Fire at FHL

Doesn’t appear to be any threat to off base, but one source who knows the base better than I thinks it is out by Patton Field. I haven’t seen any warnings about controlled burns, which are normally in or around Stoney Valley. Anyway, this was taken by Rock Knocker sometime around 9-9:30 am this Saturday morning.

Road work — North

We are shifting hours to finish earlier in the day in effort to alleviate some of the afternoon backups, still on schedule to be complete by the end of summer.

Thanks for your patience this summer, Colin

From: Ruiz, Heidi@DOT 
Sent: Friday, July 12, 2019 2:56 PM
Subject: NEWS RELEASE (Monterey Co.) – CONSTRUCTION PROJECT ON STATE ROUTE 1 BETWEEN HURRICANE POINT AND ROCKY CREEK BRIDGE IN BIG SUR CONTINUES MONDAY, JULY 15

Today’s Date: Friday, July 12, 2019

District:           05 – Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz Counties                                                  

Contact:          Heidi Ruiz or Colin Jones

Phone:            (805) 549-3138 or (805) 549-3189

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONSTRUCTION PROJECT ON STATE ROUTE 1 BETWEEN HURRICANE POINT AND ROCKY CREEK BRIDGE IN BIG SUR CONTINUES MONDAY, JULY 15

BIG SUR – A construction project to widen the shoulders on the existing roadway and upgrade the guardrail continues Monday, July 15 along State Route 1 between Hurricane Point and the Rocky Creek Bridge in Big Sur, Caltrans officials announced today.

This work will take place during the daytime hours and will require one-way reversing traffic control. The project location extends from 1 ½ miles north/south of the Bixby Bridge. 

Daytime work

NOTE: Motorists can expect delays not to exceed 25 minutes. Expect heavier than normal traffic due to summer visitors. Electronic message signs have been posted alerting the traveling public of this project.

Roadwork will shift to the overnight hours when the paving and striping occurs. Details will be announced when certain.

Paving South next week

HIGHWAY 1 PAVING BETWEEN CAYUCOS AND HARMONY CONTINUES NEXT WEEK WITH RAMP/LANE CLOSURES

SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY – A project to resurface the pavement and reconstruct the ramps and shoulders of Highway 1 from south of 13th Street in Cayucos to Harmony Valley Road will
continue next week with the following ramp closures:

Motorists will encounter a closure of the northbound Highway 1 on/off ramps at 13th Street and “C” Street Monday, July 15 through Thursday, July 18 from 8 am until 4 pm and during the overnight hours
from 6 pm until 7 am. These ramps will be closed Friday, July 19 from 6 am until 2 pm (13th Street) and from 7 am until 12 noon (C Street).

In addition, there will be lane closures in both directions of Hwy. 1 from 24th Street to Harmony Valley Road, Monday, July 15 through Thursday, July 18 from 8 am until 4 pm and
on Friday, July 19 from 6 am until 2 pm. Motorists can expect delays of 15 minutes.

Electronic message boards will inform the public about this roadwork. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) will ensure a safe environment for everyone.

The contractor for this $9.8 million project is CalPortland Construction of Santa Maria, CA. This project is expected to be complete this November.

Caltrans reminds motorists to move over and slow down when driving through highway construction zones.
For traffic updates on other state highways in San Luis Obispo County, travelers may contact Caltrans District 5 Public Affairs at 805-549-3318 or can visit the District 5 website at: http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist05/road_information.htm

Tourist Tuesday — Bixby July 4th weekend

Tim Huntington took a video on July 4th, 2019 to show the line of cars waiting to approach Bixby — they were lined up going south well past Palo Colorado Canyon or 2.75 miles. You can watch it here: https://vimeo.com/346274911

Also, on Saturday, someone hung this banner up, which was removed that same morning by MCSO Jesse Villaseñor, I am told. I do not advocate doing this, although, I must admit it did amuse me.

