Notices

•July 24, 2015 • 30 Comments

The Big Sur blog that has been covering fires, the weather, road conditions, and other events since 2008. Send your news and photos, and we will do our best to post them. send to: kwnovoa@mac.com

You may notice that I have started a new page to keep the conversation going on the overuse of Big Sur. I hope all will participate and donate ideas, thoughts, and research. See Pages in the sidebar to the right. Or click on this link: OVERUSE OF BIG SUR

HEADER PHOTO…is by  Dan Danbom (sorry I had to crop this beauty!)  (Size for any headers you may wish to submit it is 760×151 pixels.)

Big Sur Chamber Mixer

•May 23, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Hello Big Sur!

A quick reminder!

We are inviting you to the Big Sur Chamber of Commerce mixer. The Mixer will
be held May 24, 2016 from 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM. at Café Kevah which is located
on the first level of Nepenthe, adjacent to the The Phoenix.

The first 15-20 minutes of the mixer will be a brief history of the Big Sur
Chamber of Commerce and to let you know we will be scheduling a membership
meeting in the next 30-60 days to address the need to elect Board of
Directors, evaluate current web site goals, address Big Sur visitation level
issues, etc. Afterwards the time is available to socialize and and enjoy the
panoramic views and to reintroduce ourselves to our business associates and
neighbors.

Many thanks to Kirk Gafill and to Café Kevah for their generosity in hosting
the Big Sur Chamber of Commerce mixer.

Please help us spread the word. We hope to see you all there.

Regards,
Stan Russell

300 Acre Fire East of Soledad

•May 22, 2016 • Leave a Comment

8;45 pm – local media reports it is 4000 acres

8:30 pm – I have reports it is up to 1000 acres.

6:00 pm – air attack (A/A) estimates, conservatively, that fire is holding at 800 acres. At 7 pm, it was up to 900 acres. The amazing photo below was tweeted by Cal Fire. It is not mine. No photographer credit was given, but this is a great example of HDR.

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5:30 pm –
5:28 PM 12 [39] CDF ADV FIRE IS ONLY AFFECTING WEST SIDE OF PINNACLES AT THIS TIME – NOT AFFECTING THE EAST SIDE // FIRE IS PUSHING SOUTH AND EAST – MAY NOT HIT THE PINNACLES FULLY // EVACUATION IS NOT IN EFFECT YET – BUT IF ANYONE FEELS THREATENED – PER CALFIRE, ADVISE THEM TO LEAVE THE AREA

here is a still from a KION news vid:

 

5:15 pm = second fire 1.3 miles south of the south end of the main fire.

5:00 pm – 7 tankers on the fire already and 6 more dozers just ordered.

4:30 pm – SOLEDAD, Calif. – Cal Fire crews are attempting to contain a 300-acre vegetation fire off Metz Road and Blue Jay Lane, east of Soledad.

Officials say the blaze began around 3:30 p.m.

The fire has not yet been contained. No homes or structures are in danger but there is a threat to power transmission lines.

The cause is currently unknown.

Satellite update

•May 22, 2016 • 2 Comments

Finally have scheduled a service call for Tuesday between 11-2. Cell has been very unreliable, so until Tuesday, enforced internet withdrawals. Frankly, I needed this.

BTW, 50 acre wildfire on FHL, but reported in the “flat part’ (aka Stoney Valley?) so probably not a threat. I’ll find a way to report if necessary.

Full Highway 1 closure from 4-6 today at Granite

•May 20, 2016 • 1 Comment

Date/Time: 5-20-16 at 2:50 pm

Location: Southbound State Route 1 in Monterey County, approximately four miles south of Carmel Highlands at Granite Canyon Bridge (PM 66.66).
Description of Incident:

Big rig went over embankment last night. Southbound Highway 1 is under one-way reversing traffic control. Current traffic delays of 10-15 minutes. There will be about a 60-75-minute full highway closure between 4-6 pm to move the big rig off Highway 1. Motorists are advised avoid Highway 1 or to take alternate route until the big rig has been removed and road is safe to re-open. CHP and Caltrans working collaboratively.

From David Royal, Monterey Herald today: link to Slideshow

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From Nic Coury of the MCWeekly:

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Bigsurkate’s Satellite

•May 20, 2016 • 5 Comments

I got home at 6 pm last night, and left the gate open since I was going out again today for a meeting. No one was camping on Plaskett. I thought I would take the chance. Not good. A trespasser came through and misaligned my satelittle. I will be sporadic until that is fixed.

Wildfire, FHL

•May 19, 2016 • 8 Comments

4;30 pm – It started this afternoon, but I have taken the day off (it IS my birthday) and was in town. I am informed that they would not let people through Nacimiento-Fergusson RD. It was reported as only 2-3 acres in Stony Valley, and it is just May, so probably all is fine. I will post further when I get home, if necessary.

Wildfire Report, 5/18/16

•May 18, 2016 • 2 Comments

8:00 pm – the “Bob” Fire (Camp Roberts) is holding at 1500 acres and is 40% contained. Hopefully, as often happens, it will “lay down” tonight. The smoke drift is visible here on the South Coast, particularly over Willow Creek.

6:30 pm – A/A is reporting 1500 acres ad making good runs. Also, from the scanner: “Just heard SLO send two rigs up to M/C  (Monterey County) for a veg fire on Interlake Rd. with a cross of San Antonio Rd. …engs. 3472 an 3481 have been sent up to it” Bob is making its way in a different direction, toward San Marco RD.

6:00 pm – 6 tankers working it now

4:50 pm – 600 acres and it jumped the Nacimiento River

4:20 pm – 500 acres. Photos by viewers of SLOStringer

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3:30 pm – Currently there are two fires burning in Atascadero – one structure and one veg. Equipment and A/A pulled off the veg fire for a new fire burning on or near Camp Roberts. One report is it is on Avery RD. And Bivwac RD. One report from an observer:
“This thing has already generated pyrocumulus clouds…. uneven-sounding firefight…. I.C. requesting five more engines…. and just told SLU that the fire has jumped the river (I assume the Nacimiento River, not the Salinas River) and “has nothing to stop it.”

 

 
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