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Hwy. 168 reopened but CHP advises against travel
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SHAVER LAKE, Calif. (FOX26) — A meeting was held on Tuesday to discuss the incoming storm that will see potential flooding due to rain that will be falling on snow in the Sierra Nevada.During the meeting, it was announced that Hwy. 168 which was closed due to snow will reopen on Wednesday.The meeting was attended by Fresno County Administrative Officer Paul Nerland, Fresno County Emergency ...
SHAVER LAKE, Calif. (FOX26) — A meeting was held on Tuesday to discuss the incoming storm that will see potential flooding due to rain that will be falling on snow in the Sierra Nevada.
During the meeting, it was announced that Hwy. 168 which was closed due to snow will reopen on Wednesday.
The meeting was attended by Fresno County Administrative Officer Paul Nerland, Fresno County Emergency Services Manager Terri Mejorado, and representatives from the National Weather Service, Fresno County Sheriff, and California Highway Patrol.
For those planning to drive up to see the snow this weekend on Highway 168 the CHP said you might want to rethink your plans.
FULL STORY: Hwy. 168 closed due to snow schedule to reopen Wednesday
"This is not the time to really think about enjoying and planning a nice trip with your family up to the mountains," said Mike Salas, California Highway Patrol. "It's still a recovery area in the Shaver Lake and higher elevations."
Many locals said they are still trying to recover from the snow storms.
"I'm digging out," said Craig Davidson the Manager of Shaver Lake Hardwear Store. "We've been digging out ever since the big one hit clearing out so we can get to the stores and so forth."
Snow is seen just about everywhere in Shaver Lake: covering cars, rooftops, and towering over businesses.
"It just snowed and won't quit," said Davidson. "You know we wake up in the morning [saying] please sunshine."
CHP said Caltrans is doing its best to remove the snow on the highway.
"CalTrans country roads, they're still actively removing snow," said Salas. "A lot of snow removal equipment going up and down those mountains."
There's so much snow up in the mountains Caltrans can't keep up.
"They buried us in!" said Debriah Aldridg a Shaver Lake Local. "They buried us. I have never seen this in my entire life being up here since '78 never."
Locals are saying it's been challenging trying to keep their businesses open.
"Trying to keep the snow removed so they could even get into our store," said Davison. "You clear it off and 30 mins later you got to go clear it off again."
Right now, there is no designated snow play area along highway 168 as locals are still struggling to walk out their doors.
"We're trying, Caltrans is trying to attempt to open some of the snow parts but again that is not any confirmation that any of those are going to be available for anyone to go up there to try and do some recreational activities," said Salas.
This is great news for the people living in the Shaver Lake and Huntington Lake areas as well as those wanting to ski at China Peak.
China Peak posted on its website, "We have received word from Caltrans they expect to reopen Highway 168 to China Peak for Wednesday morning."
Assuming there are no equipment issues today we will plan to open at 9 AM, at least Chairs 2 & 6, may add 4,5 or 7, and the 400' carpet for beginners.
There is significant rain in the forecast beginning Thursday night, which has the potential of flooding for the lower elevations.
If you plan to travel in the area, be prepared and check road conditions by calling 1-800-427-7623.
In a burn scar along California’s Sierra Nevada, ‘green glaciers’ hold a key to forest health
SHAVER LAKE – It would be an understatement to say that Kevin Swift loves the outdoors. Swift, slender, goateed and with a dirty blond ponytail, has built a company— and career —out of emulating a furry, charismatic woodland mammal.Here’s a hint: he forages for tree limbs and mud to build dams.“We’re pretending that we’re beavers,” Swift said. “A thousand percent.”Swift restores meadows and other habitats that have been damaged and destroyed. On a recent day, he...
SHAVER LAKE – It would be an understatement to say that Kevin Swift loves the outdoors. Swift, slender, goateed and with a dirty blond ponytail, has built a company— and career —out of emulating a furry, charismatic woodland mammal.
Here’s a hint: he forages for tree limbs and mud to build dams.
“We’re pretending that we’re beavers,” Swift said. “A thousand percent.”
