Big Sur Information

•October 1, 2016 • 68 Comments

We all lost our summer to the Soberanes, but it is now time to celebrate fall – starting today. But one last thing on Soberanes which will be critical this winter:

WERT Report (Watershed Emergency Response Team)

This Big Sur blog has been around since 2008. Its 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 future of Big Sur – Big Sur Forward: Data, Research and Solutions. I hope all will participate and donate ideas, thoughts, and research. See Pages in the sidebar to the right – Big Sur Forward (thanks, Kathleen Lee)

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

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

LPNF Fire Restrictions Modified

•November 29, 2016 • 2 Comments

NEWS RELEASE

Los Padres National Forest
For Immediate Release
Contact: Andrew Madsen
Twitter: @LosPadresNF
Website: http://www.fs.usda.gov/lpnf

Fire Restrictions Lowered on Los Padres National Forest

GOLETA, CA, November 29, 2016 – Rainfall amounts across Los Padres National Forest have provided sufficient moisture levels to reduce Forest fire restrictions on the forest from Level IV to Level II effective immediately.

Under Level II fire restrictions, campfires and charcoal barbeques will be allowed in all developed campgrounds, also known as Designated Campfire Use Sites, within Los Padres. Dispersed fires of any kind outside of Designated Campfire Use Sites are prohibited under Level II fire restrictions. A list of Designated Campfire Use Sites is available online (http://www.fs.usda.gov/lpnf) and at all Los Padres offices.

Under Level II fire restrictions, a California Campfire Permit is required to use portable lanterns or stoves using gas, jellied petroleum, or pressurized liquid fuel outside of developed campgrounds. California Campfire Permits are available at any Forest Service or Cal Fire office, and can be downloaded for free from the Los Padres National Forest website.

Prohibitions on recreational target shooting in Los Padres are also lifted under Level II fire restrictions. Smoking is permitted only in cleared areas with a three-foot radius, and no permit burning is allowed.

The following fire restrictions will remain in effect:
· Spark arresters are required on all off-highway vehicles, chainsaws, and other internal combustion engines and equipment;
· A permit is required for all welding, grinding, cutting, or use of explosives within the forest;
· Tracer ammunition is prohibited at all times;
· Fireworks are prohibited in Los Padres National Forest at all times and in all places.

Visitors are encouraged to call the local Ranger Station for more information on conditions and restrictions.

Santa Barbara Ranger District – (805) 967-3481
Ojai Ranger District – (805) 646-4348
Mt. Pinos Ranger District – (661) 245-3731
Santa Lucia Ranger District – (805) 925-9538
Monterey Ranger District – (831) 385-5434

Soft, Gentle Rain, 11/28/16

•November 28, 2016 • 4 Comments

A surprise rain this am – up to .16″ by 7 am. Was not expecting this. No reports of traffic problems on Highway One in Big Sur.

Rain Reports, 11/26/16

•November 26, 2016 • 11 Comments

6:57 pm – a major downpour at the rate of almost 4″ and hour. That lasted for a few minutes, and now just consistent rain, heavy at times.

9:30 am – here is the weather spotter number for NWS-Monterey Bay: 800-826-7827. Call this number if you spot ANY debris flow anywhere near the Soberanes Fire area. Note the location (GPS coordinates a plus) and date and time. If you have a photo of it send to:

nws.bayarea@noaa.gov

The more info we send them early in the winter, the more they can fine-tune their predictions later in the season.

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7 am – It started about 6 am, and within an hour, I had about 1/2″ of rain. I don’t see any reports of road problems, yet, but there are bound to be rocks on the road, so drive carefully. I will check back throughout the day, but please share any information you have. In my trip north on Turkey Day, I saw several spots in Big Sur Valley which could be very problematic this winter. Stock up, keep gassed up, and take care of each other.

Happy Thanksgiving

•November 24, 2016 • 5 Comments

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MC Commercial?

•November 22, 2016 • 3 Comments

4 pm – oops…Commercial moved off highway one as off 2:30 pm and up OCR at Molera

Around 10 am, on the way to town, it looked like they were setting up to do a MC Commercial on Bixby. There are cars, cops, etc. staging on the second turn out south of Bixby, and more staging, including motorcycles, at Notley’s Landing just south of Rocky Point. Nothing showing on CHP, but I witnessed them a little after 10 am. Be prepared. Will be heading back down later this afternoon, so will update when I get to River Inn.

Road Conditions

•November 20, 2016 • 9 Comments

9:30 am – from my son, Brendon, 1/2 hour ago:

“i just drove down from monterey and theres a ton of rocks on the road, locals go slow please, its a mess out there.”

Nepenthe reports 2.57″ of rain. I got a measley 1.1″

7:00 am – CHP is not reporting any slides on Highway One, but County Road 16, 1 mile east of Carmel Valley Village is blocked in both directions. As of 6 am, CORDS (Co. roads) is saying it will be several hours before they can get to it to clear the obstructions.

This will be one of “those kinds of days” so please, everyone report what you see. Above all else, be safe.

Hazardous Weather Outlook

•November 20, 2016 • 1 Comment

HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SAN FRANCISCO CA
351 AM PST SUN NOV 20 2016
SAN FRANCISCO-COASTAL NORTH BAY INCLUDING POINT REYES NATIONAL SEASHORE-
NORTH BAY INTERIOR VALLEYS-NORTH BAY MOUNTAINS-SAN FRANCISCO BAY SHORELINE-SAN FRANCISCO PENINSULA COAST-EAST BAY INTERIOR VALLEYS-EAST BAY HILLS AND THE DIABLO RANGE-SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAINS-SANTA CLARA VALLEY INCLUDING SAN JOSE-SOUTHERN SALINAS VALLEY/ARROYO SECO AND LAKE SAN ANTONIO-SANTA LUCIA MOUNTAINS AND LOS PADRES NATIONAL FOREST-MOUNTAINS OF SAN BENITO COUNTY AND INTERIOR MONTEREY COUNTY INCLUDING PINNACLES NATIONAL MONUMENT-NORTHERN SALINAS VALLEY/HOLLISTER VALLEY AND CARMEL VALLEY-NORTHERN MONTEREY BAY-SOUTHERN MONTEREY BAY AND BIG SUR COAST-
351 AM PST SUN NOV 20 2016

THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA AND MONTEREY BAY AREA

.DAY ONE…TODAY AND TONIGHT

WIDESPREAD SHOWERS ARE FORECAST TODAY AND THERE IS A SLIGHT CHANCE OF AFTERNOON AND EARLY EVENING THUNDERSTORMS. SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS MAY PRODUCE BRIEF HEAVY RAIN AND SMALL HAIL.

A HIGH SURF ADVISORY CONTINUES ALONG THE COAST UNTIL 3 PM PST THIS AFTERNOON.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN…MONDAY THROUGH SATURDAY

AN ACTIVE WEATHER PATTERN WILL CONTINUE THROUGH THE WEEK AND INTO NEXT WEEKEND WITH PERIODIC RAIN CHANCES.

 
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