Brush Fire – King City, 9/30/17

3 pm – no longer on CHP site, and nothing further anywhere else, so it is over or being wrapped up.

Incident: 00258 Type: Report of Fire Location: Us101 N / Central Loc Desc: NB 101 AT CENTRAL Lat/Lon: 36.233611 -121.174444
Detail Information
12:41 PM 2 [2] BRUSH FIRE
12:41 PM 1 [1] FIRE ENRT

I am just crossing FHL, so will catch up with this when I get home.

Rucker Fire – wildfire near Lompoc, 9/29/17

8 pm – all evac orders lifted. All roads open.

5:30 pm – looks like chain or catalytic converter, frankly. Could be arson, but unusual if it is.


4:20 pm – Evacuation area is rucker rd east to Harris grade, north to la pursima, including all of north mission hills and cebada canyon. 300 acres

4 pm – It started about 1 and 1/2 hours ago. Air Attack is reporting there are 7 fires, they have not burned together yet. This is all up in the Burton Mesa, La Purisma Mission and Harris Grade area, and is burning in heavy Burton Mesa chapparal. It has a light breeze out of the weat. Anyone who knows this area knows that the winds generally pick up in the evening and come in pretty hard from Vandenberg.

LPF has dispatched a strike team of engines, Dozer 4, AG hotshots, LP hotshots, H-527 and AA07. Lots going on.

Here are 3 photos:




Fire & Rain – Honor BSVFB


Over 40 Years of Fire Protection ~ Rescue ~ Emergency Medical Services

Contact: Lana Weeks,

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 20, 2017

Big Sur Volunteer Fire Brigade is Being Honored Saturday October 21 at Rancho Grande in Big Sur

Big Sur, CA – The Big Sur Volunteer Fire Brigade (BSVFB) is being honored Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 2:00 pm at Rancho Grande in Big Sur. The event honors the firefighters for their time, talent, and passion for helping others. BSVFB was instrumental in helping to build the Pfeiffer Canyon Bypass Trail this winter on top of their fire protection, rescue and emergency medical services.

Food for the event will be created by Executive Chef Paul Corsentino of Ventana Big Sur and wine will be provided by Steve McIntyre of McIntyre Vineyards. The program begins at 3:30 pm with Masters of Ceremony Chief Emeritus Frank Pinney and John Handy.

Tickets are $100 per person and are limited. All proceeds benefit the Volunteer Fire Brigade.

The mission of the Big Sur Volunteer Fire Brigade is to provide dependable fire protection and emergency services for Big Sur with teamwork, respect and integrity. The Big Sur Volunteer Fire Brigade was formed in 1974 to provide structure fire protection for the residents and businesses in the Big Sur area. The Brigade now provides both structure and wildland fire protection, along with rescue and emergency medical response for the Big Sur community and its over 4 million annual visitors. The Brigade remains an all-volunteer company, with about 20 members, responding to an area which covers almost 60 miles of coastline along Highway One.

Fire and Rain

An event honoring The Big Sur Volunteer Fire Brigade

Saturday, October 21, 2017 2:00 pm

Rancho Grande, Big Sur

$100 per person

Tickets, log on to: or call Brown Paper Tickets at 1-800-838-3006

By-pass trail parking for locals

The parking area at Big Sur Station for local residents who are using the bypass trail is at full capacity and demand for available spots is increasing with additional employees and contractors being recalled to work on the south side in anticipation of the upcoming opening of Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge. Additionally, with this additional demand for parking, there has been an increase in illegal parking in the fire lanes and in or near environmentally sensitive habitat.

As there is no additional parking available at this location, the Big Sur Chamber of Commerce and the Los Padres National Forest Association are urging employees, contractors, and residents to carpool whenever possible and to only park in designated parking areas.

Thank you,

Kirk Gafill

Highway Closure Update, 9/25/17

Photos: 1of Mud Creek (PM 8.9) from last Tuesday, Sept. 19, aerial courtesy of John Madonna. 2-3 of Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge (PM 45.52) showing the bridge deck pour from last Friday night, Sept. 22. Bridge deck pour video, courtesy of Kyle Evans at:

PM 8.9 Mud Creek by John Madonna 9.19.17PM 45.52 PCB Deck Pour-1 9.22.17PM 45.52 PCB Deck Pour-2 9.22.17

HIGHWAY 1 UPDATE – Monday, Sept. 25:

Highway 1 in Monterey County continues to provide 35 total miles of Hwy. 1 to the public from south of Gorda (PM 10) to just south of Pfeiffer Canyon (PM 45.5), accessible only via Nacimiento-Fergusson Road. State Route 1 remains closed from north of Salmon (just south of the Ranger Station (PM 3) to just south of Gorda (PM 10) due to the Mud Creek event. State Route 1 south of Salmon Creek is accessible via State Route 1 in San Luis Obispo County, past Ragged Point to Salmon Creek.

REMINDER: Travelers CANNOT travel the entire length of Highway 1 but local businesses are open on both sides of the closure points at Pfeiffer Canyon and Salmon Creek.

Mud Creek (PM 8.9)
Mud Creek had a major slide on Saturday, May 20, 2017, losing 5 million cubic yards of material. Caltrans continues with its plan to realign the existing terrain. The projected timeline to safely open to public traffic is late-summer 2018 at an estimated cost of $40 million.

There is currently no public access through the Mud Creek area since this remains an active construction zone.

Paul’s Slide (PM 21.6)
Paul’s Slide is still active but the 24/7 one-way reversing traffic control with flaggers has been replaced by a traffic signal and temporary guardrail (k-rail) in the centerline.

Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge [PCB] (PM 45.52)
The bridge construction continues with the preparation to cast the approach slab at abutment 2 (north side); setting of bridge rail posts; stripping of forms and roadway grading at Abutment 1 (south side). The opening of the new bridge is scheduled in mid-October.

Caltrans reminds motorists to move over and slow down when driving through highway work 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 1-831-423-0396 or can visit our website at:

Autumnal Equinox, 9/22/17

Fall is officially here…

Last night I dragged my down comforter out of storage and put on the duvet cover. I brought in firewood to the house to be ready for my first fire, once the rains start. I have filled up my outside bin, I am moving some of my firewood stash closer to the house, and am beginning to work on obtaining more.

Fall is definitely here.



Huasna Fire, SLO Co. 9/20/17

9 pm UPDATE: 244 acres and 45% contained.


Photo by Cal Fire – SLO

3 pm UPDATE: “40-50 acres. Holding within the retardant at this time.” They put 6 tankers on this one right away.

Firefighters are battling a 30 acre fire off Huasna Townsite Rd & Huasna Rd, Huasna (San Luis Obispo County). #HuasnaFire. If SLOStringer were here, we would have photos any minute. Instead, we make do with this map.


Reminder – Concrete Pour at Bridge


Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge [PCB] (PM 45.52)
The bridge construction continues. Diaphragm concrete pour took place last Friday, Sept. 15 and prep work continues for the bridge deck pour this Friday night, Sept. 22 beginning approximately 9 pm. NOTE: work will be light on Friday during daytime hours as the concrete pour will take place overnight; trucks will be delivering concrete to the jobsite along State Route 1 from to Sand City and back—there will be noise from back up alarms, pumps and other equipment through Saturday, Sept. 23. The opening of the new bridge is scheduled in mid-October.

Photo below shows diaphragm concrete pour from last Friday, Sept. 15—courtesy of Kyle Evans.