2013 Fire Safety Information for Tuolumne, Calaveras and Amador Counties

By Friends & Neighbors August 19, 2013 05:15
Massive smoke cloud from Rim Fire seen from Sonora, Wed. Aug. 21

Massive smoke cloud from Rim Fire seen from Sonora, Wed. Aug. 21

To stay informed when fire threatens, use the information below:

  • To report a fire anywhere in the FAN coverage area or statewide, call 911.
  • For up-to-the-minute information, DO NOT CALL 911 or dispatch numbers for county sheriff’s offices or fire departments.

Instead, public safety officials say, use the phone numbers and sources that follow in Tuolumne, Calaveras and Amador counties (all 209 area code). All three counties make reverse 911 calls to those living in areas to be evacuated, and also coordinate door-to-door notification.

Tuolumne County

For recorded, regularly updated fire and evacuation information, call the Community Information Line: 533-6392.

For questions on safety, roads, animals, special needs, etc., call citizen/media info lines. Numbers are announced on radio and available through the 533-6392 info line.

For info on larger fires, call Cal Fire’s Tuolumne-Calaveras Unit: 754-5527.

Calaveras County

For large fire info, call Cal Fire’s Tuolumne-Calaveras Unit: 754-5527.

To sign up for email or text message alerts on fires and other disasters, register online at nixle.com.

Amador County

For recorded, updated fire and evacuation information from the Office of Emergency Services: 223-6333.

To sign up for email emergency alerts or to register your cell phone for reverse 911 calls, visit co.amador.ca.us and click on “emergency information.”

For info on larger fires, call Cal Fire’s Amador-El Dorado Unit: (530) 647-5218.

Roadrunner emergency advisory radio, broadcast from a limited-range transmitter set up by OES during fires and other disasters: 530-AM.

Other information sources

Radio stations: Sonora, KVML 1450AM; KZSQ 92.7FM; KKBN 93.5FM (online, mymotherlode.com). Jackson, KVGC 1340 AM (online, kvgcradio.com); Patterson, KOSO 92.9FM (online, hitradio929.com).

Government websites: Cal Fire, fire.ca.gov; Tuolumne County, co.tuolumne.ca.us; Calaveras County, co.calaveras.ca.us; Amador County: co.amador.ca.us; U.S. Forest Service and other agencies, inciweb.org.

Newspapers: Union Democrat, uniondemocrat.com; Calaveras Enterprise, calaverasenterprise.com; Amador Ledger-Dispatch, ledger-dispatch.com.

American Red Cross

To let family members know you are safe during a disaster, list your name online with redcross.org/safeandwell, a free service. Help for evacuees or those whose homes have burned is available through the Mother Lode office (serving tri-county area) of the agency’s Capital Region Chapter: 533-1513, redcrosscrc.org. Cash donations always welcome.

Wildfire Preparedness Tips

Read Chris Bateman’s Summer 2012 article, “Wildfire safety: How advance planning can help you survive,” online at SeniorFan.com.

By Friends & Neighbors August 19, 2013 05:15
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