Swift restores meadows and other habitats that have been damaged and destroyed. On a recent day, he stood at a meadow he helped to restore, just a few miles above Shaver Lake in the Sierra Nevada.
In 2020, Lower Grouse Meadow was decimated by the Creek Fire. It’s hemmed in by barren hillsides and blackened, denuded pine trees. But here, gravel and sloughed off curls of desiccated bark give way to grasses, purple wildflowers and buzzing pollinators.
It’s like a strip of black-and-white film that’s been colorized.
“It’s so darn cool I can’t stand it,” Swift said. “To be in something like this that just got absolutely wrecked and see it responding so fast, the recovery’s amazing.”
Recovery here involved “process-based restoration,” a technique of using available materials like branches, rocks and sediment to mimic natural structures and processes. Beaver dam analogues, as Swift said they’re technically called, are just “dirt lasagna” — branches and mud, laid in alternating layers and stomped together.
“It’s super simple,” he said. “A poor but evolving human version of what beavers have been doing for five million years.”
It’s also a part of how indigenous people had been managing Sierra ecosystems for millennia, before colonization and a shift toward fire suppression changed forest management priorities in the twentieth century.
Meadows: beautiful and important
Meadows are distinct from their surroundings by their relatively flat topography and absence of trees, which would guzzle the water necessary for meadows to thrive.
They tend to be beautiful. But they also serve important functions for the health of forests and other nearby ecosystems.
That’s why Swift was contracted to restore this one by the U.S. Forest Service.
For one thing, meadows can help mitigate climate change.
“Recovering meadows sequester carbon, and they can sequester up to six times more than the surrounding forest,” said Karen Pope, a research ecologist with the forest service who’s been studying Lower Grouse Meadow and has been actively involved in its restoration.
The beating heart of a meadow is its water.
At Lower Grouse Meadow, Pope was standing ankle-deep in it, delightedly watching passing fish and frogs. Petite and with an easy, lop-sided smile, she even crouched down to try and catch a tadpole. (She missed, though her agility showed she’d done it before.)
Dams, constructed by beavers or their imitators, are critical, because they help make mini-wetlands. Filling a meadow with water in this way can raise the water table, slow erosion, support wildlife, and serve as a natural fire break, said Pope.
“We want groundwater to rise up, we want surface water to spread out and we want the whole water to be backed up to create…we like to call them green glaciers,” Pope said.
To better understand the role of meadows in the Sierra, it’s also important to know where they are.
So Pope and other ecologists taught computers how to find them from satellite images. Using a form of artificial intelligence known as “machine learning,”they identified thousands of meadows, many never observed before, covering three times more land area than previously estimated.
But most are in bad shape. Many, lost altogether — overgrown, obliterated by wildfire, or destroyed by mining or other industry.
“About 5% are actually functioning in any proper, sustainable, productive way,” said Sierra National Forest Supervisor Dean Gould. “So clearly we have a large task ahead of us.”
Optimism, despite the challenges
Karen Pope is optimistic that meadow restoration can happen on a larger scale.
She recently co-founded a group to promote and carry out this work, called the Process-Based Restoration Network, and she said hundreds of people have already gotten involved.
Lower Grouse Meadow – this little pilot meadow off of Highway 168 – shows what’s possible, she said, and how restoring meadows could benefit the whole Sierra.
“I have to admit that this is the most exciting work I’ve ever done,” she said. “It absolutely makes me feel like I’m not just doing research but actually doing something to help.”
Gould is hopeful, too.
“I'm really putting out a call for folks to get engaged,” he said. “It's fairly low tech, it can even be fairly low cost, all it takes is some people that care and some people that have that vision to see what this forest will be.”
Kevin Swift has that vision. He said he’s built more than 2,600 beaver dam analogues since founding his process-based restoration company, Swift Water Designs, in 2017.
He loves this work. Still, he said, seeing so much degraded land is tough.
“I tell everybody, if there's another way you can make a living, do that, because this is hard on the soul,” he said. But then, a bright green frog the size of a grape hopped out of the grass in front of him and into a stream.
Swift continued his thought: “Or it is, until you see a meadow like this recover. Then it's easy again.”
