Posted by: Stan Russell | December 9, 2016

Highway 1 OPEN at 9:00 AM 12/9/16


Highway 1 will be open at 9:00 A.M.

Location: SLO/Monterey County – Hwy. 1 between Ragged Point (SLO, Postmile 72.87) to 1.9 miles south of Big Sur (MON, PM 42.2) n

All lanes of Highway 1 were closed due to a mud/rock slide at 11 PM on 12/8/16

Please drive safely as rocks will continue to fall off the hillside throughout this rain event.

Posted by: Stan Russell | December 9, 2016

Highway 1 closed between Ventana Inn and Ragged Point

Hello Big Sur!

Friday, December 9
7:25 AM

Highway 1 was closed between Ventana Inn and Ragged Point late last night with multiple slides.

Caltrans crews are out at first light to examine the situation and to start cleaning up.

Caltrans will give us an update as soon as possible and I’ll send out an email when I get the call.


Los Padres National Forest
For Immediate Release

Contact: Andrew Madsen (805) 961-5759
Twitter: @LosPadresNF


Soberanes Fire Closure Order Reduced; Rey, Sherpa and Pine Orders Lifted

GOLETA, CA, December 8, 2016…Los Padres National Forest officials today reduced the Soberanes Fire closure order to the area that burned during the fire, effectively reopening the southern portion of the Monterey Ranger District to the public. Forest Service law enforcement officers will strictly enforce the closure order, which carries a penalty of $5,000 and/or six months in jail. This order will expire Dec. 4, 2017.

Forest officials also announced today that the closure orders for the Rey, Sherpa and Pine Fires have also been lifted. West Camino Cielo between Refugio Road and State Highway 154 is open to public traffic. Members of the public are encouraged to exercise caution when entering areas impacted by wildfire as large portions of the burned areas are subject to rock and debris slides.

The new Soberanes Fire Closure Area begins at the northwest corner of Section 1, Township 17 South, Range 1 East, Mount Diablo Base and Meridian and continues east following the National Forest boundary to its intersection with Camel Valley Road. The closure then continues south and east along the Forest Boundary to its intersection with private property in Section 31, Township 20 South, Range 5 East, continuing south and east along the Ventana Wilderness Boundary paralleling the western edge of the Arroyo Seco/Indians Road to its intersection with Escondido Campground. The closure then continues west along the Lost Valley Trail to its intersection with the North Coast Trail via the Lost Valley Connector, then north along the North Coast Trail to its intersection with the North Coast Ridge Road. It then continues north and west along the North Coast Ridge Road to its intersection with State Highway 1, then north along State Highway 1 to its intersection with Palo Colorado Road and east back to the starting point, as shown on the attached map.

Closure of the fire area aims to help ensure that members of the public are not injured within the fire perimeter, and allows for the scorched landscape to begin the rehabilitation process.

For more information, visit the Los Padres National Forest website at



05-07-51-16-22-SoberanesFireClosureMap-ExhibitB (003).pdf

Posted by: Stan Russell | December 7, 2016

Big Sur Volunteer Fire Brigade Firefighter 1 Class

Hello Big Sur!

From Martha Karstens, Big Sur Volunteer Fire Brigade


Attached is a flyer and the scheduled dates for the Fire Fighter 1 class the Fire Brigade will be having starting January 7th 2017.

We would love to have a least one person from each resort or business take the class. They do not have to join the Fire Brigade although that is our goal, to get more Brigade members. By completing this course you could have a person on staff trained on what to do in the unlikely event you experience a fire.

There is no cost for the class. We realize that weekends can be difficult but we have found with past classes that during the winter was the best time to have them.

We would like to have people that hopefully will be in Big Sur for a long time, so we don’t spend all the hours training someone who leaves in a few months if at all possible.

We only offer these classes about every two to three years.

Please let me know if you think you will be able to have someone participate in the class.

Tentative dates for 2017 FF1 class
09:00 to 17:00

January 7 and 8 Saturday and Sunday

January 14 and 15 Saturday and Sunday

January 29 Sunday

February 4 Saturday

February 11 Saturday

February 25 and 26 Saturday and Sunday

March 11 and 12 Saturday and Sunday

March 18 Saturday

March 25 and 26 Saturday and Sunday

April 8 and 9 Saturday and Sunday

April 22 and 23 Saturday and Sunday

April 30 Sunday

May 6 Saturday

May 13 Saturday (Live fire trailer?)

May 20 Saturday

June 1, 3 or 5, wildland school?

Thank you,

Martha Karstens

1-831-667-2113 W
1-831-595-9461 C

Posted by: Stan Russell | December 1, 2016

Fire Restrictions Lowered on Los Padres National Forest


Los Padres National Forest
For Immediate Release

Contact: Andrew Madsen (805) 961-5759
Twitter: @LosPadresNF


Fire Restrictions Lowered on Los Padres National Forest

GOLETA, CA, November 29, 2016 – Rainfall amounts across Los Padres National Forest have provided sufficient moisture levels to reduce Forest fire restrictions on the forest from Level IV to Level II effective immediately.

Under Level II fire restrictions, campfires and charcoal barbeques will be allowed in all developed campgrounds, also known as Designated Campfire Use Sites, within Los Padres. Dispersed fires of any kind outside of Designated Campfire Use Sites are prohibited under Level II fire restrictions. A list of Designated Campfire Use Sites is available online ( and at all Los Padres offices.

Under Level II fire restrictions, a California Campfire Permit is required to use portable lanterns or stoves using gas, jellied petroleum, or pressurized liquid fuel outside of developed campgrounds. California Campfire Permits are available at any Forest Service or Cal Fire office, and can be downloaded for free from the Los Padres National Forest website.

