Chalk Update 10/23/08, Day 27-Highway One closed

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2008, 8:30 am.GOOD MORNING! See Connie’s amazing photos below!!

Here are a few photos of the situation I took around noon today. I ran out of cigarettes, and have a LONG night ahead of me, so had to go down the coast. And, of course, once down, I had to get as close to the fire as they would allow. Moth, I guess. They are not letting anyone through, even locals, so far. I spoke with the USFS PIO, Rick, and this was Cal-Trans’s call. He thinks it will be open in the morning, but I would check both Cal-Trans and CHP sites for verification before starting on what could be a very long detour. The USFS wanted to keep it open. It is burning down to the highway on some very rocky slope, so I can understand the concern. 

                                                                  bigsurkate

This was taken just south of Mill Creek. You can see Limekiln Bridge on the far left, and the trail of smoke, right on the highway. I have a closer shot of that fire right up to the highway from a different point of view.

                                                                    bigsurkate

The highway cuts across right below that flame. This is south of Limekiln, and clearly 100% slope, so nothing to do but let it burn, and it is burning with low intensity, so that is a good thing.

                                                                    bigsurkate

This is a closer shot of the flames further up. Robert and I stood on the side of the highway here and watched these trees go off. No winds, so should just burn itself out.

9:45 am – Most recent CHP info seems to indicate road to be closed all day, and will be reevaluated tomorrow morning. 

9:46AM PER 14,SO END CLOSURE IS NOW 1/2 NO OF NACIMIENTO FERGUSEN
9:13AM WILL RE EVALUATE IN THE AM IF RD CAN BE REOPENED
9:13AM PER S2 AT OFC,FULL CLOSURE THRU DAYBREAK TOMORROW
8:37AM 1039 BRAD, LSNF W/CLOSURE
8:37AM PER 14,OTHER CLOSURE IS JSO LIME KILN STATE PARK
8:32AM CAN WE CLARIFY THE SOUTH END CLOSURE
8:31AM LUCIA LODGE CLOSURE WOULD BE NORTH END
8:29AM PER 22,VIA LL,CLOSURE MOVED TO LUCIA LODGE SO VEHS CAN TURN AROUND
8:25AM CHALK FIRE, PER CFIRE
7:10AM ROCKS FALLING IN AREA AND TRAFFIC BACKING UP
6:34AM PER LOG 55, DOT HAS A HARD CLOSURE AT THIS LOC AS OF 2002 HRS 

I am keeping last night’s post going so more of you have a chance to see last night’s photos from Connie McCoy. Lots of smoke and significant plume at Limekiln this morning. Please scroll down the see the incredible shots Connie McCoy took of the fire at Limekiln last night around 9 pm.

This morning’s USFS report indicates acreage up to 16,094, containment at 89%, personnel at 732. “Current Status:  Very little fire activity was observed overnight especially in the Limekiln State Park and Hermitage areas.  Firefighters will continue to improve containment lines and begin mop up efforts today in these areas.   Rolling rocks and debris caused the closure of a two-mile segment of Hwy 1 last night in the fire area.  Caltrans expects to reopen the highway later today.”  HUH?? From Connie’s photos, it looks like Limekiln was VERY active last night!

And here are a couple more from Connie that she took this morning. Awesome, aren’t they? Wish I could drag myself away from a brief due tomorrow to also take some shots!

                                                                     Connie McCoy

                                                                     Connie McCoy

10/23 8:30 am – CHP website reports:

ADDITIONAL DETAILS
7:10AM ROCKS FALLING IN AREA AND TRAFFIC BACKING UP
6:34AM PER LOG 55, DOT HAS A HARD CLOSURE AT THIS LOC AS OF 2002 HRS              

Cal-Trans website reports same as last night:

[IN THE CENTRAL CALIFORNIA AREA] 
    IS CLOSED FROM 2 MI SOUTH OF LUCIA TO LUCIA (MONTEREY CO) – DUE TO  
A WILDLAND FIRE – MOTORISTS ARE ADVISED TO USE AN ALTERNATE ROUTE

10/22 9 pm -Due to rolling debris, the fire, and rock slides, Cal-Trans is reporting Highway One closed from 2 miles south of Lucia to Lucia tonight. I suspect they will be out around 6:30 or so to clean it up, and hopefully, get the road back open. Sounds like it is between Limekiln and the Hermitage, where the burn out operation has been taking place the last couple of days, to me. Jon Michael did note a lot of looky-loos on the highway around 2 pm this afternoon.

Well Connie McCoy came through the “road closure” after about 8:30 pm, and the fire personnel knew nothing about a closure. Maybe that is why CHP took it off their website, but Connie sent me some spectacular shots. Since it is almost midnight, and I really must have my first cocktail and only cocktail of the evening, and curl up in bed, I will only be posting one of the four she sent, but every one, including the one Robert took of her in the darkness of Limekiln bridge, looking into the flames, is spectacular!!

                                                                      Connie McCoy

I love the reflection off the water there. Okay, these are so good, I just have to post one more!

                                                                    Connie McCoy

Uh, oh. Midnight. I turned into a pumpkin, again.

Good night, all.

~ by bigsurkate on October 22, 2008.

4 Responses to “Chalk Update 10/23/08, Day 27-Highway One closed”

  1. You ladies are hitting on all cylinders with these images and updates.
    Amazing, truly amazing.

    When you get these together in a gallery I am buying a ticket.

  2. Geez…it just doesn’t stop!! I drove by Limekiln on my way to Texas just when it was flaring up…it was impressive then (will post some pics asap)…but INTENSE now!!! Y’all (!) hang in there…my thoughts and concerns are with ya, even from here (Dallas, Texas). If there is anything I can do from here for anyone, let me know.

    NAMASTE
    Tzila “Z”

    tzealous05@yahoo.com

  3. I’m just amazed with your’s and Connie’s photos. I only wish they weren’t based on fire. Maybe after the fires are out, you both can capture the sur we all love in all its glory. :)

  4. Thanks for that pendoggie. Ya gotta take the bad with the good. Though I haven’t published or exhibited lately I have caught the coast in many of its other guises. Are you interested in vintage hand-printed Cibachrome prints? I got ‘em!

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