• 60-70 acres, brush, 0% contained
• Moderate Rate of Spread
• 69 degrees, 55% RH, wind NNW @ 15 mph, increase with gusts to 40-50 mph
• Structures are threatened
• 12 Tankers assigned including VLAT
• CAL FIRE air and ground resources assigned
8:00 am – A wildfire broke out at 5:30 this morning on the Los Padr s National Forest above Montecito Hills. An evacuation warning has been issued, per KSBY. This is what has posted on WildCAD:
Los Padres National Forest
For Immediate Release
Contact: Andrew Madsen (805) 895-0841
West Cuesta Ridge Road Temporarily Closed on Los Padres
GOLETA, CA, October 28, 2015…Los Padres National Forest officials announced that West Cuesta Ridge Road (a.k.a. TV Tower Road) will be temporarily closed to motorized vehicles until road repairs are completed. Forest Order 15-12 is effective from November 1, 2015, through October 31, 2016, unless rescinded earlier upon completion of road repairs.
The order prohibits public motor vehicle use on West Cuesta Ridge Road (Forest Road No. 29S28). The road begins at the junction of U.S. Highway 101 at Cuesta Grade Summit and West Cuesta Ridge Road, and continues 7.1 miles northwest to Tassajara Peak.
Non-motorized recreation access, such as hiking and mountain biking, is unaffected by the order. Private residents and communication site lease holders will be allowed motorized access to their homes or business sites.
The closure order for public motorized vehicle use is needed until repairs to the road are completed and the area is safe for vehicle use. Forest officials are working with communication site lease holders to conduct environmental planning and a road repair plan to reestablish safe motorized access along this popular road in San Luis Obispo County.
“We are taking the necessary steps to responsibly develop road repair options for safe motorized access into this important area for both recreation and natural resources,” said Santa Lucia District Ranger Nathan Rezeau. “We greatly appreciate our community’s patience and understanding as we work through the repair process as quickly as possible.”
The road closure order and map of the closure area can be found on the Los Padres website at http://fs.usda.gov/lpnf. Forest visitors are encouraged to contact the Santa Lucia Ranger District at (805) 925-9538 for more detailed information about this area and for the latest conditions.
there is a wildfire in Santa Cruz County that broke out about 15 mins ago at SR 9 and Keystone Way. The road is closed at both ends. The CHP site did not say which road, but I think Keystone Way is a good bet.
In SLO Co, a vehicle fire broke out about 10 minutes ago at Main St. And the 101 freeway. All occupants are out of the vehicle. Let’s hope it doesn’t go into vegetation.
Monterey County Office of Emergency Services has been notified that public safety radio service (emergency agency radio) in the Big Sur area is down. 911 phone service is not affected at this time. Big Sur Fire and ATT have been notified. Monterey County Communication technicians are working to identify and correct the problem. More info will be provided as it becomes available.
Today’s Date: Thursday, October 22, 2015
District: 05 – Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, San Benito and Santa
Contact: Susana Z Cruz (bilingual) or Colin Jones
Phone: (805) 549-3138 or 549-3189
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ONE-DAY EMERGENCY GUARDRAIL REPAIR ON SOUTHBOUND HIGHWAY 1 SOUTH OF PITKINS/RAIN ROCKS TOMORROW
MONTEREY COUNTY (BIG SUR COAST) – An emergency one-day guardrail repair project on Highway 1 just south of the Pitkins Curve Rockshed at Rain Rocks (mile marker 21-22) will take place tomorrow, Friday, Oct. 23, Caltrans officials announced.
Roadwork will consist of closing the southbound lane and work hours are from 8 am to 3:30 pm under one-way traffic control with flaggers. There will be an Electronic Message Sign to alert motorists of this closure. Motorists and bicyclists can expect a delay not to exceed 15 minutes.
The purpose of this emergency project is to repair 100 feet of damaged guardrail which was recently hit. Roadwork is necessary to ensure all of the maintenance needs of the coast highway area are met.
NOTE: Access to businesses will remain open via Highway 1.
Our Willow Spring Maintenance, Santa Maria Guardrail and Maintenance Design crews will work collaboratively to ensure all roadwork is done by 3:30 pm.
Caltrans reminds motorists to move over and slow down when driving through highway construction zones.
For more information on this project and for traffic updates on other Caltrans projects in Monterey County, residents can call the District 5 toll free number at 1-831-372-0862 or can visit our website at: http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist05/paffairs/release.htm#mon
Susana Z. Cruz
Caltrans District 5
Public Information Officer
***HWY 1 TRAFFIC ADVISORY***
October 21, beginning at 9:00am from Sycamore Canyon to 1/4 mile south of Lucia, California Highway Patrol will be escorting three modular home haulers down Highway 1. Trucks may be in caravan formation or escorted separately. Please use caution as these trucks will be very slow moving and will be unescorted from Carmel to Big Sur.
Must be going to the Hermitage. I know they are replacing three of their retreat units. I postponed my town trip yesterday due to the Ride2Recovery bicycle event. Glad I decided on south tomorrow! Next week, north, so PLEASE highway goddess, no events.
As of 7:30 am, power outages in Carmel, some of CV, the Highlands, PG, Monterey, Del Rey Oaks, Seaside, who knows where else. 55,000 people are without power. PG&E are working to find the source, per one source. Another says a huge explosion at the Moss Landing power plant is the source. PG&E says they are investigating. The outage is from Moss Landing to the Highlands, and to Salinas on the other side, according to PG&E website mentioned below by Lisa K in the comments below. The outage is expected to last until noon.
I don’t know what the weather reports are, but I can tell you what I am seeing – and that is lightning. It is SSE of here on the other side of Willow somewhere. Can’t hear any thunder, so it is not close, but probably SLO Co or further south. That means the possibility of down strikes, which means possible wildfires. Keep an eye out, where ever you are. Fire season is not over until it’s over. And those lightning strikes could be headed our way. I’ll be keeping an eye out for a bit longer, but gotta get moving a tad earlier than usual tomorrow.