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

All National Forests in CA are closed until 9/17/21, including the Monterey Ranger District of the Los Padres National Forest. For a copy of the order, see here: https://bigsurkate.blog/2021/08/30/usfs-forests-state-wide-close-due-to-fire-danger/

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Los Padres Forest closure extended to the 22nd of Sept.

Release Date: Sep 14, 2021

Public Inquiries:
List of Forest Contacts: https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/r5/about-region/offices
Regional Hotline: 707-562-9113
Media Contact: SM.FS.MediaDeskR5@usda.gov
PDF of this News Release
PDF of Termination of Regional Order No. 21-07

VALLEJO, Calif., — Sept. 14, 2021. The USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region will end the regional closure order affecting National Forests in California at 11:59 pm on Wednesday, Sept. 15, two days prior to the original end date of Sept. 17. However, forest-wide closures will remain in place and be extended until midnight on September 22nd on the Los Padres, Angeles, San Bernardino, and Cleveland National Forests in Southern California due to local weather and fire factors, as well as a temporary strain on firefighting resources supporting large fires in other areas of the state.

In addition to the four National Forests that will remain closed in Southern California, some National Forest System lands throughout the state will be closed under local closure orders in areas of ongoing wildfires to ensure public safety. This includes the Eldorado National Forest in Northern California, which has a forest closure order until Sept. 30. Fire restrictions also remain in place across all National Forests in California to prevent new fire starts. Please refer to the local National Forest that you plan to visit to obtain specific information on closures and restrictions.

Small vegetation fire, Carmel Valley

Reports are this was picked up. Spotter plane still flying it, just in case.

cident: 00123 Type: Report of Fire Location: 306 Country Club Hts Loc Desc:   Lat/Lon: 36.496036 -121.731362 

Detail Information
10:51 AM11[34] [Appended, 10:54:45] [23] 1039 FIRE CPYS LINE 20
10:49 AM10[11] 1039 MONT COM
10:49 AM9[8] GAS LEAK STARTED FIRE
10:49 AM8[31] [Appended, 10:54:45] [20] 30 CPYS 108 , CHK W/ FIRE IS CHP NEEDED
10:48 AM7[5] PER CALFIRE- NEG INJ
10:48 AM6[30] [Appended, 10:54:45] [19] [Notification] [CHP]-Problem changed from 1179-Trfc Collision-1141 Enrt to FIRE-Report of Fire by CHP [Shared]
10:44 AM5[27] [Appended, 10:54:45] [16] [Notification] [CHP]-DUPE NEIGHBOR ENRT W/ WATER TO TRY AND PUT OUT FIRE – 50 SQ FT OF FLAMES [Shared]
10:41 AM4[15] [Appended, 10:54:45] [4] VEG FIRE STARTED
10:41 AM3[12] [Appended, 10:54:45] [1] ORIGINAL CALL WAS FOR MEDICAL 306 COUNTRY CLUB HEIGHTS LN
10:37 AM2[3] TRANS CALFIRE
10:36 AM1[1] BRUSH FIRE STARTING

9/11 – Twenty years later

Few of us will ever forget this day, twenty years ago. Many of us sat in stunned disbelief in front of our television watching the events of this day unfold. Today, may we all remember our fallen, and pray for peace in our world — in our lifetime.

Thank you Anthony and the entire team for all you do.

Red Flag Warning issued

From NOAA: as of 09:58 AM PDT Thursday...First and foremost,
after coordinating with fire agencies and neighboring offices the
Fire Weather Watch has been upgraded to a Red Flag Warning for Dry
Lightning. Red Flag Warning is valid from 5 PM Thursday through
11 AM Friday.

Still the biggest concern is focused on better dynamics later
this afternoon and overnight leading to increased lightning
potential. An early look at the 12Z model data still shows a
potential for lightning this afternoon and overnight. Per morning
spotter reports and a slight uptick in moisture there could be
less likelihood for just dry thunderstorms. Even with some wetter
storm potential the fuels are dry and storms will be moving so new
starts are possible. The other challenging part of the equation is
the ever shifting maxima of lightning potential. Yesterday`s runs
looked more favorable for the N Bay and today`s runs shifts it to
the E Bay. Low confidence, but high impact part of the forecast.
Last but not least, how far south should the threat for lightning
go? Models have been slowly trending the threat farther south, but
confidence is still low to include interior San Benito. This will
be watched closely.

