24 thoughts on “Soberanes Fire, Day 6, 7/27/16 – Dozer Lines Maps

  1. Thank you for your hard work . I can make sense of it now. 😘 Keep safe everyone!

  2. Lots of ash in Robles. Seen worse, by unnerving. Thank you for the updates, we don’t get much info out here

  3. Interesting, the southerly map is the same as yesterday, Tyson hiked up to the Golden stairs line last night and it is three dozers wide going on up to Posts Summit. So maybe they don’t mark it on the map until it is totally complete and even wider? The Apple Pie volunteers have been doing an incredible job clearing back brush and limbing up trees, we are safer every day. Thank you All!!!!!

  4. Thank you. Is there a way to enlarge these maps so as to see better?

  5. Kate,

    Would you be available by phone for a brief interview for an article in *The San Jose Mercury News*/Bay Area News Group papers?

    We’re looking for a true local who knows the cultural/environmental ‘landscape’ of the region and has experienced other fires to comment about Soberanes.

    THANK YOU. I know how exhausted you must be. My cell is 650.793.0720.


    Lisa M. Krieger Science Writer *San Jose Mercury News*

  6. Lisa there is often a bit of a lull in the afternoon. Will that work? I desperately need a shower this am.


  7. For anyone who wants to see any map or webpage LARGER, click Control+ + (Control and your plus sign key up near your backspace key) several times and it will zoom into the map. Then when you are ready to take it back down again, hold down your Control key and click the minus or hyphen key several times.
    Best wishes from Pacific Grove.

  8. Thanks Kate. These maps help clarify so much of the information we are getting. Thank you, and take care of yourself! We need you.

  9. Adam: that map is amazing. Can you tell me what the think black lines are?

  10. Thanks! I’ll try to get it updated tomorrow morning with the new scan.

    Purple lines are the completed dozer lines, thick black ones are planned/in work. Note that that particular dataset hasn’t been updated since noon 7/26.

  11. Sasha there are 16 maps posted, plug the index. If you can’t see them the problem is on your end, because every one else can.


  12. Went to the Cal Fire Info Meeting at Big Sur Lodge tonight, Wed. July 27. Highly recommend attending one of these – you’ll get to ask any/all questions, and be around a lot of smart, well-informed people. In these times, more info is better I find.

    More meetings scheduled – Thursday is Tularcitos School (CV Village) and Friday is Carmel High School. (I believe the time for each is 6 pm – but check me on this.)

    The meeting was in the outside amphitheatre just inside Pfeiffer Big Sur state park. About 200 locals sat on the big log benches, surrounded by redwoods, near the river, and an impressive array of leaders were there to speak and answer questions (about 15 total), including head of CALFire, Head of USFS Fire, Head of Sheriff’s Department, Head of Red Cross, Head of Big Sur Fire Brigade, Head of CPOA, Supervisor Dave Potter, and a whole slew of other “heads”. As you can imagine, the mood was serious and quiet. A moment of silence was taken for the dozer driver who passed away yesterday. I was grateful to be able to thank the firefighters for risking their lives to save ours, and our homes. It was a great moment: the heart of the Big Sur community, and all the leaders who are struggling to save the land and people’s homes.

    Here are some take-aways. I’m not going to put people’s names, because I didn’t ask their permission to be quoted, but I found this info interesting:

    “The fuel (dry wood/brush) for this fire is off the charts. This 5- year drought has things so dry, that we don’t have a formula for the way this fuel will react. We usually use a 1-5 scale for planning, and this fuel is way above a 5.” (I got the distinct impression that this was anything but a “normal” fire.)

    “Sparks can travel through the air and start fires across fire breaks.”

    “The terrain is steep, rocky, hard to get to. We’ve been using methods to block the fire, and it’s outflanked us. We’re planning ahead 3-4 days now to make sure we’re ahead of the game.”

    “Please do leave when we ask you to evacuate. We have lost lots of hours of manpower due to people choosing not to leave when asked, and later needed to be helped out when it’s apparent they have to leave. Sometimes, we just need you to evacuate so that your road is absolutely clear so we don’t have to worry about hitting someone backing out of a driveway. Please work with us and leave if we ask you to. We are doing it to keep a priority on saving lives.”

    “It’s not over yet, but it will be over one day. It will end.”

    A huge point made in the meeting was this… money is what’s needed the most to help heal the people who are suffering.
    it’s now NOW that people hit hard are going to need the most help… it’s FOR THE NEXT THREE + YEARS as they need money and support to rebuild their homes and their lives.

    Money and fundraising efforts are what is needed. CPOA (Coast Property Owners Association) are a group of locals who make SURE that funds donated GO directly to people who need them, in the ways they need them the most. No middle man. If we all just gave $20.00, it would make a huge impact. Give.

    Many people at the meeting had lost their homes, but were there to find out how they could help. Lots of hugging, lots of support. Some tears. The firefighters answered questions for over an hour, being kind and gentle with everyone.

    As I walked back to my car, I felt so many emotions at once, but mostly a simple and deep respect for the people who call Big Sur their home, and the way they love and care for the land and each other. A very special group of people.

    God bless you all.

  13. Thank you so much for posting your beautifully written, emotional and informative account of the meeting.

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