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DAY 10: The Rough Fire exploded into a raging inferno, subject to canyon winds that, on August 18, caused it to jump what were considered firebreaks, the Kings River and Highway 180. (Click arrows for additional photo.)
  At a community meeting in Dunlap on Wednesday evening, Aug. 26, an incident management team updated the public on the latest strategies to contain an erratic wildfire that has already scorched 56,000 acres of land on the Sierra and Sequoia national forests. A map posted at the meeting showed that near the southeastern perimeter of the burned area, fire has already passed through at least two...
This website's Kaweah Kam image on Tuesday, Aug. 18, when smoke from the Rough Fire first started inundating Kaweah Country. (Click arrows to see additional image.)
  In the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California, August is usually the month when afternoon thunderstorms are prevalent. This year, the most destructive lightning strike occurred July 31, when the bolt from the sky ignited what would become known as the Rough Fire. Since then, it’s been a month of high pressure, meaning no precipitation and no air movement to clear the smoky skies, but a weather...
Thieves used a rock to break a window at Three Rivers Drug Store to gain entry sometime during the overnight hours of Thursday-Friday, Aug. 20-21.
  Sometime in the pre-dawn hours of Friday, Aug. 21, a burglar (or burglars) forced entry into a rear door of Main Fork & Co., a Sierra Drive gift shop and art gallery located in the Mountain View Realty complex adjacent to Three Rivers Market. The owner, Monica Rodriguez, reported that $200 in cash was taken but no merchandise was removed. She was surprised, she said, that an electronic...
SCRAPING BY: This Toyota minivan, driven by Jay Hossain of Three Rivers, was westbound on Highway 198 at Lake Kaweah on Thursday morning, Aug. 20, when it was sideswiped by a Chevrolet pickup traveling eastbound.
  The driver who crossed the center line of Highway 198 east of the Kaweah Recreation Area and was involved in the rollover crash on the morning of Thursday, Aug. 20, was identified as Dustin Small, 22. Small was driving a 2002 Chevrolet pickup heading to a lockout service call for Wallace Towing in Three Rivers when the crash occurred. Small told the CHP officer at the scene that his eastbound...
Lacy Mello (click arrows to see additional photos)
  Here is an introduction to the new faculty at Woodlake High:   Lacy Mello - Social Studies for Special Education  Lacy Mello, the new Special Education-Social Studies teacher, has strong ties to the Woodlake community. She completed her kindergarten-through-eighth-grade education in Woodlake schools. She then attended and graduated from Exeter High School. Mello said she loves living and...
The Rough Fire during the week of August 17, 2015. (Click arrows to see graphic of where fires are burning in California.)
  UPDATE - August 24, 2015:  Acreage: 49,440 acres Containment: 17% Personnel: 2126 Firefighters, including 24 crews, 148 engines and 10 helicopters Incident command: Moved from Hume Lake Christian Camp to Hume Ranger District office in Dunlap. Currently located on Highway 180n in Squaw Valley (Fresno County). Weather forecast: High pressure will remain centered over Arizona through Tuesday, Aug...
An anonymous person emailed this photo of the minivan that was sideswiped by the driver of the Wallace Towing service truck. (Click arrows for additional photo.)
  A driver from Wallace Towing in Porterville heading east on Highway 198 on Thursday, Aug. 20, at 8 a.m., was on the way to Three Rivers for a routine “lock-out” service call. As the driver exited the curve somewhere between Kaweah Recreation Area (the second boat ramp) and Horse Creek Campground, he crossed the center line and sideswiped a westbound minivan. The service vehicle continued across...
SUN SCREEN: The red sky each morning over Three Rivers since August 18 signals the start of another smoky day.
  It looks like Kaweah Country will remain in the grips of high pressure for the next seven days. It’s this high-pressure system that is keeping the smoke from the Rough Fire trapped in the air basin. Air quality in Three Rivers has ranged from Moderate to Unhealthy throughout the week. The worst air quality readings have occurred in the morning. Those sensitive to smoke should take precautions...
When you enter Sequoia, pay the entrance fee or plan on being cited...
  SEQUOIA   Ash Mountain Friday, Aug. 7: There was a single-vehicle rollover accident along the Generals Highway just inside the Sequoia National Park entrance. The driver was transported by ambulance to Kaweah Delta Hospital.  Friday, Aug. 7: Rangers conducted a patrol of the Dillonwood area and found evidence of recent illegal off-highway vehicle use.  Saturday, Aug. 15: Multiple graffiti...
When water and power combined for the first time in Three Rivers. (Click arrows for additional photo.)
  This is the second of three reports on the public water forum that was sponsored by the Three Rivers Village Foundation on Monday, Aug. 3.  The first article appeared in the August 7 issue of The Kaweah Commonwealth and is available here.   A packed house attended the special Town Hall meeting held Monday evening, Aug. 3, at the Three Rivers Memorial Building addressing all aspects of water in...

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