San Lorenzo Valley water drought wildfire Columns Fire Water 

San Lorenzo Valley Water, Drought, and Winter Fires

Californians have a fraught history with drought. Historical data indicates the state has at least one period that can be classified as a “drought” every decade. According to the United States Geological Survey Center’s (USGS) California Water Science Center, a drought is defined as, “a period with drier-than-normal conditions that results in water-related problems.” Read More
Last Chance Community Post-Fire Watershed Defense Coalition Fire Fire Recovery Local News 

Post-Fire Watershed Defense Coalition Takes Action

By Beth Prentiss with Rebekah Uccellini Kuby and Tiffany Worthington While cooler weather and rains may spell relief for some people worried about wildfires, for others they mean a race against the clock to protect our waterways from toxic ash runoff before heavy rains begin. The Post-Fire Watershed Defense Coalition has been working non-stop since the wildfires to contain the… Read More
Debris flow hazards santa cruz mountains san lorenzo valley Debris Flow Fire Local News 

Debris Flow Hazards in the Santa Cruz Mountains

A GEOLOGIST “TRANSLATES” HAZARD MAPS By Gail Mahood Introduction Anyone driving up Hwy 9 has spotted the new electronic signs warning “Debris Flow Hazards Ahead” and urging citizens to sign up for the Code Red alert system. This is part of the Santa Cruz County response to the debris flow hazards the San Lorenzo Valley is facing this coming winter… Read More
Santa Cruz County Planning Department Fire Local News 

Fire Recovery Permit Center Open

This morning, December 4, 2020, the county announced the opening of their Fire Recovery Permit Center for residents who lost or experienced damage to their homes during the #czulightningcomplex fire. Today’s press release: FIRE RECOVERY PERMIT CENTER NOW OPENThe County of Santa Cruz announces the opening of the Recovery Permit Center (RPC) to assist CZU Lightning Complex residents with all… Read More
Jayme Ackemann Ben Lomond California Columns Fire 

From Denial to Grief and Gratitude

A firsthand perspective on surviving a fire that “couldn’t happen”  By Jayme Ackemann Every fire evacuation isn’t as dramatic as those middle-of-the-night knocks our neighbors in Boulder Creek got, but mine was every bit as terrifying. The CZU Lightning Complex fire evacuation order came down for Ben Lomond, the San Lorenzo Valley town where I live, on August 18. It… Read More
Camp Krem Boulder Creek Sean McLean Column: Julie Horner Fire Local News 

Dark Clouds and Silver Linings

Camp Krem Spirit Undaunted After Fire By Julie Horner Founded in 1957 by special needs educator, Alex Krem, Sr., Boulder Creek’s family run campground created especially for “giving exceptional people the opportunity to be themselves” has succumbed to the CZU August Lightning Complex fire. The CZU fire destroyed 20 buildings in all including the rustic Jon Lucchese Center, and has… Read More