Fire Concerns Heat Up in Claycord After 40 Days of No Rain

January 16, 2014 · 27 comments

Unfortunately, we haven’t had any rain for over a month in Claycord, which means the vegetation around the valley and in the hills is extremely dry.

Please, if you smoke, don’t throw your cigarettes out the window!

A small vegetation fire was extinguished earlier today off Highway-680 near the Pacheco Blvd. off-ramp (thanks to Pat for the tip). Although the cause hasn’t been determined, there’s a good chance it was caused by a discarded cigarette.

Also, chainsaws, fireworks, abandoned campfires, and the discharge of firearms (the cause of the Morgan Fire) are all known causes of wildfire.

Please use caution. A little safety can go a long way!

1 Morgan Territory Road January 16, 2014 at 5:39 PM

And please NO TARGET practice.

2 Ted K., SuperMax January 16, 2014 at 6:20 PM

“are all known causes of wildfire.”

Duh! …Let’s be more comprehensive with “the known causes of wildfires…Add “controlled burns”, lightning strikes, vehicle collisions, military exercises, short-circuit of power lines, and transformer explosions.

Were these unknown causes of wildfires?

3 Democrats Don't Give A Dam January 16, 2014 at 7:01 PM

How many decades have the Democrats owned both chambers of the state house and how many new dams have been built in that time?

“The last major dam built in California was the New Melones Dam on the Stanislaus River in the 1970’s, which environmentalists fought. Since then, not only have a handful of smaller dams been torn down, but the few new dams have generally involved a new generation of technology; water is diverted from rivers, usually just at flush times, and stored in off-stream reservoirs” (Los Vaqueros).

http://www.nytimes.com/2001/07/08/us/as-california-thirsts-dams-make-comeback.html?pagewanted=all&src=pm

4 Dana Farms January 16, 2014 at 7:04 PM

Smells like fire right now in Dana Farms. Anyone else smell it?

5 Dorothy January 16, 2014 at 7:07 PM

Other than the lightning, rest is caused by people. Stay out of the dry vegetation.

Need more rain dancers too.

6 anon January 16, 2014 at 8:33 PM

So it’s OK to use my Tesla coil! Cool!!

7 Momo January 16, 2014 at 10:41 PM

Whether its fire danger or not people shouldn’t throw cigarette butts out their car windows. Drives me crazy when I see people do that. One of the many disgusting habits smokers have.

8 Foxy Lady January 16, 2014 at 11:26 PM

Confused at #3:
You are mistaken . Democrats DO GIVE A DAM. Thats why we fight all of the users and losers from further depleting our mother earth of her valuable resources. There is a fine balance of nature. You do not get to ruin it just because you feel like it. Perhaps you are not aware that building and maintaing dams has profound effects on beings and things far greater than yourself.

If we do not remember our past mistakes, we are bound to repeat them. We cannot take back previous actions but we certainly can learn from them and act accordingly.

9 Highway Veteran January 16, 2014 at 11:27 PM

Mayor, thank you for your article.
I observed a woman throwing a cigarette out of her vehicle while driving on Highway 4 traveling westbound this morning. I cannot understand this woman’s lack of concern and understanding that a small spark can start a fire!

10 Hey..."Morgan Territory Road"... January 17, 2014 at 12:05 AM

You’re not still buying into that “target practice” hoax. Those guys were screwing around with fireworks up there all day. Families are covering for them, and everybody else knows it, but nobody can prove it.

11 Mark January 17, 2014 at 6:03 AM

Foxy,

The “profound effects” are? Can you think of any offsetting benefits?

12 Stop ... January 17, 2014 at 6:14 AM

selling water to the southern Cal. Desert!
Republicans from the past have made
themselves rich on water boondoggles .
To the point where southern farmers made
more selling their water allocations than
growing crops. Destroying complex Eco-
systems seems fine for the money grubbing
Republicans that would sell the future for
a few bucks.

13 Conserving, Reluctantly January 17, 2014 at 7:52 AM

Falling for the push to conserve your resources? Yes, we are in a drought. Yes, the reservoirs will be running low this year, However, conserving serves the developers who contribute to this problem. Conserving resources allows them to show that there are enough existing resources to continue with more development, further increasing our population and ultimate drain on resources. It creates increased demand for a limited amount of resources which then allows price increases and more profit.

14 The Mamba January 17, 2014 at 8:17 AM

We need rain, no two ways about it. How was ski season this year? Oh, there wasn’t one.

15 Laura Zah January 17, 2014 at 8:21 AM

@ #10 At least they didn’t claim it was caused by the dreaded, evil “Assault Rifle”!!!!!!!!

16 Lily Pond January 17, 2014 at 9:12 AM

@13. Interesting point. I think lots of people will question “the politics of development” as this drought unfolds. Also water rates are likely to skyrocket this year. I don’t like to see rates go up but I think higher rates will be the only effective way to ensure people conserve water in 2014.

Does anyone know of a good shower timer? I tend to take long showers, and I would like to get in the habit of taking shorter showers.

17 claycordian January 17, 2014 at 9:51 AM

Keep in mind that the large channel system shipping Northern California water to the south is called the “Edmund G Brown California Aqueduct”. (Moonbeam’s father) Somehow I don’t think the Republicans had anything to do with it.

18 jtkatec January 17, 2014 at 10:04 AM

Thank goodness, my house has a well so my plants won’t be without.

19 Sacto Rob January 17, 2014 at 10:34 AM

@#8 Foxy Lady. There are no being or things far greater than myself. Though I would point out that your very low self-image is typical, if not a requirement for, your basic tree-hugger.

20 VikingPrincess January 17, 2014 at 10:34 AM

Was waiting for this http://www.mercurynews.com/drought/ci_24933392?source=blurb

So ..yellow let it mellow, two in one shower etc.. anyone can remember when that first was implemented? I was just a little Vikling but we cut back.

21 truth January 17, 2014 at 10:43 AM

Just take a bath. You’ll save water.

22 Bob the Repairman January 17, 2014 at 10:49 AM

@16
Why not asked the govenment for a shower timer. I think they would give you one since you can’t think for yourself. It is difficult to take “shorter” showers without one. Try counting, but that may be a problem if you have been through the government school system.

23 The Mamba January 17, 2014 at 10:54 AM

Two in one shower? I can support that.

24 Suzanne January 17, 2014 at 11:50 AM

Utility bills are going to sky rocket this season. I’m not looking forward to that.

25 say it. January 17, 2014 at 11:56 AM

PLEASE God, let it rain!!!!!!!!
Amen

26 Charles III January 17, 2014 at 12:58 PM

@Democrets Just Don’t Give A Damn #3; no, we just hoped you would LEAVE !!!

27 LitlleWing January 18, 2014 at 12:07 AM

Sacto Rob @ #19:

Ahhh… Perhaps not in your own mind. But in the grand scheme of things, the truth remains that there are items which are far more important (to the greater good of all) than your immediate desires.
The acts of name calling and pointing out inaccuracies cant change the truth.
But please don’t get paranoid. The idea that the balance of nature is just slightly larger than your inflated ego is not a personal assult on your self-image. You needn’t put others down to make yourself feel better. We are all in this together.

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