Shaver Lake residents battle several feet of snow
SHAVER LAKE, Calif. (KSEE/KGPE) – Highway 168 remained closed at the state of the four-lane section headed toward Shaver Lake Friday.Several feet of snow have completely swallowed the town and landscape on the way up to it, and beyond.Our crews were escorted up the closed section of 168 Friday, and gradually the snow built up before it surrounded the road and our vehicle with four to five feet on each side.Crews and residents in the to...
SHAVER LAKE, Calif. (KSEE/KGPE) – Highway 168 remained closed at the state of the four-lane section headed toward Shaver Lake Friday.
Several feet of snow have completely swallowed the town and landscape on the way up to it, and beyond.
Our crews were escorted up the closed section of 168 Friday, and gradually the snow built up before it surrounded the road and our vehicle with four to five feet on each side.
Crews and residents in the town of Shaver Lake have begun to run out of places to put it.
“Just coming up, there’s nowhere to park on the shoulders. All of our snow play areas are closed, they haven’t even touched those. So those are eight, nine, 10 feet tall. Again just an unbelievable amount of snow,” said Mike Salas, with the California Highway Patrol.
As of Friday, only residents and business owners, and some workers were allowed to make the trip up from the closure.
Salas said outside of that, it’s simply too hazardous to completely open the road.
In the town, most of the local businesses were closed as people just tried to dig out.
Most of their customers were no longer able to access the area.
“The whole community relies on tourism for the most part. And with 168 closed it just stops it. So it would be a very busy weekend for us, especially after all the snow, the snow play beautiful skies, etcetera, etcetera,” said Greg Powell, owner of Shaver Lake Sports.
Powell’s business offers ski and boot sales and rentals, snowshoes, coats, gloves, and everything else you would need in the conditions seen up there Friday.
With no customers, he and his staff just tried to stay busy, as they did inventory away from the treacherous conditions outside.
“Through town, it’s pretty much a one-way street still. We’re hoping to get that cleaned up in the next day or two. I know Caltrans has contracted with some outside help to do that. So hopefully we can get that done before next Monday-Tuesday so we can open,” said Powell.
As for when 168 will open for everyone past the four-lane section, Caltrans said Friday that travelers should plan on it being closed for at least the weekend.
These Small Towns in California's Sierra Nevada Come Alive in Summer
As the golden Californian sun ushers in the summer, hidden jewels scattered across the Sierra Nevada awaken from their slumber. These small towns, renowned for their tranquil beauty, transform into lively hubs of activity, their population swelling as visitors flock to enjoy their unique blend of natural allure and community charm. From lakeside retreats to mountainous escapes, discover the vitality of these enchanting locations th...
As the golden Californian sun ushers in the summer, hidden jewels scattered across the Sierra Nevada awaken from their slumber. These small towns, renowned for their tranquil beauty, transform into lively hubs of activity, their population swelling as visitors flock to enjoy their unique blend of natural allure and community charm. From lakeside retreats to mountainous escapes, discover the vitality of these enchanting locations that truly come alive in the summer.
Small Towns In California's Sierra Nevada To Chill OutSome 4 million people visit Yosemite National Park alone, and over a million ski Mammoth Mountain during the season.
Nestled in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Mammoth Lakes becomes a dynamic hub for outdoor enthusiasts in summer. This picturesque town buzzes with activity as tourists partake in mountain biking, hiking, and fishing. The town's gems, the surrounding Mammoth Lakes Basin, offer a serene setting for boat rides and picnics, while the nearby Devils Postpile National Monument and Rainbow Falls present remarkable sights. Visitors can also explore the town's unique boutiques and a plethora of dining options that cater to diverse tastes.
South Lake Tahoe
Right on the southern edge of Lake Tahoe, South Lake Tahoe hums with vitality each summer. The lake's stunning azure waters draw guests for boating, swimming, and paddleboarding. For land enthusiasts, trails like Mount Tallac offer inspiring panoramas. This picturesque town plays host to a variety of summer events, most notably the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship. When the sun dips below the horizon, South Lake Tahoe reveals a vibrant nightlife. Casinos, lively bars, and diverse restaurants all contribute to an engaging evening scene, creating a dynamic contrast to the day's tranquil outdoor pursuits, amplifying South Lake Tahoe's summer allure.
