Tourist Tuesday, 11/28/17

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For years, the Grove of Titans was barely more than a myth. Incredibly old. Incredibly large. And incredibly hard to find.

It used to be that the grouping of eight old-growth redwood trees deep within Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park near Crescent City (Del Norte County) could be reached only by following clues in a book about tree hunters. There were no direct hiking trails, and the nearest road was miles away.
Then, in 2011, someone uploaded a geotag marking the trees’ location online. As many as 50 people a day began finding their way to the grove and loving it to death.

 

The onslaught of tourists bushwhacking through the rain forest is slowly killing the giant trees, park officials say. The damage can be reversed by building elevated walkways and viewing platforms, similar to the ones used at Muir Woods, they say. But it’s going to cost more than $1.4 million.

For the rest of the article, go here: http://www.sfchronicle.com/news/article/Hard-to-find-redwood-grove-no-longer-so-elusive-12384988.php

(Thanks to Susan Layne for pointing me to this article. I felt it was so important, I delayed the others I had planned on posting.)

STRs in Big Sur Land Use Plan area withdrawn from Planning Commission meeting

This is a long letter, but I feel important enough to post in full. Because of the way they are formatted, I must post as images. It is just over 3 pages.

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Highway One Closure Update, 11/27/17

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

Last week, the contractor continued placing rock revetment, working from the north going south and will place rock revetment across the entire toe. Also, construction continues of the south fill embankment. These same operations will this week.

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

Paul’s Slide (PM 21.6)
Paul’s Slide is still active but the 24/7 traffic signal remains in place and temporary guardrail (k-rail) in the centerline. PLEASE BE ADVISED: There will be no access through Paul’s Slide due to paving on Thursday, Nov. 30 from 7:30 am to 4 pm—gates will be closed north and south of Paul’s and roadway will be impassable at this location during this time only; the only access will be from the north.

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Missing Hiker at Salmon Creek, 11/27/17-FOUND BY CHP HELICOPTER

UPDATE, HE HAS BEEN RESCUED AND IS IN GOOD HEALTH.

My husband, David Laiho, went missing hiking in Big Sur. He started at and planned to finish at the Salmon Creek trailhead. The last time we talked was Wednesday, November 22 at noon. He was supposed to be back Saturday, November 25 in the morning. His car was found still at the trailhead. The Monterey Sheriff’s Department and Search and Rescue are already involved. Is it possible to post to your site to see if anyone saw him during this period? And if so, could they provide information as to when and where? I have attached two pictures of him.

If you see or know the where David is located please contact Monterey County Sheriffs Search and Rescue at (831) 647-7911.

May be related: A lot of helicopter action up here today.

