From Fort Hunter Liggett Facebook
Road closures begin TOMORROW – Friday, Jan. 31 – in support of training in progress involving the 2nd Battalion of The 75th Ranger Regiment, The 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, and the 446th Airlift Wing of the Air Force Reserve.
Mission Road at Jolon Road, in the old main gate area, and Nacimiento-Fergusson Road to Big Sur, California. See the map for details – all roads indicated between the letter points will be closed, as well as all training areas and dirt roads adjacent to them.
Two closures a day: Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, 3 and 5. The first one each day will be between noon and 1:30 p.m. and the second between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. The closures could be as long as 45 minutes each but will be limited to the minimum time needed to maintain safety for the operations.
NO THROUGH TRAFFIC will be allowed during the closures, including access to and from Highway 1, the Los Padres National Forest, and into or out of the Fort Hunter Liggett cantonment area. Anyone arriving during the closure will be held in the old main gate area on Mission Road at Jolon Road or at the bridge which marks the installation’s western boundary on Nacimiento-Fergusson Road. Fort Hunter Liggett’s commuter buses to Salinas and Paso Robles will not be affected by the closures. Employees, visitors and others should be aware of the possibility of delay during these times.
A new drought category has been created. It is called, “exceptional drought.” It is the Category Five of droughts. The coastal portion of Big Sur is not yet in this category, but the mountain/eastern portions are. Including me. Coastal areas are in “extreme drought” or Category 4 conditions. As we all know, this is not good. It is even more surreal to write this as I watch the news of Atlanta recover from a little bit OS snow.
My rain gauge measured absolutely zilch today. I thought maybe when I moved it a few weeks ago I might not have gotten it straight, but considering that seems to be the consensus in other areas that showed some wetness, but no measurable rain, it probably is fine. I did get some dampness up here, but mostly under trees and on window screens. Certainly could not call it rain under anyone’s definition.
I am a native Californian. I have lived in this state all my life. I am going to be 65. I have never experienced anything like this. Extreme measures are in the works and necessary. Conserve, be aware, and educate those who aren’t.
UPDATE – what an awesome place we live in! Only moments after I first posted this, we got a comment with a lead on the owner, and now, only hours later, Biggie has been identified as Sammie, and the owner is off to SLO on Tuesday to bring him home. Thank you ALL for taking care of each other – including our pets!
Last weekend, a traveler in our midst, from SLO, found a terrier-mix puppy running down the middle of the road on the northern end of Big Sur. she has this to say:
I found “Biggie” as I’ve been calling him at the north most end of Big Sur running down the middle of HWY 1. He is a tan wiry furred terrier with a black nose, small, about 15lbs or less and adorable. He was super scared but also very sweet and came to me when I stopped, but was skittish about being picked up. He’s never been aggressive though always loving. He is also intact. He had a brand new black color with white dog bones on it, but now tags :[ I did take him to the vet to be scanned but no microchip was found…he is a pup. 1 year max. Missy is beautiful you’re lucky! This little guy is adorable and I would love to be his owner but with school and classes I don’t have time to give him the attention and training he needs. And him not being neutered has made potty training difficult as he want to mark everything in the house…Here are some pictures of him:
I believe he’s some sort of terrier and chihuahua or dachshund mix. Possibly Cairn Terrier…I found him last Sun the 19th!
Thanks for the help! I really appreciate it. I know he would love to find his owners and if not that, his forever home.
Cell – 310-245-1227
Sent from my iPhone
I have several really cute photos Roxy sent, I finally got them uploaded.
This isn’t one of mine, and in fact there is no credit given to the photographer, but I decided it superseded the one I had planned.
URGENT – FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA
206 PM PST THU JAN 23 2014
EAST BAY HILLS AND DIABLO RANGE-SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAINS-
SANTA LUCIA MOUNTAINS AND LOS PADRES NATIONAL FOREST-
MOUNTAINS OF SAN BENITO AND INTERIOR MONTEREY COUNTY INCLUDING
PINNACLES NATIONAL PARK-
206 PM PST THU JAN 23 2014
…RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 1 PM PST FRIDAY FOR GUSTY
WINDS AND LOW HUMIDITY FOR ALL MOUNTAINS ABOVE 1000 FEET…
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA HAS ISSUED A
RED FLAG WARNING…WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1 PM PST FRIDAY.
* AFFECTED AREA: FIRE ZONE 511 EAST BAY HILLS AND DIABLO
RANGE…FIRE ZONE 512 SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAINS…FIRE ZONE 517
SANTA LUCIA MOUNTAINS AND LOS PADRES NATIONAL FOREST…FIRE
ZONE 518 MOUNTAINS OF SAN BENITO AND INTERIOR MONTEREY COUNTY
INCLUDING PINNACLES NATIONAL PARK.
* TIMING: UNTIL 1 PM FRIDAY AFTERNOON.
* WIND: EAST WINDS 10 TO 20 MPH WITH FREQUENT GUSTS TO 30 MPH OVER
THE RIDGES. WINDS WILL SHIFT TO THE SOUTHEAST LATE THIS EVENING
INTO THE OVERNIGHT HOURS.
* HUMIDITY: STEADY FROM 12 TO 25 PERCENT DURING THE DURATION OF
* IMPACTS: THE COMBINATION OF DRY FUELS…GUSTY WINDS AND LOW
HUMIDITY WILL CREATE CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS WHERE
ANY NEW IGNITIONS WILL EXPERIENCE RAPID FIRE GROWTH.
A RED FLAG WARNING MEANS THAT CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS
ARE EITHER OCCURRING NOW…OR WILL SHORTLY. A COMBINATION OF
STRONG WINDS…LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY…AND WARM TEMPERATURES CAN
CONTRIBUTE TO EXTREME FIRE BEHAVIOR.
It is gusting up to 35 mph on a regular basis up here.
3:00 pm – completely open
1:00 pm – one lane controlled traffic with very long delays.
Sigalert – Monterey County, SR-1 just South of Bixby Bridge, roadway closed in both directions by emergency vehicles due to a vehicle in the water.
Bridge closed while fatal accident being investigated.
Motorists are advised to expect delays and to use alternate routes. There is no estimated time of opening.
photo by Pete Slauson. Herald article can be found here: Herald Article
I have a confession … I am not fond of fungus, but I tasted some offerings that were amazing. Who would have thought fungus could be such an incredible Macaroon? (Ventana) or boar served on baquette (Ripplewood) or Carnitas-mushroom soup (Roadhouse) to mention but three. Everything was spectacular and I am already salivating for next year. Ventana did the superb job one would expect from such an establishment.