Finally, for those who think putting in parking lots might be the answer, consider that the parking lot will be full immediately, adding to the congestion and traffic problems, not alleviating them, and then shall we make it bigger or add more? I suggest we take a lesson from Horseshoe Bend, and Page, AZ regarding the problems that creates and some of the potential solutions they have come up with — just like on Kauai, a shuttle is one of the answers, but parking lots themselves may not be, at least near the IG selfie destination:

Horseshoe Bend 4th of July traffic management plan Jun 24, 2019,

From the Lake Powell News Network: https://www.lakepowellnews.com/single-post/2…

This year, the Page Police Department and the City of Page will be implementing traffic changes from July 4 through July 7 to help address and improve public safety.

Here are some of the temporary changes you will encounter at Horseshoe Bend over the 4th of July weekend:

* There will be multiple electronic signs in both directions providing you with up-to-date traffic and parking information

* Making a left turn into Horseshoe Bend from Northbound 89 will not be allowed; access will be blocked. You will have to drive down toward Wal-Mart and go around the roundabout (traffic circle) to make a right-hand turn into the parking lot

* Speeds in the area may be reduced

* Police officers will be directing traffic starting at 7am and continuing until 7pm or later if necessary

* Oversized vehicles such as RVs and vehicles with trailers will not be allowed into the parking lot. Commercial tour buses and shuttles will be allowed access.

No matter the time of year you are not allowed to park along Highway 89, however this does still occur. To prevent this, the Page Police Department and the City of Page will be placing barricades along the shoulders.

For those who would prefer not to deal with the traffic congestion and potential parking problems, alternate ways of seeing Horseshoe Bend are: 

Helicopter flights: https:/…

Fixed-wing airplane flights: https:/…

Horseback rides: http://www.horseshoebendtrailrides.com

Shuttle service from Page, AZ, to a private entrance on Navajo Tribal Land: http://www.horseshoebendtours.com

But before, during, and after all this, as Martha Diehl keeps reminding us, we need real data. “I think we need to have actual numbers esp on peaks & velleys. A continuous count @ both ends & Naci would be a start. Then we can map the choke points in time & space, maybe work on a slate of specific measures to alleviate….”

Fire near Bitterwater & Gillis

At 5:00 pm — IC reports fire is now 1000 acres w/ potential for 4000 acres & is now 15% contained. it is burning east and parallel (approximately) to the 46.

Friend reported that SLU is seeking assistance from BEU on a fire 10 miles south of 46. He also reports there are 4 tankers working this fire.

Incident: 00113 Type: Report of Fire Location: Sr46 / Bitterwater Rd Loc Desc:   Lat/Lon: 35.710751 -120.310561 

Detail Information
4:40 PM3[4] B9-008B FIRE IS ON BITTERWATER / 10 MILES SOUTH OF SR46 / NOT AFFECTING TRAFFIC
4:19 PM2[3] XFER CAL FIRE
3:52 PM1[1] XFER CAL FIRE
General location of the fire

USFS to limit public comment due to changes in the NEPA

“Under President Donald Trump, federal agencies have chipped away at the reviews and permitting required under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), one of the nation’s bedrock environmental laws. Earlier this month, the Forest Service proposed a significant overhaul of the NEPA process for logging and development on millions of acres of federal forest and grassland across the West. 

In a statement, the Forest Service said NEPA environmental reviews are time-consuming, redundant and prevent active maintenance of healthy forests. The agency called it the first serious change to NEPA’s regulation of forest management in more than 10 years. 

The public has 60 days to weigh in on these significant changes. The proposed NEPA revisions comment period closes Aug. 12. Here are some key takeaways:

The proposed changes would reduce environmental review for logging and infrastructure.

The Forest Service wants to expand the number of projects that would qualify for “categorical exclusions” — projects that can bypass environmental analysis or environmental impact statements. The exclusions would apply to forest thinning, various types of road and trail building, brush removal and recreational site management. More controversially, forest projects of up to 7,300 acres (with logging on up to more than half of those acres) could be excluded from NEPA review. Mineral and energy exploration — such as using seismic testing to gather geological data and various small-scale infrastructure building — could also be exempt if it lasts less than one year.”

For the rest of this article see: https://www.hcn.org/articles/u-s-forest-service-might-limit-public-comments