Andrew Molera State Park Prescribed Burn 10/2013
What: California State Parks is planning to conduct a prescribed burn in Andrew Molera State Park in Big Sur.
When: Burning will occur after enough rain has fallen that the majority of the vegetation within drainages surrounding the burn plots will not carry fire, but grasslands and some coyote brush will burn at a low to moderate intensity. If meteorological conditions are favorable, this will occur during the second half of October through the first half of December.
Why: We are burning this project area in order to manage for native grasslands (Coastal Prairie) that exist within Andrew Molera State Park. This very diverse plant community is rare in California and has been largely replaced by European annual grassland, coastal scrub and chaparral. Our intent is to slow the growth of coyote brush and non-native grasses in parts of northeastern and southwestern Andrew Molera State Park (see map), where healthy stands of Coastal Prairie exist.
Who: This prescribed burn will be conducted by the California State Parks Central Coast Prescribed Burn Team. This crew has extensive prescribed burning experience in parks throughout the central and northern California Coast. Support will also be provided by at least two of the following agencies: Cal Fire, North Tree Fire/El Sur Ranch, U.S. Forest Service and Big Sur Fire Brigade.
Where: The 350 acre Molera Native Grasslands Restoration site is divided into 12 burn plots, which have been burned or will be burned separately (see map). This year we hope to burn Plots 6, 7, 8, 9 on the east side of Hwy 1, a total of approximately 70 acres.
More information: A Cal Fire Burning Permit, a Monterey Bay Unified Air Pollution Control District Smoke Management Permit, and a Coastal Development Permit have been issued for this project. In addition, a Mitigated Negative Declaration, a Biological Survey Report and several plant and animal surveys have been completed. If you have questions or comments, please call Jeff Frey at 384-0956.
The bottom two descriptions and photos are reversed and I’ve tried to correct them several times. WP set it up this way, and doesn’t want me messin’ with it. Sheesh! The last one, is by Kelly OBrien from York School. The second-to-last one is by Pearl.
Also, two flare ups last night at 9:00 pm and again at 11:30 pm. I think things are fine today, but if not, I’ll let my readers know.
2:10 pm – per eyewitness Kelly O’Brien, KUSP, it is now under control. Was a little exciting there for a minute. Above photos by Kelly.
At approximately 1:25 pm, the controlled 72 acre burn jumped its containment line. York School evacuated. More in a minute. Gotta make a call.
This is the York School Boundary Road, from York School, photo by Kelly O’Brien, KUSP.
Photo below by Pearl.
Local Controlled Burn Alert!
If weather conditions permit, there will be a controlled burn conducted on the southern property line of El Sur Ranch adjacent Andrew Molera State Park on the east side of Highway 1.
The burn is scheduled to begin the morning of either Wednesday, October 16th or Friday, October 18th.
This will be a “black line burn” of approximately 10 acres, the purpose of which is to clear hazardous fuels in preparation of an as yet unscheduled controlled burn on State Park property.
As of this writing, it is believed that members of the Big Sur Volunteer Fire Brigade, Cal-Fire, US Forest Service and personnel from North Tree Fire will be on standby and managing the operation. Signs will be up notifying the public.
Also, you may have noticed the 2d Ft. Ord controlled burn today.
Photos by Dan Danbom, taken today around noon.
Here are some more photos from Kelly O’Brien, KUSP,
From one of my contacts
“…just got off the horn with the fire sta. …..the boys have got a control burn going on today…..so sounds like they started they’re control burn season….its out by san migieleto loop area….so expect to start seeing some smoke from the ligg for the next couple of weeks…..”
Oh, joy. FHL has a way of letting these things get away from them. Considering the fire restrictions imposed by LPNF, I am surprised they are doing it now, but I do know they will try to be careful. Anyway, heads up, South Coasters.
From Dan Danbom
This was originally submitted as a photo of the North fire. It is not. It is of the controlled burn.