Prescribed Burn at FHL

The FHL Fire Department will be doing a series of controlled burns:

Tuesday 26 May: TA 25 (Sam Jones Road to Interlake Road) Wednesday 27 May: Same as above Thursday 28 May: TA 7 (Vicinity of Jolon Road and Sulfur Springs Road) Friday 29 May: Same as above

Saturday the 30th and Sunday the 31st will be a possibility as well.

5/26/2020 08:27LPF-1161NewPrescribed FireFHL TRAINING AREA 25 M.CRW1LPF E315LPF4X4 E316LPF4X4...35 54.378, -121 6.39623S R8E Sec 28

Lost Dog

UPDATE: This truck and trailer was seen stopping by where Canela would have come out to Highway 1 about the time she went missing. It is from a neighbor’s surveillance camera. It is possible these people picked her up. Keep an eye out:

Our dog Canela is missing as of noon today. She may have followed Libby, my wife down our road at Kleissner’s property and then on to highway one.
She has never done this before. She always wants to be by our side and does not wander.
Her name is Canela and she is a sweetheart.
She does not have her collar because we have been home. And is not microchipped.
Can you PLEASE get the word out?
Please notify the Monterey County Animal Services at 831-769-8850

Thank you!

Canela is missing! Let’s get her home!

Heat Wave

From Daniel Swain, Weather West:

A pretty unusual large-scale atmospheric pattern over the northeastern Pacific Ocean and inland over the Southwest will contribute to a strikingly intense and persistent statewide heatwave this week across California. Indeed, extreme and in many cases record-breaking heat will actually extend across a pretty broad chunk of the American SW in the coming days–not just California. Heat will begin building today, but will become noticeably oppressive in some places by Monday. The heat will continue to intensify Tuesday, Wednesday, and possibly through Thursday before reaching a very impressive peak–especially across NorCal. Widespread daily record highs are expected, especially in NorCal, on multiple successive days (likely in some spots from Mon-Thurs). Right now, the high-resolution models are suggesting that this week’s extreme heat will be most anomalous across portions of the San Francisco Bay Area, where I would not be entirely surprised to see some monthly (not just daily) heat records fall. But ensemble forecasting tools are also suggesting that 850mb temperatures could approach/exceed record levels across an even broader region by Wed/Thurs–so there is some potential for this upcoming heat event to “outperform” even these pretty lofty predictions.

Misc. aid for Big Sur due to COVID-19

The Community Action Board of Santa Cruz County is accepting applications for a one-time direct financial assistance up to $1,000 per household for undocumented immigrants impacted by COVID-19.  This assistance is available for Monterey County residents and is separate from the assistance offered by the Community Association of Big Sur (CABS). For more information, frequently asked questions and to apply for assistance, click the links below:

California Department of Social Services

Community Action Board of Santa Cruz

Or call 1-800-228-6820 for more information or to complete an application.


Financial Assistance from CABS for Independent Contractors
(Gig Economy Workers)

Due to the generosity of the Community Foundation for Monterey County, Jack Dorsey, and a number of anonymous Big Sur resident donors, CABS has established a modest COVID Relief Fund. If you live and work in Big Sur, and you are an independent contractor and have applied for PPP, EIDL and/or unemployment benefits and have been declined, or were unable to apply for these benefits, please contact us for an application for financial assistance.

We will require the following with your application:
a.     Proof of rejection from SBA (PPP and EIDL) and EDD; or
b.     An explanation for why you were not able to apply for PPP, EIDL and/or EDD.

If you have had difficulty making an application for EDD Unemployment benefits, please contact Senator Monning’s office at 831-425-0401. They are providing assistance and can help you complete your application.

For a nice concise guide to the CARES Act Relief, please visit this site:

If you believe you qualify for financial assistance based on the above, please send a request for the application form to


