Forest Closures Extended on Los Padres National Forest & others

September 30, 2020

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Forest Service Revises Closure Orders and Fire Restrictions in California

VALLEJO, Calif. – The USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region has revised closure orders and fire prohibitions in California. These decisions will continue to be evaluated daily.

The revisions include:

1. Easing fire restrictions – Propane and gas stove use is now permitted on developed recreation sites on National Forests in California. Developed recreation sites are defined as areas which have been improved or developed for recreation such as campgrounds and day use sites.

2. Forest Closures – Six Rivers and Klamath National Forests are no longer part of the regional closure orders but may have local restrictions. Check the websites, social media accounts, or call those respective forests for specific information on what may be opening.

Seven National Forests (NF) in California remain closed: Angeles NF, Cleveland NF, Los Padres NF, Inyo NF, San Bernardino NF, Sequoia NF, and Sierra NF. This decision will continue to be reviewed daily, taking fire and weather conditions into account.

Eleven National Forests may be open to varying degrees. Visitors should contact the following National Forests for more information on their status: Eldorado NF, Klamath NF, Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, Lassen NF, Mendocino NF, Modoc NF, Plumas NF, Shasta-Trinity NF, Six Rivers NF, Stanislaus NF, and Tahoe NF. For additional questions, please contact your local National Forest.

“We understand how important access to national forests is to our visitors,” said Randy Moore, Regional Forester for the USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region.  “As we evaluate fire and weather conditions on a daily basis, we will continue to make adjustments to ensure safe visitation. Our aim continues to prevent any new fires on the landscape.”

If you do intend to visit a National Forest that is open to visitors, we continue to recommend that you not travel long distances to recreate. If you or anyone in your household is feeling sick, please remain at home and plan your trip for another time.  All visitors should practice self-sufficiency during your visits to national forests. Recreating responsibly will help ensure that expanded access to recreational facilities, services, and opportunities continues. Responsible recreation practices should be maintained at all times, including:

• Maintaining at least six feet distancing from others

• Do not gather in groups and please follow the latest guidance from officials

• Communicate with others as you pass. Alert trail users of your presence and step aside to let others pass

• Pack out your trash and leave with everything you bring in and use.

• All services may not be available, so please plan accordingly.

The Forest Service manages 18 National Forests in the Pacific Southwest Region, which encompasses over 20 million acres across California, and assists State and Private forest landowners in California, Hawaii and the U.S. Affiliated Pacific Islands. National forests supply 50 percent of the water in California and form the watershed of most major aqueducts and more than 2,400 reservoirs throughout the state. For more information, visit www.fs.usda.gov/R5.

Last night’s plume

I know. I am done, so done with the fire, but it doesn’t want to be done with me. Last night’s plume visible from apparently just about everywhere came from a “green island” well inside the containment lines, and not a threat to any structures or similar resources, per the USFS IMT 15 PIO. Of course, always a threat to the critters’s resources — homes and habitats. I am told this was between Nacimiento Campground and the little bridge per a local witness. Hard to tell in the dark. (Photo by Geri Baird)

And from John Chestnut this am: “

The VIIRS satellite shows the heat location of the source of the smoke column visible in recent days.
I mapped these satellite heat returns on to the Veg IR (Sentinel) satellite map.    The smoke is in an “island” of unburned tree canopy,  surrounded by fully burned fire zone.
The Veg IR Sentinel observation, is also of interest because of the other areas of low intensity (ground) fire as opposed to destructive crown fire that it shows.”

Additional from John Chesnut: “Rectangle is my hand drawn boundary of the VIIRS satellite detections (began yesterday morning).   The little ellipse is a second VIIRS detection from yesterday afternoon (not repeated this morning).
Attached is the source for the VIIRS detections overlaid on the Google Earth image.   I felt using the IR image (with the obvious red burned area and green residual canopy coverage was useful in explaining the fire zone and the green “islands”).”

Last Dolan Fire, day 42, 9/29/20

We are now 85% contained, all evacuation orders lifted, and all but one warning lifted, so it is time for me to put this series to bed, hoping that there will not be cause to post again re fires this season. We can expect highway problems this winter, probably several pockets of isolation for a time, so prepare accordingly.

Dolan Fire — Evacuation Warnings Lifted; Evacuation Order downgraded to Warning

This is a notification from Alert Monterey County:

Dolan Fire – Effective immediately-The Evacuation WARNINGS have been lifted for Zones: 26, 24, B2- Lucia South, J-Prewitt Ridge Area, K-South Coast Ridge Rd.  Zone 27 has been downgraded to WARNING.

As a reminder an “Evacuation WARNING” (i.e. sometimes used interchangeably with the term “Advisory”) means those in a specific area/zone should be prepared to evacuate at any time. You do not need to leave your home at this time but please be alert and prepared to leave if an evacuation order is called.

If you feel that your life is in danger, do not wait for an emergency notification.Click here for more information on this alert.

Photo Sunday

The wind is changing and the temps are increasing and the humidity is decreasing. I am paying attention today, but also trying to take the day off from the Dolan Fire. It is Day 40 and I want to take it off. I need to take it off. So unless something happens I need to report on, this is what I am doing today.

Phase I fire clean-up

Phase 1 Wildfire Clean Up to Begin September 28th. Opt out time period for this service ends September 25th

Phase 1 clean-up of properties which suffered wildfire damage in Monterey County is expected to begin September 28th and take 4-6 weeks.

The government sponsored Debris Removal Program clean-up process is coordinated with State and Federal partners and is a free service to help home and property owners remove hazardous debris so that rebuilding can begin.

Phase 1 includes the removal of hazardous waste generated and remaining on the property by recent fires and is done by expert teams from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. These teams have the equipment and training to remove waste such as car batteries, herbicides, pesticides, propane tanks, asbestos siding, paints and e-waste, and will safely dispose of what is collected. It is important to note that these teams are solely focused on debris removal. No assessment about the permit status or other code related issues of any site or remaining structures on a property is part of this work.

All property owners with damaged property will be provided this clean up service and are automatically enrolled in the program; no further action is required. Homeowners may choose to opt out of this free service and hire a private contractor for this work. Those wishing to do so, must make that decision by 5:00 p.m. Friday, September 25th. More information: https://www.co.monterey.ca.us/Home/Components/News/News/7666/1336