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3 pm Sat Jan 23 Update from Mike McIntyre

Cabins at La Paloma, Stonyvale, Vogel, and Trailunga visited. All in good shape. However, the road across to La Paloma still has water going over it and a regular car may not make it up to the cabins. There may be some road clearing issues on the other side of the water crossing. The road up to Trail Canyon was examined from Big T with normal rutting observed, no large slides but no one went into Trail Canyon Trailhead or canyons.

The county roads behind all the lock gates (Clear Creek and Big T) was driven, passable with some washouts). County working on the problem at the City limits and making good progress.

Storm Warning Notification for the LA River Ranger District

Date: Wed, 13 Jan 2010 17:10:16 -0800
From: Mike McIntyre
Subject: Storm Warning Notification for the Los Angeles River Ranger District

As per the Forest Storm Response Guide, I am issuing a Storm Warning due to the high probability of hazardous weather/rain event occurring next week.  We will be monitoring the reports/predictions from the Weather Service and will be making a decision in the next day or so about if and when to go to Storm Alert.  It is at Storm Alert that Forest Service residents and employees are relocated out of the affected area, public access is prohibited in the affected area, and Special Use Permits may be suspended in the affected area.

Bottomline is that personal safety is your responsibility but that does not give you the final say on whether you decide to stay or not.  I hope that you will exercise the sound judgment to not put yourself in harms way and make that decision prior to any threats materializing.

On another note, Los Angeles County Public Works has installed gates on their roads within the Station Burn area to help facilitate any hard closures that they implement.   These are their gates and they control who they will give permission to go through the gates.  We have a lock on the gates and i know there are some of you non-FS persons that have keys to access the Forest Service locks due to the nature of your presence on the Forest.  That being said, our lock on the County’s gates is only to be accessed by Forest Service persons in official status.  If a non-forest service person is found to have access through the gate using a Forest Service key, then the key will be returned to the District and no key issued to that person in the future.  If you feel the need to get access through the County gates, you will need to contact Mark Caddick of LACo Public Works/Roads at 661-947-7173 x222.

Michael J. McIntyre
District Ranger
Los Angeles River Ranger District
12371 North Little Tujunga Canyon Road
San Fernando, CA 91342
(818) 899-1900 ext. 223
(818) 896-6727 (FAX)

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“Don’t Accept The Norm…..It is
Somebody Else’s Compromise”
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For the 10-Day forecast, go to:
http://www.weather.com/outlook/recreation/outdoors/tenday/91042

Canyon Access

New Info From Mike McIntyre

As some of you know, there is a mish-mosh of access standards and procedures. It is all coming to a head and we are meeting with LA County, CALTRANS, Sheriffs and CHP on what and how access is going to be permitted. One thing that may come out of it is a standard permission of entry form. It is conceivable that the letter will need to be replaced by whatever is determined the form of the day.

We are meeting on Thursday to start the dialog. What I need to know is how often each and everyone of you are accessing the cabins.

Michael J. McIntyre
District Ranger
Los Angeles River Ranger District
12371 North Little Tujunga Canyon Road
San Fernando, CA 91342
(818) 899-1900 ext. 223
(818) 896-6727 (FAX)

Hard Closure In Effect

Sometime after midnight Saturday morning the closure status for Big T changed to a hard closure. No additional information is available as to why the change went into effect, but I do know that I saw 2 Forest Service Trucks and 4 HazMat trucks enter the canyon between 8:30 and 9AM.

More as it becomes available…

~B~