More Colorado Fire photos, 1/23/22

These are also from the night the fire started from Clay Jackson under Bixby looking up at the ridge with the glass house. They are gorgeous!

This first photo is from the night the fire started. This is from Green Ridge on Palo Colorado rd looking west, towards where the first started. This was taken at 8:44pm
– Beth Portesi, resident of Palo Colorado

I was too tired Friday to ge to it, and Saturday it got buried in my inbox, but it is such a good dramatic photo, I want to give everyone the chance to see it.


These first photos are by Mike Doig. He added short descriptions to some of them with which I will caption the photos.

On the east side, 4 planes worked it with 2 drops each
Hain’s pond where helicopters were filing up
Getting smoky
Last few retardant drops were closer to the ocean
South view, the fire camp on the left, Division Knoll in the middle. The helicopter has been working that second ridge. 
North looks pretty good

And here are Blain Vandenberg’s photos:

A lot less fire action at noon than at dawn. With all of the air support and hand crews it seems like this eastern ridge isn’t too far from being contained.
Many a pink strip on the hillside! 
We don’t have a view further down the Rocky Creek drainage, but did see the planes take quite a few low passes of retardant that way

Boil Water Notice and Water after a Wildfire Information



Failure to follow this advisory could result in stomach or intestinal illness.

Due to potential damage to your water system infrastructure from the fire and/or loss of pressure from a power outage, Monterey County Health Department is advising water system users to use boiled tap water or bottled water for drinking and cooking purposes as a safety precaution.

DO NOT DRINK THE WATER WITHOUT BOILING IT FIRST. Bring all water to a boil, let it boil for one (1) minute, and let it cool before using, or use bottled water. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking and food preparation until further notice.  Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water.  [

This notice shall remain in place until it has been determined that your water supply is safe to drink.

For more information call:

Water System Contact               phone number

Monterey County Health Department – 831-755-4505

Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly. 


After a Wild Fire – Your Water Supply

Boil your water until you have completed an assessment, made any necessary repairs, and sample results show the water is absent for coliform.  If system lost pressure or repairs are made, complete disinfection process before testing.  See disinfection and boil water order instructions


For physical damage or a loss in pressure, perform a visual inspection of your well, spring, or surface water intake and all other pipes and appurtenances which work together to bring water into your household. The things you should be looking for include:

~Damage to electrical wires and connectors which supply power to your water system

~Damage to above ground PVC pipes used with the well to bring water to your home

~Damage to well houses and equipment such as chlorinators, filters, or controls

~Damage to sanitary seal or damage to surface water intake structure

~Damage to pressure tanks which could have been caused by exposure to excessive heat

~Damage to storage tanks, vents and overflow pipes

If any damage is found, you should contact the appropriate licensed contractor or

driller to repair the damage.

The water system should be disinfected, instructions available on

OUT OF WATER- If you source is damaged or no power is available, but you have a usable storage tank, water can be hauled by a licensed vendor•

Plan for a storm event:

If your water clarity is affected by typical rain events, we advise the well to be turned off and surface water systems to​close or remove intake structure. This will prevent clogging and introduction of debris into the water system

Know your neighbor – Get to know neighboring water systems, plan on how neighboring water systems can help each other during an emergency. 

Create storage: create 5-10 days of water storage. While it may be difficult to do this alone, if neighboring systems join together it is possible.

What to expect of the surface water source after a storm event:

~Sediment – the first few storms will carry sediment loads up to 10 times normal

~Flow volume- Due to the loss of vegetation, the flows will be up to 2 times greater than before

~Flow Rate – The high sediment causes a smoother faster flow.  This quick speed can cause quick transfer of debris

~Ash- Ash can clog pipes and become a haven for breeding microbes, chlorine reacts with ash to form by products that are harmful.

~Changes in taste, color, odor- you may notice that your water tastes or smells earthy, smoky or burnt and you may need to thoroughly flush your water lines.

For more information, questions, or concerns please contact Environmental Health Bureau at (831)-755-4507

Colorado Fire, Day 3, 1/23/22

Sunday, January 23, 2022 11:50 AM
Dear Community,
Per Chief Harris, Big Sur Fire:
Highway 1 remains closed, and is anticipated to remain closed through Monday, January 24, 2022, with IC continually evaluating conditions and opportunities to restore access. Initial planning is for a convoy system for vendors and residents as early as Monday evening, January 24, 2022.
Given uncertain nature of conditions, Monday evening convoy is not to be relied upon, but by Tuesday, January 25, 2022, convoy(s) will hopefully be in place for mid day and early evening access. Additionally, strong push to re-open highway to the public as well, though convoy(s) at this time are intended initially for business/community re-supply/access purposes.
Overall fire conditions are improving and there are substantial resources assigned to this fire.
On power front, PG&E is expected to re-energize Big Sur area by 1:00 PM today.
Please note that while I am attributing above to Chief Harris, this is a summary of our phone conversation earlier today and any errors or misstatements are solely my responsibility.
Kirk Gafill

10 am the airdrop started a few minutes ago.From Mike Doig

East side of Rocky Creek drainage, photo by Mike Doig
John Chesnut’s wonderful fire signature map

9:30 am — Aircraft beginning to arrive over the fire…

8 am — I get to start your day off with photos from last night and first light by Mike and Blain

From Mike Doig

Colorado Fire, much more active last night then we had hoped

And from Blain Vandenberg:

Unfortunately last night the fire jumped the line that everyone had worked on all day.
It’s smoldering slowly back on the east face of the slope.  Hoping that the planes are on their way this morning! 
Still feeling optimistic.
Picture from sunset last night and this morning. 

”This Coast, this Big Sur we all are so connected to in our hearts and in our blood-flow is a jewel of the elements; Earth, Air, Water, and Fire. She and we who inhabit her boundaries are touched deeply and fiercely by them, in nothing less than dramatic ways.
Our hearts are woven together as one family, now and always, through the tempermental shifts in fate and perspective this raw and wild relationship brings us.
When you stand and face the dawn, know you are not alone, but rather held, cradled by the spirits of all who have held on bravely to her cliffs.” Christian Van Allen (it was too beautiful not to share with this morning’s picture of the dawn.)