Sunshine and blue skies make this time of year perfect for camping and outdoor activities. With the Memorial Day weekend approaching, CAL FIRE reminds all Californians about the increased fire danger this year and asks everyone of to be extra careful in the outdoors.
“Holiday weekends are a great time for friends and families to go out and enjoy the outdoors, but we must all remain aware of the fire danger and the risks posed in the outdoors,” said Chief Ken Pimlott, director of CAL FIRE. “We urge safety and preparedness when in wildland areas. California's extremely dry conditions are primed for wildfires, and it takes diligence from everyone to avoid sparking a fire."
With one of the driest winters on record, officials have already seen a drastic increase in fires. In an average year, by late May CAL FIRE responds to approximately 850 wildfires. Already this year, CAL FIRE has responded to nearly 1,600 wildfires; that number is up 50% from last year at this time, when there were just under 1,050 wildfires.
CAL FIRE would like everyone to remember these important steps this holiday:
· Obtain a campfire permit
· Check for local fire restrictions
· Clear away grass, leaves and other debris within a 10-foot perimeter of any campfire
· Have a responsible person in attendance at all times
· Ensure all campfires are completely extinguished before leaving
· When barbequing, never leave the grill unattended
With temperatures up, California's water ways are running high as remaining snow melts. Many take advantage of cooling off in local rivers, but this fun outdoor activity does come with risks. Drownings claim adults and children alike, and Memorial Day Weekend tends to see a spike in drownings. Under local agreements, CAL FIRE responds to hundreds of water rescues across the state each year and even the strongest of swimmers can be caught off guard by strong currents or cold water. Following these tips below can save lives:
In the Water:
· Always wear a life jacket!
· Children should always be supervised by a responsible adult
· Never swim alone
· Drinking and swimming is just as dangerous and drinking and driving.
For more ways to be safe during Memorial Day visit the CAL FIRE website at www.fire.ca.gov.
A wind energy project that is expected to create power for 47,000 homes, employ an estimated 260 workers during construction and create 15 permanent jobs has been approved by the Bureau of Land Management.
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The Tehachapi News presents the News@Noon for May 24, 2013.
Several members from the audience groaned with disapproval, as Tehachapi Valley Recreation and Parks District Manager Matt Young announced that the Dye Natatorium, which houses Tehachapi's only public swimming pool, would remained closed for the entire summer after being shut down earlier this month.
A 26-year-old Rosamond man was killed in a traffic accident on Edwards Air Force Base at about 2:45 a.m. on May 23 according to a news release from the Kern County Coroner's office.
As of Friday, May 24, no arrests had been reported, but local authorities late last week uncovered a cache of stolen property as well as cash and drugs.
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The Tehachapi News presents the News@Noon for May 23, 2013.
The Kern County Grand Jury released a five-page report on Thursday, May 22, taking the Bear Valley Community Service District governing board to task for issues including potential violations of the Brown Act, complaints of harassment by a board member and overcharging for police dispatch services.
The inquiry conducted by the Grand Jury's Special District's Committee also found several other areas where the district's practices were in question.
"The Hangover III," filmed by Warners Bros. Studios last year with locations in and around Tehachapi, is being released to theaters on Thursday, May 23. According to the Kern County Board of Trade and Film Commission, filming of the production in Eastern Kern County during eight days in September 2012 generated an estimated $2 million in the local economy.
Hoping to cut down on drunken and drug-impaired drivers over the Memorial Day weekend, the California Highway Patrol will conduct a sobriety checkpoint on Saturday, May 25,in an unincorporated area of eastern Kern County. Communities served by the Mojave Area of the California Highway Patrol include Tehachapi, Rosamond, Boron, and Mojave.
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The Tehachapi News presents the News@Noon for May 22, 2013
Tehachapi resident Steven Vogel, accused of five counts of sexual acts with minors, waived his right to a preliminary hearing at Kern County Superior Court in Mojave Tuesday, May 21.