State - CA (California)

Podcast – Rattlesnake Encounters and How to Avoid Them: We’re Hands-on for Your Sssafety!

State - California - CALOES - 8 hours 44 min ago

In this episode we tag along with professional rattlesnake wrangler Lou Fraser, and state park ranger Kerrie Launey. Fraser shows us the kind of habitat in which rattlesnakes can be found, and educates us on their some of their behavior and some of the mistakes people make that lead to bites, all while catching four of the venomous reptiles. Meanwhile, California park ranger Launey tells us about snakes in parks and what you can expect, and she gives us tips for avoiding an unwanted encounter, and what to do in the event you are bitten.

We also have a video that accompanies this podcast at the link below.  And be sure to flip through the really cool (and creepy) slideshow below.

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INSIDE LOOK: Rattlesnake Awareness, Warm Weather Tips and Backyard Pool Safety (VIDEO)

Snakes Slither Into Summer (

Lou Fraser’s Rattlesnake Removal USA

Rattlesnakes in California (CA Dept. of Fish and Wildlife)

Rattlesnake Safety (California Department of Parks and Recreation)

CalRecycle Crews Complete Thomas Wildfire Cleanup

State - California - CALOES - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 17:39

SACRAMENTO – Crews managed by the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery have completed debris removal operations at 672 Ventura County properties destroyed by the Thomas Fire. Since January, crews have removed more than 263,000 tons of ash, debris, and contaminated soil from properties for which owners chose to participate in the state-funded cleanup program.

“The wildfires California experienced last winter were among the most destructive in state history, so cleanup efforts demanded an unprecedented response,” CalRecycle Director Scott Smithline said. “CalRecycle is incredibly proud of the progress we’ve made alongside neighbors and local leaders in the City of Ventura and Ventura County to help get these communities in a position to rebuild.”

Following December’s Thomas Fire in Southern California, the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (CalOES) tasked CalRecycle with overseeing debris removal work in the City of Ventura and Ventura County. On Jan. 19, 2018, CalRecycle contractor crews began removing debris from participating properties. Crews completed debris removal at the final property on June 6, 2018.


BY THE NUMBERS – Thomas Fire Debris Removal   Properties in Debris Removal Program 672 Debris Removal Completed 672 Tons of Ash, Debris and Soil Removed 263,925 Confirmation Soil Sampling Completed 670 Erosion Control Measures Installed 663 Final Property Inspections Completed 652

Final soil testing, the installation of erosion control measures, and final property inspections are on track to be complete in the coming weeks. Upon final inspections, property owners receive a certificate from their county that verifies their lot is clean and eligible to receive a building permit.

For more information on the Thomas Fire cleanup operations, check out


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