Chris Swarbrick, a fire captain in Sacramento, has an intimate understanding of the fire service. He understands the “needs of both the public and the fire service,” he said. That, he said, is why the local union approached him about running for El Dorado County’s Fire Board. It also helped that he had headed up […]
Dennis Thomas, owner of Robinson’s Pharmacy, has lived in El Dorado County his entire life. When he learned his good friend Bruce Lacher was retiring as chief of the El Dorado County Fire District, Thomas decided to further serve his community by running for the director position of Division 2 of the county Fire Board. […]
After seeing the what he believes to the the mismanagement of the El Dorado County Fire Protection Board, Mark Brunton, a chief officer for Cal Fire, decided to run for the director position for Division 1. Brunton, who has been in the fire industry for 25 years and a resident of the county, currently living […]
EDITOR: I am concerned about the Mountain Democrat’s limited reporting about the suspended funding to the El Dorado County Fire Safe Council for fire safety activities for the Western Slope portion of our county. The March 14 Democrat article didn’t indicate that the reporter had independently read and analyzed the federal audit report that prompted […]
In response to the Sand Fire, the County of El Dorado has set up a hotline and Webpage for information regarding county services available to those affected by the natural disaster. The phone number is 530-642-7263 (SAND). The hotline will be available from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday E-mail messages may be […]
On July 3 stop by the El Dorado Hills Town Center or Cameron Park Lake and see a jubilee of fireworks or plan on attending the fireworks show on July 4 at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville Ñ because fireworks in the possession of individuals are illegal. ÒThese venues are a great place […]
WHITEHALL — The Kyburz Fire threatened residents, campers and drivers as flames tore through the wooded landscape on both sides of Highway 50.
The wildfire broke out at about 2 p.m. Thursday with fire crews on the ground and in the air, including the recently featured Super Scooper based out of Lake Tahoe, quickly taking action.
Seventy-five residences/vacation homes were evacuated along with 15 camp sites from the Sand Flat Campground, according to an El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department press release. The Pollock Pines Community Center served as an evacuation center for those displaced. By Friday all mandatory evacuations had been lifted but some voluntary evacuations were still in place. The Sand Flat campground remained closed as of Sunday.
With the official arrival of summer, El Dorado County health officials remind residents to take precautions should wildfire smoke impact the areas in which they live, work and recreate. Dave Johnston, El Dorado County Air Quality Management District air pollution control officer, said wildfires in the county and region can produce smoke that causes health […]
CAMINO — The Amador-El Dorado Unit Offices of Cal Fire recently removed two trees killed by the western pine bark beetle on its property and warn that more of El Dorado County’s drought-suffering trees could fall victim. A bark beetle is a small (about one-fourth of an inch) beetle that bores into the protective outer layer of a tree […]
COLOMA — A vegetation fire broke out near Highway 49 north of Marshall Grade, prompting the road’s closure Thursday afternoon. The Adventure Fire scorched 100 acres in the community north of Placerville. It was declared 100 percent contained on Friday, July 17, after firefighters worked through the night, according to the Cal Fire incident page. Crews used […]
California Fire Safe Council recently announced it will provide $3.3 million in federal grant funds for 25 wildfire risk reduction projects to be conducted by at-risk communities in 22 California counties. El Dorado County Fire Safe Council’s 2015 EDCFSC Residential Defensible Space Program will receive $142,500 with a match amount of $165,842, according to the CFSC chart. Funding for the […]
EL DORADO HILLS — A man suspected of using illegal fireworks reportedly spat on and threatened a deputy and his family following the suspect’s arrest on July 4. At 11 p.m. that night a deputy heard what sounded like fireworks near the El Dorado Hills Library, according to an El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department press release. […]
On July 8, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was read aloud by Col. John Nixon of the Philadelphia Committee of Safety at the State House in Philadelphia. It was then read that night before the militia on the commons and on following days in other towns. According to reports every reading was greeted with celebration. […]
Firefighters battled two El Dorado County wildfires in steep terrain in the days before the 4th of July, possibly thanks to Mother Nature’s fireworks.
Thursday afternoon a fire broke out just before 5 p.m. west of Bucks Bar Road near Hanks Exchange, shortly after a thunderstorm rolled through the area. The official cause has yet to be determined.
