Big Sur Information

•March 4, 2017 • 82 Comments

Header Photo, Mud Creek by Inga Dorosz

IMPORTANT, READ THIS FIRST!!

****I HAVE GOTTEN HUNDREDS OF QUESTIONS RE ACCESS AND ALTERNATIVE ROUTES, WHILE DRIVING AS MUCH OF THE COAST AS POSSIBLE FROM VISITORS AND I HAVE TRIED TO ANSWER THEM ALL,  BUT I WILL NO LONGER BE ANSWERING THESE QUESTIONS, EXCEPT ONCE HERE. FROM THE NORTH, HIGHWAY ONE DOWN TO THE BIG SUR STATE PARK AND THEN RETRACE YOUR ROUTE BACK UP TO CARMEL AND OVER HIGHWAY 68 TO THE 101 AND SOUTH TO HIGHWAY 46, THEN WEST TO CAMBRIA AND UP TO RAGGED POINT, THEN RETRACE YOUR ROUTE BACK TO CAMBRIA AND THEN CONTINUE SOUTH ON HIGHWAY ONE. ****

THERE IS NO DETOUR ON THE COAST. HIGHWAY ONE CLOSED FROM RAGGED POINT TO BRIDGE TO ALL VISITORS.

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FOR LOCALS ONLY WITH ID: MUD CREEK – AS OF 5/4/17 MUD CREEK COMPLETELY CLOSED IN BOTH DIRECTIONS TO ALL BUT BOATS AND HELICOPTERS. The big slide began on 5/19 and continued all weekend.

PAUL’S SLIDE – AS OF 5/25/17 (2 months after initial limited access began on 3/22) NO ACCESS THRU PAUL’S SLIDE. ACCESS REEVALUATED  ON A DAILY BASIS. You can line up for access, but may be denied, based on the activity occurring at the time. Generally, possible hours remain:

Access times for the morning and evening are WHEN POSSIBLE still the same except for Friday:

5:30AM to 6:00AM and 7:00PM to 7:30PM – Sat.-Thurs.

· Friday’s hours will be shortened to:

5:30AM – 8:00AM and 6:00PM to 7:30PM

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Many people want to help us here in Big Sur. I have a list of places in my non-profit links to the right, but CPOA, through the Community Foundation of Monterey County – Big Sur Relief Fund has been set up to help all the displaced employees and others directly affected by both the fire and the floods. It is for general donating. If you have a favorite – the health center, the BSVFB, the Mid-Coast Fire Brigade, Deetjen’s, the Hermitage,  Henry Miller Library, Esalen – they are all hurting due to storm-related problems and lack of income and could use the help. You will find links to all your favorite Big Sur Charities in the links to the right under Non-profit organizations.

Scroll through the side bar and get familiar with it. You might be pleasantly surprised at all the information available to you there. I try to keep these links up-to-date (but I admit I am behind with the change of our representatives), particularly the ones that are seasonal such as weather/road conditions or fires.

New page of Interactive Highway Map with Mile Markers and slide names is to the right, under “Pages” first one *Big Sur Interactive Maps… if the following link doesn’t work. *Big Sur Interactive Slide Maps will answer any questions you may have about where something is in relation to something else.

MY DIRECT EMAIL IS: kwnovoa@mac.com

(Size for any header photos you may wish to submit it is 760×151 pixels.)

Something Different – The Lions of Africa

•May 28, 2017 • 5 Comments

I am tired of fires & floods & road closures. I wanted to go somewhere else this Sunday. I bring you the Lions of Africa, taken 3 years ago.

