Today’s Date: Friday, December 19, 2014
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– A maintenance project to remove slide material and perform drainage work will take place on a 10-mile section of Highway 1 between the Monterey/San Luis Obispo County line and Gorda tomorrow, Saturday, Dec. 20 and Sunday, Dec. 21, Caltrans officials have announced.

Work hours are from 7 am to 3 pm both days under one-way traffic control with flaggers. Motorists can expect a delay not to exceed 15 minutes. Electronic Message Boards will be activated to alert motorists.

The purpose of this two-day emergency project is to clean up after the recent batch of storms and will be performed by the Willow Springs and Templeton North maintenance crews. This emergency roadwork is necessary to ensure all of the maintenance needs of the coast highway area are met. Work will be completed on Sunday afternoon, Dec. 21, weather permitting.

NOTE: Access to businesses will remain open via Hwy. 1 between Ragged Point and Big Sur

Caltrans reminds motorists to move over and slow down when driving through highway construction 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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Posted by: Stan Russell | December 19, 2014


PINE RIDGE TRAIL (to Sykes Hot Springs) CLOSED AT BIG SUR STATION. A huge slide near the wilderness boundary makes the trail essentially impassable. Now is a great time to explore the hundreds of miles of other Ventana Wilderness trails!

Posted by: Stan Russell | December 17, 2014

Highway 1 is OPEN

Good morning Big Sur!

Per Caltrans, Highway 1 is open as of 6:10 A.M. this morning.

Stan Russell

Posted by: Stan Russell | December 16, 2014

Highway 1 closing for the night between MM 63 & 54

Hello Big Sur!
Susana Cruz of Caltrans just called to let me know that Highway 1 will be closed overnight between Garrapata Creek Bridge and Point Sur Lighthouse entrance. MM 63 to 54 respectively.

Caltrans expects to have the Highway open very early in the morning. There isn’t a large slide, just a lot of rocks on the highway and they will be out at first light with the rock plows to clear the roadway.

Stan Russell

Posted by: Stan Russell | December 15, 2014

Transition out of Fire Season

Andrew Madsen, USFS
(805) 961-5759
Alan Peters, CAL FIRE
(805) 543-4244

December 14, 2014

Transition out of Fire Season
San Luis Obispo County – Recent rains and cooler temperatures across the region have lowered the threat of wildfires allowing CAL FIRE’s San Luis Obispo Unit to transition out of fire season effective Monday, December 15, 2014, at 8 a.m.

“While we will not know if this winter will finally bring us out of this long drought, we welcome the last few wetting storms so we can take a breath from a fire season that extended from April of 2013 until now,” stated Chief Robert Lewin, CAL FIRE’s San Luis Obispo Unit Chief.

As drought conditions continue to have a hold on California, CAL FIRE is maintaining staffing that meets the current threat, as well as strategically moving resources to areas that remain at a higher threat level. CAL FIRE will also continue to monitor weather conditions closely and still has the ability to increase staffing should the weather conditions change or if there is a need to support wildfires in other areas of the State.

The 2014 fire season has been an extremely active year. Statewide CAL FIRE and firefighters from many local agencies battled over 5,500 wildfires within the State Responsibility Area that burned nearly 91,000 acres. This number is over 1,000 more wildfires this year than normal.

For more ways to prevent sparking a wildfire visit

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GOLETA, CA – Rain across Los Padres National Forest has provided sufficient moisture levels to transition out of High Fire Season and reduce fire restrictions on the forest effective immediately.

Under the reduced fire restrictions, campfires and charcoal barbeques will be allowed in all areas of Los Padres National Forest. A California Campfire Permit is required to build a campfire outside of a designated Campfire Use Site. California Campfire Permits are available for free download from the Los Padres National Forest website ( A list of Campfire Use Sites is available at all Los Padres National Forest offices.

Visitors who construct wood or charcoal fires outside of designated Campfire Use Sites also must clear all flammable material for a minimum of five feet in all directions; have a shovel available for preparing and extinguishing the fire; have a responsible person in attendance at all times; and extinguish the fire with water, using the “drown, stir and feel” method.

Prohibitions on smoking and target shooting in Los Padres National Forest are also being lifted.

“As we move into low fire season and reduce fire restrictions, it’s important to remember that fire can happen at any time of the year,” said Los Padres National Forest Fire Chief Carrie Landon. “I strongly encourage all visitors to exercise caution while they are enjoying the forest.”

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;
· 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
Monterey Ranger District – (831) 385-5434
Santa Lucia Ranger District – (805) 925-9538

Posted by: Stan Russell | December 14, 2014

Rise Up Singing Troupe Holiday Caroling Wednesday, December 17

‘Tis the season for holiday caroling in Big Sur. Lisa G. and her local Rise Up Singing troupe is on tour for the sixth year, heedless of the wind and weather…

Singers are welcome to join in, otherwise make your dinner reservations at a Big Sur restaurant on the route this Wednesday and get your dose of holiday cheer.

5:30pm – Singers meet at 5:30 in the lobby of the Big Sur River Inn to warm up.
6:00pm – River Inn
6:30pm – Big Sur Roadhouse
7:00pm – Fernwood
7:30pm – Nepenthe
8:15pm – Deetjens Big Sur Inn

In other news, the National Weather Service has issued today a Flash Flood Warning for tonight through Monday afternoon throughout Big Sur. “Residents of Big Sur should be prepared for possible closures of Highway 1 and plan accordingly.”

Posted by: Stan Russell | December 13, 2014

Highway 1 is OPEN!

Hello Big Sur!
I just received a call from Colin Jones at Caltrans to let us know that Highway 1 is now open in both directions with no restrictions. All skate!
Still be safe out there. Rocks will continue to rain down along the steep edges of the highway.
Stan Russell

Posted by: Stan Russell | December 12, 2014


Today’s Date: Friday, December 12, 2014 @ 6:30 pm
District: 5 – Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito Counties
Contact: Susana Z Cruz (Bilingual) or Colin Jones
Phone: (805) 549-3138 or (805) 549-3189



MONTEREY COUNTY — A 10-mile section of Highway 1 will remain closed overnight through Saturday morning, Dec. 13 in both directions from north of Ragged Point at the San Luis Obispo/Monterey County line to Gorda (Mile Marker 10) in Monterey County south of Big Sur due to rock and mudslide activity.

Caltrans will evaluate conditions of the roadway, which is still an active/unstable slide area with intermittent wet weather continuing and will provide roadway updates as the situation develops. Any overnight travel is NOT advised unless absolutely necessary.

All businesses on either side of the closure in Big Sur/Ragged Point are open and accessible via Highways 1, 46 68 and/or 101.

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

For more information regarding projects on the Central Coast, you may call the toll-free hotline at (888) 836-0866 or visit <http://>; . The public may also call the statewide CHIN at (800) 427-7623 for updates on current traffic conditions.

Posted by: Stan Russell | December 12, 2014

Highway 1 to remain closed overnight from Gorda to Ragged Point

Hello Big Sur!

Highway 1 will remain closed overnight from Gorda to Ragged Point.

Posted by: Stan Russell | December 12, 2014

Caltrans at work today… Still clearing Hwy 1

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