Big Sur Information

•July 24, 2015 • 49 Comments

SOBERANES FIRE DONATION ORGANIZATIONS: THESE ARE THE LINKS TO THE OFFICIAL 503(C) NON-PROFITS WHO HAVE PAY PAL DONATION BUTTONS ON THEIR SITES TO ACCEPT DONATIONS FOR THE VICTIMS (CPOA) OR FOR OUR ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL LOCAL VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS. ANY GOFUNDME ACCOUNTS ARE EITHER FOR INDIVIDUALS OR SCAMS. DONATE HERE:

CPOA

BSVFB

Mid Coast Fire Brigade

Community Foundation

#SoberanesFire Monterey County residents needing information should contact the Information Line at 831-204-0446; CalFire @fire.ca.gov

Again, for those who of you  who want to get in touch with me, kwnovoa@mac.com

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This Big Sur blog has been around since 2008. It’s focus is to cover events effecting Big Sur including fires, road conditions, weather, and local non-profit events. I also have a soft spot for dogs, so I cover lost and found dogs. 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

I have also created a page for photographs of problem areas taken by myself and others. You can find that on my “pages” in the sidebar or by clicking on this link: Loving Big Sur to Death – photos

HEADER PHOTO…is by  Scott Moffat of the Soberanes Fire. (Size for any headers you may wish to submit it is 760×151 pixels.)

Soberanes Fire, Day 7, 7/28/16 – Official Reports & Maps

•July 28, 2016 • 24 Comments

7:40 am – Official PIO tweet has fire at 27,326 acres and 10% containment.

7:30 – Operations Map

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7:25 – Today’s IR topo map: (Facts sheet should be out soon)

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Soberanes Fire, Day 7, 7/28/16 – Local Reports

•July 28, 2016 • 26 Comments

9:15 – A GOFUNDME account has been established for the wife and two daughters of the dozer operator who lost his life, Go fund me for Robert Reagan

A friend of Michael Troutman’s (ex USFS hotshot) found this amazing video. It is shot from inside the cockpit of a tanker. The green dots on the dash are the retardant level

Retardant drop

5:30 am – asked to let you know about this organization:

“July, 2016. Monterey, CA. The Community Emergency Response Volunteers (CERV) of the Monterey Peninsula, a 501c3 non-profit, has launched MontereyCo.RECOVERS.org in response to the Soberanes Fire recovery efforts. The website is overseen and staffed by Recovers Squad volunteers from CERT programs in Monterey, Seaside, Marina, and Pacific Grove. The website, https://montereyco.recovers.org, is a tool to build community resilience by matching people’s needs with resources in the community at a grass roots level. Local organizations and community members with specific needs as a result of the Soberanes Fire are invited to register and post on the site.”

5:00 am – had company stop by LAST NIGHT, with some lovely Holy Granola and honey from the Hermitage (thanks to all the monks for this) and a couple bottles of wine, and we shared stories and wine for a couple hours, it was a nice break last evening.

Today, after an exhausting 6 days, I will be taking some time off and will be off line from 10 – 2, while Mike Morales will be keeping an eye on the blog for me, and moderating comments, etc. I am taking Rock Knocker out to lunch in the Big Sur Valley for his birthday (it was yesterday) which will allow me a closer look at things up on the North End, and an opportunity to get a feel for what people’s concerns are, and where any help may be needed. During travel time and during lunch, I will not be monitoring, but before I leave, both home and lunch, I will check in.

In the mean time, I will be uploading my daily dozer maps when I get them, and other information that may be of help. One note I would like to make is in the comments people leave seeking information from others, these comments are often left in all sorts of different places, which will be hard to find, for example, one person waning to know about a specific place on Day 6, left a comment on Day 3, which is not likely to ever be seen by anyone now, 3-4 days later. Might I suggest those kinds of comments are best posted on the “locals” post for the day one is asking the question? More likely to be seen. Some great summaries and observations came out of last night’s summaries, but they are spread out among Day 6 posts.

One of the things I learned in covering fires for this blog is that I can get “up and running” and “up to speed” in an hour, whereas most sources of information might take days. That first week is critical in knowing what is going on. As “official” sources become more available, and more information becomes available through all sorts of sources, my blog becomes less critical and thus I can begin to slow down. I couldn’t possibly humanly keep up the pace I have been devoting to this until the end of August, the new containment date, so beginning today, you will start to see a slow down in the amount of information offered.

Soberanes Fire, Day 6, 7/27/16 – Expanded Evacuation Orders

•July 27, 2016 • 5 Comments

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Soberanes Fire, Day 6, 7/27/16 – Photos

•July 27, 2016 • 17 Comments

In honor of the death of a dozer operator, I am only posting this one photo today. More tomorrow. Let’s all be sending healing light, love, and compassion to his family and friends.

Photo by Michael Troutman:

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Soberanes Fire, Day 6, 7/27/16 – Official Notices & Maps

•July 27, 2016 • 10 Comments

8:00 pm – tonight’s facts sheet (ED NOTE: Lots of changes)

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3:00 pm from USFS:
Tim Bills commented on Soberanes Fire, Day 6, 7/27/16 – Expanded Evacuation Orders

Clare Long, Public Information Officer for the US Forest Service, will be available to the public at the Big Sur Station (Multi-Agency Facility) from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, July 28 and Friday, July 29.
She will provide updates and information on the Soberanes Fire. We will also have large scale maps displayed at the station of the impact of the fire and operations to contain it.

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8:20 am-

“I am saddened to report the death of a private dozer operator overnight on the Soberanes fire.

Details will be made available as next of kin are notified and as the Serious Accident Review Process is completed.

Please keep your situational awareness sharp as we head into what is shaping up to be yet another significantly challenging year for wildfires.

Chief Ken Pimlott
CAL FIRE Director”

Note the extended containment date? Over a month. No official word yet re dozer operator.

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Soberanes Fire, Day 6, 7/27/16 – Local Reports

•July 27, 2016 • 26 Comments

2:50, also by Eduardo. That is Pico Blanco on  the left peaking up:

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2:30 – Current photo from Clear Ridge by Eduardo Eizner

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1:30 pm – I just completed my second interview of the day,  this one with San Jose Mercury News. I used the opportunity to explain the terrain, the difficulty fighting fires here, and how most fires are started by illegal campfires, as we expect this one was, and also regarding the traffic problems due to people coming down to look and interfering with firefighters and residents trying to evacuated. I will use all of these opportunities to educate our city brethren.

12:00 noon – Just got word from Joe Bennett, the Condor biologist that our condor chicks are out of harm’s way, for now. They are keeping a close eye on the situtation.

KION just reported the death of a dozer operator on the Soberanes Fire. Sigh. It was a news flash, so I have no details.

IR interpretive data from last night’s flight,  interpreted size 22,156 acres,  growth 2,845 acres

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IR Topo Map

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7:28 am – oh, dear … Another large plume going up.

Today’s IR maps from John Chesnut. Blue lines indicate Tuesday’s perimeter.

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Soberanes Fire, Day 6, 7/27/16 – Dozer Lines Maps

•July 27, 2016 • 23 Comments

Today, I am giving these maps their own post. And this time, there is a map index so one can get the overall picture.

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