Big Sur Information

•March 4, 2017 • 82 Comments

Header Photo, #FergussonFire, 6/15/17 by Brandi Plaskett

IMPORTANT, READ THIS FIRST!!

THERE IS NO DETOUR ON THE COAST. #HIGHWAYONE CLOSED FROM SALMON CREEK TO BRIDGE TO ALL VISITORS. ALL THOSE CAUGHT WITHIN THE CLOSURE WHO CANNOT PROVE RESIDENCY ARE GETTING TICKETS.

#NACIMIENTO ROAD IS EXTREMELY NARROW (ONLY 1 AND 1/2 LANES IN MANY SPOTS), NO GUARD RAILS, NO SERVICES, NO CELL RECEPTION, AND EXTREMELY  DANGEROUS, GIVEN THE HORRIFIC TRAFFIC, MUCH OF WHICH IS DRIVING TOO FAST AND IN THE CENTER OF THE ROAD, AND THE CONSTRUCTION TRAFFIC FOR THE HIGHWAY AND THE BRIDGE! ONE HEAD-ONE COLLISION WITH INJURIES THUS FAR. ADDITIONALLY, #FORTHUNTERLIGGETT IS HAVING TRAINING EXERCISES UNTIL THE END OF JULY AND CAN BE CLOSED FOR UP TO TWO HOURS AT A TIME, WITHOUT WARNING.

AND NO CAMPING OR CAMPFIRES ALLOWED ALONG NACIMIENTO RD. WE HAD OUR FIRST FIRE ON 6/15 IN A TURN-OUT. CALL IN EVERY SINGLE CAMPFIRE OUTSIDE A DEVELOPED CAMPGROUND. TAKE PHOTOS OF ALL VEHICLES CAMPING ALONG NACIMIENTO AND OTHER DISPERSED AREAS.

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#MUDCREEK – AS OF 5/4/17 MUD CREEK COMPLETELY CLOSED IN BOTH DIRECTIONS TO ALL BUT BOATS AND HELICOPTERS. The big slide began on 5/19 and continued all that weekend.

#PAUL’SSLIDE – LOCALS ONLY WITH ID

AS OF 5/29/17 (2 months after initial limited access began on 3/22) Paul’s Slide will open on the evening of 5/30/17 per previous hours:

Access times for the morning and evening are WHEN POSSIBLE still the same except for Friday:

5:30AM to 6:00AM and 7:00PM to 7:30PM – Sat.-Thurs. M, W, F noon – one SB caravan, the one NB caravan.

· Friday’s hours will be:

5:30AM – 8:00AM and 6:00PM to 7:30PM with one noon caravan.

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New page of 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.)

Geological “Map” of Mud Creek

•June 27, 2017 • 1 Comment

Mud Creek Slide Anatomy_V5 (1)

I had to look “Head Scarp” up – Scarps, tension gashes, and lobes are features that identify active or recently active landslides (fig. 2). A scarp is a steep (nearly vertical) region of exposed soil and rock at the head of the landslide where the failure surface ruptures the ground surface. Here is an example:

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I will bring you up-to-date with the Hill Fire later this am.

Parkhill Fire – The Hill Fire

•June 26, 2017 • 7 Comments

9:30 pm – 1200 acres with both flanks having active fire

7:00 pm – oh, I do not like this photo by Adrienne Seidlitz because black smoke usually means a structure.

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6:40 pm – Current map for evac’s, a few more area’s added not on map. All south of Hwy 58.  Evacuation area expanded it now includes huer huero rd to hwy 58 including black mountain resort rd, blue rd, blue ridge rd east to shooting star rd, south to golden pond way, back to random canyon way

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6;00 pm – AA reporting 500 acres, potential for 10,000, still RROS (Rapid Rate of Spread)

5:45 pm – Mandatory evacuations:

[28] ** EVACUATION WARNING *** PARK HILL RD: EVERYTHING FRM ICP TO HUER HUERO ON S SIDE OF RDWY, AND EVERYTHING WEST OF ICP TO SR58 HUER HUERO RD: EVERYTHING NW FRM RANDOM CYN TO SR58 INCLUDING BLACK MTN RESORT RD AND BLUE RD
5:25 PM 12 [27] ** MANDATORY EVACUATIONS*** PARKHILL RD: FRM ICP EVERYTHUING ON N SIDE OF ROAD TO HUER HUERO, INCLUDING ALL OF STAGECOACH CYN, OAK CYN, AND LA ENTRADA HUER HUERO RD: FRM PARKHILL RD TO RANDOM CYN RD INCLUDING ALL OF OAK CREEK PL, RANDOM CYN, WILSON CREEK RD, AND ANY ROADS THAT COMM UNICATE W/HUER HUERO
5:15 PM 11 [24] PER SLOSO, MANDATORY EVACUATIONS HUER HUERO FRM RANDOM CYN TO PARK HILL RD / WARNING ISSUED FOR RANDOM CYN TO CALF CYN
5:01 PM 10 [22] 1B PTY IS OUT // TRAVELING NORTH ON DIRT RD PTY KNOWS WHERE SHE IS GOING
4:58 PM 9 [20] 1039 CALFIRE
4:57 PM 8 [18] B9-001B CONTACT CALFIRE REQ ENGINE RESPOND TO 4656 PARKHILL RD PTY CANT GET OUT FLAMES APPROACHING
4:22 PM 7 [16] B9-001B WENT IN AND GOT 3 PTYS OO RES ON OAK CYN RD // THAT RD IS CLR AND IS GOING TO BE CONSUMED SHORTLY
4:02 PM 6 [13] CLARIFICATION// 1B CLOSED EAST SIDE OF PARKHILL RD
4:00 PM 5 [10] B9-001B CORDS 97 CLOSED PARKHILL JWO FIRE // WILL CHECK EAST SIDE

