The Tassajara Fire remains at 90% containment. It has burned 213 acres since it started last Wednesday. The remaining 10% is in an inaccessible area. Crews began suppression repair, trash backhaul, patrol and mop-up today. Demobilization began today as well. No evacuations are in effect. Tassajara Ridge Road is expected to reopen tomorrow. The Jamesburg-Tassajara Road is currently open only to residents.
For public safety, portions of the following trails are not recommended for use until after the fire is completely out:
Marble Peak Trail
Pine Ridge Trail
Carmel River Trail
Miller Canyon Trail
Full containment of the Tassajara Fire is expected tomorrow (Tuesday).
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The Rancho Fire, which started Friday 2 miles north of Lebec, but has moved into the eastern side of that portion of the Los Padres National Forest, has burned 722 acres, and is 92% contained. Full Containment of that fire is expected this Wednesday.
A BODY WAS FOUND ALONG THE SAN LORENZO RIVER LEVEE IN SANTA CRUZ THIS MORNING. AUTHORITIES WERE NOTIFIED OF A BODY FOUND IN THE BRUSH NEAR THE EDGE OF THE RIVER AROUND 8 A-M . A NEWS CREW ON-SCENE SAID THEY BELIEVE THE VICTIM DIED OF AN OVERDOSE.
A 27 YEAR-OLD MAN WAS ARRESTED IN SALINAS OVER THE WEEKEND. THAT AFTER HE LED LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS ON A CHASE, AFTER RUNNING A STOP-SIGN IN SALINAS. THE PURSUIT ENDED WHEN CARLOS AMEZCUA RAN THE TRUCK HE WAS DRIVING INTO HIS OWN DRIVEWAY AT HIGH SPEED, CRASHING IT INTO THE SIDE OF HIS FATHER’S TRUCK, BEFORE RUNNING INTO THE HOUSE AND OUT THE OTHER SIDE.
AMEZCUA FACES POSSIBLE CHARGES OF FELONY PURSUIT, PAROLE VIOLATION, AND ANIMAL CRUELTY (BECAUSE HIS DOG WAS CHAINED IN THE BACK OF AMEZCUA’S TRUCK DURING THE WHOLE EPISODE).
THE DEADLINE FOR COMMENTS ON A PRIMARY SOIL FUMIGANT (USED BY MANY STRAWBERRY GROWERS), HAS BEEN EXTENDED. IN AN ATTEMPT TO PROTECT RESIDENTS (AND BYSTANDERS) FROM EXPOSURE TO chloro-PICK-rin, THE DEPARTMENT OF PESTICIDE REGULATION HAS PROPOSED ADDITIONAL SAFEGUARDS. NOW PEOPLE HAVE UNTIL AUGUST 31ST TO EXPRESS THEIR VIEWS ON THE FUMIGANT, AND THE PROPOSED SAFEGUARDS. COMMENTS CAN BE E-MAILED TO:
or call Linda O’Connell at (916) 445-4280