Posted by: Stan Russell | November 12, 2019

Los Padres National Forest officials raise fire restrictions

News Release

For Immediate Release

November 12, 2019

Media Contact: Andrew Madsen
(805) 961-5759
andrew.madsen

www.facebook.com/lpnf

Twitter: @LosPadresNF

Los Padres National Forest officials raise fire restrictions

GOLETA, Calif. – Due to extremely dry vegetation and an increasing fire danger, Los Padres National Forest officials announced that Extreme Fire Danger fire restrictions will go into effect immediately and remain in effect through December 31, 2019. The following restrictions will be rigorously enforced:

  • Wood and charcoal fires are prohibited in all areas of Los Padres National Forest, including designated Campfire Use sites. Persons with a valid California Campfire Permit are allowed to use portable stoves and lanterns using gas, jellied petroleum or pressurized liquid fuel only within the Designated Campfire Use Sites listed on Exhibit A. California Campfire Permits are available for free download from the Los Padres National Forest website (http://www.fs.usda.gov/lpnf).
  • 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 the target shooting prohibition.
  • Smoking is prohibited in all areas of Los Padres 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.)

Violators may face a fine of $5,000 and/or six months in jail.

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 or by contacting the Forest Service district office nearest you.

Posted by: Stan Russell | November 8, 2019

Big Sur Community Fire Extinguisher Service by Big Sur Fire

CALTRANS
Date: November 5, 2019

District: District 5 (Central Coast)

Contact: susana.cruz (bilingual) or jim.shivers

Phone: (805) 549-3138 or (805) 549-3237

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CALTRANS PLANS TEMPORARY HIGHWAY 1 SAFETY CLOSURE SOUTH OF BIG SUR WHEN MAJOR STORMS ARE FORECAST

MONTEREY COUNTY— Caltrans plans to temporarily close Highway 1 at Mud Creek (PM 8.9) and/or Paul’s Slide (PM 21.6) south of Big Sur when significant rainfall is forecast by the National Weather Service (NWS) as a safety measure for the public.

When significant storms are forecast by the NWS, Caltrans will send a 48-hour traffic advisory to the public in case the roadway needs to close. This will allow time for the local communities and motorists to prepare for the closure, stock up on necessary supplies and make alternate travel plans. At the 24-hour mark, Caltrans will issue a traffic advisory either confirming the full closure or providing new information. These 48 and 24-hour notices apply only to Paul’s Slide and Mud Creek—each closure will be treated separately (two separate closures, one may open but the other may not, depending on the assessment).

Caltrans will have our Geotech, Maintenance and Construction units on call and prepared to inspect/clear roads of debris during daylight hours when the storm ends and it’s safe to be on site. Gates are installed on either side of Mud Creek and Paul’s Slide that will be locked. These gates will not be manned when the highway is closed. No one, including law enforcement, Emergency Services or Caltrans employees, will be allowed access until a proper assessment can be made and any necessary clean-up completed.

The ongoing restoration projects at Mud Creek and Paul’s Slide have re-established a traversable route over both landslides, but continued movement of the newly-formed slopes and landslide features are expected. Closing the highway during significant rainfall is necessary for the safety of travelers and our workers.

“The heavy rainfall in the winter months of 2017 resulted in significant landslide movement at many spots on Highway 1 along the Big Sur Coast,” said Caltrans District 5 Director Tim Gubbins. “We ask for the community’s patience during these closures. Caltrans will strive to clear the highway and reopen Highway 1 as quickly as possible when it is safe to do so.”

Motorists should consult Caltrans Quick Map at http://quickmap.dot.ca.gov for the latest closure information on Highway 1 and all state highways during the wildfire and mudslide season.

Mud Creek (PM 8.9)

Mud Creek had a major landslide on Saturday, May 20, 2017, involving the movement of over 6 million cubic yards of material. The new alignment was built out on the slide material for the middle portion and on a compacted embankment on the south and north ends. The new highway extends out towards the ocean upwards of 250 feet from the original highway. The roadway is 150 to 260 feet above sea level. Natural slopes remaining from the landslide and engineered slopes above and below the roadway are anticipated to experience significant erosion and movement as the new landmass matures.

Paul’s Slide (PM 21.6)

The highway has been reestablished across the landslide but movement of the slopes above and below the roadway continue to push it toward the ocean. Paul’s Slide has been active since January 2017, stabilization measures including creation of additional catchment and temporary stabilization of the Hermitage Wall have been completed. Caltrans expects to reopen to two lanes at Paul’s Slide in December. The signal equipment will be turned off but left in place to allow a quick reactivation if the slide overwhelms the catchment.

Recent photos of Mud Creek Slide, whole (top) and side (above) views from mid-October 2019.

Photos on left (August ’19) and right (mid-October) show Paul’s Slide before and after completion of the cut, respectively. Right photo courtesy of John Madonna Construction.

The next update will occur when the first 48-hour traffic advisory is issued.

