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Along the state’s highways, more than 700 Cal Trans electronic signs are lit up with the message: SERIOUS DROUGHT. HELP SAVE WATER. Up in the high country, the meager snowpack that accumulated on January 30 and February 6 was rained on up to the 8,500-foot elevation level during the tail end of the storm system that moved east on Saturday, Feb. 8. There is a moderate chance of precipitation in...
  When the fire alarm rang on Tuesday, Feb. 11, at the Cal Fire Station in Three Rivers, it wasn’t entirely unexpected. The drought has already prompted Governor Brown to issue a disaster preparedness proclamation that included the early staffing of Cal Fire stations all over California. In fact, Battalion Chief Derek Staberg, who was one of the firefighters who responded to the recent North Fork...
  After a January hiatus, the monthly Town Hall meeting reconvened on Tuesday, Feb. 4, at the Three Rivers Memorial Building.  Three Rivers Community Plan— At the top of the agenda was a presentation by Tulare County planners on a Three Rivers Community Plan Update.  “On January 28, the Board of Supervisors voted to formally initiate the update to the Three Rivers Community Plan,” announced...
On Wednesday, Feb. 5, the limited release from Terminus Dam at Lake Kaweah was being diverted to St. John’s users. The Kaweah River channel below the dam, at left in the photo, is nearly dry.
Freshly falling snow won’t do much to change the fact that the February 1 survey recorded the lowest water content in the history of the DWR’s (California Department of Water Resources) 54 years of record-keeping.   Prior to the recent survey, the lowest snowpack water content readings for February 1 were 21 percent in 1991 and 1963, and 22 percent in 1976. Two years ago the numbers averaged 35...
    When it hasn’t rained in 53 days, and it’s actually the rainy season, it’s no wonder that nearly everyone was caught off guard by the refreshing wet weather that passed through Kaweah Country on Thursday, January 30. It dumped on average .25 inches in the foothills, and though that total won’t bust any drought, it’s a start. But start to what? There is no rainfall in the seven-day forecast...
  Several oversized pieces of bent, broken, and rusted steel were hauled from the river by Southern California Edison Company crews. A small but hardy group of river users has also been on a mission to clean up the river of dangerous deposits left over from previous floods (“Hazardous debris being removed from Kaweah River’s Middle Fork,” December 27, 2013).  “This season’s unusually low river...
  Santa Ana winds will persist in the Southland keeping firefighters in California on alert. Fire danger from extreme drought is the order of the day from the Southwest east to Texas and the Oklahoma panhandle. The Rockies have tons of snow, the result of a storm track that remains parked north of California. Closer to home, the Central Valley is in a foggy pattern while Three Rivers basks in...
Wild pig
  With a minimum pool in the Lake Kaweah basin and only a ribbon of water in the river channel, a herd of wild pigs has been roaming over a large area and frequently sighted in the vicinity of the Slick Rock Recreation area by bikers, hikers, and runners. At least one person, who was walking a dog, has had an encounter with a pig that got a little too close for comfort. Phil Deffenbaugh, general...
The White Horse Inn is currently fenced off and closed due to damage sustained in a December fire.
  The Friday, Dec. 27, fire at the landmark White Horse Inn in Three Rivers started in the room on the west side of the structure that housed the water heater. Officially, the cause is “undetermined.” Captain Kevin Riggi, lead investigator for the Tulare County Fire Department, said that he could tell where the fire started but there was no definitive cause as to why a spark from the water heater...

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