Fire Chief Nick Casci is the New Tuolumne-Calaveras CAL FIRE Unit Chief

San Andreas, CA…California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), Tuolumne-Calaveras Unit would like to congratulate Unit Chief Josh White on his retirement after 32 fire seasons of dedicated service to the State of California including seven years as our Unit Chief. On April 1st, CAL FIRE Director Thom Porter stated, “I am pleased […]

Prescribed Fire Fuels Reduction Burn in West Point Area Starting February 20th

Prescribed Fire Fuels Reduction Burn in West Point Area Starting February 20th

San Andreas, CA…The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) is conducting a prescribed burning operation on the Winton-Schaad Vegetation Management Plan (VMP) site. This project is in the north-eastern portion of Calaveras County, four miles north of Wilseyville in the vicinity of Winton Road, Schaads Road and Bailey Ridge Road. Smoke may […]

The 2019 TuCARE “A Community Within Fuel Breaks” Fuel Break & Fuel Management Bus Tour

The 2019 TuCARE “A Community Within Fuel Breaks” Fuel Break & Fuel Management Bus Tour

Arnold, CA…On November 14th TuCARE or the Tuolumne County Alliance for Resources & Environment held a bus tour for local government & community members to get an update on the forest fuel break and fuel management projects along the Hwy 4 corridor. The tour was titled “A Community Within Fuel Breaks” At noon was lunch […]

Services This Saturday for EPFD Board Director, Veteran & Retired Battalion Chief Thomas J. Sullivan

Services This Saturday for EPFD Board Director, Veteran & Retired Battalion Chief Thomas J. Sullivan

Arnold, CA…It is with deep regret that the Ebbetts Pass Fire District must announce the passing of one of our Board of Directors Thomas J. Sullivan. Tom passed away on Saturday November 9, 2019 at his home in Arnold. The funeral service will be held on Saturday, November 16 at 1:00 PM at Ebbetts Pass […]

Congressman Tom McClintock Keynoted TuCARE’s Annual Conference Yesterday. Complete Summit Video Below!

Congressman Tom McClintock Keynoted TuCARE’s Annual Conference Yesterday.   Complete Summit Video Below!

Sonora, CA…The Annual Natural Resources Summit was held today at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds. There ware great presentations on a variety of topics all morning long. In addition to Congressman McClintock there were speakers from the Stanislaus National Forest, Cal-Fire, Sierra Pacific Industries, University of California Watershed Specialist, Tuolumne Office of Emergency Services, Hwy 108 […]

Make Your Home Ember Resistant & Get Your Wildfire Protection Tools At Bathroom Machineries In Murphys

Make Your Home Ember Resistant & Get Your Wildfire Protection Tools At Bathroom Machineries In Murphys

Murphys, CA…We stopped by DEA Bathroom Machineries and in addition to all the classic & historic plumbing supplies they also have perfect, common sense, easy to deploy Wildfire protection tools. Tom Scheller showed us several options including the W.A.S.P. Fire protection system. The W.A.S.P. Wildfire Protection Kit installs either on your ridge ends or clips […]

PG&E Provides Update on Enhanced Safety Inspections and Repairs Made to Electric Infrastructure in High-Fire Threat Areas

PG&E Provides Update on Enhanced Safety Inspections and Repairs Made to Electric Infrastructure in High-Fire Threat Areas

San Francisco, CA…Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) today provided an update on its accelerated and enhanced safety inspections and repairs conducted in high-fire threat areas over the past six months. These inspections are one part of PG&E’s Community Wildfire Safety Program, which was implemented following the wildfires in 2017 and 2018 to provide additional […]

CAL FIRE to Conduct Prescribed Fire Project in Salt Springs Valley on June 4th

CAL FIRE to Conduct Prescribed Fire Project in Salt Springs Valley on June 4th

San Andreas, CA…The CAL FIRE Tuolumne – Calaveras Unit will be conducting a prescribed fire project in the Salt Springs Valley between Copperopolis and Valley Springs on Tuesday, June 4, 2019. The project encompasses 280 acres of grassland. The intent of the project is to reduce the amount of Medusahead Grass, a noxious weed, and […]

The 2019 Ebbetts Pass Corridor Wildfire Community Preparedness Meeting is May 4th

The 2019 Ebbetts Pass Corridor Wildfire Community Preparedness Meeting is May 4th

Arnold, CA…The Annual Arnold & Ebbetts Pass Corridor Wildfire Community Preparedness Meeting. Is Saturday, May 4th, from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM at Independence Hall, 1445 Blagen Road in Arnold. This annual meeting is a great way to raise awareness of wildfire risks in our area and how to mitigate that risk and be prepared […]

