5:35 – here you go –
Fort Hunter Liggett — At 1500 hours on Monday, June 30, The Monterey County Fire Academy were conducting training and as a result of a shift in the wind the fire lost containment. The fire initially started in training area west of Stony Valley and has since moved, into Stony Valley. The fire is not contained as of 1630 though it is burning into a previously burnt area where it is expected to be contained. The fire has burned an estimated 1000 Acres. There have been no injuries or damages to structures. The fire did not affect the Cantonment area. Military training has not been affected and no evacuations ordered.
The Nacimiento-Fergusson Road is currently closed.
BTW, the PTB, have named this one the Loop Fire.
5:30 pm – Just got word from a local that travels Nacimiento regularly that there is another fire on FHL. She also indicated that Nacimiento is now closed. I have not confirmed this report, but will be trying to do so in the next hour.
The BSMAAC Meeting ended at 1:00 pm. I was meeting friends at 4:00 in Big Sur. Hm… Go to town or staying in Big Sur Valley?
Ray Sanborn was in the audience. He and his wife Celia lost their house. It has been six month, so I thought I would do a follow-up. I got the combo, directions, then went to lunch before I headed up the hill. I had my camera, so photos were to be taken, and a report written after I see it and talk to the residents.
Life always returns.
CPOA reported at the BSMAAC Meeting that they raised just over 1/2 million dollars, and have distributed just under that amount to homeowners and renters. Over $100,000 of the money collected was designated for a particular family or purpose. Ray Sanborn had nothing but good things to say about how CPOA handled the donations and distributions.
Tim Short, District Ranger reported that the investigation into the cause of the fire is still on-going. He apologized for the delay, but said it was a different branch, over which he had no control or influence.
And sometimes, we throw the unexpected into the mix. As Celia did.
The day I was there, Friday, they got the news that the county approved their temporary site, so this week, after six months in a motel room at Glen Oaks, they will be moving back onto their land, and they can work their magic daily.
Okay, the vote was mixed, some preferred Africa, others preferred Big Sur, and many wanted both. You all win! I’ll be posting both for a while!
Well, shoot. I was as surprised as you are that Foto Friday comes on a Thursday this week. Silly blog. Guess I am taking Friday off. Going to the Big Sur Multiagency Advisory Council Meeting tomorrow, the real Friday!
Doesn’t look like we will see any per NOAA forecast.
AS THE MID/UPPER LEVEL SYSTEM MOVES THROUGH NORTHERN CALIFORNIA TOMORROW NIGHT INTO THURSDAY…CHANCES FOR LIGHT RAIN SHOWERS INCREASE ACROSS THE NORTH BAY WITH PATCHY DRIZZLE AGAIN EXPECTED SOUTHWARD DOWN THE COAST. OVERALL…MOST INLAND LOCATIONS WILL REMAIN DRY WITH ONLY A TRACE TO A FEW HUNDREDTHS OF AN INCH OF RAINFALL EXPECTED ACROSS THE NORTH BAY AND COASTAL AREAS. THE BEST CHANCES FOR PRECIPITATION WILL REMAIN NORTH OF THE REGION WITH THIS PASSING SYSTEM. TEMPERATURES WILL ALSO COOL SLIGHTLY WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY AS THE AIR MASS COOLS ALOFT ALONG WITH AN INCREASE IN CLOUDS.
5:15 – smoke dissipating on both sides of FHL, so looks like this one is in wrap-up mode.
3:30 pm – FHL has requested lots of aid, fortunately, so hopefully this one won’t get away.
2:30 pm – Yet another one. My information is that war games are scheduled through August. “Really?” (To quote my friend Lisa) This could get bothersome. My info indicates heavier fuels than were present for the Stoney Dire of only 5 days ago. I don’t like that it is moving in a north-west direction.
Location: North Stony Valley, n 35.991445 w 121.331592
ROC: 200 acres, mid slope moderate rate of spread. South facing aspect moving to the north west. west of the Stony Fire.
Structures: are not currently threatened
Special Hazards: None
Resources: AA 401, CRW1LPF DIV1LPF E12SNF E14SNF E16LPF 4X4 E17LPF E19LPF E42SNF HEL527LPF, FHL8833, FHL 8831, FHL 8834
Radio Frequencies: FHL frequencies
Weather Info: http://spot.nws.noaa.gov/cgi-bin/spo…40623.HILLF.01
Six years ago yesterday, lightning struck all over Northern California, and many wildfires were sparked, including the Basin Fire (originally, the Gallery fire after the point of origin). This blog began some days later to cover the ongoing fire. We lost some homes in that fire, and some people were displaced as a result. All but one or two secondary homes (caretaker or guest homes) were rebuilt. In terms of size, it has not been surpassed since. In terms of homes destroyed and community members displaced, the Pfeiffer Fire of last December takes the lead.
This year, our drought level has lead to an unprecedented level of concern state-wide over the wildfire potential. Let this day raise the awareness of ALL community members and visitors to our area of fire awareness. Remember, no campfires allowed outside developed campground areas. May we surprise ourselves and get through this season without scorching.
We are thrilled to announce the book launch of Mickey Muennig: Dreams and Realizations for a Living Architecture!!
Saturday, July 5th, at the Henry Miller Library. 3 pm. This event is free.
This gorgeous book features the work and essays of Mickey. As many of you know, Mickey is a world-renowned proponent of organic architecture. He designed the Post Ranch Inn, reconstructed the Esalen baths, and designed numerous homes and other spaces here in Big Sur. This is a historic day for us, so again, please join us!