Fire Restrictions, Level 3 LPNF

•July 19, 2017 • 4 Comments

NEWS RELEASE
Los Padres National Forest
For Immediate Release
Contact: Andrew Madsen
Twitter: @LosPadresNF
Elevated Fire Restrictions Take Effect in Los Padres National Forest

GOLETA, CA, July 19, 2017…Due to extremely dry vegetation and an increasing fire danger, Los Padres National Forest officials announced that Level III fire restrictions will go into effect immediately. The following restrictions will be rigorously enforced until this Forest Order expires:

Wood and charcoal fires are prohibited in all areas of Los Padres National Forest except for designated Campfire Use sites; however persons with a valid California Campfire Permit are allowed to use portable stoves and lanterns using gas, jellied petroleum or pressurized liquid fuel outside of designated Campfire Use Sites. California Campfire Permits are available for free download from the Los Padres National Forest website (http://www.fs.usda.gov/lpnf). You must clear all flammable material for a distance of 10 feet in all directions from your camp stove, have a shovel available, and ensure that a responsible person attends the stove at all times when it is in use.

Recreational target shooting is prohibited in all areas of the National Forest unless specifically authorized by a special use permit with the Forest.

Hunting with a valid State of California hunting license during open hunting season is exempt from this restriction.

Smoking is prohibited in all areas of the national forest except within an enclosed vehicle, building, or designated Campfire Use Site.

Operating or using any internal or external combustion engine without a spark arresting device properly installed, maintained and in effective working order on roads and trails specifically designated for such use. (This restriction is in effect year-round.)

For further information regarding current conditions and safety tips, please contact your nearest Forest Service office. A list of designated Campfire Use Sites is available on the Los Padres National Forest website at http://www.fs.usda.gov/lpnf.

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Lee Beyer
Recreation Technician
Forest Service

Cal Trans Closure Map

•July 19, 2017 • 5 Comments

I would remind visitors that there are no campgrounds north of Paul’s Slide – the last available campground when proceeding north from Nacimiento is Limekiln State Park, and the only lodging available is at Lucia Lodge and Post Ranch, south of the bridge. Additionally, there is no camping along the Highway One corridor anywhere in Big Sur. NO CAMPFIRES OR CHARCOAL STOVES ANYWHERE IN BIG SUR. Locals are quite nervous after last year’s Soberanes Fire and this year’s floods, mudslides, and road closures and will be reporting all violators to the appropriate agencies. Be a conscientious visitor, and you will be welcomed. Be a clueless, careless one? You will not.

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Cambria Fire – Bridge Fire

•July 18, 2017 • 2 Comments

At 5:00 – it is 35% contained and still only 3 acres. #BridgeIC (Final) Fire is looking good.Evacuations lifted.Main St. Still closed.@CALFIRE_SLO will remain at scene mopping up for 3 hours.

Photos below taken by Sekoya Sleeth, an 8th grade student at Pacific Valley School.

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This photo was taken by Joan Schleicher at about 2:30 pm from Santa Rosa Creek Road:

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3:20 calling it 3 acres, 20% contained, forward progress stopped. Will stay on site throughout the evening.

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Tribune Article Link

2:30 pm – think they held this one to 3 acres. Will keep following.

“From Cal Fire SLO (5 minutes ago): @CALFIRE_SLO #BridgeIC (update)fire is 3 Acres with fire fighters making progress. Evacuations have taken place for Main and Bridge Street.”

2 pm – A vegetation fire broke out in Cambria near Bridge St. and Main St. Currently, evacuations are in process. Currently about an acre. Will post more when I know more.

Paul’s Slide Opens today

•July 18, 2017 • 7 Comments

 

Paul’s Slide (PM 21.6)
Paul’s Slide reopens this morning at 9 am to the public 24/7, with one-way reversing traffic control with flaggers; which means a lane of travel is open 24/7.

JUST A REMINDER THERE IS NO CAMPING BETWEEN THE BRIDGE AND PAUL’S SLIDE. THE CLOSEST CAMPING IS LIMEKILN, THEN KIRK CREEK, THEN PLASKETT. CAMPING IS NOT ALLOWED ON THE SIDE OF THE HIGHWAY. GIVEN THE ILLEGAL CAMPFIRE THAT TRIGGERED THE SOBERANES FIRE LAST YEAR, LOCALS WILL BE EXTRA VIGILANT IN REPORTING ALL CAMPERS, WITH OR WITHOUT CAMPIRES, AND CALLING 911 ON CAMPFIRES, WHICH CARRY A $5000 FINE, PLUS SUPRESSION COSTS. PLEASE SEE MARCUS FOSTER’S COMMENT BELOW FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION.

Fire near Parkfield – Park Fire, Garza Branch II

•July 17, 2017 • 1 Comment

7 pm – 900 acres.

3:30 pm – 250-300 acres about to enter into Monterrey County. They have designated this the Garza, Branch II fire, for now. Oops, back to Park until the new team takes over the Garza.

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It is on the Fresno side. They are pulling resources off the Garza Fire and sending them to this one. “Per IC 75 Ares Still Dangerous Rate Of Spread.” Fire will be moving into Monterey County. Also will impact structures in parkfeild proper. 4319 heading into parkfeild proper to set up for structure defense.

 

Watch Nacimiento Rd. Crumble

•July 16, 2017 • 8 Comments

Last week, I sat at the turn out on the west side of the tiny bridge while a caravan of 16 tractor trailer rigs crossed the bridge. I noted that all 16 of them had their entire weight on the bridge at one time. I have photos. This is what it is doing to the road itself. Believe it or not, these 13 are just SOME of the problem areas. Going to be a lot of work to fix this.

 

I am grouping them into batches of 4 for your convenience. They are rather boring, but must be shown and preserved so that when this road says “no more” I have documentation I have been talking about this for MONTHS. And making suggestions on how to lessen the impact, but people are getting impatient, businesses want to bring in their big bucks and to be semi-normal, and tourists are clamoring to come in, so this “life-line” is just a minor detail that apparently will be addressed eventually, but seeing how things get done around here, won’t be addressed until it is beyond critical.

 

These were all taken on Friday, July 14th, 2017. Note in particular in the two smaller ones above, the pavement is completely gone in spots.

Vehicles need to be moved

•July 15, 2017 • 4 Comments

Can you help get the word out….

These vehicles are parked too close to the job. Need to move by Wednesday or tickets / towing will ensue.
No parking signs will be installed Monday.

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