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Dee Finney's blog

start date  July 20, 2011

Today's date April 5, 2012


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3-26-12  MEDITATION:  I was a passenger in Joe's car. We were supposed to make a right turn but Joe missed the turn.  We started to go up a hill, and the next place to turn around so we could make the original turn was quite a ways up a steep hill.  Instead of going up the hikll to turn aroun d, he jusut stopped ead in theh road .   The road ahead then strated getting covered with brown dead leaves until I couldn't see the road anymore.


A moment later, I hd a vision of getting a sympathy card in the mail.




3-27-12 - DREAM:  I and my friend Loretta had to go get a young mule fron a pen out in the field and bring it back to the farm. All we had to work with was a ball of twine and yellow rubber gloves to do this job.


We managed to convnce my husband to go with us with his small yard tractor, which had a red front end loader type gadget on the front.


We started on 1th street and as we went along Clarke St. I walked in front of him with my tight blue jeans on instead of riding on the front end loader because I knew that would make him follolw me.  We had to go up 17th St. against one-way traffic.


In the net scene,  I had a boss who looked like John Wayne, and he had a side kick who looked like the little guy who played in TWIN and TAXI.  DANNYT SAVITO.


i was going to write down these names on a yellow legal pad with a bright green marker.


The first name on the paper was Laura Carleton.  I didn't really know her, but she was a volunteer.  The problem was after I wrote her name down, her name got obliterated by several rows of pine trees that appeared on the paper and I couldn't see her name anymore.


That situation threw me off kilter so much I couldn't figure out how to go forward with that project.


As I sat there thinkikng about that situation, a voice in my head said, "This is all because of YOSEMITE.


  1. Where to Get Gas in Yosemite |
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    Not that long ago fueling up your car in Yosemite wasn't an issue then, in the 1980's, stricter environmental standards came into effect in California forcing.
  2. Yosemite National Park; How To Do Yosemite
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    Gas in El Portal is (gulp) $5.15 per gallon!! Diesel is even more! Gas prices in El Portal are always the highest by a wide margin. There is NO gas in Yosemite ...
  3. Essential Yosemite Travel Info : Yosemite Park
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    Jump to Near-by Gas Stations‎: Gas stations in the Yosemite area are located in Wawona, Crane Flat, Tuolumne Meadows (seasonally) and El Portal.

    Gas Wars at Yosemite |
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    Dec 18, 2011 – I hope yall know that there is no gas in the Yosemite Valley. If you are coming via Hwy 120, you best get gas in Oakdale. Via Hwy 41 get gas in ...



Dee Finney's blog March 27, 2012 page 184 YOSEMITE

Mar 27, 2012 ... YOSEMITE WITH SMOKE PLUMES. Dee Finney's blog. . Today's date March 28, 2012. page 184. ...







4-15-12 - LONG DREAM -  I was watching an old, old friend (IESOUS - JESUS) start to date a female friend (JUNE - now decceased)  I knew I shouldn\t have anything to do with it and it pained me to see him looking like he was having sex with her in a park a couple of times standing up but at least he was hugging her extremely hard for a long time.  I knew I shouldn't even be watching, but I coudn't help myself.  I expressed no emotion at this on purpose which ws difficult for me to do..

Then they started bringing their relationship closer and closer to proximity to me and one day she brought him to my apartment and I pretended I didn't know who he was and gave him a cold-fish handshake - just barely.  Again, I expressed no emotion on purpose.

Then they started dating inside my apartment and I saw they were both smoking cigarettes and burning holes in my rugs and carpet which got worse and worse over time. They didn't apologize or say they were sorry.  Again, I said nothing.  I even watched the cigarettes burning the rugs and said nothing. Even though they were destroying my belongings, I said nothing.

Finally, he stood at the window, lookng out and I saw that the frame of the window was coming apart and hanging off kilter outside, and it was then I asked him to please fix it and he agreed because he had done that somehow himself and he knew it.

