Big Sur Information

Graphic by USFS (the bitcoin reference below is not mine. Please don’t click on it. I am trying to rid my site of it)

IMPORTANT, READ THIS POST FIRST FOR INFORMATION ABOUT VISITING BIG SUR!!

Highway 1 is now open fully between Cambria and Carmel. Remember to drive safely, and there is no camping along the side of the road.

Portions of Los Padres National Forest, Monterey Ranger District are still closed in the area of the Dolan Fire including Nacimiento-Fergusson and portions of South Coast Ridge Road. Businesses are open.

******************************************************************************************************************

For the most thorough and complete guide to Big Sur on the internet see:

Big Sur Visitor’s Guide

******************************************************************************************************************

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.)

 

 

Pfeiffer Falls Trail

From Paul Rogers of the San Jose Mercury News:

For generations, it was one of the most popular attractions in Big Sur.

Thousands of people every year hiked up the Pfeiffer Falls Trail, a 1.5-mile round trip route through a redwood-lined stream in Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park leading to a 60-foot waterfall.

But the trail and six of its wooden bridges, stairs, signs, hand railings and an observation deck, were destroyed in the 2008 Basin Complex Fire. The landscape has long since recovered. And now a new trail has risen from the ashes after years of back-breaking work interrupted by floods, more fires, budget shortfalls, the COVID pandemic and other delays.

“This trail is going to make a lot of people’s day,” said Marcos Ortega, superintendent of state parks’ Big Sur sector, on a recent hike through the redwood forest. “It’s kid-friendly. You get to see a waterfall. You’re in the redwoods. It gives you the full Big Sur experience.”

For the rest of this article, see: https://www.mercurynews.com/2021/06/14/famous-big-sur-landmark-reopens-after-being-closed-for-12-years

Silicon Fire

2 pm — forward progression stopped. Good catch!

12:20 pm – SiliconFire in San Jose in the foothills near the 101 X 85 interchange is running hard to the south for now. This is a harbinger/portent of things to come today and this week into this weekend. At 12 noon, it was reported to be 50 acres with rapid rate of spread.

Forest health, wildfire report, and Smokescreen Webinar recording

From Los Padres Forest Watch. Some valuable information here on wildfires and forests that I felt was important enough to repost here.

Act Now: Tell Congress to Protect Forests Ask your members of Congress to protect Pine Mountain, Mt. Pinos, and other forests on public lands from unnecessary logging. Stop the push to reduce “regulatory hurdles” for projects proposed under the guise of wildfire mitigation, forest “health,” and “resilience” that can harm forests and put species and our climate at risk. We don’t have to sell out our forests to protect our communities.
Contact your members of Congress.
Read the New California Wildfire Report Co-authored by ForestWatch StaffA new report on fire ecology and policy was recently prepared by the Environment Now Foundation and released to the public. The report contains sections authored by scientists and conservationists, including ForestWatch’s very own conservation director, Bryant Baker.
Learn more and read the report here.
Recording of Smokescreen Webinar With Dr. Chad Hanson Now AvailableDr. Chad Hanson, forest and fire ecologist with the John Muir Project of Earth Island Institute, author of the new book, Smokescreen: Debunking Wildfire Myths to Save Our Forests and Our Climate recently joined us for an excellent presentation and conversation about the misconceptions surrounding wildfire in California. A recording of the webinar is now available to watch.
Watch the recording here.

Monday morning coffee, 6/7/21

I expect to start this feature up next week from something a friend is bringing me this week. More next Monday.

Actually, something I ordered came in today and it is an original, edited by Emile White, I will either start publishing Emil White’s 1954 take on Highway One, or Don Harlan’s 1988 version of Highway One.

Grass Fire on Cuesta Grade

4 pm — Update: Highway 101 NB out of SLO is down to 1 lane for six hours or more. Recommended alternate route is 1 to 41 E.

Here are some CHP photos of the incident:

1:33 — a lot of tankers and two helicopters and at least 10 engines on this one. 30 acres, wind driven, but looks like they are getting a handle on this.

Detail Information
1:10 PM21[70] A28-404 10 PLUS FIRE ENG’S ON SCENE – AND MORE ARRIVING ON SCENE – HAVE DOT SHUT IT DOWN #3 LN JNO STAGECOACH
12:41 PM20[68] ADDITIONAL RP ADVSD THERE IS A PORTION OF THE FIRE THAT IS NOT BEING TENDED TO / TOT CAL FIRE
12:27 PM19[64] 1039 PSDS DENKER
12:27 PM18[63] S2 – 1039 TO 28-C AND 28-L
12:26 PM17[62] S2 – ISSUE A SIG ALERT
12:20 PM16[51] 28-S2 CALL DOT FOR LN CLOSURE
12:15 PM15[57] [Appended, 12:23:40] [4] S2 CPY DONT SEE ANY FIRE DOWN THERE – POSS ONE AND THE SAME
12:15 PM14[55] [Appended, 12:23:40] [2] TOT CAL FIRE
12:14 PM13[54] [Appended, 12:23:40] [1] POSS A 2ND FIRE ON RHS
12:13 PM12[48] [Appended, 12:13:33] [2] REPORITING THE FIRE
12:11 PM11[46] A28-404 GOING 97 / #3 LANE BLKD
12:10 PM10[40] A28-101 FIRE IS ON SCENE
12:10 PM9[44] [Appended, 12:11:02] [4] RP WAS REPORTED FIRE ON THE GRADE,ALREADY SPOKE W CALFIRE
12:07 PM8[29] A28-101 CORR 404 HAS BREAK STARTED
12:07 PM7[28] A28-101 UNIT TO BRING BREAK #3 LN – 505 HAS BREAK STARTED
12:07 PM6[31] [Appended, 12:08:11] [1] FIRE ON GRADE
12:06 PM5[26] A28-101 50 FT OF THE EMBANKMENT ON FIRE MOVING TOWARDS THE POWER LINES
11:59 AM4[4] VEH PULLED TO RHS AHEAD OF FIRE / UNKN IF RELATED
11:59 AM3[6] [Appended, 12:01:03] [1] 1/2 WAY UP THE GRADE – GRASS FIRE
11:58 AM2[2] TOT CAL FIRE
11:58 AM1[1] BRUSH FIRE ON RHS