In the heart of Sierra Nevada, named for authors Mark Twain and Bret Harte, is the town of Twain Harte. Each summer, this tranquil town transforms, bustling with tourists seeking adventure and relaxation. The town's heart, the privately-owned Twain Harte Lake, buzzes with activity as residents swim, sunbathe, and picnic by the water. The town also plays host to cultural events like the Art and Wine Festival, local craft fairs, and the free Concerts in the Pines series. Beyond the town, Pinecrest Lake and the vast Stanislaus National Forest offer more adventure, solidifying Twain Harte's reputation as an activity-packed, charming summer retreat.
Situated in Fresno County, the quaint town of Shaver Lake blossoms with energy each summer. Visitors are drawn to the town's namesake, Shaver Lake, where they can partake in boating, fishing, and jet-skiing. The neighboring Sierra National Forest provides ample hiking opportunities, inviting guests to explore its verdant trails. The town's spirit shines during summer events, such as the Shaver Lake Car Show and the annual Brewfest, adding to its vibrancy. This blend of natural beauty and community events gives Shaver Lake its unique summer charm.
Arnold, nestled in Calaveras County, acts as a portal to the Sierra Nevadas, coming alive each and every summer. Visitors flock to the Calaveras Big Trees State Park, a haven for towering sequoias and abundant hiking and camping sites. Nearby, White Pines Lake offers a tranquil space for swimming, picnics, and all things recreational. A touch of viticulture is added to Arnold's allure, thanks to its proximity to the wine country of Murphys. The town's cultural calendar is equally enticing, featuring summer concerts in the park and the annual Independence Day Parade.
Truckee, once a vibrant hub during the Gold Rush, retains its historical allure while radiating a contemporary vibe. Come summer, the town pulses with energy, drawing visitors to the picturesque Truckee River and stunning Donner Lake. Guests engage in an array of activities from water sports to mountain biking, while the town's historic downtown invites exploration of its distinctive shops and eateries. Adding to the town's effervescence is the Truckee Thursdays Summer Street Festival, a weekly celebration of local artisans, tantalizing food trucks, and live music.
Often dubbed as the "Switzerland of California," June Lake witnesses a remarkable influx of visitors during summer. Situated in the enchanting June Lake Loop, this town provides panoramic views of the Sierra Nevadas and glistening lakes, serving as a picturesque backdrop for hikers and photographers. The eponymous June Lake and neighboring Gull Lake, known for their crystal-clear waters, beckon visitors for fishing, boating, and swimming. Local dining venues and craft breweries cater to varied tastes, while annual events like the June Lake Triathlon infuse a spirited atmosphere.
Perched along the untamed Kern River, Kernville thrives as an adrenaline hotspot each summer, renowned for exhilarating whitewater rafting experiences. Nature lovers can explore hiking trails, engage in bird-watching, and discover the nearby Sequoia National Forest's wonders. The town itself, characterized by its Western-style architecture and local breweries, exudes a distinctive charm. Kernville's calendar brims with festive spirit during the warm months, thanks to annual events like Whiskey Flat Days and the Kern River Valley's Craft Beer and Wine Festival.
Situated a hop away from Yosemite National Park, Bass Lake blooms as a summer oasis. With its warm waters perfect for swimming, jet skiing, and fishing, the lake experiences a summer surge of visitors. The encircling Sierra National Forest offers plentiful camping and hiking options. Local venues, like The Pines Resort and Ducey's on the Lake, provide lakeside dining and lodging, enriching the vacation experience. The town's festivities peak with the annual Fourth of July fireworks display, an event eagerly awaited by locals and visitors alike.
While California's Sierra Nevada is renowned for its wintertime activities, these charming towns showcase the region's appeal in a whole new light during the summer months. With an influx of visitors eager to embrace the sunny weather and abundant outdoor activities, these small towns truly come alive, offering unforgettable experiences and memories. So, if you're planning a summer trip to the Golden State, be sure to add these locations to your itinerary. You'll get a taste of the Sierra Nevada's summer magic that will leave you yearning for more.
