Lost Dog, Torre Canyon — South Side

Our pup Naia ran away Monday night 6/17 around 7:30pm from our friend’s home at 50510 highway 1. She was spotted just south of the home but is timid and wouldn’t come to the people who saw her. Could you please post her photo and our phone numbers? Cell is 612-219-2534 or 612-743-8997, or can call Andrew and Shelby at 831-667-2281. Thank you so much, Anastasia and Cole 

Prescribed Burn on FHL today, 6/17/19

3:30 pm — there is a lot of drift smoke coming over the Santa Lucia’s this afternoon from the controlled burn, and there looks like there may be some visibility issues on Nacimiento, so drive slowly and safely.

NOTICE: A prescribed burn will be conducted in the Mansfield training area past Stony Valley, near Nacimiento-Fergusson Road from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 17. Smoke will be visible.

McMillan Fire, 6/12/19

Detail Information
5:15 PM38[74] 9-S3 NEED DOT TO SET UP CLOSURE AT E CENTRE AND MCMILLAN / NEED CONE PATTERNS IN PLACE
5:13 PM37[73] 9-R1 AT MCMILLAN W/DOT , DIVERTING EB TRAFFIC OFF IN TO SHANDON AT E CENTRE
5:04 PM36[72] 9-S3 ONE LANE OF WB WILL BE OPEN AND DIVERTED TO E CENTRE
5:03 PM35[71] 9-R1 EB TRAFFIC CLOSED AT THE 41 / WB CLOSED AT BITTERWATER

5 pm – Fire has jumped, Highway 46 closed in both directions, evacuations, including fire personnel in process. 2000 acres and still 20% containment.

Incident:  00117   Type:    Report of Fire   Location:   SR46 / McMillan Canyon Rd  Loc Desc:  1/2 MILE EAST OF    Lat/Lon:  35.661698 -120.414115   

Detail Information
4:45 PM33[68] 9-S3 DOT SUPERVISOR 97 // CHP MANNING CLOSURE AT THIS TIME
4:29 PM32[62] 9-S3 REQ UPDATED ETA FM DOT
4:28 PM31[61] 9-R1 REQ CMS SIGN NB AT NIBLICK TO BE ACTIVATED FOR CLOSURE
4:27 PM30[59] 9-S3 ALL PERSONELL INCLUDING FIRE HAS EVACUATED CP
4:26 PM29[58] 9-S3 FLAMES APPROACHING HIGHWAY / LARGE PLUMES OF SMOKE / VERY LIMITED VIS
4:26 PM28[57] 9-S2 WILL BRING A SLOW BREAK FOR WB TRAFFIC / EB JEO W CENTRE
4:26 PM27[56] B9-008B HAS WB TRAFFIC STOPPED AT BITTERWATER
4:25 PM26[55] 9-S3 ANY UNIT COMING IN FM THE WEST NEEDS TO RUN A TRAFFIC BREAK
4:25

3:30 pm — Reports are that this fire is 1000 acres and 20% contained.

McMillan Fire
McMillan Fire

Incident:  00117   Type:    Report of Fire   Location:   SR46 / McMillan Canyon Rd  Loc Desc:  1/2 MILE EAST OF    Lat/Lon:  35.661698 -120.414115   

Detail Information
3:01 PM12[31] B9-008B NEG EFFECT ON RDWY FM REST AREA TO THE CHOLAME Y
2:53 PM11[29] [Notification] [CHP]-CALFIRE ADV THE FIRE HAS NOW PASSED THE REST AREA AND SMOKE IS IMPACTING HWY 46//REQ 8B RESP TO INCIDINT COMMAND JWO REST AREA,LOOK FOR FIRE TRUCK MARKED AS # D3404 [Shared]
2:26 PM10[26] A9-008 FIRE MOVING EB / STILL NOT AFFECTING TRAFFIC
2:21 PM9[24] A9-008 FIRE HAS SPREAD TO DIRECTLY ACR FRM THE REST AREA / ASSISTING CAL FIRE EVACUATING SOME RESIDENCES
2:08 PM8[22] A9-008 COUPLE OF OLD HOUSES IN THE PATH OF THE FIRE / DOUBLE CHECKED TO MAKE SURE THAT STRUCTURES ARE VACANT / THEY ARE VACANT / PROPERTY OWNER NOW 97 AND CONFIRMING PROPERTIES ARE VACANT / THE OLD COPELAND RANCH
1:18 PM7[18] 1039 9-S3
1:17 PM6[16] A9-008 1/2 MILE EAST OF MCMILLAN CYN — MOVING ITS WAY SOUTH / NOT AFFECTING HWY TRAFFIC AT THIS TIME / LARGE GRASS FIRE/ REQ TO NOT S UNIT THAT I WILL BE LATE
1:08 PM5[15] XFER CAL FIRE
1:04 PM4[11] [Appended, 13:04:55] [2] RP NOW HAS VIS OF FIRE PLAN OHEAD
1:04 PM3[10] [Appended, 13:04:55] [1] RP HAS VIS OF SMOKE TOWARDS SHANDON
1:02 PM2[9] XFER CAL FIRE
12:52 PM1[2] XFER CAL FIRE

Are Big Sur’s Native Wildflowers headed toward extinction? 6/12/19

Almost 600 plant species have been lost from the wild in the last 250 years, according to a comprehensive study.

