El Niño Journal – Jan. 10, 1998

(Saturday)

Yesterday’s meeting was long – it lasted until almost 2 pm. The last two hours of the meeting, the rain was quite heavy. I canceled the town run – went to River Inn for gas, bread, and muffins. Then went to Fernwood for a quick hamburger. Got home by 4:30.

It was a slow  drive home, between the rain, the rocks, and the non-working window defroster….

The rain is supposed to continue throughout the day today and then another storm developing Sunday afternoon. Predictions are for the rain to continue through Wednesday.

Even though some scientists are claiming that El Niño is weakening, others are stating that this is the beginning of its effects on the California Coast. The storms are stacking up out in the Pacific. In the last 24 hours we have recorded 2.7″, a significant amount…

Looking back at the rain totals for the last few years at the end of January we had:

1995 – 36″

1996 – 21″

1997 – 65″

Of course, in 1997 the rain pretty much ended at the end of January, and in 1995, March was the month of floods and the collapse of the Carmel River Bridge and 1996 was a relatively dry year.

El Niño Journal – Jan 9, 1998

“Friday, January 9th – Obviously, I haven’t written much this week. This morning I have an hour before I have to lave for the Big Sur multi-Agency Advisory Council meeting at 10 am. There is a storm here today and [Rock Knocker] has told me I CANT drive Highway One in the rain, in the dark.

The meeting is expected to go until 1:30, but the agenda is PACKED with some very controversial issues, so I can’t imagine it will finish on time. I will have to leave by 2pm or I won’t be able to get to [town and then back to] the dirt by dark. [during meeting] Currently, the Pt. Sur naval facility is involving more time than I thought it would involve. Most of this large audience – the largest I’ve ever seen – is here for the Short Term Rental Ordinance. [ed. Note – somethings never change.]”

Fire on Corralitos Road near Pleasant Valley, Santa Cruz County

Fire report on CHP – Santa Cruz county:

Incident: 00174 Type: Report of Fire Location: Corralitos Rd / Freedom Blvd Loc Desc: NR PLEASANT VALLEY Lat/Lon: 36.963432 -121.809467
Detail Information
11:04 AM 9 [21] 30 HAS MERK/ CORAALITOS CLOSED
10:58 AM 8 [18] CDF COMMAND POST 219 MERK RD
10:56 AM 7 [17] XFER ANOTHER CALLER IN AREA OF WHITE ROAD
10:47 AM 6 [8] PER NETCOMM,FIRE IS ER TO A WILD LAND FIRE AREA OF CORRALITOS AT FREEDOM
10:46 AM 5 [6] [Appended, 10:46:57] [4] 1039 NETCOMM
10:46 AM 4 [5] [Appended, 10:46:57] [3] 24M SEES SMOKE
10:45 AM 3 [2] TOT FIRE
10:45 AM 2 [1] RP IS ON CORRALITOS ON A BIKE,CAN SEE SMOKE IN THE AREA NR A HOUSE
10:43 AM 1 [3] [Appended, 10:46:57] [1] SMOKE BTWN FREEDOM AND RIO JUST STARTING

Tassajara Fire Update, 9/21/15

imageThe 7:30am report from Cal Fire: Tassajara Fire is still at 30 percent containment, 1,086 acres. I will post additional information and links as they become available, but the first thing that comes to mind is donations to Cachagua Volunteer Fire Department. I am sure thei resources have been tapped. Consider a donation. When a community fundraiser is anticipated, I will provide notice of how you can help.

Tassajara Fire, Final Update for 9/20/15

Tassajara Fire Incident Information:
Last Updated: September 20, 2015 7:30 pm
Date/Time Started: September 19, 2015 3:00 pm
Administrative Unit: CAL FIRE San Benito-Monterey Unit
County: Monterey County
Location: 2.5 miles north of Jamesburg
Acres Burned – Containment: 1086 acres – 30% contained
Structures Destroyed: 10 residences damaged or destroyed, numerous outbuildings
Evacuations: Mandatory Evacuations:
Tassajara Road from Carmel Valley Road to Cachagua Road
Evacuation Advisory:
Remainder of communities of Cachagua and Jamesburg

Evacuation Center:
Red Cross:
Carmel Middle School
4380 Carmel Valley Rd
Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93923

Monterey County SPCA managing large animal evacuation

Injuries: 1 civilian fatality
Cause: Under Investigation
Cooperating Agencies: Cachagua FPD, USFS, Salinas FD, Red Cross, SPCA, PG&E, Monterey Co Sheriff
Total Fire Personnel: 590
Total Fire Engines: 32
Total Fire crews: 30
Total Airtankers: 5
Total Helicopters: 3
Total Dozers: 3
Long/Lat: -121.589554/36.3699644