Hello Big Sur!
Today the Soberanes Fire is at 97% containment and it is estimated it will be 100% contained by October 15. This does not mean the fire it is out, just that it is contained. It will take a sizable rain event to put out all the fires that are smoldering in the wilderness. To date the cost of the Soberanes Fire is $236,000 million dollars and counting.
Come November look for community meetings regarding the Big Sur Community Fuel Break. Per Andrew Madsen, Los Padres National Forest, Sam Farr wrote financing for this into legislation. This is to maintain fire breaks to protect the Big Sur community and to limit the spread of wildfires.
The Cow Cliffs / Elephant Trunk Highway 1 project is nearly complete. Caltrans is painting the stripes, aligning the guardrails and applying various finishing touches. The ribbon cutting ceremony is:
Thursday, October 20
19019 Highway 1
Ragged Point CA 93452
Thank you Caltrans for keeping Highway 1 open!
State Parks Update
From John De Luca, Sector Superintendent / SPS II (acting)
California State Parks
Big Sur Sector – Monterey District
Andrew Molera State Park
Andrew Molera State Park is open for limited day use on the west side of Highway 1. Basically everything south of the campground road/trail to beach. The trails east of Highway 1 remain closed.
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park is open for limited day use and camping. All trails west of Highway 1 are open. Trails east of Highway 1 remain closed for trail maintenance. Anticipated opening of the eastern trails at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park is sometime next week.
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park remains closed. This is a necessary closure for public safety. State Parks is currently reviewing the BAER and WERT reports. The information within those reports will help develop a plan for winter preparations.