Hell Hill Fire, Lake Nacimiento

8:00 pm – About 3:00, one of my sources reported a vehicle into vegetation fire at Lake Nacimiento. I had company, so just now catching up. I can see the smoke from here. 4 tankers flying it, and many engines and crew on scene. CHP has Nacimiento lake drive closed from chimmey rock road to heritage ranch…..no word on acres or containment yet.

There is significant smoke to the south east of me.

Creek Fire

3:15 update- sent one WT home, another on scene. Dozer working it, as well as crews, engines, and air resources. Unless the wind picks up, should be able to pick this one up this afternoon, so unless something breaks, I won’t be posting any more updates.

2:30 pm -Just got word that there is a wildfire at Cayucos Creek Rd and Thunder Canyon Rd. two air tankers out of Paso and one helio are making drops. Currently 5-10 acres with a moderate rate of spread. Two engines and two Cuesta crews on scene. Only access is jeep road, I am told. Info sketchy so far.

Moto GP coming to Highway One near you

Today starts the grand prix at Laguna Seca, and the madness of motorcycles heading north on Highway One. Actually, it started yesterday, we noted. We went south Thursday, and noted the increase in motorcycles on the highway. Some of these riders seem to either have a death wish or a belief in their own immortality.

Be extra careful out there, as there will be crashes and craziness all weekend. Some of the fastest and best riders on a professional course will be at Laguna Seca, but some candidates for the Darwin Award will be on our highways.

Fire below Capt Cooper

A fire called in just after noon, was in mop up by 12:30 pm, thanks to the quick response of our local BSVFB. If you want to support the community that supports you when you vacation here, make a donation through PayPal here:

Martha and crew, you are the best!

Rain Rocks Rock Shed

I have a series of photos taken over the past two weeks that shows the project. I thought my readers would be interested to see what has been going on.

This one was taken just before last week’s overnight closure. One can see the Rebar topping the shed in preparation for adding the roof.

Monday, July 9, 2012, I had the “pleasure” of driving between the rock shed and the mountain. That was an experience! This photo and the next two will give you a feel for that. I had to take these photos AS I WAS DRIVING with my iPhone, so excuse the quality. You get the idea.


Then, yesterday, Monday, July 16, 2012, I got to drive under the new shed. These photos depict that experience. Again, I was multi-tasking – taking photos while driving. This time with my Nikon.





And there you have it! You have now “driven” thru what is sure to become a world-famous rock shed via the miracle of cyberspace! Quite a feat. It is scheduled to be completed by Spring of 2013.

Calf fire! Santa Margarita

10:00 pm update- marine lawyer has been heading inland and it is friggin COLD up here, (i consider the current 56 degrees in the middle of July COLD!)and I hear the marine layer is assisting firefighting efforts. Good news for ff on the line. CHP have reopened highway 58 to traffic (it has been closed for most of the day) and fire conditions are no longer a concern tonight. I’ll check on things in the am, but for now, I am calling it a night on this fire.

6:00 pm update- VLAT order filed, so Very Large Air Tanker on way to make a couple drops before nightfall. Due t arrive around 6:40 pm. Fire crossed Parkhill Rd. heading to ridge top. Fire 750 acres with 0% containment. Also has AT 74,76, 80, 81, and 83 on it, as well as copters 523 and 527, acceding to my source near Paso airport and KSBY in SLO. Mandatory evacuations on Parkhill Rd ordered. LPNF sent the following:
BC 31, 32,33, Crew 3, dozen 3, eng 15, E 16, both 4×4, E31, 4×4, E 37,41, 43, 47, 4×4, 801, helo 528, etc.

4:00 pm – Wildfire just east of Santa Margarita at 58 and Pozo. Cal Fire reporting 500 acres and 0% containment. At least two strike teams called out. I am in town on iPhone so will update when I get to River inn, in about 1 and 1/2 hours and can get on my iPad. I also have photos of the rock shed to put up tomorrow, update on BSMAAC meeting Friday, as well as other reports on new BLM leases in Lockwood, Jolon area for gas oil development, possibly fracking. It will be a busy blog week.

Celebration of life

Remember, we will celebrate the lives of our friends, Terrydactyl, Jefe, and Howie, this Saturday, the 14th at Sand Dollar Picnic area. Guy will start BBQing around noon, and serve when it is ready. Bring some or all of the following: snacks, a dish to share, drinks, music, stories, laughter, flowers, photos, or whatever you feel you can share. Guy, Ralph, and I will provide the meat. We will bring some beer and wine. Penny is bringing the chicken, snacks, and paper goods. Hope to see many of my rarely seen neighbors and friends on Saturday. One campsite has been reserved as a sort of mini group site for those who come from afar.

Wildfire in SE MoCo

TUesday update: this am it is 2700 acres and 30% contained.

Firefighters are battling a wildfire near Parkfield in southeastern Monterey County.

Fire officials said the fire has burned about 1,500 acres of open grassland near Turkey Flats and Cholame Road. No buildings or power lines have been threatened, fire officials said.


First, starting Monday, July 9th, Highway One will be closed at Rain Rocks for the erection of the rock shed roof from 9 pm until 6 am for four nights. At this point, the closure is scheduled to be completed by Friday, the 13th at 6 am, at which time the overnight closures should cease.

I went through it this morning, and the rebar is all in place for the construction of the roof, and I can totally understand how it cannot be accomplished with vehicles going underneath it while the work is completed. I am just surprised, and grateful, that it will still be open during the day, subject to delays, of course.

Also, a reminder to friends of Terrydactyl and the South Coast, that a celebration of his life, and that of Jeffe and Howie will be held Saturday, the 14th at around noon at Sand Dollar. Bring your memories, music, food, drink, and spirit to share. 

Lime Fire

At 4:30 last evening WildCAD, LPNF reported a “smoke check” called “lime” near the Hermitage and dispatched E16, 17, and 18. A local reported code three fire engines responding down Nacimiento around 5 pm, and a source in Paso reported A/A and tanker 74 responded at the same time. This am, the “smoke check” was reported as being one acre, and nothing visual this morning. I was on my way home from Cambria at the time, so unaware until i woke at 6:00. It happens. Had things to do off line when I got home. Sometimes, I have a life separate from my blog, not often, but sometimes … 😉