Wild Fire near Indian Valley Visible from the 101 near Bradley, 10/8/19

As of 8:30 pm SLU said: [UPDATE] #CrossIC 35 Acres, potential for 100 acres in Monterey Co. burning south-south west towards #CountyofSlo. The fire is now burning into the Big Sandy State Wildlife Area. State wildlife officials are being notified.

This is visible from the 101 near Bradley. Here is a still from a video of it by Chad Dietz:

Here is the CHP entry:

Incident: 00302 Type: Report of Fire Location: Us101 N / Camp Roberts Loc Desc: INDIAN VLY JNO RIVER Lat/Lon: 35.798611 -120.741944 

Detail Information
7:12 PM4[7] VISIBLE FROM JEO THE HWY
7:12 PM3[6] 45B WILL BE GETTING LOTS OF CALLS ABOUT THE FIRE
7:02 PM2[3] TOT CAL FIRE
7:02 PM1[2] TOT MTY CAL FIRE / ADVDS CAL FIRE HANDLE

Slice of Life on the South Coast: The challenges of simple errands and illegal campfires

My latest article for Voices of Monterey Bay is out. Here is the introduction:

I had an appointment on a Wednesday late last month with the Veterans Administration optometrist. It had been a while — six years, it turned out. I needed new glasses. It takes me two and one-half to three hours one way from Big Sur due to road construction and traffic. It is hard to do a round trip in a single day anymore.

The next day was the annual luncheon for the Monterey County Convention and Visitors Bureau. This is when they lay out the annual report for the current year, and the business plan for the next year. I find it valuable to understand the goals of this organization, how it’s intended to achieve them, and how MCCVB money is obtained and spent. Friday was the Democratic Women of Monterey County’s brunch with Adam Schiff. That afternoon, I had a second appointment with the VA optometrist.

Rather than fight traffic for three days, I stayed in town for those three nights so that I could accomplish all that I wanted to. which meant I only had to fight the traffic home on a single day; unfortunately it was the  Saturday of Labor Day weekend. Sigh. I vowed to relax and enjoy it — but I couldn’t relax. People would suddenly pull over with no warning, no signaling, making everyone behind them slam on their brakes. At least there was no road construction. And blissfully, Bixby was fogged in, so the traffic jam there was only a minor irritation.

But once I got to the dirt road to my home, the challenges increased. Saturday of Labor Day weekend. Lots of traffic on a one-lane dirt road made for an interesting drive. 

For the rest of this article, including my encounter with a nude man trying to get my attention, see: https://voicesofmontereybay.org/2019/09/11/slice-of-life-on-the-south-coast/

South Coast looking north in the fog

Antelope Fire – San Benito Co.

4 pm update — IC reports fire is now 150-175 acres. Strike team of type 3 engines requested, along w/ addl hand crews for today & tomorrow.

3:30 pm — Wildland Fire, Griswold Gun Range area, South of Panoche Road. Copter at scene, 75 acres, moderate rate of spread, light flashy fuels, steep terrain. Potential for 200 acres. This is roughly 1/2 between I-5 and Airline Highway on Panoche Road.
Update: BC enroute requesting additional dozers, crews and 3 water tenders.

9/1/19 Wildfires

UPDATE #2: 4:14PM 9-1-19 VEGETATION FIRE #JolonFire (#Lockwood, Monterey Co) – IC reports forward progress stopped.
https://twitter.com/CAFireScanner/status/1168284677829844992 [ca fire scanner on twitter]

3:30 pm – Okay, seems to be one fire called Jolon at Jolon/New Pleyto in Lockwood. Tankers 74 and 75 out of Paso on that one with immediate structure threats. The one on Los Coches is burning toward Arroyo Seco and/or Gonzalez, it is not clear. That one is calling for evacuations, and the scanner reported 3 firefighters injured, but this one may be 2 actual fires, close together, again, not that clear, yet. Threatening 337 structures at this point. MCSO reports on this later one: “Deputies are on scene of a vegetation fire in the area of Thorne Road and Arroyo Seco Road in Greenfield. Evacuations are being conducted on Cedar Ave.” Also MCSO reported multiple firefighters airlifted out due to burns.

There are three going, one at Jolon and Bradley in Lockwood, One in Greenfield that has burned 3 FF near Los Coches calling for any available, and a third near Jolon and Chadwick, reporting the back side of the mountain is on fire. All per the CHP website, info from scanner, and also SLU is sending engines to the one in Lockwood.

5-minute plan in case of Wildfire


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Devil’s Wildfire

2:30 pm – Spotter plane has returned to Hollister, so that is good news. Means this was probably a false alarm, but boy were they on it immediately. That is good news.

One local firefighter said they are canceling all incoming. I don’t know what that means, so let’s just hold off on the panic and see what is going on.

From LPF Wildcad:

08/12/2019 13:30. LPF-1830
DEVILWildfireDevil’s Peak.BC12LPF CRW3LPF DIV1LPF DOZ3LPF E319LPF E335LPF E337LPF E342LPF 4X E41LPF HB-XFT HEL528LPF HEL530LPF PAT18LPF Q...36 23.298, -121 46.30218S R2E Sec 5.

This is the area on Google Earth:

Grass Fire, Paso, JSO Neblick Bridge & 101 NB

Detail
3:03 PM8[14] 1039 MICAH FRM DOT 
2:58 PM7[13] B9-001B ADV DOT OF CLOSURE AND SEE IF THEY CAN EXP AND RESP OUT TO ASSIST
2:56 PM6[12] B9-001B FIRE ADV #2 LN CLOSED 1 HOUR
2:50 PM5[10] B9-014B DIVERTING TRFC ON S SPRING OFR
2:47 PM4[9] B9-001B #2 LN SHUT DOWN – #1 LN IS OPEN
2:45 PM3[8] [Notification] [CHP]-PASO ROBLES PD ADVSD VEHS NOW DRIVING WW ON FRWY [Shared]
2:38 PM2[4] [Notification] [CHP]-PASO ROBLES PD ADVSD WILL BE ON RHS / REQ CHP [Shared]
2:33 PM1[1] GRASS FIRE