LPNF Closure Order

Los Padres extends recreation site closure until June 1                                                                                                                                                                                GOLETA, Calif. – Los Padres National Forest officials today announced that campgrounds managed by concessionaire will remain closed through June 1 in an effort to remain consistent with state and local health guidelines that promote safe social distancing and discourage large gatherings.
Information on individual recreation sites is available on Los Padres National Forest website at
Outdoor recreation is beneficial to mental and physical health but must be practiced safely. The Forest Service is focused on ensuring the health and safety of our employees, our concessionaires and the public while maintaining our ability to provide mission critical services including emergency fire response, law enforcement, and support for the Federal Emergency Management Agency. If you do plan on visiting the National Forest please be aware that:
No trash removal is currently offered – please pack out all trash and wasteAll toilet facilities are currently closed – please plan accordinglyAvoid high-risk activities – law enforcement and search and rescue operations may be limitedIf an area is crowded, please search for a less occupied location
We are working with our state and local partners to determine the best path forward to safely reopen these closed sites. Please keep health, safety and the environment in mind when visiting National Forests. Your personal responsibility is critical to ensuring public safety and preventing further restrictions. Visitors are encouraged to recreate in areas close to home and avoid traveling long distances. We appreciate your cooperation in keeping our national forests safe and healthy for everyone’s use.
FOREST ORDER NO. 05-07-00-20-07 Forest Developed Recreation Site Closure LOS PADRES NATIONAL FOREST
Pursuant to 16 USC § 551 and 36 CFR § 261.50(a), and to provide for public and employee health and safety, the following act is prohibited in the Los Padres National Forest. This Order is effective from May 16, 2020through June 1, 2020.

Entering or using a Developed Recreation Site (campground) managed by Parks Management Company, or a portion thereof, as listed in Exhibit A.36 CFR 261.58(b).

Pursuant to 36 CFR § 261.50(e), the following persons are exempt from this Order:Any Federal, State, or local officer, or member of an organized rescue or fire fighting force in the performance of an official duty.
This prohibition is in addition to the general prohibitions contained in 36 CFR Part 261, Subpart A.

A violation of this prohibition is punishable by a fine of not more than $5,000 for an individual or $10,000 for an organization, or imprisonment for not more than 6 months, or both. 16 USC § 551 and 18 USC §§ 3559, 3571, and 3581.

Done at Goleta, California this 15th day of May, 2020.Kevin B. ElliottForest SupervisorLos Padres National Forest

Pursuant to 16 USC 551 and 36 CFR 261.50(a) and (b), and to provide for public safety, the following acts are prohibited within the Los Padres National Forest, Monterey Ranger District. This Order is effective from May16, 2020through May 31, 2020.

1. Entering or using the trailheads listed below and shown on the attached map.San Carpoforo TrailheadSalmon Creek TrailheadBuckeye TrailheadSoda Springs TrailheadCruickshank TrailheadPrewitt South TrailheadPrewitt North TrailheadMill Creek TrailheadKirk Creek TrailheadDe Angulo TrailheadBoronda Trailhead
36 CFR 261.58(b).

2. Being on the National Forest System roads listed below and shown on the attached map.Forest Road No. 22S05 (South Coast Ridge Road)Forest Road No. 23S01 (Los Burros (Willow Creek) Road)Forest Road No. 23S02 (Plaskett Ridge Road)Forest Road No. 20S05 (North Coast Ridge Road)
36 CFR 261.54(e).

3. Being on the National Forest System trails listed below and shown on the attached map.Forest Road No. 20S03 (Boronda Trail)Forest Trail No. 2E07 (De Angulo Trail)Forest Trail No. 4E17 (Kirk Creek Trail)Forest Trail No. 5E06 (Prewitt Loop Trail)Forest Trail No. 5E10 (Cruickshank Trail)Forest Trail No. 5E17 (Soda Springs Trail)Forest Trail No. 5E09 (Buckeye Trail)Forest Trail No. 6E11 (Salmon Creek Trail)
36 CFR 261.55(a).

Pursuant to 36 CFR 261.50(e), the following persons are exempt from this Order:Any Federal, State or local officer, public utilities employee, or member of an organized rescue or fire fighting force in the performance of an official duty.

Owners or lessees of private land are exempt from the prohibitions listed above to the extent necessary to gain access to their land.
Residents are exempt from the prohibitions listed above to the extent necessary to gain access to their residences.
Current recreational cabin permittees are exempt from the prohibitions listed above to the extent necessary to access their cabins.
Persons with a Forest Permit for Use of Roads, Trails, or Areas Restricted by Regulation or Order, Form FS-7700-48, specifically exempting them from this Order.
These prohibitions are in addition to the general prohibitions in 36 CFR Part 261, Subpart A.
A violation of these prohibitions is punishable by a fine of not more than $5,000 for an individual or $10,000 for an organization, or imprisonment for not more than six months, or both.
16 USC 551 and 18 USC 3559, 3571, and 3581.
Executed in Goleta, California, this 15th day of May, 2020.Kevin B. ElliottForest SupervisorLos Padres National Forest
FOREST ORDER PDF’SCOVID-19 Emergency Closure extension to May 31Forest Developed Recreation Site Closure Exhibit AForest Developed Recreation Site Closure Order

Federal Surveillance Tower comes to Big Sur

UPDATE: The Monterey County Planning Department today notified Big Sur residents that it will schedule another meeting of the South Coast Big Sur Land Use Advisory Committee on May 26 to discuss the tower proposal. 

