Teasing rain…


Posted by Annie in Outdoors, Tuolumne County, Twain Harte News on September 13, 2015

The garden is suffering, the trees are suffering and the deer are suffering, as the rain teases us once again.  I wonder if I did a rain dance if that would help?  Maybe some of the Mi Wuk can help us out?

Geiger-Müller radiation detector.

Geiger-Müller radiation detector.

The good news is the air is starting to clear, in Twain Harte anyway.  Visibility still sucks but the humidity is a certain relief.  I just wish it would rain.

If it does actually rain, please protect your skin.  I don’t know why no one is talking about acid rain, but the rain is not clean, not only does it have fine particulates of aluminium, it has the potential of having high amounts of radiation.  Get your Geiger counter dusted off, and check around the area where you live.

Radiation levels are huge on the beaches, but then it gets up in the rain and travels long distances. Radiation levels are up all over the country. You can’t see, smell or taste radiation but it causes cancers, tumors, leukemia and other potentially lethal diseases.

We got a little sprinkling, nothing to write home to mom about.  Maybe we will get more tonight?

Smoke filled skies


Posted by Annie in Tuolumne County, Twain Harte News on September 10, 2015

Photo by John Slot - https://www.facebook.com/JohnSlotPhotography

Photo by John Slot

The air is thick with smoke tonight in Tuolumne County.  Here are local updates.

The Oak Fire in the Cedar Ridge area north of Twain Harte is now 106 acres and 90% contained. All evacuation orders and recommendations have been lifted and things are optimistic.

As close as the Oak Fire is, though, it’s not where the smoke and ash is coming from. You can thank the Butte Fire in Amador and Calaveras counties for that. The Butte Fire has only been burning 30 hours and is now already 14,700 acres and only 10% contained. This fire started east of Jackson but has grown significantly, hour by hour.

The sky reminds me of the Rim Fire from two years ago. If you have air conditioning, now would be the time to use it and close up your house to avoid the ash and smoke. Diffuse some essential oils, particularly lemon, grapefruit and lavender.  All helpful for the lungs and airways.

CAL Fire reports:

Road Closures: (Amador County) Clinton Road at Butte Mountain Road (Both Ends) Butte Mountain Road Cutoff at Clinton Road. Amador Lane at Clinton Road, Electra at SR 49, Ponderosa Road at Tabeaud, Access to Lake Tabeaud is closed; Hwy 88 at W. Clinton Road, Hwy 88 at Irish Town Road, Hwy 88 at Tabeaud Road, Hwy 88 at Aqueduct Circle, Highway 88 at Mount Zion

(Calaveras County) SR 26 and Hwy 49 at Mokelumne Hill East to Ridge Road, SR 26 and Ponderosa Road, SR 26 and Jesus Maria; SR 26 at Hwy 49, SR 26 at Lower Dorray Road.

View CAL FIRE’s 2015 Fire Map here for the latest information on fires throughout the state.