Brush Fire, SR 25, 3 miles from MoCo and San Benito County Line

Details 00249 4:42 PM Car Fire CRG13 / SR25 BITTERWATER JWO SR25 King City
Incident: 00249 Type: Car Fire Location: CRG13 / SR25 Loc Desc: BITTERWATER JWO SR25 Lat/Lon: 36.380550 -121.001290
Detail Information
6:31 PM 21 [39] 8-42 CLOSURE 3 MILES JEO OF MONTEREY SAN BENITO CO LINE
6:05 PM 20 [36] 1039 S1 ON CELL, CPYS ALL VIA CELL
6:02 PM 19 [35] A8-042 ADVS S1 THAT RDWY CLOSED AND 1181
5:40 PM 18 [34] 1039 OFC, UNITS LOADING UP
5:35 PM 17 [30] A8-042 INFO RDWY CLOSED FOR FIRE 1039 OFC AND HAVE CWATCH OUT FOR TFRC CONTROL AT CLOSURE
5:31 PM 16 [32] [Appended, 17:36:35] [2] LARGE SMOKE CLOUDS
5:31 PM 15 [31] [Appended, 17:36:35] [1] FIRE IN GILLS
5:29 PM 14 [26] [Appended, 17:29:52] [1] RP CAN SEE THE GLOW F/BITTERWATER CFIRE
5:27 PM 13 [25] [Rotation Request Comment] 1039 MIKES TOW FOR FB 831-385-5500
5:24 PM 12 [23] ALWAYS TOW DOES NOT HAVE FB AVAIL- STILL ENRT W/MED DUTY
5:23 PM 11 [22] [Notification] [CHP]-FLAMES NOW VISIBLE F/101 GREENFIELD
5:15 PM 10 [20] [Rotation Request Comment] 1039 ALWAYS 831-424-8698 W/FLTBED, AND MED
5:15 PM 9 [19] [Notification] [CHP]-PER CALIFIRE BETTER 1020 ON BITTERWATER 2 MI’S JWO AIRLINE // FIRE IS BURNING APROX 10 ACRES NOW
5:13 PM 8 [18] A8-042 REQ 1185 FLTBED FOR HOND AND 2ND 1185 MED FOR CHEV PK TK W/ HORSE TL W/1 COW
5:02 PM 7 [15] [Notification] [CHP]-PER CALFIRE, THERE IS A VEG FIRE STARTING F/THE VEH FIRE, APROX 1 ACRE, POTENTIALLY UP TO 10 ACRES // APROX 2 MI’S INTO SAN BENITO COUNTY ON AIRLINE
5:00 PM 6 [14] 1039 MTRY COM , FOR 1141
4:57 PM 5 [12] CORR POSS A VEH VS TK W/HORSE TL NFI
4:56 PM 4 [11] 42 NEAR SAN BENITO CO LINE AND PASSING FIRE
4:54 PM 3 [10] POSS A TC VEH VS HORSE TL
4:54 PM 2 [8] PER MTRY COM, PER DUPE RP CLOSER TO 25 , FIRE NOT YET 97, ALSO A TL INLVD
4:43 PM 1 [1] FIRE ENRT
Unit Information

Vegetation Fire – VAFB & Highway One – Encellados Incident

Noon update: Here is where the fire is, sent to me by Bill Cox:

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And here is another photo, also by Bill Cox:

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11:30 am – update – 6 tankers out of Paso Robles flying this one. LPF WildCAD is reporting 200 acres. I have not been able to get on the wildlandfire website for any further details.

Photo by Bill Cox who will send a report in 15-30 mins. Bill says VLAT on its way.

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Incident: 00028 Type: Report of Fire Location: San Antonio Rd E / Sr1 Loc Desc: Lat/Lon: 34.774947 -120.487170
Detail Information
9:16 AM 4 [6] FIRE POSS 97 NOW
9:15 AM 3 [5] 1039 VAFB
9:04 AM 2 [2] 1039 VAFB ADV THEY HAVE CREWS ENRT FOR VEG FIRE
9:04 AM 1 [1] 3-55 INQ W/VAFB IF FIRE JWO SAN ANTONIO

Encellados is the incident name.

 

 

NZ’s Highway One about to re-open

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Extensive road works will eventually lead to the reopening of State Highway 1 north of Kaikōura on December 15. The exact time of the opening is yet to be determined.

The earthquake-stricken State Highway 1 will open for 13-and-a-half hours a day while rebuild work continues.

The NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) on Monday confirmed the highway north and south of Kaikōura would open from 7am to 8.30pm daily once the road reopened to the public on December 15.

NZTA earthquake recovery manager Tim Crow said the night-time closures were needed because several sites would still be under construction.

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One of the slip sites above State Highway 1 south of Kaikōura.

Some surfaces would still be unsealed, and there would be lane closures and stop/go traffic controls on parts of the road.

SH1 would be closed overnight north of Kaikōura between Clarence and Mangamaunu, and south of Kaikōura between Goose Bay and Peketa.

The number of worksites on SH1 would be reduced between December 15 and January 7 to help with traffic flow, but would ramp up again after the holidays.

“We’re committed to reopening the road in time for the holidays so that local residents and visitors can make their way up and down the coastal corridor,” Crow said.

“We want to ensure that people’s journeys are as smooth and reliable as possible over the holiday period, and we also want to give the road crews a well-deserved break. From 8 January we’ll be back working at full capacity to finish and improve the road.”