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                     THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                           CGC #996
                  Thursday, February 4, 2010
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               Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor
               <cgc (at) cgc333.connectnet.com>
   Copyright 2010, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)
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  STORM WATCH BULLETIN FROM THE FOREST SERVICE
  Re: Mt. Wilson and Vicinity
  We were on-line on the National Weather Service webinar
which talked about the upcoming storm this weekend.  At this
time, the Angeles National Forest is in the Storm Watch stage
of the Storm Response Guide.  We recognize there is a prediction
of a forcasted weather/rain event that could bring measureable
amounts of rain to the local geographical area, but its
occurrence, location, and/or timing is still uncertain.  This
stage is intended to provide enough lead time so that those
who need to set their plans can.
  The models do not agree on the intensity or timing so we
will be monitoring to see if we need to move into the Storm
Warning or Storm Alert.  Here is the link to the webinar that
will show you the information as of 10:30 this am. --
<http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/lox/>.  Look for WEBINAR SLIDES FROM
THURSDAY AM BRIEFING about dead center 1/3 of way down the page.
  We are not suspending any permits at this time but want
you all to start to prepare for the potential of that occurring.
We recommend, regardless of what the Forest Service does, that
you seriously consider not to be in areas that burned during
this rain event as from our last event, it is impossible to
predict which areas will get rain and to what extent.  One area
may not have rain and the next canyon over may have a thunder
cell causing a deluge.
  And to repeat again, we do not control the status of
the County or CALTRANS roads so you may still have a permit
but may be prohibited from entering the permit area by the
roads personnel.  We have to abide by their assessment of the
situation.  But it doesnt work the other way...if the road is
open but you dont have a permit due to suspension, you can not
access your permitted 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 within your permitted area.  The Forest hopes that
you will exercise the sound judgment to not put yourself in harms
way and make that decision prior to any threats materializing.
  Michael J. McIntyre
  District Ranger
  Los Angeles River Ranger District
  mmcintyre (at) fs.fed.us
  (818) 899-1900 ext. 223
  Thursday, February 4, 2010 3:01 PM PST
  [Editor's Note:  Those with a need for Ranger McIntyre's
  bulletins should contact him and ask to be added to his e-mail
  list.  The CGC Communicator will not be relaying his bulletins
  much longer to avoid a duplication of effort.]
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