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Brush Fire on San Lucas Rd. (198)

•May 27, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Update: CAL FIRE contained 9-acre vegetation fire Hwy 198 at Freeman Flats, East of King City (Monterey Co)

Incident: 00348 Type: Report of Fire Location: Sr198 / San Lucas Rd Loc Desc: EB 198 4 MILES JWO Lat/Lon: 36.122909 -121.021856
Detail Information
5:37 PM 7 [22] [Appended, 17:37:48] [4] XFER TP CAL FIRE
5:34 PM 6 [15] [Appended, 17:36:01] [4] XFER TO CAL FIRE
5:34 PM 5 [14] [Appended, 17:36:01] [3] BRUSH FIRE ON SIDE OF RD
5:28 PM 4 [9] TOT FIRE
5:27 PM 3 [3] 1039 MTRY COM
5:27 PM 2 [2] UNK WHATS ON FIRE
5:27 PM 1 [5] [1] GRASS FIRE STARTING

Fire FHL, 5/27/17

•May 27, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Incident: 00241 Type: Report of Fire Location: 0 Del Venturi Rd Loc Desc: Lat/Lon: 35.999996 -121.254229.
Reported at 1:45 pm

Martha Karstens says E15 was called out to assist. No smoke visible for this one from my perch.

Fire??

•May 27, 2017 • 7 Comments

I am making phone calls and sending emails. FHL FD says not them. Possibly northeast? Nothing on any of my usual sites. Clearly not near me, but it is near someone. No plume, which is good.

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Maybe left over from the Spreckels Fire last night?

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Photo from KSBW Dan Greene

Paul’s Slide blocked by rocks tonight, 5/26/17

•May 26, 2017 • 2 Comments

This is in the very narrow one lane portion. No one will be there until Tuesday to work, due to dangerous conditions. One can see the soil nail wall covered in cement under the cone, so those of you who have driven it, know exactly where this is. Photo by Brendon Shave.

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During daylight, photos by Brendon Shave

Here it is on the south side, photo by Cal Highway:

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The Slide that keeps on Giving – Mud Creek

•May 26, 2017 • 8 Comments

On Tuesday, I sent this still from Brian Mack’s video taken on Sunday, marking up the fractures I saw on the north side of Mud Creek to several people, including Keith Vandevere. I meant to post it on my blog, but not sure I ever did. I did send it this am to Sterling Doughty and Brian Mack via PM on FB.

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So, this evening, Cal Highway posted these, tagging me.

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Look for those cones in the middle of the road up on the right to hit the beach by the end of the Memorial Day weekend, if not before. One can see the fractures and all the water in these photos. Thanks, Cal Highway.

 

Highway Closure Update, 5/25/17

•May 26, 2017 • 2 Comments

From Cal Trans:

HIGHWAY 1 UPDATE – FRIDAY, MAY 26 AT 1 PM – PAUL’S SLIDE CONTINUES TO BE FULLY CLOSED TO EVERYONE

PAUL’S SLIDE ON STATE ROUTE 1 CONTINUES TO BE FULLY CLOSED TO EVERYONE AS OF 1 PM, THURSDAY, MAY 25. CALTRANS ENGINEERS REPORT CONTINUED SLIDE ACTIVITY AND THE AREA HAS BEEN CLOSED IN THE INTEREST OF PUBLIC SAFETY. THE RADAR MONITORING SYSTEM SHOWS SLIDE ACTIVITY HAS CONTINUED TO ACCELERATE; CALTRANS IS NOT COMFORTABLE WITH ANYONE ATTEMPTING TO PASS BELOW THE SLIDE AND MATERIAL REMAINS ON THE ROADWAY. LOCAL ACCESS AND DELIVERIES AT THE PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED TIMES HAVE BEEN SUSPENDED UNTIL AT LEAST NEXT TUESDAY, MAY 30, WHEN A RE-ASSESSMENT WILL TAKE PLACE AND AN UPDATE PROVIDED BY MID-DAY.

STATE ROUTE 1 REMAINS FULLY CLOSED IN BOTH DIRECTIONS AT MUD CREEK DUE TO CONTINUED SLIDE ACTIVITY. DELIVERY VEHICLES AND LOCAL RESIDENTS WILL NEED TO USE NACIMIENTO-FERGUSSON TO EXIT SOUTH OR TO CLEAR THE ACCESS TIMES AT PAUL’S SLIDE.

Aerial of Paul’s Slide:

PM 21.6 Paul's Slide Aerial 5.25.17

Aerial of Mud Creek:

PM 8.9 Mud Creek Aerial 5.25.17

Pfeiffer Bridge:

PM 45.52 PCB--Drilling of Abutment 1--5.25.17

 
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