News Release
Today’s Date: Monday, November 4, 2019
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 (805) 549-3189
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
*REMINDER*
CALTRANS TO BEGIN ELECTROCHEMICAL CHLORIDE EXTRACTION PROJECT ON BIG CREEK BRIDGE ON WEDNESDAY, NOV. 6

BIG SUR COAST– Caltrans will begin a construction project to extend the life of the Big Creek Bridge on Highway 1, 27 miles south of Big Sur on Wednesday, Nov. 6. Electrochemical Chloride Extraction (ECE), will be used to remove chloride ions from the concrete and reinstate the passivity of the bridge’s steel reinforcement. Details are as follows:

Wednesday, Nov. 6 through Friday, Nov. 8

  • Highway 1 at Big Creek will experience intermittent lane closures with one-way traffic control from 7 am to 6 pm through Friday, Nov. 8 to mobilize equipment
  • Motorists can expect 10 to 15-minute traffic delays

Monday, Nov. 11 through Friday, Nov. 15

  • Same closure time and location through Friday, Nov. 15 to install scaffolding under bridge—equipment will be crossing the roadway and delays of up to 15 minutes can also be expected.

The ECE process extends the life of concrete structures/the Big Creek Bridge.

NOTE: Big Creek Bridge will be restricted to legal trucks only, no permit loads will be allowed on the bridge until the project is completed.

Please refer to link below for a more in-depth explanation of the ECE process.
https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/publications/research/infrastructure/structures/02107/02107.pdf

The contractor for this $10.5 million construction project is Truesdell Corporation of CA, Inc from Tempe, AZ. The project is scheduled to be complete in the Summer of 2021.

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 may call the District 5 Public Affairs Office at (805) 549-3318 or visit our website at: https://dot.ca.gov/caltrans-near-me/district-5

News Release
Today’s Date: Thursday, October 31, 2019
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 (805) 549-3189
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CALTRANS TO BEGIN ELECTROCHEMICAL CHLORIDE EXTRACTION PROJECT ON BIG CREEK BRIDGE NEXT WEDNESDAY, NOV. 6

BIG SUR COAST– Caltrans will begin a construction project to extend the life of the Big Creek Bridge on Highway 1, 27 miles south of Big Sur, next Wednesday, Nov. 6. Electrochemical Chloride Extraction (ECE), will be used to remove chloride ions from the concrete and reinstate the passivity of the bridge’s steel reinforcement. Details are as follows:

Wednesday, Nov. 6 through Friday, Nov. 8

  • Highway 1 at Big Creek will experience intermittent lane closures with one-way traffic control from 7 am to 6 pm through Friday, Nov. 8 to mobilize equipment
  • Motorists can expect 10 to 15-minute traffic delays

Monday, Nov. 11 through Friday, Nov. 15

  • Same closure time and location through Friday, Nov. 15 to install scaffolding under bridge—equipment will be crossing the roadway and delays of up to 15 minutes can also be expected.

The ECE process extends the life of concrete structures/the Big Creek Bridge.

NOTE: Big Creek Bridge will be restricted to legal trucks only, no permit loads will be allowed on the bridge until the project is completed.

Please refer to link below for a more in-depth explanation of the ECE process.
https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/publications/research/infrastructure/structures/02107/02107.pdf

The contractor for this $10.5 million construction project is Truesdell Corporation of CA, Inc from Tempe, AZ. The project is scheduled to be complete in the Summer of 2021.

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 may call the District 5 Public Affairs Office at (805) 549-3318 or visit our website at: https://dot.ca.gov/caltrans-near-me/district-5

News Release
Today’s Date: Tuesday, October 29, 2019
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 (805) 549-3189
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CALTRANS PUBLIC MEETINGS ON HIGHWAY 1 TRANSPORTATION DEMAND MANAGEMENT PLAN

The Big Sur Coast Highway – A 100-mile majestic experience from Carmel to Hearst Castle – is experiencing travel pressures that could damage the very scenic qualities and natural beauty that make the area so precious.

Caltrans invites you to share in a public event to provide feedback on developing a sustainable Transportation Demand Management (TDM) plan. The purpose for the public meetings will be to:

  • Discuss the Draft TDM Document, opportunities, and toolkit;
  • Set timelines for receiving public comments and feedback.

The public meetings will be held on the following dates and locations:

Tuesday, October 29th
South Public Meeting – 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm in Cambria.
Cambria Veterans Hall – 1000 Main Street.
(For transportation information on how to get to this event, e-mail the Travel Trainer, Peter at traveltrainerslo)

Wednesday, October 30th
North Public Meeting – 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm in Carmel Valley
Rancho Canada Club – Wedgewood Meeting Center – Fiesta meeting room.
(follow ‘Wedgewood’ signs)
4860 Carmel Valley Road.
Carmel, CA 93923

Friday, November 1st
Big Sur Multi Agency Advisory Committee (BSMAAC) – 10 am in Big Sur
Pfeiffer Big Sur Lodge Conference Center

www.sustainablehighway1.com

For more information on this project and for traffic updates on other Caltrans projects in Monterey County, residents may call the District 5 Public Affairs Office at (805) 549-3318 or visit our website at: https://dot.ca.gov/caltrans-near-me/district-5

News Release
Today’s Date: Friday, October 25, 2019
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 (805) 549-3189
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CALTRANS PUBLIC MEETINGS ON HIGHWAY 1 TRANSPORTATION DEMAND MANAGEMENT PLAN

The Big Sur Coast Highway – A 100-mile majestic experience from Carmel to Hearst Castle – is experiencing travel pressures that could damage the very scenic qualities and natural beauty that make the area so precious.

