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June 23, 1989
First day of summer proves a sizzler
By MARY NEAL
MOSQUITO — High winds and low humidity kept firefighters running Wednesday when the two elements combined to make the first day of summer a day of critical fire danger.
The first fire of the day started about 10:18 a.m. at the top of a ridge off Mosquito Road at the end of Champagne Lane when winds damaged a defective insulator of a power pole.
Firefighters were especially concerned about this fire because it started in the same area as the Chili Bar fire — a nearly inaccessible area near the American River. If the winds blow a fire down along that canyon, the fire could sweep directly into Placerville, fire officials said.
As a result of the extreme fire danger, swarms of firefighters converged on the area, air tankers flew in from Grass Valley, bulldozers were called to the location and additional crews were placed on standby. Fortunately, soon after the fire began, the wind died down and crews were able to contain the fire to about four acres. After the fire was contained, the winds once again began gusting, but the fire already was well under control.
70 Years ago
June 22, 1944
Barbara McKee Given Salute For Work At Air Depot
Barbara McKee, daughter of J. F. McKee, of Placerville and now an employee of Sacramento Air Command, recently was subject of a broadcast originating from that Army Air Force supply and maintenance base. Called “McClellan’s Miniatures” and aired over KFBK, Sacramento Bee radio station, the program featuring the story of Barbara was one in a series given each day in honor of an outstanding Sacramento Service Command employee.
The radio story told of Barbara’s being a native of Placerville, attending Stanford, managing motels here and in Auburn, going to Sacramento to night school and later working for a title insurance company. Going on to a definite war job at Sacramento Air Service Command, she was first an interviewer for the Civilian service board but last July she was promoted to the position of junior counselor in the employee relations section.
110 Years ago
Mountain Democrat, June 25, 1904
The national treasury seems to have slumped. Instead of a surplus of fourteen million, as Secretary Shaw pronounced, there will be a deficit of about three times that amount. For a season of “unexpected prosperity” that is very depressing.
A Sensible Regulation
Supt. George Hofmeister, in his administration of the City Water Works, he made a good beginning. The regulation restricting the use of water for sprinkling purposes to three hours in the evening and three in the morning, is manifestly judicious and right. It equalizes the distribution between central portions of the city and its Nob Hills and suburbs. It also economizes a sufficient force for possible emergencies. It is an allround good regulation and should be cheerfully accepted and rigidly enforced.