The number is based on actual extinctions rather than estimates, and is twice that of all bird, mammal and amphibian extinctions combined.

Scientists say plant extinction is occurring up to 500 times faster than what would be expected naturally.

In May, a UN report estimated that one million animal and plant species were threatened with extinction. (http://Plant extinction ‘bad news for all species’ https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-48584515)

Here are some of the delicate clarkias (wine cups) that face extinction here in Big Sur due to off-roading:

Clarkia
Am I headed for extinction?

How do these delicate flowers face extinction here in Big Sur? From this:

How many extinctions are you responsible for?

Untourist movement in Amsterdam

I love this idea! Bless the Dutch.

“Tourists visiting the Dutch capital are being invited to marry an Amsterdammer for the day as part of a new initiative to improve relations between locals and visitors.

Nuptials will take place in the city’s vibrant “Latin Quarter” – De Pijp – where happy couples will be kitted out in second-hand wedding clobber. Plastic flowers will add to the ersatz sense of occasion.

And the honeymoon? A day spent skipping around Amsterdam, exploring the hidden nooks that pass most visitors by, sharing ideas and cultures (and possibly other things if the one-day marriage goes well).

The Marry an Amsterdammer initiative, which launches next week, is part of a wider movement to engage more visitors in the Dutch capital proper, steering them away from the tourist trail and hooking them up with local people who are trying to make the city – and the world – a better place….

The Untourist Movement was founded to counter the negativity surrounding tourism in Amsterdam, where 800,000 inhabitants are swamped by around eight million overnight visitors annually.

‘It’s a new way of thinking about tourism that can be helpful in Amsterdam and other cities struggling with this problem,’ explained Simons.”

These are three of the untourist activities:

1. Plastic fishing in canals

2. Feed the Dutch picnic

3. Laughing with Locals

For the rest of this article, see: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/netherlands/amsterdam/articles/a-very-dutch-response-to-overtourism/

 

 

Bitter Fire, 6/10/19

Here is a flight map of the location of this fire. Also, be aware there is a new start near Jolon and the north entrance to Lake San Antonio, structure into fire. I will post separately later, if warranted. Thanks to my “mystery map maker” from 2016 who is still with me, and helping when things get hot for this flight map. Bless you, sir.

12:30 pm – CALFIRE and SLO Co. Fire units are at scene of six separate vegetation  fires on Bitterwater road south of Shandon. Fires combined acreage is currently at 20 acres. Calling in resources, but don’t know which ones or how many, yet.

Monday Meanderings, 6/10/19

Not a new weekly feature, just a title for today’s blog thoughts/post.

Saturday a significant fire broke out in Yolo County. It quickly grew to 1700 acres in just a few hours. While these “far-away” fires do not directly impact Big Sur, they do indirectly impact us due to the drawing down of resources available for other fires, statewide.

It is an earlier than expected (by me) start to the fire season, given the amount of cold and rain we had all the way through Memorial Day weekend — just 2 weeks ago. It feels as if we went from winter straight to summer. (And there are still a few people who doubt we are in a climate crisis?) Given this developing situation, and also given that I am working on another piece for Voices http://www.vomb.org, my time will be spent doing more research, keeping an eye on fire conditions through out the state, reporting on some of them, and less focus on daily blog posts.

I have one more Tourist Tuesday planned that will take a look at a light-hearted approach Amsterdam is taking toward its own overtourism problem, but otherwise, I am focusing my energy on our issues and the solutions we need to look at and reporting on those. I also will be devoting time on community involvement in projects aligned with my interest in preserving the natural beauty and environment of Big Sur, by attending more meetings, interviewing more people, and working with others to find meaningful solutions.

I do my best to make sure all my important Big Sur related posts are shared with social media, and will continue to do so to through: two facebook accounts, my personal one (in which I do get vocal on national politics) here: https://m.facebook.com/BigsurKate; my “business” page (solely a recap of my non-nationally-political blog) here: https://www.facebook.com/BigSurKatePage/; my twitter account (warning, this is my most political social media account, and I am very vocal here regarding my political opinions); https://mobile.twitter.com/bigsurkate; or my instagram account (I am very unskilled in this arena, but I keep trying) https://www.instagram.com/bigsurkate/

I would like to note, however, that if a fire breaks out in our neighborhood this season, I can only promise to update the blog posts, so I would suggest you sign up on the right at the bottom for email notifications of any new posts.

That’s my Monday and the direction I expect this blog to take in the coming months. Thanks for your continued support.