Fire in Palo Colorado Canyon

11 on – On highway One looking south from Palo Colorado Canyon

10:30 Pm taken by Harmony d’Angelo:

10:15 pm —- Photo below From Deena Angelic. Info from a variety of sources, including the chp website. The fire has jumped the highway in this location near the rocky creek viaduct and is now burning on both sides of the highway. There is a hard closure at Rio Rd and at Andrew Molera.

Early reports are that it started at the Hains property behind the Mid Coast Fire Station and went into the vegetation and the winds are pushing it toward the coast One report: “Message from upper Greenridge. Large fire just started above the fire staton. Massive flames visible at the residence up their. I believe it’s the Hain Allen property. Heavy winds blowing offshore right now, so it’s moving towards the coast, but it’s blowing up big time and heading west.” Remember, early reports are not always accurate. But I have heard from at least 3 people it was at the Hains propery.

Here is a photo, but I don’t have a photographer’s name, yet.

Sounds like it’s pushing into Rocky Canyon, Bixby Canyon and Palo. Evacs on Bixby. Not looking good. Here is a photo from Long Ridge:

Highway One report as of 1/21

Date:Friday, January 21, 2022
District:05 – Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Cruz Counties
Contact:Kevin Drabinski or Jim Shivers
Phone:(805) 549-3138 or (805) 549-3237




MONTEREY COUNTY – Emergency work to repair damage caused by mid-December storms continues Highway 1 on the Big Sur coast.

Work on Highway 1 at Polar Star, one mile south of Ragged Point in San Luis Obispo County, will continue with traffic control and daytime delays of up to 15 minutes through Saturday January 22. Repairs at Polar Star are being made under a $1.8 million emergency contract with Souza Construction.

Emergency repair work will begin at Cow Cliffs in Monterey County (PM 28.2) on Monday January 24. Permanent repairs will be made to the rockfall netting which was impacted by the mid-December storms. This location is approximately one mile north of the Big Creek Vista Point.

Travelers can expect one-way reversing traffic control at Cow Cliffs, Monday thru Friday, between 7 am and 5 pm, with delays of up to 15 minutes beginning Monday January 24. Work at this location is expected to continue for three weeks, weather permitting.

Message and directional signs will be in place to alert travelers in the area.

The emergency repair work at Cow Cliffs (PM 28.2) is being accomplished under a $1.3 million emergency contract with Papich Construction.

Even with this weekday traffic control in place, Highway 1 remains fully accessible from the Monterey Peninsula, through Big Sur, and south to Cambria and Morro Bay.




MONTEREY COUNTY – Travelers on north and southbound Highway 1 near Garrapata State Park (PM 66.5) will encounter one-way reversing traffic control next week.

Travelers will encounter one-way reversing traffic control on Highway 1 at Garrapata State Park on Monday Jan. 24, Wednesday Jan 26, and Thursday Jan 27, from 8:30 am to 2 pm.

Travelers can expect a delay of up to 5 minutes.

Message and directional signs will be in place to alert travelers.

Please allow extra time for your commute through the area.

With this traffic control in place, Caltrans maintenance teams will be able to clear slide material and debris from recent storms for the safety of all travelers.

Building the Rock Shed

After I republished a “memory” on FB and had numerous questions re the Rain Rocks Rock Shed, I realized there are a lot of people who don’t know how it got here, nor why. Here are a few of the photos I took during the building of the rock shed as I drove through it or around it. I also have photos of the land bridge they constructed at the same time to allow Pitkin’s Curve to slide under the bridge. I will create another slide show of that Pitkin’s Curve bridge. Be kind, the quality of my “videos” and you tube uploads can use improvement. I am still learning how to do this stuff.

Harry Harris, I and one or two others, were on the design committee that Caltrans set up for this project. We agreed on the general design of making it look natural, like rock, and being open on the ocean side so that people would be able to see the ocean. However, we had suggested a sloped roof so that the rocks that rained down from above did not collect one he roof top. That was not implemented. I still think it turned out beautiful. The original paint of the shed was rather garish and not natural looking and had to be redone. Now, I think they nailed it.