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.
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.
Friends, I had the honor of being interviewed by Magnus Toren at the Henry Miller Library last Sunday as part of the “Under the Persimmon Tree” series. I provide the link to the HML where you can find the Under the Persimmon Tree section and click on to the interview. We discussed a wide range of history including UFW, IPPNW, Global Majority, family, Big Sur , etc If you suffer from insomnia, this will help you get to sleep! Thank you, Magnus and you will find some other interesting interviews as part of the series. www.henrymiller.org or google Henry Miller Library Salud, Paz, Justicia Bill
While not a Persimmon Tree, I can envision a story teller assembling a crowd here to tell some of the stories of Monterey Peninsula.
Today, I am going to forego my planned post on the “Invisible Costs of Tourism” to talk about a very real cost that many of us have been warning about for some time — that is traffic jams at Bixby and the impact on emergency response times. These costs are not monetary, they are to life and limb. I admit, I am biased. I lost my leg in an auto accident, and nearly lost my life. I am VERY aware that in emergency responses, time is a critical factor.
Medical Emergency on Highway One hampered by tourist traffic jam and road construction at Bixby Bridge.
There was a head-on collision at Big Creek yesterday, with several people injured, one critically. The CHP dispatcher wrote this:
 A27-014 HEAVY TRAFF AT BIXBY / DOWN TO 1 LN / REQ 1141 BE ADVSD
Fortunately, Big Sur Fire is south of Bixby. Thankfully, Chief Matt Harris, and his supportive volunteer board is cross-training ALL volunteers not only for fire fighting, but for cliff-rescue as well as EMTs. They needed both for this incident, as is often the case. These are the men and women we count on, who are also there for our tourists. Please consider a donation to: http://Bigsurfire.org It is a completely voluntary organization dependent on donations and grants.
For the critical patient, our military neighbor, Fort Hunter Liggett, sent a medical helicopter. He was not able to land at Big Creek due to fog, so he landed at the Hermitage. Big Sur Fire, MCSO, AMR met him there and transferred the patient from the ambulance to the helicopter. Good job all, and I probably speak for the entire coast when I wish the patient a speedy and full recovery.
I would just like to note that all of these people involved are professionals, only one of which is not paid. Marcus Foster, and Big Sur Fire, I hold you in great regard. Thank you.
I should add, that in addition to the traffic problems at Bixby, there is currently road construction going on in the area which exacerbates the problem.