Sheriff John D’Agostini wants to remind everyone that fireworks of any kind are illegal in El Dorado County. Any person caught possessing, transporting, purchasing, selling or even storing fireworks could be cited or arrested and booked into the El Dorado County Jail for violating the misdemeanor county ordinance. Illegal fireworks in El Dorado County even […]
A 10-year-old El Dorado Hills boy accidentally discharged an off-duty police officer’s 9 mm pistol while playing on the field at West Coast Airsoft Park in Plymouth, Amador County, last weekend. “Thinking it was a dropped airsoft pistol, he picked it up on the playing field and discharged it, luckily not striking himself, the other […]
EDITOR: I would like to take a moment to say thank you to the fireman who took time out of his day off to come and talk to the preschool aged children at the library. A friend and I took our young children to the firefighter story time at the Placerville library Friday. I had pictured the usual […]
A delegation from Chihuahua, Mexico, visited El Dorado County in late June to understand what the county has to offer by way of manufacturing, agriculture and tourism with the hopes of building relationships and potential business opportunities. The visit marked the first international delegation to El Dorado County. Visitors included Arnoldo Delgado Anchondo, the treasurer […]
For independent senior citizens and the disabled in El Dorado County, injuries from a single fall can trigger a downward spiral that often includes ambulances, emergency rooms, hospitals and rehab centers. Many require skilled nursing for the rest of their lives. The less fortunate can lie injured on the floor until someone finds them. They […]
The beautiful summer nights just keep getting better with the nearly full Moon by Saturn on Sunday, June 28 and a five-day conjunction between Venus and Jupiter starts. Be sure to take a look. Stars at Danette’s It will be a stellar performance at Danette’s Brick Oven Pub, 2875 Ray Lawyer Drive in Placerville, […]
A fire on June 15 burned 6.7 acres at Highway 49 near the area of last year’s Sand Fire.
At around 2:10 p.m., a fire was reported near at 7541 Highway 49, Cal Fire’s Brice Bennett said. Reports put it near Sand Ridge Road and Crystal Boulevard. Originally estimated between 2 and 3 acres, the fire slowly grew to about 4 acres over the course about 30 minutes. Air attack — a spotter aircraft — from Cal Fire reported that, despite some spotting ahead of the main burn, the fire was advancing slowly.
Two air tankers were dispatched; a house, it was later reported, was partially painted orange in fire retardant. One residence was threatened.
Shadow Ridge Ranch was originally homesteaded in the 1860s by the Raffetto family who operated a store down the road in the mining camp of Newtown or Sunny Italy as the Italians later called it. The family sold produce raised on the ranch as well as wine and grapa made for the miners during […]
PARK AND RIDE CLOSURE: Very recently we received the following notice: “Please be aware that due to sealing and striping being done at Town Center, the El Dorado Hills Park and Ride lot at Post Street will not be served Monday, June 15, through Wednesday, June 17. Please park at the Vine and Mercedes lot […]
The El Dorado County Sheriff’s South Lake Tahoe Search and Rescue Team responded to two separate incidents of backwoods hikers with injuries on June 8. The S&R team was dispatched at 12:43 p.m. after an adult male hiker fell from Cascade Falls, suffering traumatic injuries, a press released states. A hoist-capable helicopter was requested due […]
Pioneer Fire personnel contained a structure fire June 1 in Somerset despite heavy fire conditions in the residence’s attic and back. Engine 38, Squad 31 and Water Tender 38 were dispatched to a residence at 5295 Rooster Lane at about 8:39 p.m., according to a preliminary report by Pioneer Fire Chief Jack Daniels. Engine 38 […]
The El Dorado Women’s Connection luncheon meeting is Monday, June 8 at Cold Springs Country Club, 6500 Clubhouse Drive in Placerville. Lunch seating is at 11:30 and lunch is at noon. Cost is $18 all inclusive. The featured presentation is “Fire Safety & Preparation” by the El Dorado County Fire District. Fire district personnel will be […]
A house fire on May 24 burned the second floor of a home in Placerville. The house at 100 Bison Lane in Placerville suffered “extensive damage to the second floor,” El Dorado County Fire Division Chief Paul McVay said. But the fire was contained to the second floor, with only minor damage to the first […]
A report of fire blight has local backyard gardeners and fruit growers worried about the safety of their trees. Looking as though the leaves and fruit have been hit with a blow torch, fire blight is a bacterial infection that only affects members of the rose family. This includes more than 75 different kinds of trees […]
GARDEN TOUR CANCELLED: The Placerville Shakespeare Club has made the difficult decision to cancel its June 6 Garden & Artists of the Sierra Foothills event. They regret any inconvenience that this may. FREE MOVIE PASS: On Monday, June 1, from 2-6 p.m., you can donate blood at Regal Cinema at 2101 Vine St., El Dorado […]
A retired colonel is using his old rank to help other veterans get the benefits they are entitled to — even if it means directly ordering the vets to get help.
