CALTRANS
Today’s Date: February 15, 2019 at 11:15 AM

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

**UPDATE #2–TRAFFIC ADVISORY**

HWY. 1 AT MUD CREEK TO RE-OPEN AT 12 NOON TODAY AND PAUL’S SLIDE TO RE-OPEN AT 5 PM TODAY; BOTH AREAS WILL INCLUDE TRAFFIC CONTROL

MONTEREY COUNTY — Caltrans has received confirmation from National Weather Service (NOAA) data that the significant storms have passed in the areas of Mud Creek (PM 8.9) and Paul’s Slide (PM 21.6) on State Route 1 in the Big Sur area. Caltrans Geotech, Maintenance Design and Maintenance crews assessed all road areas within the closure limits earlier today between storms. Contractor and Caltrans crews are busy cleaning and clearing slide material from the roadway. As a result, Highway 1 at Mud Creek will re-open today, Friday Feb. 15 at 12 noon; Hwy. 1 at Paul’s Slide will re-open at 5 pm today. Motorists will encounter traffic control at these locations today and tomorrow.

Thanks to the Big Sur community and coastal travelers for their cooperation and patience.

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CALTRANS
Today’s Date: February 14, 2019 at 2:30 pm

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

**UPDATE #1–TRAFFIC ADVISORY**

CALTRANS CONTINUES WITH TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF HWY. 1 WITH CLOSURE LIMITS THAT INCLUDE MUD CREEK/PAUL’S SLIDE

MONTEREY COUNTY —The southern limits of the closure of Highway 1 will remain from Ragged Point (PM SLO 72.87) to Mud Creek (PM Mon 8.9) and the northern limits at Paul’s Slide (PM MON 21.6) due to heavy rainfall and slide activity in the area. Highway 1 will remain closed at these two locations until further notice.

Businesses along the Big Sur Coast on Hwy. 1 remain open and are accessible via Hwys. 101, 68 and 46.

Caltrans’ Geotech, Maintenance and Construction units are on call and prepared to inspect/clean up when the storm ends during the daylight hours and it is safe to be onsite again—at this time, the forecast shows the storm is stretching into Sunday, Feb. 17th with the possibility of thunderstorms and locally heavy rainfall, so we plan to begin assessments on Saturday morning, Feb. 16th. Caltrans’ goal is to open the roadway as quickly and safely as possible and our staff remains on-call 24/7.

The gates on either side of Mud Creek and Paul’s Slide will be key locked. These gates will not be manned when the highway is closed and there will be no access to anyone, including Emergency Services or Caltrans employees until a proper assessment can be made and any necessary cleanup has been completed.

NOTE: This advisory applies only to the Mud Creek and Paul’s Slide areas with each closure being treated separately. Please stay tuned for additional information when the roadway opens again. SEE ATTACHED CLOSURE MAP.

An update will be provided by 5 pm on Saturday, Feb. 16th after assessments have been made.

MUD CREEK SLIDE – 2/14/2019

PAUL’S SLIDE 2/14/2019

HIGHWAY 1 CLOSURE MAP

Dear Big Sur Community and Stakeholders,

With regret, we have decided we need to postpone the Big Sur tour with Carole Groom tomorrow due to the weather and power outages (including at the Lodge). We have rescheduled the meeting to March 22, 2019.

Please save the date.

Sincerely,

Sarah Hardgrave on behalf of Supervisor Mary L. Adams

County of Monterey, District 5

Phone: 831-647-7755

Please consider the environment before printing this e-mail.
Posted by: Stan Russell | February 13, 2019

Casting Call – Ryan Murphy Filming in Big Sur March 4-8, 2019

Hello Big Sur,

Little Bird Casting is putting out a casting call for the new Ryan Murphy 1940’s era television series. They are looking for male and female paid background actors. Filming in Big Sur March 4-8 but must be available February 26 to March 1 for fitting.

Contact Morgan Marcus at Morgancast

Background on Ryan Murphy
https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0614682/

FROM CALTRANS

State Route 1 is NOW FULLY OPEN–it had been closed due to downed trees and powerlines between Pt. Lobos (PM 70.42) and Highlands Dr. (PM 69.24) in Carmel.

Hello Big Sur!

Friday, February 13
9:30 A.M.
SIG-ALERT–HWY. 1–MONTEREY COUNTY–CLOSURE DUE TO DOWNED TREES AND POWER LINES–ETO NOON

State Route 1 is closed due to downed trees and powerlines between Pt. Lobos (PM 70.42) and Highlands Dr. (PM 69.24) in Carmel.

ESTIMATED TIME OF OPENING : NOON

Regards,
Stan Russell

Posted by: Stan Russell | February 12, 2019

Potential Flooding – Big Sur River

Hello Big Sur!

Potential Flooding – Big Sur River

Monterey County has issued a potential flood warning for the Big Sur River.

“The Big Sur River is expected to reach monitor stage and has the potential to get to flood stage in the next 24 hours. Be vigilant and observant of current conditions and be ready to take protective measures or move to higher ground for safety.”

If you would like to monitor the USGS Big Sur River Gage online follow this link:
https://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?11143000

US National Weather Service San Francisco Bay Area/Monterey California has FORECASTED the Big Sur River to reach Monitor Stage on 2/13 from 8am to 2/14 at 8pm. The river is expected to crest at 9ft (1 ft BELOW FLOOD STAGE) & not anticipated to reach flood stage. Info subject to change. For more information: https://water.weather.gov/ahps2/hydrograph.php?gage=bsrc1&wfo=mtr

BigSurRiverFloodingGraphic

Let’s all be safe and error on the side of caution for this storm.

