Big Sur Library to open July 1st

News from the Big Sur Library:

It’s happening!
The Big Sur Library is officially opening Friday July 1st!
Come visit the newly renovated library! Regular library hours will resume Wednesdays and Thursdays from 2-6, and Fridays and Saturdays from 11am-4pm.
If you have overdue fines, or other issues regarding your account, please stop by the library at your earliest convenience and speak with the Branch Manager, Julia Mazerik, and we can resolve your issues together.
And, please come celebrate our Grand Opening Celebration on Saturday July 9th from 12-3pm! Crafts, refreshments, live music, games and neighborly fellowship!
Last but not least, Summer Reading is quickly approaching! Please stop by to receive your summer reading packets, and mark your calendars for the following FREE events: Saturday July 16th, with Juan Sanchez performing live music for all ages from 1-2, and Saturday July 23rd yoga on the lawn, with Nisha Addleman from 1-2pm.

And, a deeply felt thank you to all those involved in donating their time and energy to the recent Memorial Day Book and Bake Sale to make it a success, and, to those whose kindness and generosity made the library at the Grange possible.
Thank you so much.

As always, if you have any questions, call the library at 667-2537.
See you at the library!

Julia Mazerik

Goal of zero human caused wildfires?

Sounds impossible? It is not. My friend, Barbara Sparhawk found one USFS Ranger District which has achieved this goal. The leading cause of human fires is abandoned campfires, which have seen a tremendous increase down here on the South Coast.

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“Over the last three years, we have had a specific, written goal of reducing human-caused wildfires on the district to zero for an entire calendar year,” said Quentin Johnson, fire management officer for the Tusayan Ranger District. “Given that the district receives millions of visitors each year because it is located immediately adjacent to Grand Canyon National Park, we knew this would be an incredible challenge.”

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The district’s success in 2014 was due largely to focused fire prevention efforts beginning almost 15 years ago that have chipped away at the leading cause of human fires on the district – abandoned campfires. Specifically, district fire prevention specialist Bob Blasi worked to gain compliance in dispersed camping areas and issued citations when necessary. With increased early-morning patrols, an extensive signing program, visits to local schools, Smokey Bear’s presence at local events, and a consistent prevention message for more than a decade, Blasi was able to systematically reduce the number of abandoned campfires and, therefore, the overall number of human-caused wildfires.

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“Because of the support of fire managers, Kaibab National Forest leadership, the community and public, we have been able to go beyond just re-introducing fire into the ecosystem, to take it to the next level and demonstrate how when fire is managed responsibly, it becomes an integral part of obtaining desired forest health,” Blasi said. “This is the proof in the pudding. The more fire treatments we are able to successfully implement, the better chance we have of reducing and ultimately eliminating unwanted human-caused fire in our part of the forest.”

While focused fire prevention efforts have decreased the number of abandoned campfires in the Tusayan area, the challenge of eliminating all human-caused fires will continue. Each fire season brings a unique set of challenges including millions of new visitors to a popular tourist destination.

“If I were to designate one goal for the future, it would be that this record never last 50 years again,” Blasi said. “Eliminating human-caused fires is attainable through education, prevention and good stewardship.”

Fire On Highway 17 Near Summit

5:30 pm – Residents living in the Redwood Estates area are being asked to evacuate because of a wildfire, but Highway 17 is partially opened.

3:30 pm – Fire has shut down Highway 17 until further notice. From the CHP website:

