A fire that broke out in the Whitewater Preserve area today and grew to 70 acres is under control. Fire Crews are mopping up and it poses no danger at this time.
The Apple Fire is some 12-15 miles away. There is no imminent danger to the Morongo Basin. with an “abundance of caution” the Sheriff has issued a very early preparation warning for the Rimrock and Pioneertown areas. Even if winds pick up (and they are actually supposed to diminish) it would still be some 15-48 hours until the Fire becomes a concern for the Morongo Basin. There is no concern for the Yucca Valley, Joshua Tree, Twentynine Palms, and Wonder Valley areas at this time. Z107.7 is in touch with Fire and Public safety agencies and should there be any imminent danger will go to a 24 hour live news operation to broadcast any emergency information.
If you smell or see smoke, a new online, interactive map can show you where that smoke might be coming from. Managing editor Tami Roleff has more information about the Wildfire Early Notification Map…
The online map was created by a group of volunteer mapping experts. The Wildfire Early Notification Map provides a publicly-available, real-time map that shows fires as they happen across the United States, even if it’s from a fire so small and remote you may not have heard of it. Then zoom in to your area, click on a fire symbol, and the map brings up information about the blaze, such as its official name, size, percentage contained, cause, and when the fire was detected. The website works by bringing together information from public safety agencies, social media, fire cameras, and radio traffic so you can get a full picture of fire incidents. It’s a “one-stop-shop” for finding information early during an incident, said Paul Doherty, director of technology and innovation for the National Alliance for Public Safety GIS Foundation, which created the map.
The map can be found here: https://napsg.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=6dc469279760492d802c7ba6db45ff0e
Multiple street projects are on-going in Yucca Valley this week. The town is paving Pima Trail and installing curbs, gutters, and driveways, and paving Alleys from Palm to Grand Street. In addition, there are numerous crack seal street projects on-going in Yucca Valley. Beginning Monday, about two dozen streets will experience lane closures as street crews apply a slurry seal to the roadway, replace obliterated traffic striping, and replace raised pavement markers. Streets with lane closures will have flaggers directing traffic. Another 16 streets will experience full closures during the roadway maintenance. Detours will be provided. A list of streets affected by the maintenance projects is available below. Please slow down in work zones.
Lane closures are scheduled for the week of August 3-7. During construction operations, traffic will be allowed in one direction at a time and will be performed by the contractor with flaggers for the following streets:
- Acoma Trail from Zuni Trail to Golden Bee Drive
- Palomar Avenue from Joshua Lane to Onaga Trail
- Church Street from SR 62 Southbound up to new pavement
- Sage Avenue from SR 62 Northbound up to new pavement
- Cholla Avenue from SR 62 Northbound up to new pavement
- Joshua Lane from Onaga Trail to San Andreas Road
- Deer Trail from SR 62 to Santa Fe Trail
- Bannock Trail from SR 62 to Santa Fe Trail
- Cherokee Trail from SR 62 to Yucca Trail
- Chemehuevi Trail from SR 62 to Airplane Drive
- Geronimo Trail from SR 62 to Santa Fe Trail
- Inca Trail from SR 62 Northbound up to new pavement
- Katje Way from SR 62 to Airplane Drive
- Navajo Trail from Mariposa Trail to Hopi Trail
- Elk Trail from SR 62 to Santa Fe Trail
- Onaga Trail from Kickapoo Trail to Mariposa Trail
- Pioneertown Road from SR 62 to Town Limits
- San Andreas Road from Joshua Lane to the East End
- Sage Avenue from Onaga Trail to Golden Bee Drive
- Onaga Trail from Amador Avenue to Sage Avenue
- Golden Bee Drive Sage Ave to Joshua Lane
- Acoma Trail from SR 62 to Zuni Trail
- Kickapoo Trail
Road Closures are scheduled from August 5th – August 7th. During construction operations, detours will be provided for alternative routes for the following streets:
- Kickapoo Trail from Santa Fe Trail to Navajo Trail
- Navajo Tail from Kickapoo Trail Eastbound to new pavement
- La Honda Way SR 62 Northbound to new pavement
- Pueblo Trail from Church Street to Apache Trail
- Hopi Trail from SR 62 Northbound to new pavement
- Yucca Trail from SR 62 to Wamego Trail
- Yucca Trail Off-ramp
- Elk Trail from SR 62 to Yucca Trail
- Wamego Trail from SR 62 to Fox Trail
- Fox Trail from SR 62 to Yucca Trail
- Fox Trail from SR 62 to Santa Fe Trail
- Onaga Trail from Palm Ave West to Amador Avenue
- Onaga Trail from Frontera Avenue to Palomar Drive
- Palm Avenue from SR 62 Northbound to new pavement
- Palm Avenue from SR 62 Southbound to new pavement
- Grand Avenue SR 62 Northbound to new pavement
- Inca Trail from SR 62 Northbound to new pavement
- Mohawk Trail from SR 62 Northbound to new pavement
- Palisade Drive from Avalon Avenue to East End
- Malin Way from Skyline Ranch Road to Paseo Las Niñas
The contractor will provide notice to residences and businesses that are likely to be affected by the maintenance project. Please slowdown in the work zone for the safety of all.
The Joshua Tree Highlands artist-in-residence will hold an online studio tour on Thursday, August 6. Hilary Sloane tells how you can be a part of that tour…
Bethany Johnson has been an artist-in-residence at the Joshua Tree Highlands for the past six weeks. Johnson collects discarded materials and laminates them into composite forms that resemble rock strata and that gesture at the anthropogenic geology of landfills. On Thursday, August 6, Johnson will hold a virtual studio tour to talk about the work she has created during her time in Joshua Tree. The online tour is set for 3 p.m. More information about how to access the Zoom tour is available below.
When: Thursday, August 6th at 3pm Pacific (12pm Eastern)
Zoom link: https://txstate.zoom.us/j/9722272052
Meeting ID: 972 227 2052
Bethany’s works offer visual meditations on our natural world, as well as on our variously effective human attempts to capture, understand, and control environmental phenomena. Recently, her works have turned more toward the harm humans enact on the landscape; in her practice, Bethany seeks to perform humble repairs and quiet reflections on that damage. In the sculptural works developed at JTHAR, Bethany collects discarded materials and laminates them into composite forms that resemble rock strata and that gesture at the anthropogenic geology of landfills. The satin surfaces evoke the hand-worn patina of worry stones, and the mystifying transformation of the materials offers a new alchemical life to otherwise discarded waste.