Prohibitions on recreational target shooting in Los Padres are also lifted under Level II fire restrictions. Smoking is permitted only in cleared areas with a three-foot radius, and no permit burning is allowed.

The following fire restrictions will remain in effect:

· Spark arresters are required on all off-highway vehicles, chainsaws, and other internal combustion engines and equipment;

· A permit is required for all welding, grinding, cutting, or use of explosives within the forest;

· Tracer ammunition is prohibited at all times;

· Fireworks are prohibited in Los Padres National Forest at all times and in all places.

Visitors are encouraged to call the local Ranger Station for more information on conditions and restrictions.

Santa Barbara Ranger District – (805) 967-3481

Ojai Ranger District – (805) 646-4348

Mt. Pinos Ranger District – (661) 245-3731

Santa Lucia Ranger District – (805) 925-9538

Monterey Ranger District – (831) 385-5434

Today’s Date: Tuesday, November 29, 2016

District: 05 – Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz Counties
Contact: Susana Z Cruz (bilingual) or Colin Jones

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



MONTEREY COUNTY – Three maintenance projects will take place beginning tomorrow, Wednesday, Nov. 30 along north and southbound Highway 1 at Carmel Highlands and on westbound Hwy. 68 (Holman Highway) in Pacific Grove next Tuesday, Dec. 6. Details are as follows:

Wednesday, Nov. 30 through Friday, Dec. 2: Northbound Hwy. 1 between Wild Cat and Point Lobos in Carmel Highlands:

· One-way reversing traffic control with flagging to clean ditch a line.

· Roadwork hours are from 9 am to 2 pm with 10-minute delays expected.

Saturday, Dec. 3: Southbound Hwy. 1 just south of Granite Cyn. Bridge, south of Carmel


· One-way reversing traffic control with flagging for guardrail repair.

· Roadwork hours are from 7:30 am to 2 pm with 10-minute delays expected.

Monday, Dec. 5: Southbound Hwy. 1 at Handley Drive in Carmel:

· #2 (right) lane closed for dead tree removal.

· Roadwork hours are from 9 am to 2 pm with 5-minute delays expected.

· The CHP will be present to assist with traffic control.

Tuesday, Dec. 6: Westbound Hwy. 68 (Holman Highway) in Pacific Grove:

· One-way reversing traffic control with flagging for tree removal.

· Roadwork hours are from 9 am to 2 pm with 10-minute delays expected.

· The CHP will be present to assist with traffic control.

The purpose of these maintenance projects is 1) clean a ditch line as part of storm preparation; 2) to improve traveler safety by repairing and upgrading a recently hit and damaged guardrail; and 3) to remove dead trees. Roadwork is expected to be complete by Tuesday, Dec. 6 and is being done by the Salinas Tree and Monterey Maintenance crews.

Caltrans reminds motorists to move over and slow down when driving through highway work zones.

For more information on this project and for traffic updates on other Caltrans projects in Monterey County, residents can call the District 5 toll freenumber at 1-831-372-0862 or can visit our website at:

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Press Release

Contact info: LaVerne McLeod (831) 667-2788

For Immediate Release

Come join us for this public event: “SHARING CULTURES”

Saturday, December 10th, 2016 at the Big Sur Grange, Big Sur, CA, 5:30pm-7:30pm

LaVerne McLeod, who recently released her novel, Corn Hollow, A Journey of Sorrow and Triumph, is giving a dramatic presentation based on a pre-Civil Rights Staging to launch her novel in the Big Sur community setting. This is followed by a book signing.

It is a special Big Sur evening of Story-Food-Song. POTLUCK- Please bring a favorite food or dish from your soul or heritage to share. [5:30 gather & socialize; 6:00 Potluck; 6:30 Program]

LaVerne’s writing hashtag # “Let’s Create A Better World”

To learn more about LaVerne’s writings, please visit her website:

Posted by: Stan Russell | November 23, 2016

Burn Season Begins December 1, 2016

From Big Sur Volunteer Fire Brigade

Burn season will begin on December 1, 2016. The burn season is typically 5 months, ending on April 30th 2017. It can, and has been, ended prior to that date depending on the weather!

Everyone will need a permit for each burn season going forward. IE, the 2016/2017 burn season, and the 2017/2018 season etc.

You may visit our web site at <> and fill out the permit and email it in to

Or you may leave us a message at 831-667-2113 or send us an email at the above address if you would like a permit mailed or emailed to you. Another option is to mail us at P.O. Box 520.

As usual, if you want to burn you will need to call the 800-225-2876 FIRST to see if it is a burn day, then call the fire brigade, (667-2113) and leave a message with your name, location of your burn and a call back number. Please speak slowly and clearly.

All burns must be out by dark, and please call your neighbors and let them know you will be burning. Never leave your fire unattended!

A post card will be going out soon but as I have already been getting calls I wanted to get the word out.

Martha Karstens


Message from Monterey County Sheriff’s Department

With the Holiday weekends fast approaching, traveling and camping will be ramping up again. Please take time to plan your trip in the Big Sur area. Camp spots are limited and camping in non designated areas are prohibited. Deputies will be issuing citations.

Call ahead of time for availability. Below is a link to the Big Sur Chamber of Commerce for lodging and dining.

Hello Big Sur!

Andrew Molera State Park campground reopened Thursday, November 3. In addition to the campground they have added a hike & bike camp due to the current closure of Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park’s Hike & Bike campground. Good news for bicyclists riding the Big Sur coastline. Press release below:

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