New fire & Road Closure Details

It is being reported by a north coast friend that there is a new fire at Apple Pie/Captain Cooper School. For goodness sake, what is left to burn???

From Debbie at Blaze Engineering: “Did you hear about our new fire up here?  Bombers flying overhead as I type.  It’s in some pine trees not far from Captain Cooper School.  Martha Karstens hiked in after it was reported.  Must be 100 degrees there.  Geez.  Lots of bombers now.”

I am hearing (but have not confirmed) that it was only 2 acres.

Gosh, Martha and the rest of the BSVFB must be EXHAUSTED!! I am, and I’m only reporting, not fighting fires!!

Dear Lord: Make it go away!

4:00 pm – just spoke with Paula Martinez, USFS PIO, ret. Anticipating road will be closed for a couple days while fire burns out, and rocks stop falling. Originally, it would have been approximately five days, if they had left the fire to burn out on its own, in terms of threat to the highway, so they decided to speed it up by doing a burn-out operation. Decision made this afternoon. The idea is to speed up the process, in order to get Highway One open as quickly as they can.

6:00 pm – Cal-Trans is reporting they hope to have the road open by tomorrow, Friday, evening.

If you would like to see some great photographs Connie McCoy took, please see my prior report on today. They are well worth your time.

As for me, looks like I might get to bed before midnight, as I have finished this horrific brief I have been frantic about since Tuesday. Who knows? Maybe I’ll even get to watch a little television! That’s certainly been a novelty for me, lately.