I think it is important to keep in mind how crucial this mop up effort is. Even a small wind event could cause a small smouldering area to ignite. There are a number of hot spots that keep burning. It is whack-a-mole by helicopter. Thos guys are really good. I watched one circle a few times and hit the spot dead on. I talked to one of the pilots the other day, Dennis Smith from the Hollister Hellcats. Super nice guy. All of their drops are visual. They do not use any nor do they have heat sensing equipment. They will be starting to fly at night perhaps late spring and their night vision goggles will provide some heat sensing. That will be brilliant when they do start flying at night. Though they wouldn’t have been able to for the start of this fire due to high winds. My guess on filling up there, versus ocean, is to keep clear of PG&E helicopter. The current forecast has no rain through the end of the first week of February. There is a possibility of off-shore winds next week. With that said, we need to be vigilant as this fire will not truly be over until we have some good soaking rains. If you see something flare up, especially night owls, please call 911 asap and report. Crossing fingers for some good soaking rains soon but no downpours.
From Mike Doig:
From Martha Diehl: ”we had heat under the redwoods by the creek just west of Hainses yesterday; hand crews were accessing from above & below, plan at that time was for helicopter to deliver pump for creek.”
05 – Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Cruz Counties
Kevin Drabinski or Jim Shivers
(805) 549-3138 or (805) 549-3237
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TRAVELERS TO ENCOUNTER TRAFFIC CONTROL ON HIGHWAY 1
ALONG THE BIG SUR COAST
MONTEREYCOUNTY – Travelers on Highway 1 on the Big Sur coast can expect to encounter traffic control at various locations due utility work necessary as part of the follow up to the Colorado Fire, and due to planned construction and emergency repairs.
Travelers can expect intermittent delays of up to 5 minutes through Monday Jan. 31 at Palo Colorado Canyon (PM 61.5), at times when PG&E needs to carry equipment by helicopter across the highway to effect repairs to utility infrastructure.
Caltrans inspections have revealed no areas of concern to the roadway or any bridge structures as a result of the Colorado Fire. An emergency contract to repair damaged drainage facilities will be begin next week with details to follow in the coming days.
Travelers can also expect one-way traffic control at the Little Sur River (PM 55.8) for retaining wall construction, and at Garrapata Creek Bridge (PM 63) for work with bridge rehabilitation, with daytime and weekday delays of up to 10 minutes.
One-way traffic control with a 24/7 temporary signal system is in place at Granite Canyon Bridge (PM 64.4) for bridge rehabilitation work, with delays of up to 10 minutes.
Notwithstanding these areas of traffic control, travelers will find that Highway 1 remains fully accessible from the Monterey Peninsula, through Big Sur, and south to Cambria and Morro Bay.
Travelers are advised to give themselves extra time when travelling this scenic byway.
Message and directional signs will be in place to alert travelers in the area.