Announcements

The OES of Monterey County has a new feature which allows you to register your cell phone, VoIP number, and/or email address to get emergency updates. Go to this site: Register OES

Also, don’t forget the Bal Masque this Saturday, benefitting the BSVFB and the food and wine festival the following weekend. I understand there are a few tickets left for some venues. (See link under non-profits to the right). Proceeds to benefit the Big Sur Health Clinic and other charities.

Also, the Coast Property Owners Association annual meeting is coming up on November 16th from 5:30 to 8:00 pm at the River Inn. Details to be posted on the announcement page shortly.

Sunset on the South Coast



Sunset on the South Coast, originally uploaded by wind_dancer.

Many times, I cannot believe that the Goddess smiled on me so sweetly back in 1985, and guided me to this beautiful, spiritually healing and nourishing place. I wish everyone could find a place like this to heal and gain health. I hope you can enjoy a bit of it with me, here, in cyberspace, with my photos and my words.

Good night all. Will check back in tomorrow.

Pampas in the Sun



Pampas in the Sun, originally uploaded by wind_dancer.

While I hate pampas grass, because it is so invasive, and so hard to kill, I couldn’t pass up this photo op. I won’t give out the name of the landowner who originally thought this was a good idea to plant this in his garden years ago here on the South Coast, but I would like to pass along a tip for travelers.

One of the ways that this invasive species gets spread up and down the coast, is that tourists stop, pick one and then attach it to their antenna, or otherwise scatter the seeds to the winds. Please don’t. I kid you not. I’ve stopped and warned many people about the results of their unthinking behavior. It is very, very difficult to eradicate. It takes over an area, crowding out our native plants, then spreads it seeds via wind or tourists, and takes over another area, until the entire coast side is nothing but pampas grass along Highway One.

Cal-Trans fights a never-ending battle with this stuff, often being forced to resort to serious chemicals in order to kill it. Don’t help it spread. It does a good enough job on its own.

Thank you, bigsurkate

Smoke Machine on Coast

A smoke machine was being used at Anderson Canyon for a film shoot, apparently without notice, so both the BSVFB and the USFS were called out. The same crew will be using smoke at Pfeiffer Beach, Lucia, Harlans and a few other places over the next few days.

Interestingly, this same crew managed to set fire to their room at Ventana today by leaving clothes drying near a light bulb. It is not clear exactly what happened, i.e. were the clothes too close, or did the light bulb break, or ?? Fortunately, the sprinklers in the room put it out.

Oh, great. Now we won’t know if this is real or Memorex.

Wind Advisory

…STRONG GUSTY NORTHWESTERLY WINDS EXPECTED TODAY THROUGH
WEDNESDAY MORNING…WIND ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 AM PDT WEDNESDAY…

Per the NOAA discussion: “WIND WILL CONTINUE TO PICK UP THROUGH
THE DAY TODAY WITH HIGHER ELEVATIONS EXPECTED TO GUST AS HIGH AS 60
MPH IN MANY LOCATIONS (WINDIEST SPOTS OF THE CWA SUCH AS MOUNT DIABLO
COULD EASILY HIT HURRICANE FORCE LEVELS OF 75 MPH FOR BRIEF PERIODS)”

As of this morning, Cal-Fire has issued this staffing request due to these late October winds:

O-1 Staff all Cal-Fire Crews 24 hrs a day
O-2 Staff one Strike Team Leader Crews per Camp 24 hrs a day
O-3 Staff as many Cal-Fire Engines the Unit can 4-0
O-4 Staff all Cal-Fire Dozers 24 hrs a day
O-5 Staff Unit ECC and Expanded as needed
O-6 Staff Sonoma, Redding, and Grass Valley AAB’s with 1 Air Attack and 1 Air Tanker each and support personnel as needed
O-7 Staff Cal-Fire Helitack Crews

Be very careful today. It is quite dry, despite the record rainfall on October 13th.

Loma Fire Update & Wind Advisory

As of 6:30 pm, Cal-Fire lists the Loma Fire as just under 500 acres and 55% contained.

9 am – No news on the Loma Fire. Still listed as 600 acres and 20% contained, per Cal-Fire at 7 am. All sources quiet since last night (that’s good) but a wind advisory has been issued. From NOAA discussion: “DECIDED TO ISSUE A WIND ADVISORY TO COVER THE HIGHER ELEVATION LOCATIONS WHERE WINDS WILL LOCALLY GUST CLOSE TO 60 MPH. FOR LOWER LYING AREAS…A BIT OF A TOUGHER CALL. HOWEVER THE STRONG SURFACE GRADIENT PLUS GOOD POSSIBILITY OF DOWNWARD FORCING OF WIND ABOVE THE SURFACE SHOULD PRODUCE LOCAL GUSTS OF 45 MPH OR EVEN GREATER.” This is for this evening through Wednesday.

Additionally, it looks as if our area will be dry all week, rain not anticipated. Fuel moisture levels are being reported at only 10%. Our great storm of October 13th did NOT end the fire season, unfortunately.

Be sure to read the comment to this post from a former Big Surian, now near the fire for her description.

Loma Fire

I’ve been off line all day (and then my son wanted to talk for an hour, just as I found out about this fire), so haven’t been following this until now, but I understand it is around 600 acres and 20% contained, up near Madonna Summit. Even I take a day off from the computer.

loma fire
Photo by Dan Dawson Photography (click link for more photographs), used with permission.

Here is a video Loma Fire also by Dan Dawson and used with permission.

Also, there are many, many road closures in the area, so please be sure to check the CHP link to the right, if you are traveling in the area tonight or tomorrow.

Continuous breaking news can be found at: ksbw

Homes are evacuated in the area. One prison inmate firefighter was injured and helicoptered to safety, after twisting his ankle in very steep terrain. Cal-Fire knew if the fire came his way, he would never be able to get out in time.

This one is very close to the footprint of the Summit Fire of last year. One firefighter has stated that it cannot get much bigger, possibly due to the lack of fuel. We shall hope he is correct.

Nature Disturbed

I like the sound of the drums. Always have. The long tradition of the opening of our annual Jade Festivals is the sound of the drums — our drumming circle. But ALL day and ALL night, for part of three days and ALL of two nights, plus bass and amplifiers? Nah … that I don’t like.

Another rave party across the canyon … the second in two weeks and the third in two months. I’ve contacted the LEO of the USFS as well as the district ranger, and they are working on solving the problem. It is has moved beyond annoyance.

Living in the Wilderness, I expect to bring my dogs in every night before sunset, to guard against mountain lion attacks. I expect to deal with the loss of cats to owls, foxes, and coyotes. I expect to deal with hunters, trespassers, and illegal campfires. This obnoxious behavior I did not expect, and did not experience, until the last year or so. I will fight back and see that it is stopped.