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, 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:; my “business” page (solely a recap of my non-nationally-political blog) here:; my twitter account (warning, this is my most political social media account, and I am very vocal here regarding my political opinions);; or my instagram account (I am very unskilled in this arena, but I keep trying)

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.

Forest Fire Lookout Project – Chew’s Ridge, 6/6/19


Project Description

The Monterey Ranger District of the Los Padres National Forest, in partnership with the Forest Fire Lookout Association, will be exploring the possibility of activating the Chews Ridge Lookout and staffing it with local volunteers in order to provide firefighters with early fire detection, as well as other assistance to the National Forest.  In many circumstances, catching a fire when it is still young can prevent it from becoming large and destructive.  This project gives volunteers the opportunity to help improve fire safety in Monterey County rural areas, the Ventana Wilderness, and the Los Padres National Forest.

To read about this project in detail, see:

Vegetation Fire in Bradley Area

Stock Photo

3:30 pm – 100% contained at 32 acres.

12:45 pm – in less than one hour this has grown to 20 acres per Cal Fire, BEU.

SLO, MoCo, and MCSO responding to a vegetation fire 1 mile north of the SLO/MoCo line. It was from a burn barrel that escaped and was 1 acre when reported. It is near the intersection of Indian Valley Road & Hidden Creek Road. Air Attack out of Paso Robles is on scene as are Tankers 74 and 75. SLO Cal Fire sent a couple dozers as well.

Fire in Atascadero

Per KSBY: “The Atascadero fire department says the fire is near Highway 41 and San Gabriel on San Marcos Road.”

2:40 pm – From a source: “heard that Atascadero just broke a veg fire….out off of San Marcos Rd. ….just heard some of the residents are evacuating. Sounds like they have some structures being threatened. Sounds like it jumped San Marcos Rd., with spotting.” He is listening to the SLO Scanner.

From CHP website:

2:19 PM4[9] [Appended, 14:20:26] [1] REQ INFO ON FIRE AND IF AREA BEING EVACUATED
1:59 PM2[3] BRUSH FIRE

The Dangers of Illegal Off roading

This was taken last year, but as the prolific grasses are drying out, I am reminded of this, and how dangerous it is. Besides destroying the environment, causing erosion which washes out the road below (not shown in photo), off roading can cause a wildfire if the grasses catch from your muffler or catalytic converter. Why take a chance? Stay on the roads please.


And now, a growing number of “Subaru Ambassadors” have found these spots (the one below is just up the road from this one above) and more and more Subarus are coming every weekend. A month ago, it was a group of 4 Subarus. This past weekend, it was those four, plus four more, and at least two more want to join the group on the next trip.


May 1, 2019 SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) – The National Interagency Fire Center is predicting a heavy wildfire season for areas along the West Coast of the United States this summer.

The Boise, Idaho-based center said Wednesday that most of the country can expect a normal wildfire season in the period from May through August.

But the states of California, Washington and Oregon are an exception.

The agency says a heavy crop of grasses and fine fuels has developed across California and should elevate fire potential as it dries through the summer.


Big Sur Fire 45th Anniversary Open House

Contact: Chief Matt Harris, 831.667.2113 or email



Big Sur Fire Hosts Community Open House at Station 1

Celebrating 45 Years of Emergency Services in Big Sur

Big Sur, CA – Big Sur Fire (BSF) announces a Community Open House celebrating its 45th Anniversary of serving Big Sur Saturday, May 4, 2019 from 1 pm until 4 pm at Station 1 (47900 Highway 1) in Big Sur.

Big Sur Fire was formed in 1974 to provide structure fire protection for the residents and businesses in the Big Sur area.  BSF now provides both structure and wildland fire protection, along with rescue and emergency medical response for the Big Sur community and its over 5 million annual visitors. BSF remains an all-volunteer company, with about 25 members, responding to an area which covers almost 60 miles of coastline along Highway One.  

May 4 also marks the celebration of International Firefighters’ Day – a time where the world’s community can recognize and honor the sacrifices that firefighters make to ensure that their communities and environment are as safe as possible. It is also a day in which current and past firefighters can be thanked for their contributions.  The program honoring all current and past Big Sur Volunteer Fire Brigade members (the original incorporated name) will be held at 2: 30 pm.  Former BSF Firefighter John Handy will be the Master of Ceremonies for the event.  

Big Sur Fire will have its apparatus on display and firefighters are available to answer questions.  The day will include photos with fire apparatus; demonstrations of fire equipment; and lots of good food provided by Big Sur’s finest.  Donations are coming from Treebones; Esalen Institute; Coast Gallery & Café; Deetjen’s; Sierra Mar at Post Ranch Inn; Big Sur Bakery; Big Sur Taphouse; Fernwood; and Big Sur River Inn.

“We are so fortunate to have the support from our Big Sur community for this special 45thAnniversary Celebration.  Post Ranch Inn and all of the fine restaurants in Big Sur have made this day possible, Big Sur Fire Chief Matt Harris said. “We look forward to seeing many of our old friends who have participated in the Brigade over these past 45 years.”


Park and Shuttle will be at Post Ranch Inn.    


The mission of the Big Sur Fire is to provide dependable fire protection and emergency services for Big Sur with teamwork, respect and integrity.