Big Creek Fire/Santa Cruz

Midnight-thirty, and last post of the evening. Per SO 2000+ acres and moving towards davenport. XMY 2175A Enroute from Monterey County Code 3 (Type 1 ST) to Scotts Valley Fire Station #1. 11:59pm. Depts, Presido, Marina,Salinas Rural, Salinas,North County. STL North County. [ed note: Code 3 is lights AND sirens, so we are in critical mode here]
Despite that, I must get some sleep, knowing when I wake up, this will be a whole ‘nuther critter.

11:00 pm Extreme Fire Behavior. Name changed from Lockheed to Big Creek Fire, so the title of my post did, as well. Not the Big Sur Big Creek, the Santa Cruz Big Creek. This fire is moving so fast it is hard to keep up with it. Lots of resources ordered for tomorrow morning.

Raw footage here

10:30 pm = Reverse 911 calls going out. S/Ts being called in for structure protection. Anticipated the fire, which is over 1000 acres now will hit Swanton Rd. by about 11:30 pm and confirmed, heading toward Davenport.

10:00 pm – Recon is suggesting that if this keeps up its sw push, it is heading toward Davenport on Highway One.

9:30 pm – and from wildlandfire: “Per IC fire has doubled in size 60-80 ac wind on it with some crowning, potential for 300-400 ac. Fuels in this area large redwood, brush, and grass.”

8:30 pm – Oh, damn, another fire. I have NOT confirmed the information yet, but so far, it is being reported at 40 + acres, 40 mile an hour winds at summit, two structures burned. I’ll look for additional info. Scanner is indicating 30 acres, and sounding positive re controlling fire. Let’s hope this one is contained tonight. Resources are scattered.

14 thoughts on “Big Creek Fire/Santa Cruz

  1. kate,
    thanks for the posts. neighbors here in the clear ridge/front ridge area have been calling because of strong smell of smoke. with the northwest wind blowing i’m guessing it’s this new santa cruz big creek fire.
    steve beck

  2. It has grown horrifically since I first spotted info about it at 8:30 and 40 acres. Well over 1000 acres a few hours later, and Bonny Doon threatened. Lots of immediate need resources being called up for structure protection.

  3. Do you have a map of the evacuated areas? Wondering about places east of the fire, especially Mt. Hermon Conference Center. Thanks.

  4. Cathleen, all the information I see is that this fire is progressing in a more westerly, south-west direction toward Bonny Doon and Davenport. Haven’t seen anything to indicate the Mt. Hermon Conference Center, Boulder Creek, or that area is currently threatened, although I’ve heard several “rumors” about La Honda.

    It is moving fast, so hard to stay on top of it, but so far, nothing east.

  5. The Lockheed/Big Creek fire is approximately 15 miles from the Mount Hermon Conference Center. The wind seems to be blowing the fire in the opposite direction towards the coast.

  6. I stood at the top of ridge on Last Chance road watching this fire move in east west and south. Worring now that it will turn into Purdy Ranch area which will definatellly hit us Last Chance people. We all have had the reverse 911 call. I’m packing.

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  9. Kate,
    This is the sort of real scary fire that has been predicted by climate scientists; rapid rate of spread, crowning, spotting. I was watching the footage last night and the way the fire is eating up pines, that late at night is real disturbing. This should be a red flag for Big Sur to be extra cautious. We already had our first page out this am for smoke and people are reasonably nervous.
    I will be watching all day and free to respond to any concerns

  10. My in-laws were evacuated from Swanton Rd. last night. Heard from them this morning. A lot of animals were evacuated safely. My father in law was heading up to the top of a ridge on the Swanton Pacific Ranch to see what the fire was doing.

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