my first born is hiking the PCT. he managed to call me on Mothers Day, anyway. Yesterday, he posted this. The Hermitage is tracking his progress and has it on a map in the book store, which they have also been posting to their FB page. Go Brendon (PCT15@wordpress.com)
Dear Parents, Students, Staff and Community Members,
CAMP ROBERTS PRESCRIBED BURN SCHEDULED FOR MAY 2015
To Be Scheduled, Weather and Conditions Permitting, between May 18 and March 29, 2015
San Luis Obispo, CA – The California Army National Guard has tentatively scheduled a Fire Hazard Abatement burn at Camp Roberts with a tentative burn window set between May 18 and May 29. The goal of this one-day burn is to reduce the risk of a wildland fire during troop training activities and will be comprised of approximately 8,000 acres of grassland. The burn is scheduled to begin at 9:00 a.m. and conclude at 7:00 p.m. on a permissive burn day. The San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control District staff have reviewed the Camp Roberts Smoke Management Plan and provided conditions to ensure air quality is preserved in San Luis Obispo County. The burn will be conducted when the meteorological conditions are highly favorable to direct smoke away from potential population centers.
2:30 – Fire now contained.
2:00 – it is at the East entrance, near the parking lot. Cal Fire reports it was about 5 acres when they arrived. It is now 15 acres but air attack has been called off because the 100 ff are making good progress.
Noon – a fire broke out near the entrance to Pinnacles National Park around an hour ago. Cal Fire crews are on scene. I will post updates re acreage, etc. as I determine them and my internet connection allows.
From my SLO meteorologist:
“A broad upper-level trough of low pressure will develop off the California shoreline later on Wednesday and will gradually move eastward across the Central Coast Thursday. This system will produce gentle to moderate (8- to 18-mph) southerly winds, increasing clouds and widespread rain showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms. Total rainfall amounts will range between a quarter and three quarters of an inch throughout the Central Coast.
The central and southern Sierra Nevada will see snow above 6,000 feet where another round of late season snowfall is expected. The low pressure system exits the Central Coast on Friday. Increasing northwesterly winds and cooler than normal temperatures will develop on Saturday into next Tuesday. Much warmer weather may return by the end of next week.”
I haven’t checked what Monterey NOAA is predicting, but this is encouraging … Delaying the start of the fire season, perhaps, but thunderstorms at this date could be problematic, as evidenced by the Mother’s Day fire near Parkfield.