Just before I woke up, I looked in the mirror, and saw that my right eye was just a swollen white glass globe, with no pupil and no eyelashes.


I know that represents either the moon, sun, or perhaps Planet X?

That distressed me and I made myself wake up.


When there is smoke in the air, the sun looks white






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WRNI: RI worried campers will start wildfires (2012-04-13)

1 day ago ... PROVIDENCE, RI (WRNI) - The state has been warning residents for the past few weeks about the possibility of wildfires due to the dry weather ...


Colorado Wildfire: Residents Return To Homes Threatened By Blaze

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CONIFER, Colo. — All residents displaced by a wildfire that erupted a week ago were allowed to return to their homes on Monday as crews fully contained the blaze, which charred 6 square miles and apparently killed three people.

About 100 residents began returning to the mostly rural, mountainous area southwest of Denver, a week after the fire erupted.

Jacki Kelley, a spokeswoman with the Jefferson County sheriff's office, said the decision was made because of "a combination of everything – the containment level, the large number of firefighters on the ground and the change of weather – that allows a sufficient level of comfort to allow residents to go home."

Some 500 firefighters had surrounded 100 percent of the fire's perimeter. Light rain and temperatures in the 30s moved into the area Monday, and the National Weather Service said 2 to 4 inches of snow could fall overnight – a significant change after a warm and dry March.

The sheriff's office warned residents to watch for firefighters and fire trucks, avoid downed power lines and look out for falle

n trees. Homeowners were advised to keep an eye out for smoking embers on their property.

One road remained closed because of fire danger, Kelley said.

Intermountain Rural Electric Association said power had been restored to all but about 56 of the 267 customers who lost it during the fire. The utility said it could take weeks to rebuild a power line after two or three miles of it burned.

At its peak on March 26, the blaze forced evacuations of 900 homes. More than two dozen homes were damaged or destroyed. The fire apparently was sparked by a controlled burn that sprang to life in strong winds.

The bodies of a couple and a set of human remains that may be those of a missing woman were discovered last week amid the debris.


Colorado had an unusually dry spring, with minimal precipitation since February and high temperatures and low humidity sapping vegetation and forests of moisture. The area hit record high temperatures in the 80s on Sunday.

Colorado has suspended controlled burns, which are designed to reduce wildfire risk, after the State Forest Service acknowledged that a March 22 prescribed burn apparently triggered the wildfire. High wind gusts blew embers across a containment line on March 26, the forest service said.




Wildfires engulf Tennessee, probed in New Jersey, New York


APRIL. 2012




Reuters) - Wildfires scorched Tennessee on Wednesday as blazes in New Jersey and on New York's Long Island were largely brought under control and some were investigated as possible arson.

In the foothills of the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee, a wildfire raged on Wednesday, having already destroyed four buildings with 48 vacation condominiums since it began on Tuesday morning.

The fires follow an unusually dry winter and what the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said was the warmest March in the contiguous United States since records began in 1895.

Ted Dailey, district forester for the Tennessee forestry division, said that efforts to control the fire, on English Mountain near the resort communities of Sevierville, Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, were being hampered by the steepness of the burning slopes that prevented the use of bulldozers to clear out fire lines to prevent the fire spreading further.

"It's down to the drudgery of climbing this steep, steep mountain and digging out fire lines by hand," Dailey said.

In New Jersey, a wildfire that consumed about 1,000 acres of the picturesque Pine Barrens area in southern part of the state was brought under full control by Tuesday night, according to the state's Department of Environmental Protection, as was a smaller wildfire in Ocean County.

In northern New Jersey, a 100-acre brush fire broke out on Wednesday in the dry grasses of the Meadowlands near MetLife Stad
ium, sending up plumes of black smoke that could be seen from parts of Manhattan.



