Getting better. The fire gained only 288 acres last night, there is only 9 more miles of fire line to build, and I spoke to Lori, the USFS fire information officer just a little while ago, and she asked me to remind everyone that when the currently closed section of road, between JP Burns and Lucia opens back up to locals, only, make sure you pay attention to falling rock, and possibly trees, as some areas have suffered extensive damage, and it is still pretty active on the east side.
Currently, I am in Big Sur Valley, documenting the fire. I will probably stay here. I am hearing the sound of chain saws, continuing to work. I have seen smoldering spots, still close to the highway. I see the happy faces of friends, who were let back in. Everyone is feeling that we have survived the worst of it, now, even though there are still some problems in several areas. The heart of the Valley has survived, and that gives us hope.
I will start to upload today’s photos of the Valley on its own page when I get to my friend’s house, sometime this afternoon, I hope. Parts of Big Sur look the same, others look totally devastated.
StationKATE, reporting live from the Big Sur Valley (teehee, citizen journalism. KION, channel 46 is here, too, but I’m better!)