California storm: Evacuations, shelters, flood warnings
California is getting hammered by its 10th atmopsheric river storm of the season. Conditions are changing rapidly as the storm drops heavy rain and melts some of the state’s record snowpack.Below is a running list of flood watches, warnings and evacuation orders. It’s advisable to check with authorities in your community for the most up-to-date information as the storm...
California is getting hammered by its 10th atmopsheric river storm of the season. Conditions are changing rapidly as the storm drops heavy rain and melts some of the state’s record snowpack.
Below is a running list of flood watches, warnings and evacuation orders. It’s advisable to check with authorities in your community for the most up-to-date information as the storm moves through the state.
Merced County: An evacuation warning was issued for areas near Bear Creek, which was approaching flood level. Any residents under evacuation warnings or orders can shelter at the Merced County Fairgrounds or the Atwater Community Center.
San Luis Obispo County: An evacuation order was issued for residents around the Arroyo Grande Levee and Oceano Lagoon.
Santa Cruz County: An evacuation order is in effect for some communities near the Pajaro and San Lorenzo rivers, as well as portions of Soquel and Paradise Park. A shelter-in-place order has been issued in Cherryvale, Glen Haven, Prescott and other neighborhoods north of Bates Creek.
Fresno County: An evacuation warning is in effect across a wide swath of the county, including areas around Pine Flat, Millerton Lake, Shaver Lake, Huntington Lake, and the Courtright and Wishon reservoirs.
Tulare County: An evacuation warning was issued for residents and businesses along the Kern River on Highway 99, from Mountain Road 50 to the Kern County line in Riverkern. The community of Ponderosa and homes from the Fresno County line to the Kings County line are also under evacuation warning.
Madera County: A mandatory evacuation order was issued for residents on the east side of Church Street in North Fork. The area was closed to the public, and residents were urged to leave immediately because of flooding. An evacuation warning was also issued for the Cascadel Woods subdivision east of the bridge.
Mariposa County: An evacuation warning was issued for the communities of Greeley Hill, El Portal, Bear Creek Cabins, the Oak Fire burn scar, Creekside Apartments, Hornitos and La Grange.
Kern County: An evacuation order is in place for Riverkern and low-lying areas of Kernville. Affected areas include the south of Riverkern, between Sierra Way and Burlando Road, north of the Kernville airport.
Monterey County: An evacuation warning was issued for low-lying areas of the Salinas River. An evacuation order also was issued for the Pajaro community.
San Benito County: A mandatory evacuation order is in place for residents in Mission RV Park, from Highway 156 to Salinas Grade Road and from Highway 156 to the Alameda Road.
The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services Director Nancy Ward said about 9,400 people were under evacuation orders statewide, and there were 15 evacuation shelters open across nine counties.
Open shelters include:
Flood watches and warnings
Dozens of flood watches and warnings were in effect across the state, according to the National Weather Service. They include:
Urgent flash flood warnings in portions of Fresno, Madera, San Luis Obispo, Tulare and Santa Cruz counties.
Flood warnings and advisories in portions of Santa Clara, San Benito, Fresno, Madera, Kings, Alamada, Sonoma, Marin, Inyo, Tulare, Santa Crauz, San Luis Obispo, Mariposa, Merced, Tuolumne, San Mateo, Kern, Santa Barbara and Monterey.
Winter storm warnings and advisories in several areas, including the eastern Sierra slopes and White Mountains of Inyo County; areas around Sequoia and Yosemite National Parks; portions of the Greater Lake Tahoe Area; and portions of Trinity, Mono, Lassen, Plumas, Humboldt, Siskiyou, Modoc and Del Norte Counties.
Avalanche warnings in the Greater Lake Tahoe Area, the eastern Sierra Slopes of Inyo County, south central Siskiyou County and Mono County between Virginia Lakes and Bishop Creek.
The National Weather Service is forecasting flooding for at least 13 major rivers. They include:
Highway and road closures
Several highways and roads were closed because of downed trees, debris and flooding: