Tower Fire – Cuesta Grade, SLO

9 pm – Tower fire (update) fire holding at approx 60 acres. 45 to 50% contained. Crews working through the night on containment.

6 pm – will continue to follow this fire, but a fire closer to home in Carmel Valley needs my attention. I’ll check back later on this one.

5:00 pm -100 acres. AA reports he has Tankers 12, 16, 82, 75, 80 and Helo 530….all were diverted from the Alamo fire to the Tower Fire

4:45 pm – 30 acres, dangerous rate of spread.

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Fires in SLO Co & Santa Cruz Co – Alamo Fire

6 pm – I have a fire in CV on Chamisal Pass I need to follow, so won’t be doing but maybe one more update tonight on this one. Also following the Tower Fire on Cuesta Grade.

5:30 pm –

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Smoke from the Alamo Fire seen from above Friday afternoon. (San Luis Obispo City Fire Department photo)

4:30 pm – Alamo is up to 3,000, a gain of 2500 acres in 1/2 an hour. mandatory evac for Blazing Saddles Road underway

4 pm – Santa Cruz fire stopped at 2 acres, but the Alamo Fire went nuclear and doubled in less than an hour.

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Flames from the Alamo Fire are visible from the Santa Maria Mesa area. (Janene Scully / Noozhawk photo)

3:00 pm  – The fire in SLO Co started yesterday and is called Alamo Fire. It is 250 acres, but with 1/4 mile spotting and a dangerous rate of spread and looks to be blowing up at this hour. 7 hours ago, it was basically a done deal, they thought. Now it is anything but. It is off of EB SR 166 near Alamo Creek. It is currently burning in both SLO Co. and SB Co.

#AlamoIC (update) incident commander ordering evacuations for the Tepusquet Blazzing Saddles area. Orders being given by Santa Barbara Cnty

Winds caused it to jump the lines, it has crossed hwy 166.

This is from the roof of the Santa Maria PD this afternoon:

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And in Santa Cruz, a fire started out by the Golf Course about an hour ago. Here is what CHP posted.

2:49 PM 16 [32] ***UPPER PARK AT BRANICORTE AND UPPER PARK AT ARMORY ARE CLOSED DOWN BY SCRZ PD
2:15 PM 15 [9] B26-015 FIRE APPEARS JNO GOLF OCURSE / FIRE STAGING IN GOLF COURSE
2:11 PM 14 [26] [Appended, 14:23:15] [16] [Appended, 14:11:44] [4] PER RP MAY BE ASSOC W/ DE LAVEAGA FIRE – NETCOM ADVSD RP FIRE IS SPREADING RAPIDLY
2:11 PM 13 [25] [Appended, 14:23:15] [15] [Appended, 14:11:44] [3] RP ADV THIS MAY BE ASSOC W/ DE LAVEAGA PARK FIRE RP UNSURE
2:10 PM 12 [23] [Appended, 14:23:15] [13] [Appended, 14:11:44] [1] RP SEES COLUMN OF SMOKE FM NEW BRIGHTON BEACH NORHT TWRDS APTS OF NEW BRIGHTON BEACDH
2:08 PM 11 [8] PER RP THIS IS SEPERATE FM DE LAVEAGA FIRE
2:07 PM 10 [7] B26-015 24 / NUMEROUS FIRE ENGINES
2:07 PM 9 [20] [Appended, 14:23:15] [8] [Appended, 14:08:34] [4] RP ADV FIRE IS VISIBLE FM WATER ST
2:07 PM 8 [19] [Appended, 14:23:15] [7] [Appended, 14:08:34] [3] NETCOM ADV WILDLAND FIRE IS ONGOING
2:07 PM 7 [18] [Appended, 14:23:15] [6] [Appended, 14:08:34] [2] SMOKE SEEN FM HILLS NEAR DE LAVEAGA PARK
2:06 PM 6 [17] [Appended, 14:23:15] [5] [Appended, 14:08:34] [1] FIRE NEAR DE LA VEAGA PARK
2:04 PM 5 [5] FIRE IS 400 YARDS FM RP’S HOUSE
2:03 PM 4 [16] [Appended, 14:23:15] [10] [Appended, 14:09:47] [1] TRANS TO NET COM
2:03 PM 3 [3] RP SEES LRG AMT OF GRY/WHI SMOKE
2:02 PM 2 [1] FIRE IN SCZ MOUNTAINS
2:00 PM 1 [13] [Appended, 14:23:15] [1] BLK SMOKE SEEN

Highway Closure Update, 7/7/17

Photos below of 1) Mud Creek (PM 8.9) Amazing aerial, courtesy of John Madonna from May 28. 2 and 3) Paul’s Slide (PM 21.6) photo from yesterday. 4) Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge (PM 45.52)– Casting Abutment 1 back wall, rebar installation and iron worker trimming long vertical bars.