On losing a friend

I lost a dear friend yesterday. Someone I was close to. My life changed. I can’t just go on as if nothing happened, add post my usual Monday Morning Coffee, I need to honor my friend. I wasn’t at his bedside when he passed, but my friend Robin Pacific, knowing nothing of the pain I waS suffering posted this on FB, and d it helped me take time to grieve. And that is what I must do.

“When someone dies, the first thing to do is nothing. Don’t run out and call the nurse. Don’t pick up the phone. Take a deep breath and be present to the magnitude of the moment. 

There’s a grace to being at the bedside of someone you love as they make their transition out of this world. At the moment they take their last breath, there’s an incredible sacredness in the space. The veil between the worlds opens.

We’re so unprepared and untrained in how to deal with death that sometimes a kind of panic response kicks in. “They’re dead!” 

We knew they were going to die, so their being dead is not a surprise. It’s not a problem to be solved. It’s very sad, but it’s not cause to panic.

If anything, their death is cause to take a deep breath, to stop, and be really present to what’s happening. If you’re at home, maybe put on the kettle and make a cup of tea.

Sit at the bedside and just be present to the experience in the room. What’s happening for you? What might be happening for them? What other presences are here that might be supporting them on their way? Tune into all the beauty and magic. 

Pausing gives your soul a chance to adjust, because no matter how prepared we are, a death is still a shock. If we kick right into “do” mode, and call 911, or call the hospice, we never get a chance to absorb the enormity of the event.

Give yourself five minutes or 10 minutes, or 15 minutes just to be. You’ll never get that time back again if you don’t take it now.

After that, do the smallest thing you can. Call the one person who needs to be called. Engage whatever systems need to be engaged, but engage them at the very most minimal level. Move really, really, really, slowly, because this is a period where it’s easy for body and soul to get separated.

Our bodies can gallop forwards, but sometimes our souls haven’t caught up. If you have an opportunity to be quiet and be present, take it. Accept and acclimatize and adjust to what’s happening. Then, as the train starts rolling, and all the things that happen after a death kick in, you’ll be better prepared.

You won’t get a chance to catch your breath later on. You need to do it now. 

Being present in the moments after death is an incredible gift to yourself, it’s a gift to the people you’re with, and it’s a gift to the person who’s just died. They’re just a hair’s breath away. They’re just starting their new journey in the world without a body. If you keep a calm space around their body, and in the room, they’re launched in a more beautiful way. It’s a service to both sides of the veil.”

I need time to process, so I won’t be responding to comments on this one.

Sunday 9/5/21

Tomorrow is Labor Day. Today all the National Forests in CA are closed. Those of us who live in or near a national forest are breathing a little eaiser. There are no resources to fight another fire, and the resources we have are exhausted. This time last year we were fighting the Dolan Fire. Today, this flag stands tall at the Nacimiento Station. It is a reminder of all that our firefighters give to us each season. We thank and honor all of you, regardless of the color you wear. This is a good time to remind everyone to remember and support our Big Sur first responders by making a donation here: http://bigsurfire.org

Enforcement for Roadside Camping Labor Day Weekend

This is the report of the BSBO (Big Sur Byways Organization) Roadside Camping committee and comes from the agenda packet for the open & public Tuesday mtg

From Marcos Ortega [CA State Parks]


Butch, Sarah and I plan on meeting with all the law enforcement agencies in Big Sur over the holiday weekend. CHP, MOCO SO, DFW Wardens, USFS and State Park Rangers will convene at the MAF conference room at 7pm this Saturday to discuss with us Roadside Camping. Butch will be presenting to the group the data that CABS has compiled and some of the targeted hot spots for all the agencies to evaluate. If there are any specific issues or question that we want presented to the allied agencies, please let me know and I can bring them up. After our discussion, the LE group will break down an operational enforcement plan for the night and head out to deal with illegal camping, fires, litter and any other issues seen from Rio Road, all the way down to the south coast. With the closure of all USFS lands and a holiday weekend, we expect for there to be a spillover effect to which we can report on at the next meeting. I am still working on getting a media piece to advertise this enforcement task force out before the weekend

USFS Forests State Wide Close due to fire danger

Closure includes the following day use areas in the MRD per the FS website:: Willow Creek, Sand Dollar, Mill Creek, Pfeiffer Beach, and Arroyo Seco.

