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
Jodi Frediani PG&E cutting redwoods Fire Letters Local News 

PG&E Tree Removal without Approval

October 29, 2020  Dear Members of the Board of Supervisors, County Counsel Heath and County Administrative Officer Palacios, As your constituents and residents of Santa Cruz County and the San Lorenzo Valley and Bonny Doon, we are requesting that the Board more closely examine PG&E’s actions following the CZU fires. We are concerned that PG&E is using the fire aftermath… Read More
San Lorenzo Valley Fire Map August 27 2020 Fire Local News 

Fire Map August 27, 2020

Here is the National Interagency Fire Center Satellite Map with Fire Perimeter, Thursday, August 27, 2020. The CZU August Lightning Complex fire has burned 81,333 acres and is 21% contained. 590 structures damaged61 structures damaged1,982 personnel fighting Click the link to interact with the map in real time: https://maps.nwcg.gov/sa/?fbclid=IwAR3673fqT99dMyV5b9jHJL-Auv83Q8XyaoyNSGUQHVcI2DTY3DlLREkcbTg#/%3F/EditLayerFireWeather/37.0825/-122.1064/12 Low overnight winds, increased humidity and effective firing operations helped firefighters… Read More