I’ve been asleep at the computer, I guess, because I totally missed this one this afternoon, until firefox brought it to my attention. Power outage due to fire caused by down lines. Power outage to continue to sometime tomorrow, at the earliest, maybe longer.
I am so over fires and fire seasons, this one snuck up on me. Here is what firefox reported:
Here is some info about the Little Sur Fire today, 12/20/08 and the resulting power outage.
The fire at Little Sur was caused by downed powerline in brush on the south slope of Serra Hill. The fire burned about 8-10 acres and was under control from a combined effort of Big Sur Volunteer Fire and CalFire engines from Cypress and Carmel Highlands stations. One CalFire helicopter made water drops to prevent further spread on the very steep slope. CDF Gabillan Crews did mop up. Big Sur Vol. Fire responded with one engine, one patrol, and one water tender. Two firefighters cut line to gain access through thick riparian brush and prevent spread on the east flank.
PG and E workers relayed to El Sur Ranch that the outage resulting from the fire would last AT LEAST until 2pm Sunday if not further.
The damage to the line running down hill is extensive.”
James Taylor: “I’ve seen fire and I’ve seen rain …”
Thanks, firefox for keeping me on my toes, again!
(Salmon Creek on Monday)
Sorry I haven’t gotten around to posting the notes from the BSMAAC meeting nor updated the Cal-Trans project. I’m a busy lady. Will try to get to that tomorrow.
Two storms headed our way. The first, Sunday afternoon through Monday is not expected to bring as much rain as the Tuesday through Wednesday system.
The predictions for the Tuesday through Friday system coming through have changed, somewhat, and the Tuesday system is expected to come through relatively fast. It is still possible that it will cause some locally heavy rain, but not for the extended period previously predicted. Caution is still advised for those near the burn areas, and it is advisable to keep an eye on the forecasts, as the system gets closer, and predictions.
DISCUSSION...AS OF 3:30 AM PST SATURDAY...SKIES ARE MOSTLY CLEAR
ACROSS THE DISTRICT WITH COLD TEMPERATURES. THE COLDEST LOCATIONS
ARE IN THE NORTH BAY VALLEYS WHERE TEMPS ARE IN THE MID TO UPPER
20S. ELSEWHERE...TEMPS ARE IN THE 30S TO LOWER 40S.
SATL IMAGERY INDC THAT THE NEXT SYSTEM TO AFFECT THE DISTRICT IS
MOVING THROUGH THE GULF OF ALASKA. MODELS CONTINUE TO HAVE A
GREAT DEAL OF DIFFICULTY WITH THE UPCOMING PATTERN. THE 06Z GFS
IS NOW MUCH DRIER FOR THE UPCOMING WEEK...WITH THE SHORTWAVES
MORE OF AN INSIDE SLIDER. THE ECMWF IS MUCH WETTER WITH THE
SYSTEM FOR THE MIDDLE OF NEXT WEEK REMAINING OFF THE COAST...
WITH THE HEAVIEST RAIN OVER THE OCEAN. WITH SUCH A LARGE
DISCREPANCY BETWEEN THE MODELS...AS WELL AS LITTLE RUN TO RUN
CONSISTENCY HAVE NOT MADE TOO MANY CHANGES TO THE
FORECAST. PER THE HPC DISCUSSION HAVE OPTED TO FOLLOW THE ECMWF.