The Case of the Accidental Signs

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    The two "Road Closed" signs that were accidentally placed by Ventura County Roads Department on Lockwood Valley Road at Chuchupate Ranger station on Thursday morning, Aug. 16. The signs were turned away from traffic within an hour after The Mountain Enterprise inquired with the Forest Service.

LOCKWOOD VALLEY, CA, AUG. 16 — "Road Closed" signs greeted Lockwood Valley residents for a few hours on the morning of Thursday, Aug. 16 as they passed Chuchupate Ranger Station. The Mountain Enterprise called the U.S. Forest Service and there was quick action. It appears Ventura County Highway Department made a mistake.

The signs were supposed to have been placed about 15 miles away, near where Lockwood Valley Road meets Highway 33. "The sign is going to be put at the side of the road in ‘stand-by’ mode so it is available when they have equipment getting water from a local rancher.

Hwy 33 between Ojai and Cuyama and a western portion of Lockwood Valley Road may close today while firefighters conduct a firing operation to secure the fireline on the eastern perimeter of the fire. The decision to close the road is dependent on fire activity.  Incident Commanders are working with the California Highway Patrol in conjunction with Santa Barbara and Ventura County Sheriff Offices on a traffic closure plan. 

This is part of the August 10, 2007 online edition of The Mountain Enterprise.

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