Calaveras High Celebrates Fire Program EMR Certifications

Calaveras High Celebrates Fire Program EMR Certifications

San Andreas, CA….Calaveras High Schools CTE (Career Technical Education) Fire Program just graduated these boys with their EMR (Emergency Medical Responders) Certifications. They put in collectively 2800 hours. Their teacher Suzanne Butler put this awesome ceremony together for them today. Thank you Assembly member Frank Bigelow for presenting resolutions to each student. Thank you Supervisor […]

Measure A Town Hall Meeting on April 10th at Independence Hall

Measure A Town Hall Meeting on April 10th at Independence Hall

Arnold, CA…Ebbetts Pass Fire Fighters Association would like to invite all community members that would like more information on Measure A, to attend our Town Hall Meeting on Wednesday April 10th at 6pm. The meeting will be held in White Pines at the Independence Hall on Blagen road. Fire Chief Mike Johnson will give a […]

Central Calaveras Fire & Rescue Protection District Needs You!

Central Calaveras Fire & Rescue Protection District Needs You!

Mokelumne Hill, CA…Central Calaveras Fire & Rescue Protection District currently has one vacant Board position. Interested applicants must reside in the District and be registered voters. This position is a four-year term ending December 2020. Responsibilities include: • Attend monthly Board Meetings • Participate on two Board Committees • Participate in Annual Budget review • […]

EPFD Chief, Mike Johnson to Speak at Arnold (Sons in Retirement), Meeting, Tuesday, January 15 , 2019

EPFD Chief, Mike Johnson to Speak at Arnold (Sons in Retirement), Meeting, Tuesday, January 15 , 2019

Arnold, CA…Arnold SIR (Sons in Retirement), Branch 152, will hold its Monthly Luncheon Meeting on Tuesday, January 15 , 2019 at 11:00 am, in Snow Flake Lodge at the Blue Lake Springs Homeowners Association, 335 Blue Lake Springs Dr., Arnold, CA. Our speaker this month will be Ebbetts Pass Fire Protection District Chief, Mike Johnson. […]

Camp Fire Claims First Insurance Company Victim

Camp Fire Claims First Insurance Company Victim

Atwater, CA…The Merced Property & Casualty is a small insurance provider that was over exposed in the City of Paradise… “NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that on December 3, 2018, the Superior Court of the City and County of Merced, California entered an Order Appointing Liquidator, in the case entitled Insurance Commissioner of the State of […]

Ebbetts Pass Fire District Receives Office of Traffic Safety Grant for Emergency Response Equipment

Ebbetts Pass Fire District Receives Office of Traffic Safety Grant for Emergency Response Equipment

Arnold, CA…The Ebbetts Pass Fire District (host agency) was awarded a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) of $100,000 for the purchase of Extrication Equipment to assist crash victims and help with emergency response. The grant funded Extrication Equipment can aid in extricating victims from a severely damaged vehicle, reducing the time […]

The Camp Fire’s Destruction Continues to Rise with Death Toll at 56, Over 10,000 Structures Lost & 130 Still Missing

The Camp Fire’s Destruction Continues to Rise with Death Toll at 56, Over 10,000 Structures Lost & 130 Still Missing

Paradise, CA…The fire remained active throughout the day in various areas around the perimeter. Firefighters have been working diligently to attack the fire through direct and indirect methods. As weather and visibility allow, fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters have been working in coordination with ground crews to slow the fire’s progress. Firefighters continue to strengthen and […]

Calaveras County Reaches Settlement Agreement with PG&E of $25,400,000 for 2015 Butte Fire Damages

Calaveras County Reaches Settlement Agreement with PG&E of $25,400,000 for 2015 Butte Fire Damages

San Andreas, CA…Today, the Calaveras County Board of Supervisors agreed to settle the County’s claims against PG&E for damages suffered as a result of the 2015 Butte Fire. After more than two and a half years of information exchange, expert analysis, litigation, and mediation, both PG&E and the County have accepted a “mediator’s proposal” of […]

Stanislaus National Forest Revises Closure Order for Donnell Fire

Stanislaus National Forest Revises Closure Order for Donnell Fire

Sonora, CA…Stanislaus National Forest Deputy Supervisor Scott Tangenberg signed forest order STF-16-2018-15, further revising the forest areas closed due to the Donnell Fire. Campgrounds and day use areas on Highway 108 east of Donnell Vista remain closed, but OHV recreation areas, trails and roads near Niagara Creek are now open to visitors. In addition, trails […]

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