Firefighters Gain Control Of Wind-Whipped Wildfires In N.J., Staten Island, Connecticut

April 10, 2012 10:41 PM
April 10, 2012 10:41 PM



NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Several major brush fires continued to burn Monday night in different parts of the Tri-State Area. Among the most serious is a fire in Suffolk County, where officials spent the evening coordinating efforts with state authorities and the National Guard.

“I have placed the National Guard fire team in Suffolk County on standby to be ready to support firefighting efforts,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a statement.

Strong winds and dry air continued to make for a dangerous combination. The situation remained serious Monday night as at one point more than 200 homes had no power. The fire also prompted road closures and caused interruptions to LIRR trains.

1010 WINS’ Holly Haerr reports from Riverhead


Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said three firefighters were injured responding to a brush fire near the Brookhaven National Laboratory. One firefighter suffered a minor burn, while two others were treated for smoke inhalation.

AAt one point, firefighters from 109 departments in Suffolk County responded to the brush fire that has affected about 2,000 acres, including 300 acres on the Brookhaven Lab site.

Fires also continued to burn in Ridge and Manorville on Monday evening. Ridge Fire Chief Steve Gray said the two blazes that began there morphed into one./p>

““Once it gets into the tree tops it burns a lot faster than it does on the ground,” Gray told CBS 2′s Sean Hennessey. “The fire had burned past us fast enough where we couldn’t get there in time.”

“It’s still an unpredictable situation. We had hoped earlier that the fire was coming under control, but it’s clear now that it’s still burning heavily and that this is still a dangerous and unpredictable situation,” Bellone said at a news conference.

Ten homes in the Riverhead area also suffered damage and firefighters were dispatched to bring those fires under control, officials said. Two residential homes and one commercial building in the area were destroyed.

“We have all resources that are on the scene coordinating with all the various agencies,” Bellone told 1010 WINS.

Mandatory evacuations also took place in some parts of Suffolk County and the Riverhead Senior Center was established as an emergency shelter./p>

WWill Boulier and his family were evacuated. Police pulled up to their home as they secured their farm animals.

“You get a little nervous, you watch out, but as long as you know you have an escape route…that’s all that matters,” he told CBS 2′s Hazel Sanchez./p>





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Members of the RiverheadLOCAL community have sent in dozens of pictures of the Manorville wildfire. Some of them are very impressive, showing the massive size and power of the wildfire as volunteer firefighters from 109 fire districts across Long Island battled to keep the flames away from nearby homes.

For a photo slideshow by RiverheadLOCAL publisher Peter Blasl, click here.

Editors' note: Names are not in the order of photos, for which we apologize. If time allows, we will correct this later on.






A wildfire inside the confines of a major city is nothing new in the U.S. It’s a little strange , though, when that city isn’t Los Angeles—constantly threatened by the dry Santa Ana winds of autumn—but rather, New York City. Yet early this week a five-alarm brushfire swept through the former Fresh Kills landfill in New York’s Staten Island, burning for more than a day. The fire was stoked by unusually dry weather and strong winds, while the flames fed on the invasive weeds and mulch present on the island. No one was killed, but nearly 200 firefighters were needed to put out the blaze, and the smoke snarled traffic on the freeway.

Staten Island wasn’t the only East Coast area to be hit by unusually early spring fires. Brush fires broke out in New Jersey, Long Island, Connecticut, while states in the southeast faced red flag warnings for fires. The reason: a record-breaking warm winter in the eastern half of the country, and an unusually dry spring. If those conditions hold, we could be in for a fiery spring and summer that will only add to high temperatures.

(MORE: The Fire This Time)

Usually early April is one of the wettest months of the year on the East Coast—April showers and all that—but that’s hardly been the case so far, as meterologist Janice Huff of WNBC in New York put it:

We haven’t seen many rainstorms nor snowstorms and all the vegetation that grew up rapidly from last winter’s rainfall is just all dry and ready to burn.