5:30 pm – SSE of Paso, Photo by Joie Milton:

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5:25 pm – Fire now 300 acres DROS still lots of homes infront. Heading toward hura hura rd 1 structure lost. (DROS means Dangerous Rate of Spread)

5:20 pm

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5:12 pm from SE of Paso Robles, photo by Gale Reamer:

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5:00 pm – besides bringing in LPF, units are coming in from BEU (Monterey/San Benito) as well as Santa Barbara and “Immediate need type 3 strike team from TUU forming up for code 3 response.” Note TUU is Tulare.

View from Highway One between Cuesta and SLO. Photo by Stormy Tee:

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4:45 pm – been watching a fire develop in the Parkhill area near Santa Margarita. This one was caused by a vehicle fire into grass, and power lines were affected.

“100 acres, dangerous ROS, potential to go major incident. continuous brush. ordered a lead plane and 2 type 1 tankers or the VLAT. immediate structure threat”

Here is what LPF Wild Cad says:

06/26/2017 15:31 LPF-1580
HILL Wildfire PARK HILL & RUE DE LEON SL . BC31LPF CRW4LPF E15LPF 4X4 E31LPF 4X4 E338LPF4X4 E342LPF 4X E343LPF E372LPF E46LPF HEL528LPF PAT34LPF . . . 35.397 x 120.498
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Here is a photo:

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Slide Repair JSO Rocky Creek starts tomorrow, 6/27/17

•June 26, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Today’s Date: Monday, June 26, 2017
District: 05 – Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz Counties
Contact: Susana Z Cruz (bilingual) or Colin Jones
Phone: (805) 549-3138 or 549-3189

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SOUTHBOUND STATE ROUTE 1 SLIDE REPAIR PROJECT JUST SOUTH OF ROCKY CREEK VIADUCT BEGINS TOMORROW

MONTEREY COUNTY – Caltrans will begin a slide repair project on southbound State Route 1 just south of Rocky Creek Viaduct (PM 59.9) tomorrow, Tuesday, June 27, Caltrans officials have announced.

Roadwork will consist of one-way reversing traffic control from 6 am to 6 pm Monday through Thursday and from 6 am to 12 noon on Friday. Roadwork is expected to complete this Friday, June 30, but may resume next Wednesday, July 5 if necessary for the remainder of the week.

The contractor for this slide repair contract is Graniterock of Watsonville. This roadwork is necessary for the safety of the traveling public.

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Highway Closure Update, 6/26/17

•June 26, 2017 • 2 Comments

STATE ROUTE 1 REMAINS FULLY CLOSED IN BOTH DIRECTIONS AT MUD CREEK DUE TO CONTINUED SLIDE ACTIVITY. DELIVERY VEHICLES AND LOCAL RESIDENTS WILL NEED TO USE NACIMIENTO-FERGUSSON TO EXIT SOUTH OR TO CLEAR THE ACCESS TIMES AT PAUL’S SLIDE.

THE INFORMATION BELOW IS FOR LOCAL RESIDENTS AND DELIVERY VEHICLES ONLY;THE ONLY ACCESS TO THE PUBLIC HAS CHANGED AND IS SHOWN BELOW.

Public Access on Highway 1 now at two locations:
1) The closure has moved up five miles to the north from Ragged Point (Slo PM 72.87) to north of Salmon Creek and just south of the Ranger Station (Mon PM 3.0), effective tomorrow, Saturday, June 24.
2) Using Nacimiento-Fergusson, will be to Gorda (PM 10) to the south, and to Limekiln State Park (PM 20.76) to the north.

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Mud Creek (PM 8.9) – MUD CREEK HAD A MAJOR SLIDE/SLIP OUT AT 9:30 PM, SATURDAY, MAY 20—IT LOST MILLIONS OF CUBIC YARDS OF MATERIAL. GEOTECHNICAL AND RADAR ASSESSMENTS CONTINUE AT THE SITE AND INCLUDES: FIELD MAPPING, RADAR MONITORING, REVIEW OF USGS PHOTOGRAMMETRIC SURVEY DATA AND BORINGS. IT REMAINS IMPASSABLE UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
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Paul’s Slide (PM 21.6)—CONTINUES WITH USUAL ACCESS SCHEDULE TO LOCAL RESIDENTS/DELIVERIES.