Caltrans invites you to share in a public event to provide feedback on developing a sustainable Transportation Demand Management (TDM) plan. The purpose for the public meetings will be to:

  • Discuss the Draft TDM Document, opportunities, and toolkit;
  • Set timelines for receiving public comments and feedback.

The public meetings will be held on the following dates and locations:

Tuesday, October 29th
South Public Meeting – 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm in Cambria.
Cambria Veterans Hall – 1000 Main Street.
(For transportation information on how to get to this event, e-mail the Travel Trainer, Peter at traveltrainerslo)

Wednesday, October 30th
North Public Meeting – 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm in Carmel Valley
Rancho Canada Club – Wedgewood Meeting Center – Fiesta meeting room.
(follow ‘Wedgewood’ signs)
4860 Carmel Valley Road.
Carmel, CA 93923

Friday, November 1st
Big Sur Multi Agency Advisory Committee (BSMAAC) – 10 am in Big Sur
Pfeiffer Big Sur Lodge Conference Center

www.sustainablehighway1.com

For more information on this project and for traffic updates on other Caltrans projects in Monterey County, residents may call the District 5 Public Affairs Office at (805) 549-3318 or visit our website at: https://dot.ca.gov/caltrans-near-me/district-5

Big Sur Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 87
Big Sur, CA 93920
(831) 667-2100
http://www.bigsurcalifornia.org
http://www.thebigsurblog.com
http://www.twitter.com/BigSurCC
https://www.facebook.com/BigSurInformation

Posted by: Stan Russell | October 23, 2019

BIG SUR RIVER RUN – PFEIFFER BIG SUR STATE PARK

Ready to Run in Big Sur?

Get ready to run in the 2019 Big Sur River Run. Register now for the 39th annual Big Sur River Run! Bring your friends and family for a great time that supports the Big Sur Health Center and Big Sur Fire. Save the date! The 39th annual Big Sur River Run will be held this Saturday, October 26, 2019.

A beautiful loop course along the Big Sur River and the towering redwood trees of Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, this 5K walk and certified, chip-timed 10K run is a fun way to experience and support the Big Sur community spirit.

As a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, the Big Sur River Run donates the proceeds from its running events to local, non-profit organizations. Learn more about our grant recipients.

News Release
Today’s Date: Friday, October 11, 2019
District: 05–Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz Counties
Contact: Jim Shivers or Colin Jones
Phone: (805) 549-3237 or (805) 549-3189
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

HIGHWAY 1 TRAFFIC CONTROL NEAR RAGGED POINT CONTINUES NEXT WEEK/NO OVERNIGHT FULL CLOSURES PLANNED

SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY – A project to construct a viaduct and retaining wall on Highway 1between the San Carpoforo Creek Bridge and Ragged Point will continue the week of Sunday Oct. 13.

Motorists will encounter one-way reversing traffic control for the installation of K-rail and a 24/7 traffic signal beginning Monday, Oct. 14 with roadwork taking place Monday through Thursday from 6 am until 6 pm and on Fridays from 6 am until 2 pm.

Electronic message boards will be posted to alert the public. This signal will allow traffic to proceed in each direction 24/7 until project completion.

No full overnight closures of Highway 1 are anticipated next week.

This $4.1 million project is Souza Engineering of San Luis Obispo, CA. It’s scheduled to be complete by Spring of 2020.

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: https://dot.ca.gov/caltrans-near-me/district-5

Posted by: Stan Russell | October 8, 2019

WILD & SCENIC FILM FESTIVAL OCTOBER 19 IN MONTEREY

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Get Your Tickets Today!
You won’t want to miss VWA’s 7th annual Wild and Scenic Film Festival. Big thanks to all who purchased advance tickets for the October 17 Santa Cruz screening, which is officially sold out! The good news is that tickets are still available for October 19 in Monterey, where we’ll present 10 carefully selected films about wildlife, wildfire, and lots more. There will also be AMAZING raffle prizes, filmmakers, special guests, and the camaraderie of fellow wilderness lovers. Proceeds support VWA’s conservation work in the Big Sur backcountry, so get tickets today, bring a friend, and help us kick off the field season in style!

EVENT DETAILS:
Saturday, October 19: Doors at 6PM, films at 7PM
Location Address: Golden State Theatre
417 Alvarado Street, downtown Monterey
Tickets: $20 + fees advance or $25 + fees at the door (while supplies last)
Purchase advance tickets

For film listing, stills, trailers, raffle prizes and more information, follow our Facebook event page.

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The director and producer of Forest on Fire will join us at the Golden State Theatre
to talk about their compelling film.

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