Incident: 00558 Type: Report of Fire Location: 0 Lodge Rd Loc Desc: BIG BASIN STATE PARK 37�07’18.27N / 122�09’22.74W Lat/Lon: 37.178621 -122.189388
8:05 PM 3  1039 STATE PARKS, PARKS ENRT, CALFIRE ENRT
7:56 PM 2  RP SEES DARK SMOKE, LRG AMT OF SMOKE GOING OVER EAGLE ROCK
7:55 PM 1  RP SEES PLUME OF SMOKE NEAR IN BIG BASIN REDWOOD STATE PARK – ON EASTERN BOUNDARY NEAR LODGE RD
Highway 1 – Bridge Repair Work: August 31 – September 3
Bridge repair work will be done on the northbound and southbound lanes on Highway 1 between Willow Creek Bridge and Castro Canyon Bridge from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. One lane will subject to closure for the repair.
Motorists should expect daytime delays of approximately 5 -15 minutes.
Yesterday, a reader reported to me a woman fell to her death at McWay Falls. Unfortunately, I was not able to post, as I was busy buying a badly needed new truck. Today, the Herald reports she was attempting to climb over a fence when she fell 50 feet. It took authorities several hours to be able to recover her body. It was not immediately clear if she died from the trauma of the fall, or if she drowned. Access to the bottom of the falls and its beach are prohibited.
I haven’t been very good at Photo Friday, lately, but there just seems to be other things happening. So, now I will just upload a photo or two intermittently – just like my internet. 😉 this is moon set from my place earlier this week.
BTW, I’ll be checking on that smoke drift. I’ve been watching it all afternoon – well weeks, actually – and it seems to have changed character in the last hour. May be nothing, and if so, no further posts.
From this morning:
Incident: 00063 Type: Provide Traffic Control Location: Nacimiento Fergusson Rd / Sr1 Loc Desc: Lat/Lon: 35.988672 -121.494108
6:59 AM 2  1039 CLTRNS FOR CHNGABLE MSG SIGN TO BE PLACED ON SR1
6:58 AM 1  REQ CLOSE RDWY 2 MI JEO SR1
I can only speculate, but it may have been closed (and may still be, not sure) in order to conduct an investigation of last night’s fires. There are rumors it may have been intentional.
Good catch, firefighters! Kept to only .5 acres. It wasn’t posted to WildCAD until much later. Seeing Josh assigned to it today assures me that they are keeping an eye out for any flare ups. One of the odd things about CHPs dispatch is the fact that Nacimiento is county, not state, and Cone Peak is federal – also not state.
CHP says this:
Incident: 00373 Type: Report of Fire Location: 0 Nacimiento Fergusson Rd Loc Desc: NACAMIENTO-FERGUSSON AT SR1 Lat/Lon: 35.988756 -121.493973
7:28 PM 4  RP RECALLED – TRANS TO LPF
7:24 PM 3  PER CALFIRE ITS ON CONE PEAK X NACIMIENTO FERGUSON
7:23 PM 2  2 LGE FIRES, NR THE VENTANA FIRE DEPT
7:22 PM 1  NR THE FIRE DEPT
im sitting here watching .. Nada… I’ll keep watching, but Ventana Fire Department? No such thing. Must be referring to the Nacimiento station at the summit. Nothing on WildCAD, either. Anyway, so far nothing to worry about, and I will keep my eyes out, but I must warn, I found a new vice … Hard apple cider from Sea Canyon … So yummy!
This was started yesterday, but technical difficulties prevented its posting.thisvam the Cuesta Fire is 2500 acres and 10% contained. Evacuation order still in effect.
First, closer to home:
08/18/2015 09:07 LPF-2530
New Wildfire GORDA @ HWY 1 . PAT17LPF Q . . . 35.881 x 121.449
No plume, no acreage given, so should be good.
as to Cuesta Fire … As of 7 am it was 2000 acres with 10% containment. There are 1000 personnel on the fire. Last night at 11pm there was a firing operation 1/4 mile from Santa Margarita in an effort to save the town. It was successful! YAY! The evacuation order remains in place, however, but is expected to be lifted in 48 hours. At dawn at the Santa Margarita Fire Stayion the temp was only 56F and 73% RH with no wind, so favorable conditions for today, although winds expected this afternoon.
6:30 pm – I’ve variously heard south of the RR tracks, and south of 58. LPF tweeted at5:00 that it was 500 acres. Major issues with spotting per Air Attack – “this thing’s spotting all over the place.” From my view above the clouds, smoke drift into the canyons is becoming more and more pronounced. Nothing else seems to be going on, and since the Cuesta fire is moving in a northerly and easterly direction, and is wind driven, I suspect it is filling up the valley and then making its way here through the passes. Don’t quote me.
4:30 They are evacuating Santa Margarita, south of the RR tracks
Cuesta Fire has jumped containment lines and appears to be off and running.