IMPORTANT NOTE: THE ROADWAY THROUGH PAUL’S SLIDE CAN CLOSE DOWN AT ANY TIME WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICE . CALTRANS NEEDS TO CONTINUE RE-ASSESSING THE SITUATION AND DETERMINE WHETHER LOCAL ACCESS CAN REMAIN THROUGH PAUL’S SLIDE.

· 12:00PM Monday / Wednesday / Friday– A single caravan south and a single caravan north, you must be in line by noon! There may be up to 45 minute delay to clear the road before the opening.

· Delivery vehicles (Restriction is 30 feet maximum length and 50,000 lbs. maximum weight) can now use all access windows 7 days a week.

· Access times for the morning and evening are still the same except for Friday:

5:30AM to 6:00AM and 7:00PM to 7:30PM – Sat.-Thurs.

· Friday’s hours will be shortened to:

5:30AM – 8:00AM and 6:00PM to 7:30PM

· The noon opening will be for PAUL’S SLIDE ONLY, (NOT MUD CREEK); you will need to use Nacimiento-Fergusson Road to exit the coast.

The targeted “public access” date is currently mid-July, dependent on roadway conditions and slide activity.

Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge [PCB] (PM 45.52)
· Girders continue to be fabricated in Vallejo, CA and are being sent to Linden, CA (near Stockton) for painting before being trucked over to the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge construction site.
· Mud Creek assessment progress continues but is closed until further notice. We continue to bring convoys with 10-wheelers containing loads of material: gravel, sand, equipment and other items via convoys through Nacimiento—Fergusson with CHP escorts—the next convoy is yet to be determined.
· Current “Tentative” Timeline as follows:
o On site, the contractor has completed abutment 2 on the north side and continues work to complete abutment 1 on the south side, scheduled to complete mid-July.
o The steel girders will be assembled on site between July 6—July 30.
o Bridge Launch is scheduled between July 31—August 6.
o Deck Construction—schedule to be determined.
o Current public access date remains: Mid-to-late September

Photos of: 1) Mud Creek from North Side—up the slope, Thursday, June 22; 2-3) Paul’s Slide (PM 21.6)—2] Busy workday pic from Saturday, June 24; 3] Bench work at Paul’s Slide Saturday, June 24; 4) Pfeiffer Bridge Construction (PM 45.52) Three more girder segments being shipped to Paint Plant near Stockton this morning, June 26.

PM 8.9 Mud Creek-North Side 6.22.17

PM 21.6 Paul's Slide 6.24.17

PM 21.6 Paul's Slide Bench 6.24.17

PM 45.52 PCB Girder Segments Shipped to Paint Plant 6.26.17

Big Sur Shuttle Service

•June 26, 2017 • 6 Comments

A new service will be instituted beginning July 1st, which will coincide with the opening of the State Park. The website explains what the service offers. Interestingly, only those utilizing the shuttle, or campers in the State Park, will have access to the TapHouse Trail, which the shuttle service calls the Community Trail. Also the service is providing educational information in the form of pamphlets and story-telling. This could be an interesting experiment on how to minimize some of the impact of the overuse of tourists in our area after the bridge is open. It will have several months of a sort-of “trial” run to see how this works. It could easily be part of the solution, which is always good to hear. Please go to their website to check it out:

Big Sur Shuttle Service

And for current State Park Information, check out this website:

Pfeiffer State Park

Photos – bird & flowers

•June 25, 2017 • 17 Comments

I saw these last week on my travels. The bird might be a peregrine falcon (I am never sure of my bird IDS) and the two flowers. The pink one looks like a wine cup, which is in the clarkia family, but the color is not as deep maroon, as is usual. The yellow one I have never seen before and neither my California nor my Monterey Wildflower books have this one,  but finally found it in my North American wildflowers book. No leaves at all, just the stalk, that I could see. It is a Golden Star or Bloomeria crocea in the Lily family.

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Someone suggested an immature red-tailed hawk, but I am not sure, either, given the lack of white feathers on the legs. As I said,  I am rarely confident in my bird IDs, Here is one for comparison.

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Sprinkles & Lightning

•June 24, 2017 • 2 Comments

1pm – update, the lightning has stopped. I hope it doesn’t come back…

June 22, 2008, lightning started a multitude of fires state wide. Ours was the Gallery Fire which morphed into the Basin. It was this fire that prompted this blog.

I am hearing thunder today, experiencing the lightest of sprinkles, and a muggy heavy heat I have not experienced since Hawaii, Zanzibar, and other tropical locales. The dogs are freaking over the thunder, as they always do. The coast is blanketed in fog down here. Dry lightning is not a good thing for us, as dry as we are, particularly up here in the hills.  Keep vigilant, and keep an eye out. We are all look-outs, now.

 
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