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October 18, 2017 by Michele Harvey Another Fire Season Revisited I" The Julian News 5 i i IIII i Illl • i III Illl l n I I~ Ramona Food and Clothes Closet I Brand New and Gently Used Items I Home Crafted & Vintage Items • Home Sewn Kitchen Items • • Candles • Soaps • Lotions • I originally wrote this column in May of 2014. Three years later I like to remind us all that this could easily happen again. Let's all be vigilant and careful May 14th will undoubtedly be remembered locally as the official opening of the 2014 fire season because 9 fires began and were battled that day in western San Diego County. Earlier in the year, minor brush fires were fought all around the county, but May 14th was a really long day for San Diego County fire fighters. Tonight, the night of May 15th, I sit here, over an hour's drive from any of the fires Downtown Julian in the (~ole Building 2116 Main Street-Downstairs and I smell smoke. Tonight I see lots of posts on Julian facebook pages from people who are anxiously smelling smoke, hoping it isn't O from a nearby fire. ln1984, the first year l lived in Julian, amajorfire broke out in Poway. Living in the townsite of Julian, higher than Main Road Signs For some time there has been a strange sign on Highway 67 approaching Mt. Woodson our of Ramona. At first glance it seems fairly straightforward but as time has passed, as many trips down the hill have been made, seeing has meant thinking about it and thinking has meant that it is...well, who knows what it is? The sign is one of those mobile jobbies powered by solar panels and says, "FUTURE LANE SHIFT". The first time or two whizzing by we looked for the lane shift, or change, or whatever down the road, assuming that "FUTURE" meant "down the road". Well, it didn't. Two lanes, multiple cars parked on the side, no shiftiness there whatsoever as the weeks went by. So "FUTURE" refers to temporal future, not something down the road. How "future"? It remains to be seen. Clearly it wasn't the immediate future, at least when the sign was placed, as it has been there for some weeks. But, then, there is the rest of the phrase. "LANE" is fairly clear. Presumably it refers to the lanes of the road of which there are two in each direction starting at about that point. That's not the problem. The problem is "SHIFT". Does it mean we'll change lanes? Will the lanes be moved in some direction--right, toward the shoulder, left toward the middle of the road? Up? Down? It doesn't seem to mean that an additional lane would be added because then it should be something like "FUTURE LANE INCREASE" or "FUTURE ROAD CONSTRUCTION". No, "SHIFT" means "a slight change in position, direction or tendency". It's hard to see how "tendency" would refer to lanes, since lanes have a fairly stable tendency which is to be there to guide cars, and it's hard to change direction at 60...cops, we mean 55...mph, so presumably "SHIFT" means position. Which is interesting since the immediate future of the road after the sign is fairly straight. Ah, well, time will tell. Maybe the sign just needed to be parked somewhere. Street, we actually saw puffs of the Poway smoke heading east and drifting above Main Street Julian. Ever since then, I don't get overly worried when I smell smoke because I know its origin can be far away. However, I feel more relaxed once I find out where it's coming from, especially if it's not coming from a brush or building fire close to my home. The 2014 fires began on Wednesdayand ironically, my son Thomas and I began whacking all of the grasses on our property to bare ground the day before, on Tuesday. It seems that many of our friends who live near us made the same decision. Lots of us are doing what. we can to make our properties more defensible against fire, the four letter word beginning with "F". This week I trimmed extra close around tree trunks so flames will have a more difficult time laddering up our trees if fire enters our property. Our former Fire Chief Kevin Dubler once told me that flat vegetation doesn't burn as well as tall vegetation. Today we continued to flatten a whole lot of our vegetation. Cutting down dead limbs and any tree limbs that we can reach is one great way to flatten any weeds and tall grasses that grow beneath the trees, Hoeing the weeds around trees helps to make them safer. Just 12" of bare dirt all the way around tree trunks helped save some of our trees from the rush of fire that blasted through our grove of trees during the Cedar Fire. I think I write a column at least once each year asking people to be good neighbors by keeping all possible fire fuel to a minimum. One way to do this is by cutting down all weeds and raking them into piles. I keep our piles under 3 feet in height, rm not sure why I think this is a good height; it just works well for me. Having piles that are surrodnded by dirt gives a property some defensible space because dirt doesn't burn, so if the piles of grass and weeds catch on fire, the fire doesn't spread across the ground. I remember a scene in the movie Mommie Dearest where Joan Crawford bellows at her daughter, "No wire hangersr' This week I feel like bellowing, "No more firesr' We didn't have to evacuate for The Pines Fire in July of 2002, though we knew plenty of people who did. We evacuated for The Cedar Fire in October of 2003 and for the Witch Fire in 2007. Evacuating our home, collecting our animals and making sure we have transportation for all of our necessaries and a place to go is so incredibly mentally exhausting. It's so good to have an evacuation plan before needing it. 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C I to the desert, north to Temecula, I I and then west to Del Cerro. That I• Complete Falt MOBILEMAMMOGRAM I I • accepting" Covered used up a lot of gas. I Monthly OB/I CLI_NI(C CUNIlNG 10 • I One thing we learned as we t I rrrt rA xr rxr r~r~qw,-~o~n 'fornia, Medi-Cal, I I • Digital X-rayl /ULIAN IN 0C"10BER ~icare, Community I evacuated ahead of the Cedar l- Daily Borreg CALL JULIAN MEDICAL }lth Cro,,p, olina, I Fire was to keep a copy of our i - • "A ~r~n~ Irp Commercial, CHDP. I electric bill in a vehicle or in I•BehavloralHI 'LI IICI UKA UI ; ,O' andTric re. I I I INFORMATION. I SlidingFeeScalea,zd I a purse or wallet. When we I I ........ , ......... ~an¢ialAssistattceAvalh'ble" I needed to return to our house . during an evacuation, weneeded IMonday-Frlday pm 760-765-1223.I proof of our residence to show I Blake A. Wylie, DO , law enforcement. Phone bills . I don't necessarily have a street I Unneetha Pruitt WHNP, Womens Health I on ,nce I I mail is delivered to a post office Randy Fedorchuk MD, Pain Management box and not to a street side mail , emergency personnel know that they will be safe if they enter your property. It's also good to put a sign at the beginning of your driveway telling sheriffs or other law enforcement that everyone on your property has gone. This saves a lot of time. I get really angry at people who don't leave when staying serves no purpose. Some people may be vital if they stay. First responders such as CERT trained individuals can assist emergency workers. Most of us however, just get in the way of those who have an important job to do. If you have a true emergency, call 911. If you have questions about non-emergency situations like seeing smoke that may be far away from you but still scary visible, call 211. These are my thoughts. box, keeping a bill with our street address with us was critical. 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