Regards,
Stan Russell
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

CALTRANS
Today’s Date: February 12, 2019 at Noon
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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

**TRAFFIC ADVISORY**
CALTRANS ANNOUNCES TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF HWY. 1 AT MUD CREEK/PAUL’S SLIDE TODAY AT 5 PM

MONTEREY COUNTY — Caltrans has received confirmation from National Weather Service (NOAA) data that a significant storm will reach the areas of Mud Creek (PM 8.9) and Paul’s Slide (PM 21.6) on State Route 1 in the Big Sur area this evening. The Highway 1 closure, for traveler safety, will include the areas of Mud Creek and Paul’s Slide, closing today, Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 5 pm until further notice. SEE ATTACHED CLOSURE MAP.

The closure initiation process will begin at 3 PM with Electronic Message Signs activated and both sets of gates (Mud Creek and Paul’s Slide) closed by 5 pm today. Storm activity is currently forecast through Saturday, Feb. 16th.

Businesses along the Big Sur Coast on Hwy. 1 remain open and are accessible via Hwy’s. 101, 68, 46.

Caltrans’ Geotech, Maintenance and Construction units are on call and prepared to inspect/clean up when the storm ends during the daylight hours and it is safe to be onsite again—we currently anticipate this to be Friday, Feb. 15th. Caltrans’ goal is to open the roadway as quickly and safely as possible and our staff remains on-call 24/7.

The gates on either side of Mud Creek and Paul’s Slide will be key locked. These gates will not be manned when the highway is closed and there will be no access to anyone, including Emergency Services or Caltrans employees until a proper assessment can be made and any necessary cleanup has been completed.

NOTE: Both Mud Creek and Paul’s Slide will close today. An update will be provided by the afternoon of Friday, Feb 15th or sooner.

CALTRANS
Today’s Date: February 11, 2019 at 1 pm
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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

**24-HOUR TRAFFIC ADVISORY**
TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF HIGHWAY 1 AT MUD CREEK/PAUL’S SLIDE AT 5 PM TUESDAY

MONTEREY COUNTY — Caltrans has received confirmation from National Weather Service (NOAA) data that a significant storm is in the forecast for this week including the areas of Mud Creek (PM 8.9) and Paul’s Slide (PM 21.6) on State Route 1 in the Big Sur area.

This advisory is to inform the public to be prepared for preemptive closure of the roadway scheduled for 5 pm Tuesday, Feb. 12 due to a significant storm. A final notice will be sent just prior to the roadway closing. Caltrans will have our Geotech, Maintenance and Construction units on call and prepared to inspect/clean up during daylight hours when the storm ends and it is safe to be onsite again.

The gates on either side of Mud Creek and Paul’s Slide will be key locked. These gates will not be manned when the highway is closed. No one, including Emergency Services or Caltrans employees will be allowed access until a proper assessment can be made and any necessary cleanup has been completed.

NOTE: These advisories apply only to the Mud Creek and Paul’s Slide areas with each closure being treated separately–both locations will close at 5 pm Tuesday, Feb. 12. Please stand by for additional information.

Download PDF of map below

20190117_SR1_Closures_Map_at_Mud_and_Paul’s_only.pdf

Posted by: Stan Russell | February 11, 2019

Los Padres to begin implementing prescribed fire activities

Los Padres National Forest
News Release

For Immediate Release

Feb. 7, 2019

Media Contact: Andrew Madsen
(805) 961-5759
andrewmadsen

www.facebook.com/lpnf

Twitter: @LosPadresNF

Los Padres to begin implementing prescribed fire activities

GOLETA, Calif.— Los Padres National Forest officials today announced plans to begin implementing their annual prescribed burning operations on the Forest. When favorable weather conditions are present, specific project locations and dates will be shared on the Forest’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.

The objectives of the projects are to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire to people and communities, create conditions which offer a safer and more effective wildfire response, foster more resilient ecosystems, and minimize the effects of large wildfires on the landscape.

When implementing these projects, fire managers follow a burn plan that outlines the “prescription” or environmental conditions such as temperature, wind, fuel moisture, ventilation and relative humidity that need to be present before the project begins. When the criteria are met, crews implement, monitor, and patrol each burn to ensure it meets the goals and objectives outlined by managers. The prescribed fire program will continue through the winter and spring months as permitted by weather and other environmental factors.

Prescribed fires including both understory and pile burning are intended to reduce the amount of vegetation, such as needles, small plants, brush, and small trees which can carry fire from the forest floor into the treetops. Studies and experience have shown that prescribed fires stimulate the growth of grasses, forbs and shrubs that provide food for deer, mountain quail and other wildlife.

The ignition of all prescribed burns is dependent on the availability of personnel and equipment and appropriate conditions. Prescribed burn planning and execution are closely coordinated with the National Weather Service and Air Quality Management Districts in order to manage smoke production and minimize impacts as much as possible.

When these burns occur, information signs will be posted along the roadways to alert the public to the burning activity and subsequent visible smoke in the area.

For questions on the Los Padres National Forest prescribed fire program, please contact Gregory Thompson at (661) 245-3731.

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