The unusually warm weather during the winter and especially March—where national average temperatures were nearly 9 F above the norm—encouraged vegetation to gro

w. But precipitation has been low this winter—just six inches of rainfall in New York’s Central Park since January, half the average amount. That leaves plenty of fuel for any fire that might break out. And the widespread blazes seen so far are much more typical of the wildfires that break out in the dry grasslands of the Midwest, rather than the East Coast. So far this year the New Jersey Forest Fire Service alone has responded to 472 wildfires that tore through 1,335 acres of state land, compared to 214 fires burning 209 acres during the same period last year.

Fighting a wildfire in New York is different than putting one out in the actual wild, as WNYC explored in an interesting post:

Hundreds of area firefighters were deployed to fight fast-burning blazes that erupted in the New York region this week – using wildfire-fighting skills not often used in an urban environment

When a building catches fire, there’s an edge to how far it can go. But outdoors, there’s often no break to stop the flames from spreading.

Unless the weather turns cool and the rains come—New York firefighters will need to brush up on their brushfire techniques.







Nevada wildfire spreads, destroys 2 homes

By SANDRA CHEREB, Associated Press – 1 day ago

HOLBROOK JUNCTION, Nev. (AP) — A fast-moving wildfire erupted in a rural neighborhood near the Nevada-California line and destroyed two homes Tuesday but no injuries were reported and the danger from what one frightened resident described as a "wall of fire" was subsiding as winds died at nightfall along the Sierra's eastern front.

Between 100 and 200 homes were threatened at one time in the Topaz Ranch Estates about 50 miles southeast of Lake Tahoe after the fire broke out about 1:45 p.m. — possibly after a controlled burn conducted on residential land rekindled in winds gusting up to 40 mph, authorities said.

Authorities had earlier stated that at least seven homes had burned.

Douglas County Sheriff's Sgt. Jim Halsey said no homes were in any immediate danger as of 9:45 p.m. But officials have recommended that as many as 40 homes voluntarily evacuate as a precaution.

"Luckily the fire is kind of moving back up into the hills away from homes but the wind shifts around here and could move back down," Halsey said after the fire had burned more than 5 square miles of mostly sage brush and juniper.

Three air tankers and three helicopters were assisting about 450 firefighters battling the blaze, which sent up huge plumes of smoke and had burned an estimated 4,400 acres by Tuesday night.

Winds were steady throughout Tuesday, gusting throughout the day across the region that has seen very little moisture all winter, leaving vegetation dry and extremely flammable.

Halsey said the fire had burned less than 10 acres when crews arrived on the scene but "with that wind it just took off and was growing like gangbusters."

"It shot across the valley real fast," said Diana Richardson, 69. The disabled woman said she and her husband were "just sitting here minding our own business" when they first noticed flames halfway up a hill near their house in Topaz Ranch Estates. "It was scary."

Gov. Brian Sandoval said he has not declared a state of emergency but has asked for federal assistance grants for fire victims.

"We'll do whatever it takes," he said during an evening briefing at the fire command post in southern Douglas County. "We're throwing everything we have at this."

Lisa Ross, spokeswoman for the Sierra Front Interagency Dispatch Center, said there was no estimate for containment of the fire.

Betty Hathaway, 52, said it started behind her home in the foothills of the Pine Nut mountains and that a house two doors down "completely burned down."

"It was just a wall of fire," she said. "It is unbelievable my house did not burn down."

Hathaway said she boxed up five kittens to drive them to safety along with two dogs and two horses but one of the horses was spooked and wouldn't load into the trailer.

"Some guy named Jeff came out of nowhere and helped walk the horse down the road to a safe place," she said.

A hiker telephoned 911 to report he was trapped in the hills near the Lyon-Douglas county line about 3:30 p.m. He was able to reach his car where he sought shelter in heavy smoke, surrounded by fire, before a sheriff's deputy located him about 4 p.m. and was able to escort him to safety before 4 p.m.

