Posted by: Stan Russell | August 7, 2016

Update regarding emergency evacuation and PIO locations in Big Sur

Hello Big Sur!

9:30 AM

I just spoke with Raymond Martinez the Cal Fire PIO assigned to Big Sur.

The evacuation notice issued last night was issued because a 40 MPH wind kicked up and pushed the fire over the dozer line. The slop over fire was a 100 acres. This is the main fire that made the run.

Operations today; they are burning off the dozer lines – back firing. The operation is going EXCELLENT!

They will have full air support as soon as they can fly safely. They also have portable fire retardant stations to load up the helicopters.

They weren’t able to back burn the area behind Mount Manuel yesterday.

There will be Public Information Officers posted today at Big Sur Station, Post Office area, Big Sur Bakery, Fernwood Resort, Nepenthe, Ripplewood, and I recommended posting one at the River Inn which he said he would do. They will have sandwich boards with maps and be able to answer your questions.

At this point the Sheriff’s Department is NOT closing Highway 1.

Today’s forecast is for 14 MPH wind at eye level.

Be safe.

Stan Russell



  1. Great update. Thank you.

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