[46] 24-D3 4 FIRE TRKS NEG COMMAND POST [Shared]
3:32 PM 22 [43] [Notification] [CHP]-[104] PER 171B HAVE FSP ROLL THRU THE TRAFFIC TO SEE IF ANY DISABLED VEHS THANLS [Shared] [Shared]
3:32 PM 21 [42] PER 171B HAVE FSP ROLL THRU THE TRAFFIC TO SEE IF ANY DISABLED VEHS THANLS [Shared]
3:32 PM 20 [41] 26-S3 COPIED /REQ TO NOTIFY WHEN HAVE A TIME ON CLOSURE [Shared]
3:30 PM 19 [39] PER 171B HAVE THE SIGNS READ SB 17 CLOSED AHEAD UNK ETA [Shared]
3:29 PM 18 [38] 1039 DOTCC LINE 97 [Shared]
3:28 PM 17 [33] [Notification] [CHP]-B26-024 WILL DIVERT NB SR17 TRFC TO SUMMIT WHEN 1097 – 24B HAS AN EXTENDED ETA [Shared]
3:27 PM 16 [32] [Notification] [CHP]-WHICH IS WHY THEY ARE REQ NB 17 AT THE SUMMIT BE COMPLETELY CLOSED [Shared]
3:27 PM 15 [31] [Notification] [CHP]-PER GGCC, FIRE AFRAID BURNING TREES WILL COME ONTO ONTO VEHS [Shared]
3:25 PM 14 [27] 83B TO DIVERT TRAFFIC OFF AT BEAR CREEK TO DIVERT TRAFFIC TO BEAR CRK [Shared]
3:25 PM 13 [25] 1039 GG TMC – SIGNS ARE ON [Shared]
3:24 PM 12 [21] TRAFFIC BACKED UP TO THE CATS [Shared]
3:24 PM 11 [15] RP ADV FIRE UP NEAR MOODY CURVE ? [Shared]
3:24 PM 10 [14] 1039 DOTCC [Shared]
3:23 PM 9 [10] PER S8 HAVE DOT TO RESP FOR HARD CLOSURE AND TO CHECK THE TREES THAT ARE BURNING AND THEY MAY FALL INTO THE RDWY WILL HAVE BOTH NB AND SB CLOSED ALSO ETA PLS [Shared]
3:23 PM 8 [13] [Appended, 15:24:03] [3] REQ TRAFFIC BREAK’S [Shared]
3:22 PM 7 [12] [Appended, 15:24:03] [2] RP ADV OF FIRE TK’S STUCK IN TRAFFIC [Shared]
3:21 PM 6 [11] [Appended, 15:24:03] [1] FIRE UP ON HILLSIDE [Shared]
3:21 PM 5 [20] [Appended, 15:24:28] [5] FIRE ADV 97 [Shared]
3:20 PM 4 [18] [Appended, 15:24:28] [3] XFER FIRE [Shared]
3:20 PM 3 [17] [Appended, 15:24:28] [2] TO RHS [Shared]
3:19 PM 2 [2] PER GG, CAL FIRE REQ WE SHUT DOWN NB 17 AT SUMMIT
3:19 PM 1 [1] CFIRE STARTED THE HILLSIDE ON FIRE AT REDWOOD ESTATES

Fire near Paso Robles

6:30 pm – 75 acres and 50% containment. It’s a wrap.

3:33 PM 12 [35] G14 CLOSED AT CHIMNEY ROCK

3:00pm – There is a fire near Frazier RD and Nacimiento Lake RD. That is currently 10 acres. SLU has sent: .B3413, AA340, T75, T12, H512, HT795, Engs. 33, 3482, 4694, 4684, 3484,3470, 8991, WT50, D3442 an 41, Cuesta crews 3 an 5, Eng 3477, 3481 and another from Templeton, T-80 is also on this fire.

Here is a photo from KSBY which is covering the fire:

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Monday Morning’s illegal campfire list

Much more ticketing, educating, and anguish for today. When will they ever learn? When will they ever learn? (Peter, Paul, and Mary – Where have all the flowers gone?)

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17 illegal campfires on the South Coast Sunday morning

I just don’t understand this … It is hotter than Darwin, as dry as the Mojave and people are having campfires? What is wrong with people?? And people wonder why those of us who live here don’t want any dispersed camping? Being constantly on edge that someone is going to “accidentally” burn us out is nerve wracking. This is absolutely nuts. I give up. We can’t educate those who don’t want to be, and they WAY out number the ones who do.

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Wilderness

I found this online and thought it would be a good reminder for those who come here to share in the beauty that is Big Sur. It seems especially aprapro when observing the devastating wildfire now raging, fortunately not too close:

“The eyes of the future are looking back at us and they are praying for us to see beyond our own time.

…To protect what is wild is to protect what is gentle.

Perhaps the wilderness we fear is the pause between our own heartbeats, the silent space that says we live only by grace.

Wilderness lives by this same grace.

Wild mercy is in our hands.”

-Terry Tempest Williams, Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place

Eight years ago today …

The Gallery Fire in Big Sur was started by lightning. It morphed into the Basin Complex. It charred much of the back country and took out homes as well. It was a horrible time, but we pulled together and became stronger.

I started this blog as a result of this fire. Many of you do not know the story behind the creation of this blog, so on Independence Day, I will retell that story. Stay tuned.

New Fire in Bradley

5:30 pm – Southern Monterey County. Actually called the “New” Fire as it is on New Pleyto. I have no size up at this time. There is also a vehicle fire in Lockwood which had to request a response from SLU, as no Monterey units available. First day of summer, and fire season is roaring. 10-12 current fires with 3000 firefighters on the line in the state currently. H-406 on its way.