The National Weather Service forecast called for westerly winds between 10 and 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph overnight. Windy conditions were expected to diminish somewhat Wednesday with winds forecast at 5 to 15 mph.

Halsey said officials suspect that a permitted residential burn in the area was extinguished, but may have rekindled. He said the cause remained under investigation.

Todd Carlini, fire chief for the Douglas County-East Fork Fire Protection District, said they hoped to establish a cause of the fire in the next day or so. He said local residents are allowed to conduct open burning of weeds or brush through June 4 but they are required to check with authorities ahead of time to see if windy or dry conditions are safe.

"The vast majority of people are responsible with their burning," he said. He said neither Tuesday nor Monday would have been good days to burn but that it could have smoldered longer than that.

Associated Press writer Scott Sonner in Reno contributed to this report.



A building at Topaz Ranch Estates, south of Gardnerville, Nev., is engulfed by a wildfire on Tuesday. staff and news service reports
updated 5/23/2012 5:59:03 PM ET2012-05-23T21:59:03

Fire crews hampered by wind gusts and dry conditions on Wednesday made slow gains battling dangerous forest and brush fires in the West and Southwest, including a wildfire in Nevada that doubled in size overnight and destroyed 17 buildings and two homes. reported

Blazes in rugged, mountainous areas of Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah have already forced the evacuation of several small towns and torched more than 85 square miles of forest, brush and grass in the past two weeks.

The Arizona blazes were the first major wildfires in the Grand Canyon state this year after a record 2011 fire season in which nearly 2,000 blazes consumed over 1,500 square miles, according to the National Interagency Fire Center.

In northern Nevada near the California border, crews said two homes and 17 other buildings were charred and more than 100 were under voluntary evacuation on Wednesday as the Tre wildfire razed more than 9 square miles of brush and forest in Douglas County.

More than 360 firefighters fought the conflagration with bulldozers and helicopters, as billowing smoke cast a pall over the rugged area south of Carson City, making it difficult to assess the burn size.

"There's so much smoke, you can't really get up in the air and see ... the size," Rita Ayers, a spokeswoman with the Tre incident team told Reuters.

"Helicopters in front are trying to hold the fire moving too far to the east, and they have all the fighters around it putting in lines," she added.

Ayers said the fire was just 10 percent contained. While gusting winds challenged firefighters, much cooler temperatures were expected to help crews bring the fire under control by Saturday.

Even as crews fought to contain the Nevada fire, more than 1,100 firefighters made slow progress against the most dangerous of the blazes burning in the U.S. Southwest, the so-called Gladiator Fire in Arizona.


That fire, which has torched more than 24 square miles of ponderosa pine and brush some 40 miles north of Phoenix, was 26 percent contained on Wednesday, up from 19 percent a day earlier.

"The winds will start earlier today and will continue to get stronger as the day progresses," the fire incident team said. "Firefighters will continue to monitor for spot fires from flying embers outside of the fire lines.

The blaze, which threw a veil of grayish smoke over the northeast Phoenix valley, has forced the evacuation of about 350 residents of the old mining town of Crown King and three other tiny communities nearby.

Crews battling the largest of the four Arizona fires, the 25-square-mile Sunflower Fire, had succeeded in reinforcing control lines and had more than 40 percent under control.

In New Mexico, authorities said seven residents of the small summer community of Willow Creek were evacuated as a precaution because of a fire that charred more than 15 square miles in steep, rugged terrain of the Gila Wilderness area.

Utah firefighters are battling a three-square-mile blaze on public and private land southeast of Hurricane, about 290 miles south of Salt Lake City.

The human-caused fire was sparked Tuesday evening, fire information officer David Eaker said. No evacuations have been ordered, and the fire is around 65 percent contained.

The Hewlett Fire in Colorado's Roosevelt National Forest, sparked by a camping stove mid-month, was declared completely controlled on Wednesday.

Reuters contributed to this report.