Regional Order No. 21-07 USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region Emergency Forest Closure
Pursuant to 16 U.S.C. § 551 and 36 C.F.R. § 261.50(a) and (b), and to provide for public safety and protect natural resources, the following acts are prohibited on National Forest System lands within the Pacific Southwest Region. This Order supersedes Regional Order No. 21-04 and is effective from August 31, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. through September 17, 2021, at 11:59 p.m.

  1. Going into or being upon National Forest System lands within the National Forests listed below.
    a. Tahoe National Forest
    b. Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit
    c. Plumas National Forest
    d. Lassen National Forest
    e. Mendocino National Forest
    f. Klamath National Forest
    g. Six Rivers National Forest
    h. Shasta-Trinity National Forest
    i. Modoc National Forest
    j. Cleveland National Forest
    k. San Bernardino National Forest
    l. Angeles National Forest
    m. Los Padres National Forest
    n. Sequoia National Forest
    o. Sierra National Forest
    p. Stanislaus National Forest
    q. Inyo National Forest
    36 C.F.R. § 261.52(e).
  2. Being on a National Forest System road within the National Forests listed below.
    a. Tahoe National Forest
    b. Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit
    c. Plumas National Forest
    d. Lassen National Forest
    e. Mendocino National Forest
    f. Klamath National Forest
    g. Six Rivers National Forest
    h. Shasta-Trinity National Forest
    i. Modoc National Forest
    j. Cleveland National Forest
    k. San Bernardino National Forest
    l. Angeles National Forest

m. Los Padres National Forest
n. Sequoia National Forest
o. Sierra National Forest
p. Stanislaus National Forest
q. Inyo National Forest
36 C.F.R. § 261.54(e).

  1. Being on a National Forest System trail within the National Forests listed below.
    a. Tahoe National Forest
    b. Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit
    c. Plumas National Forest
    d. Lassen National Forest
    e. Mendocino National Forest
    f. Klamath National Forest
    g. Six Rivers National Forest
    h. Shasta-Trinity National Forest
    i. Modoc National Forest
    j. Cleveland National Forest
    k. San Bernardino National Forest
    l. Angeles National Forest
    m. Los Padres National Forest
    n. Sequoia National Forest
    o. Sierra National Forest
    p. Stanislaus National Forest
    q. Inyo National Forest
    36 C.F.R. § 261.55(a).
    Pursuant to 36 C.F.R. § 261.50(e), the following persons are exempt from this Order:
  2. Persons with Forest Service Permit No. FS-7700-48 (Permit for Use of Roads, Trails, or Areas Restricted by Regulation or Order), specifically exempting them from this Order.
  3. Any Federal, State, or local officer, or member of an organized rescue or fire fighting force in the performance of an official duty.
  4. Persons with a Forest Service special use authorization for an electric transmission line, an oil or gas pipeline, communications site, or any other non-recreation special use.
  5. Commercial recreational special-use permit holders and their customers are not exempt from this Order. However, commercial recreational special-use permit holders, under the terms and conditions of their permit, may access their permit areas

to conduct administrative functions and to protect property and related assets. Recreation residence permit holders are not exempt from this Order.

  1. Persons with a Forest Service non-special-use written authorization to conduct non- recreational activities, such as harvesting timber or forest products, or grazing livestock.
  2. Owners or lessees of land, and residents of such private landholdings, to the extent necessary to access their land.
  3. Persons engaged in a business, trade, or occupation are not exempt from the prohibitions listed above, but may use National Forest System roads to the extent necessary to carry out their business, trade, or occupation.
    These prohibitions are in addition to the general prohibitions contained in 36 C.F.R. Part 261, Subpart A.
    A violation of these prohibitions is punishable by a fine of not more than $5,000 for an individual or $10,000 for an organization, or imprisonment for not more than 6 months, or both.
    16 U.S.C. § 551 and 18 U.S.C. §§ 3559, 3571, and 3581.
    Executed in Vallejo, California, this 30th day of August 2021.
    JENNIFER EBERLIEN
    Regional Forester
    Pacific Southwest Region