*NO MAJOR CONVOYS SCHEDULED FOR NEXT WEEK (JULY 10-14)*

HIGHWAY 1 UPDATE – FRIDAY, JULY 7:

STATE ROUTE 1 CLOSURE FROM NORTH OF SALMON CREEK (JUST SOUTH OF THE RANGER STATION [PM 3])TO THE MAF (PM 46.35), NORTH OF THE PFEIFFER CANYON BRIDGE CONSTRUCTION IN MON COUNTY.

PAUL’S SLIDE ON STATE ROUTE 1 CONTINUES WITH USUAL ACCESS SCHEDULE TO LOCAL RESIDENTS/DELIVERIES. WE WILL CONTINUE RE-ASSESSING AND AN UPDATE PROVIDED BY MID-DAY MONDAY, JULY 10 (See Update under “Paul’s Slide” for more details.)
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STATE ROUTE 1 REMAINS FULLY CLOSED IN BOTH DIRECTIONS AT MUD CREEK DUE TO CONTINUED SLIDE ACTIVITY. DELIVERY VEHICLES AND LOCAL RESIDENTS WILL NEED TO USE NACIMIENTO-FERGUSSON TO EXIT SOUTH OR TO CLEAR THE ACCESS TIMES AT PAUL’S SLIDE.

THE INFORMATION BELOW IS FOR LOCAL RESIDENTS AND DELIVERY VEHICLES ONLY;THE ONLY ACCESS TO THE PUBLIC HAS CHANGED AND IS SHOWN BELOW.

Public Access on Highway 1 now at two locations:
The closure has moved up five miles to the north from Ragged Point (Slo PM 72.87) to north of Salmon Creek and just south of the Ranger Station (Mon PM 3.0).
Using Nacimiento-Fergusson, will be to Gorda (PM 10) to the south and to Limekiln State Park (PM 20.76) to the north.
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Mud Creek (PM 8.9) – MUD CREEK HAD A MAJOR SLIDE/SLIP OUT AT 9:30 PM, SATURDAY, MAY 20 – IT LOST MILLIONS OF CUBIC YARDS OF MATERIAL. GEOTECHNICAL AND RADAR ASSESSMENTS CONTINUE AT THE SITE AND INCLUDES: FIELD MAPPING, RADAR MONITORING, REVIEW OF USGS PHOTOGRAMMETRIC SURVEY DATA AND BORINGS. IT REMAINS IMPASSABLE UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

Paul’s Slide (PM 21.6) – CONTINUES WITH USUAL ACCESS SCHEDULE TO LOCAL RESIDENTS/DELIVERIES.

12:00PM Monday / Wednesday / Friday– A single caravan south and a single caravan north, you must be in line by noon! There may be up to 45 minute delay to clear the road before the opening.

Delivery vehicles (Restriction is 30 feet maximum length and 50,000 lbs. maximum weight) can now use all access windows 7 days a week.

Access times for the morning and evening are still the same except for Friday:

5:30AM to 6:00AM and 7:00PM to 7:30PM – Sat.-Thurs.

Friday’s hours: 5:30AM – 8:00AM and 6:00PM to 7:30PM

The noon opening will be for PAUL’S SLIDE ONLY, (NOT MUD CREEK); you will need to use Nacimiento-Fergusson Road to exit the coast.

The targeted “public access” date is currently mid-July (July 15-20), dependent on roadway conditions and slide activity. A closer date will be determined next week.

Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge [PCB] (PM 45.52)
Girders continue to be fabricated in Vallejo, CA and are being sent to Linden, CA (near Stockton) for painting before being trucked over to the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge construction site.
Temporary Tower completion and welding
Mud Creek assessment progress continues but is closed until further notice. We continue to bring convoys with 10-wheelers containing loads of material: gravel, sand, equipment and other items via convoys through Nacimiento-Fergusson with CHP escorts – the next convoy is yet to be determined.

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