Col. Ed Swanson, 76, of Cool, retired from the Army and National Guard after 20 years of service. He worked briefly at the Pentagon for the Guard, but applied for a four-year tour. He was sent to Camp Zama, Japan, as …
By Isaac Brambila SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — A suspected small honey oil lab, a substance made from marijuana plants, caused a minor explosion that blew out the windows of an apartment in a small complex Tuesday night on Larch Avenue near Pioneer Trail. “I see the windows start inflating like balloons and then before you […]
Supervisors Ron Mikulaco and Shiva Frentzen joined several members of the public in a general staff-bashing session during the May 12 El Dorado County Board of Supervisors meeting. At issue was a staff request for increased funding for additional services by the consulting firm ICF Jones & Stokes, Inc. The company specializes in environmental planning […]
A suspect allegedly armed with a gun was involved in a reported kidnapping by force on May 8, but later arrested for carrying a concealed firearm instead, according to a press release from the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office. At 7:18 p.m. on May 8, sheriff’s deputies responded to the Fairplay Road, Mount Aukum area […]
A structure fire in Pollock Pines was contained to the second floor of the residence Tuesday morning. El Dorado County Fire was dispatched at 5:26 a.m. to 5340 Pony Express Trail, Division Chief Paul McVay said. There was “heavy fire on the second floor,” McVay said, with exposure to the main residence on the first […]
In a busy year, the Western Slope El Dorado Narcotics Enforcement Team seized more than $3.1 million in drug-related currency in 2014, with the South Lake team seizing an additional $90,000. Seizures were not limited to cash, with WENET taking in more than 5,200 pounds of processed marijuana, with a street value of more than […]
An arsonist may be to blame for the scar the King Fire left behind, but the government also played an important role in the fuels that allowed the fire to become the catastrophic event that it was.
Driving into the Rubicon Watershed area, an area that used to harbor 1,000-year-old forest growth, is a devastating experience for those who never knew its beauty before the destruction. It’s especially hard to comprehend for those who have recreated in this area for years.
While 97,000 acres were impacted, the residual effects of the King Fire will be felt for thousands of acres, miles even, throughout the entire state of California. It is difficult to assess the statewide impact of the King Fire, which involves a myriad of agencies, including the U.S. Forest Service …
As approved a year ago, the current El Dorado County Board of Supervisors continued its agreement to supplement five rural fire protection districts in the amount of $815,000. The county gave a similar amount last year to six districts, which at the time, included the Georgetown FPD in addition to the five others. Fallen Leaf […]
Gov. Brown declared May 3-9 as Wildfire Awareness Week, and Cal Fire held a joint press conference on Monday in Pollock Pines to kick off the week and promote fire safety. It was the beginning of a strong message to the public about the severity of the upcoming fire season. It’s obvious everyone is on […]
EDITOR: It only takes a spark. As California continues to weather one of the most severe droughts on record, the risk of wildfire is a very real and present danger. Cal Fire has already responded to more than 1,000 wildfires scorching more than 4,100 acres this year, which they say is well above average. That’s […]
The American Kennel Club’s Public Education and Government Relations Divisions grants a special award for community achievement four times per year to honor exemplary public education and government relations efforts. Honorees receive a certificate of recognition and their club receives $1,000 to further public education and strengthen government relations efforts within their community. Nominations are […]
El Dorado Hills Fire Board Director Doug Hus was arrested on suspicion of felony battery with serious bodily injury Tuesday night. Hus, 54, reportedly hit a 51-year-old man multiple times in the face during an argument on Mariposa Springs Drive. The victim has not been identified. Hus is currently in the El Dorado County Jail. […]
The El Dorado County Home Energy Assistance Program recently announced additional service locations to reach more residents. HEAP is a federally funded program that helps income-eligible households offset the cost of heating and cooling their homes. Eligible homeowners or renters may qualify to have specific payment amounts credited to their electric utility accounts or may […]
POLLOCK PINES — The Amador-El Dorado Forest Forum will be leading a field tour of the 2014 King Fire on Saturday, May 16. The tour will highlight the south end of the King Fire, including the White Meadows Road and Peavine Ridge areas. The tour will focus on all aspects of post-fire effects to both […]
A fire in a bathroom at Gold Sierra High School quickly burned out Thursday morning. A small fire was set on the floor of a bathroom in the lower part of campus at about 7:30 a.m., a press release stated. Students and staff were all safe. The bathrooms and immediate area were blocked off as soon as […]