Welcome to the new Ponderosa, California Website

Have a look around, and feel free to contact us if you would like something added.

We’ve also set up a Facebook Page where all posts will be shared as well.

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Clouds, Amazing Clouds. Time lapse videos from Ponderosa, 11/4/17. 🌲⛰

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A Drive up the Hill, 11/3/17

Through the burned hills and clouds, to the sun. But it’s getting cold! 38 degrees at 6pm. 

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Community Meeting, Highway 190

 

VISALIA, CA – Sequoia Crest, Camp Nelson, Ponderosa, Pierpoint Springs, Cedar Slope, and Upper Tule community members are encouraged to attend a community meeting scheduled for Thursday, November 9, from 6-7:00 p.m. at the Springville Veterans Memorial Building, located at 35944 CA-190, Springville, CA 93265. 

The Tulare County Fire Department will present information about the potential for slope failures and road closures during flooding or heavy snow in these regions which experienced heavy fire activity during the Pier Fire this summer.

“The Tulare County Fire Department will continue to work with all agencies to ensure that those who live in communities affected by the fire will continue to receive effective services from our department as the winter weather approaches,” said Charlie Norman, Tulare County Fire Chief.

Community members will also learn about life safety issues and preparedness, along with the Sheriff’s role to coordinate road closures, implementing evacuations, and patrolling the area from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office.

“We will continue to work in collaboration with our County partners to ensure your safety in the aftermath of the Pier Fire,” Sheriff Mike Boudreaux said. “However, along the Highway 190 corridor, it’s important for community members to recognize potential dangers such as flooding and erosion due to loss of ground cover. This winter, I ask that residents continue to be prepared and maintain vigilance in watching for potential dangers and to work with us to keep these areas as safe as possible.”

Other presenters at the community meeting will include representatives from the Red Cross and the National Weather Service.

Representatives from the U.S. Forestry Service, Edison, Cal-Trans, California Highway Patrol, Services, the Office of Emergency, and the Resource Management Agency will be present to answer questions from community members.

Prepare now by registering for AlertTC to receive important information from public safety agencies at www.alerttc.com.

 

For more information, please contact the Fire Department Public Information Officers at (559) 624-0628, or the Tulare County Sheriff’s Public Information Office at (559) 636-4695.

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Lion Fire Update, October 22nd: 50% contained, 19,215 Acres

Total Personnel 120

Size 19,215 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 50%
Estimated Containment Date Monday November 27th, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM

Smoke Report – Oct. 22, 2017
Smoke: Minimal air quality impacts expected today as a result of Lion Fire smoke, except in canyons immediately in the vicinity of the fire. Camp Nelson may continue to see some minor impacts from interior smoldering of the Pier Fire. Decreasing dispersion under warmer and drier conditions the next few days.
Fire: All significant activity remains on the far easternmost area of the Lion Fire, east of Angora Mountain to the Kern River. Very little smoke production is expected today.
Other: Forecasts reflect fine particulate matter only – not ozone. Real time air quality conditions: https://tinyurl.com/yd7ngvd8 This will be the final smoke outlook for the Lion Fire.
Oct. 22 Lion Fire Summary:
The Lion Fire continues to smolder with minimal fire behavior on the east of Angora Mountain to the Kern River. Firefighters continue to make great progress on mop-up operations along the fire’s perimeter and continue to patrol containment lines. Smoke continues to be observed inside the perimeter of the Lion Fire. 
Current acreage remains at 19,215 for the third day with 85 percent containment. Due to decreasing fire activity, the incident will transition to management by a Type 4 Incident Management Team tonight at 6 p.m. Crews will continue to monitor and repair the fire perimeter and mop-up any areas of concern.
The next Lion Fire Update will be Wednesday, October 25, unless significant fire or smoke activities occur. 
Reminder: A temporary area and trails closure for the Lion Fire area, within the Golden Trout Wilderness, on the Western Divide Ranger District is in effect. The Forest Order is for the protection of National Forest visitors by prohibiting entry into the area while wildland fire suppression operations are taking place, helping to ensure both public and firefighter safety. Backcountry users planning trips to the Golden Trout Wilderness are asked to call the Western Divide Ranger District at 559-539-2607 for the latest information on trail closures.
Smoke Impacts: 
Minimal air quality impacts expected today as a result of Lion Fire smoke, except in canyons immediately in the vicinity of the fire. Camp Nelson may continue to see some minor impacts from interior smoldering of the Pier Fire. Decreasing dispersion under warmer and drier conditions the next few days. You can learn more about air quality, and daily smoke forecasts are available visiting either http://www.airnow.gov or http://www.valleyair.org. For Lion Fire information visit https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5626/
Basic Information

Current as of 10/22/2017, 3:57:29 PM

Incident Type Wildfire

Cause Lightning

Date of Origin Sunday September 24th, 2017 approx. 05:00 PM

Location Near Lion Meadow in the Golden Trout Wilderness, Sequoia National Forest

Incident Commander Ronald Salazar USFS

Current Situation

Total Personnel 120

Size 19,215 Acres

Percent of Perimeter Contained 50%

Estimated Containment Date Monday November 27th, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM

Fuels Involved 

Timber litter and understory, 2-ft tall brush, and 1-ft tall grass. Pine needles and timber litter

Outlook

Remarks 

Forest Closure Order

0513-17-41

, has closed trails in the Golden Trout Wilderness northeast of Grey Meadow, northwest of Trout Meadow, east of Nelson Cabin, and south of the Park boundary.

Jerky Meadow and Summit Trails which encompasses the southern and western areas of the control lines were added to the closure area Oct. 12, 2017.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns 

A weak tropical disturbance will move across the fire area on Tuesday. Mid and high level clouds will increase with a 20 percent chance of a light rain shower through Tuesday evening. High pressure prevails for Wednesday before a weakening trough of low pressure passes through the region on Thursday. Winds on the fire will remain terrain driven with normal slope and valley conditions prevailing. Relative humidity will trend upward over the next few days.

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