Fire behind Hermitage

3 pm — Forest service has made access they’re releasing 7831 and the other engines are going to be on standby helping with mop up

2:45 pm photo by Rhea Withrow who says: Yes, looks like it’s in the green island between the seefelds and hermitage. I had asked her to confirm my red circle around the area of the fire.

2 pm – from chp site:

2:04 PM8[11] 1039 BIG SUR FIRE
1:58 PM7[9] A27-012 BIG SUR FIRE HAS UNITS IN THE AREA INVESTIGATING
1:42 PM6[7] 12 / ENGINES UNABLE TO MAKE IT UP TO FIRE
1:27 PM5[6] 12 CPZ PER SCANNER FIRE ADV LUCIA LODGE REP A FIRE ON THE HILL BEHIND THEIR HOUSING
1:24 PM4[5] 1039 STATE PARKS
1:22 PM3[4] 1039 MTYCOM
1:21 PM2[3] 12 NOTIFY FIRE AND STATE PARKS
1:20 PM1[1] 12 SMOKE F/FIRE SR1 POSS NEAR HERMITAGE JSO NACIMIENTO FERGUSON NOT IN A BURN AREA AND NOT ASH
Unit Information

1:45 pm — Per scanner traffic as reported by Chris Buonocore, and calling for more resources. I can’t see anything specific, but it is pretty hazy here. Still pretty windy. Wild Cad-LPF had this:

01/19/2021 11:25LPF-139NewSmoke CheckLUCIA LODGE/HWY 1 M.PAT17ALPF...36 1.302, -121 33.05422S R4E Sec 17

I am guessing it is a reignite from the Dolan. There were lots of underground fires still happening.

High Winds

10:20 update: From CZU on Twitter…We have 2 new fires in Santa Cruz County. One is off Freedom Boulevard in Watsonville and one is in the Boulder Creek area off of Highway 9. Evacuations are being initiated.

10 am UPDATE — Advisory: Event extended (both time and area). Wind Advisory from 1/19/2021 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM PST for Monterey County, CA

Monterey County...
Old Coast Tower              71 MPH    0120 AM 01/19   36.32N/121.87W/1207
Calfire Portable 43          66 MPH    0115 AM 01/19   36.29N/121.85W/490
17.0 S Carmel Valley Vill (P 62 MPH    0310 AM 01/19   36.25N/121.79W/904
Crocker Ridge                53 MPH    0300 AM 01/19   36.06N/121.27W/2451
Moss Landing                 51 MPH    1251 AM 01/19   36.79N/121.79W/26
7.0 E Carmel Valley Vill (PG 51 MPH    0120 AM 01/19   36.53N/121.61W/3452
16.9 NW Lake Nacimiento (PGE 51 MPH    0310 AM 01/19   35.95N/121.00W/2790
Old Stage Road               51 MPH    0100 AM 01/19   36.67N/121.53W/1306
Corral De Cielo Road         49 MPH    0110 AM 01/19   36.53N/121.62W/3385

Quite a bit of haze, but I have been told it is dust and ash from the summer’s fires kicking up, not new ones. In Santa Cruz, downed power lines have caused a minimum of 4 fires, most put out by locals. Highway 9 is closed due to downed power lines, and I am told there is no power in Big Sur Valley. Welcome to Tuesday. In 24 and 1/2 hours we will have a new president.