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency is building a temporary surveillance tower meant to provide “security and coastal protection” at a remote site in Big Sur.

News of the proposed tower at Lucia Ranch, 50 miles south of Carmel, did not reach Big Sur until last Tuesday, when the South Coast Big Sur Land Use Advisory Committee heard an “informational” presentation about the project.

Neighbors adjacent to Lucia Ranch, including former Rep. Sam Farr, said they weren’t aware of the proposal until after Tuesday’s meeting.

The 80-foot tower would apparently test technology the agency has developed in an effort to capture real-time photographs and video of boats up to 24 miles out to sea. If working correctly, the surveillance would detect packages, people and weapons on the vessels.

Documents presented to the Big Sur committee indicate that the solar-powered tower relies on “maritime radar” and other technology that “automatically detects, tracks and identifies watercraft of various sizes crossing open water between international waters and the U.S. shoreline.”

In a letter to the state Coastal Commission, a CBP representative said the tower is meant to “provide continuing security and coastal protection” and that more of them could be installed in other regions of the coast.

Oddly, after identifying the site, the CBP’s letter notes that “the strategy and actual placement of the system is For Official Use Only and is Law Enforcement Sensitive information.”

For the rest of the article, see:

Los Padres National Forest-Monterey District Closure update


From the USFS, LPNF PIO: The new closure order will be posted on our public web site….It will take effect Saturday, May 16, and expire June 1. Here’s a rundown on what IS open:

All of the trails closed under the first order will remain closed except for Turner Creek and Sand Dollar/Jade Cove. Roads closed by the first order that will reopen are Sycamore Canyon, Nac-Ferg, Piney Creek, Tassajara, Milpitas, Central Coast/Cone Peak, Baldwin Ranch.

Developed campgrounds will remain closed until June 1.The group campground at Arroyo Seco will reopen June 19. We are permitting Parks Management Company to reopen the day use sites along Hwy. 1 provided they have adequate staffing and measures in place to safely deliver services to the public. The intent with the day use sites is to provide recreation opportunities for nearby residents along the coast. By opening roads on the east side of the district, we are encouraging backcountry access from the inland trails.

Food Distribution at MPC Friday, 5/15, 9:30-11:30 am

The Food Bank for Monterey County to Offer Drive-thru Community Food Distribution on Friday, May 15th at Monterey Peninsula College  At the request of Fifth District Supervisor Mary Adams, The Food Bank for Monterey County will conduct a drive-thru community food distribution this Friday, May 15, 2020 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Monterey Peninsula College. “I can’t thank the Food Bank enough for responding so quickly to my request for assistance,” said Supervisor Adams. “People throughout Monterey County, including Fifth District residents, are experiencing unprecedented levels of food insecurity as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. We are fortunate to have such a willing and able partner as the Food Bank for Monterey County.” “In normal times, The Food Bank serves over 1 in 4 children in Monterey County; these are not normal times. In April alone, we served 60,000 Monterey County families,” said Melissa Kendrick, Food Bank for Monterey County Executive Director. “We have created numerous drive-thru distributions throughout the county since this crisis began. We go where we are needed.”  “Monterey Peninsula College is pleased to be supporting this community food distribution,” said David Martin, MPC Interim Superintendent/President. “While we have transitioned to distance learning during this crisis, our campus remains a place where the needs of our community are met.”  Any person experiencing food insecurity is able to access this distribution. You are asked to access the campus via Fishnet Road off of Fremont Street. Food will be placed by Food Bank personnel and National Guard members into your empty trunk.  The Food Bank will evaluate if it can continue offering a distribution at this site based on utilization this week. Information on other drive-thru distributions organized by The Food Bank can be found on their website at

Los Padres Forest, Monterey Division to open day use areas

Starting Saturday, May 16, Los Padres will re-open the day use sites at Sand Dollar, Willow Creek and Pfeiffer Beach to provide additional outdoor recreation spots for nearby residents. Coastal campgrounds, trails, and trailheads will remain closed until June 1, as will South Coast Ridge Road, Plaskett Ridge Road, North Coast Ridge Road and Los Burros (Willow Creek) Road. Hikers are encouraged to access the Ventana backcountry using the east side of the Monterey Ranger District.