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California Wildfire Season 2019
« on: June 08, 2019, 09:07:45 PM »
It seems the California wildfire season has started already.  About a month ago, there were no wildfires showing the map.  NWS has just issued heat advisories and red flag warnings for our area and it's only June.  Looks like it's going to be another long hot summer.

https://ucweather.org/firewx.php

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Re: California Wildfire Season 2019
« Reply #1 on: June 08, 2019, 09:22:16 PM »
PG&E has proactively turned off the power in some areas.

I fear it will be a bad one this year. I am shocked that many of my neighbors have not more actively cleaned up their properties after the fires we had last year  8O
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Re: California Wildfire Season 2019
« Reply #2 on: June 09, 2019, 10:27:10 PM »
I saw that notice from PG&E too.  I've signed up get to get power outage alerts on PG&E's website just in case.  But, some people just don't want to learn.  They think just because they dodged the bullet last year that they don't have to worry about it happening to them this year.  Anyway, in case you haven't see it yet, the link below has some good info you can pass on to your family, friends, and neighbors to stay connected with Cal Fire.  I downloaded the Ready for Wildfire App and signed up for the SMS alerts.  I can't say how good the Ready for Wildfire App is as I haven't gotten any alerts yet but, right after I signed up for the SMS alerts yesterday, I must have gotten about 6 alerts for new fires and updates as you get alerts on all fires whereas with the app, you can limit the areas you want to be notified for.

http://calfire.ca.gov/communications/socialmedia

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Re: California Wildfire Season 2019
« Reply #3 on: June 09, 2019, 11:03:35 PM »
Thanks Harry, useful info.

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To follow a specific Operational Unit, text: follow (Twitter handle – minus the @ sign). Example: “follow CALFIRE_ButteCo”.


Tried that, got "the follow command is no longer supported"   :(  Any idea what i did wrong?

Update: The full error message is:

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The FOLLOW command is no longer supported. For an updated list of supported Twitter SMS commands, see http://support.twitter.com/sms

But http://support.twitter.com/sms says:

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How to follow via SMS/text message
Send a text with the words Follow [username] in an SMS (text message) to Twitter to start following someone from your mobile phone. For example, text Follow jymminie to your Twitter short or long code.

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Re: California Wildfire Season 2019
« Reply #4 on: June 10, 2019, 12:00:52 AM »
That's strange.  According to their instructions, it should have worked.  All I did was text follow CAL_FIRE to 40404 and I'm getting everything.

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Re: California Wildfire Season 2019
« Reply #5 on: June 10, 2019, 12:11:30 AM »
If you can't get it to work, you can add counties in the app by going to Home, tap the settings gear, select Wildfire Alert Settings and after you enter your zipcode, city, and phone, tap on Next and there you have the option to add more counties.

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Re: California Wildfire Season 2019
« Reply #6 on: June 10, 2019, 12:20:29 AM »
That's strange.  According to their instructions, it should have worked.  All I did was text follow CAL_FIRE to 40404 and I'm getting everything.

Was your phone already signed up with twitter?

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Re: California Wildfire Season 2019
« Reply #7 on: June 10, 2019, 12:50:55 AM »
I guess it was.  The only messages I got before from 40404 was in 2016 that has my Twitter confirmation code and another message saying my phone has been activated but, I have no idea how I did that.

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Re: California Wildfire Season 2019
« Reply #8 on: June 10, 2019, 01:42:38 AM »
Technology is not my friend today  :roll: I tried to add two different phone numbers to twitter and persistently get the message "US and Canadian phone numbers must have 11 digits. Please enter a valid phone number.". I may only have 10 fingers but I can certainly count to 11  #-o

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Re: California Wildfire Season 2019
« Reply #9 on: June 10, 2019, 10:05:46 AM »
Did you get it to work?  According to this https://www.sandiegocounty.gov/content/dam/sdc/sdcfa/documents/prevention/text-message-alerts.pdf you don't need a Twitter account.  And on another Twitter Help page, follow is still valid https://help.twitter.com/en/using-twitter/sms-commands

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Re: California Wildfire Season 2019
« Reply #10 on: June 10, 2019, 03:35:20 PM »
Did you get it to work?

Nope, tried again with two phones on different carriers and google voice, same "follow command no longer supported" error message on all of them. Per some forum posts that message may indicate an unsupported carrier, but twitter's own info says all U.S. carriers and google voice numbers are supported. I guess I'm just gonna burn :onfire:

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Re: California Wildfire Season 2019
« Reply #11 on: June 10, 2019, 10:23:03 PM »
I guess I figured out what I did to get my phone activated.  Did you go through this procedure?

https://www.dummies.com/social-media/twitter/how-to-set-up-twitter-text-messages-sms-delivery/


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Re: California Wildfire Season 2019
« Reply #12 on: June 14, 2019, 08:49:31 PM »
PG&E has proactively turned off the power in some areas.

I fear it will be a bad one this year. I am shocked that many of my neighbors have not more actively cleaned up their properties after the fires we had last year  8O

Just the kind of news you didn't want to hear.

https://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/federal-officials-warn-the-upcoming-wildfire-season-could-be-even-worse-than-last-year/70008552