Way to go, Sheet
Just wanted to compliment you on your interesting Hot (Arc) Flashes article in the July 30 Sheet.
We live in Mammoth in the summer (and a little in the winter) and have noticed The Sheet becoming better and better over the past few years. Well-written and -researched articles like this one help raise the paper above what one would normally expect of a local giveaway.
Another fire on SCE Powerline
Last night [August 2], around 11:00 p.m. a fire started next to [Lee Vining] Poleline road approximately Mile 4. I saw the glow of the fire from my house and not knowing how close it was. I immediately jumped in my car to find out what was going on. When I arrived at the fire, Mono City Fire Department was on it. Minutes later Lee Vining Fire Department was there. The fire was burning in thick sage brush and spreading quickly. Both fire crews attacked the fire from opposite flanks from the highway and managed to slow its spread. However, the wind was pushing the fire directly at USFS historic Dechambeau Ranch. Fortunately the wind died down and the cool air slowed the fire to a crawl. At that point, around 1:00 a.m. I returned to my home. Although multi agency BLM/Cal Fire station is just five miles down the road, I saw no Federal or State fire presence in the two hours I was there. The inital attack of the fire was completely accomplished by local Lee Vining and Mono City Fire crews. This is another thank you to our local volunteer fire departments. They saved our butts again.
SCE just lying around
I saw your recent article about the possible link between SCE high voltage lines and the recent fire near Lee Vining. Interestingly, we also had an issue with the SCE high voltage line that goes by our house in June Lake; one line coming from their down canyon power plant. At around 5 a.m. on June 11… snap, crackle and POP! We were treated to a downed high voltage line on the street in front of our house, and a day long power outage.
I wonder about line maintenance, power surges, and?