CALTRANS NEWS RELEASE
Today’s Date:
Tuesday, November 2, 2016
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

STATE ROUTE ONE REALIGNMENT NEAR PIEDRAS BLANCAS CONTINUES

SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY – A project to realign a nearly three-mile segment of State Route 1 from Point Piedras Blancas to the Arroyo De La Cruz Bridge

near San Simeon continues with the construction of new bridges and grading for the new travel lanes.

Most of the construction during this project will take place adjacent to the existing highway, but motorists may encounter occasional daytime lane closures

Monday through Friday from 7 am until 3 pm with delays not to exceed ten minutes. This project is a result of coastal erosion along this segment of State Route 1.

The contractor for this $19.7 million project is Papich Construction of Grover Beach, CA. This project is expected to be complete by the winter of 2018.

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, motorists can call Caltrans District 5 Public Affairs at (805) 549-3318 or visit the District 5 website

at: http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist05/road_information.htm

Construction of one of three new bridges on State Route 1 Realignment Project.

Existing lanes of Hwy. 1 (left below) with grading for new lanes (right above).

Posted by: Stan Russell | November 2, 2016

NEW TEXT ALERT SYSTEM AVAILABLE TO ALL MONTEREY COUNTY RESIDENTS

Hello Big Sur!

Monterey County Office of Emergency Services is rolling out a text message alert service.
Please see the attached press release for important details.

Maia Carroll
Communications Coordinator
County of Monterey

Download PDF below
textmessagealertsignup.pdf

CALTRANS NEWS RELEASE
Today’s Date:
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
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

*UPDATE 75*

ELEPHANT TRUNK COMPLETES WITH PLANT ESTABLISHMENT FOR A YEAR ON HIGHWAY 1 NEAR THE SAN LUIS OBISPO/MONTEREY COUNTY LINE

SAN LUIS OBISPO/MONTEREY COUNTIES– A project to construct a retaining wall on Highway 1 in northern San Luis Obispo/southern Monterey County (SLO PM 73.7-PM 74) is underway. It will serve as a permanent restoration effort in this area known for major slides.

All contract work will be done this week and then we will be maintaining the plants that we planted for a year.

The contractor for this $9.5 million project is John Madonna Construction of San Luis Obispo, CA. This project is expected to be completed in winter 2016-17.

Picture shows the road re-open without the traffic signal on State Route 1 at Elephant Trunk.

-MORE-

*UPDATE #62*

HIGHWAY 1/COW CLIFFS VIADUCT PROJECT SCHEDULED TO COMPLETE NEXT WEEK

MONTEREY COUNTY– A mostly daytime 1/2-mile project to construct a viaduct continues along Hwy. 1 near Lucia from the Big Creek Bridge to south of Dolan Creek Bridge (PM 31), near Big Creek Bridge (PM 28), about 18 miles south of Big Sur.

Roadwork for next week is removing the temporary traffic signal and striping; project should complete by the end of next week.

The project consists of constructing a permanent viaduct, about five miles north of Lucia and 18 miles south of Big Sur. Daily roadwork schedules are subject to change due to weather conditions and other factors so stay tuned for weekly updates. ALL BUSINESSES ALONG THE BIG SUR COAST WILL REMAIN OPEN.

The contractor for this $3.9 million project is RGW Construction Inc. of Livermore, CA. Completion is scheduled for fall of 2016, weather permitting

Paving top cap northbound, looking north,

Paving completed looking south on State Route 1 at Cow Cliffs.

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

For traffic updates on other state highways in Monterey and San Luis Obispo Counties, motorists can call Caltrans District 5 Public Affairs at 805-549-3318 or can visit the District 5 website at: http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist05/road_information.htm. Motorists can also contact the toll-free hotline from Cambria to Carmel at: 888-836-0866

Posted by: Stan Russell | October 15, 2016

Flash Flood Watch for Debris Flow

US National Weather Service San Francisco Bay Area/Monterey

Flash flood watch for debris flows across recent wildfire burn scar areas

Saturday, October 15, 2016, 3:30 PM

Soberanes Fire
Final Daily Update: October 13, 2016
100% CONTAINED


CONTACT:
Fire Information Line (831) 204-0446—Media Line (831) 484-9647—Email: soberanesfire2016@gmail.com

Incident: The Soberanes Fire is burning in the Los Padres National Forest, Ventana Wilderness, in Monterey County, CA. An illegal campfire started the fire on July 22, 2016, in Garrapata State Park.

Agency Jurisdiction: Los Padres National Forest/CAL FIRE San Benito-Monterey Unit.

Incident Command: South Central Sierra Incident Management Team, Deron Mills, Incident Commander

Current Size: 132,127 acres (94,933 acres Los Padres National Forest; 37,194 acres CAL FIRE)

Containment: 100% Personnel: 581 Cause: Illegal campfire Injuries: 1 fatality, 12 injuries Structures Destroyed: 57 homes, 11 outbuildings Structures Threatened: 0 Crews: 7

Engines: 11 Helicopters: 5 Dozers: 8 Water Tenders: 29

Current Situation:

The fire is now at one-hundred percent containment and will move into patrol status. Crews continue to work towards fully controlling the fire by mopping up and extinguishing hot spots. Smoldering areas within the interior will continue to put up smoke. The fire will be determined completely controlled (out) after a season-ending rain event occurs.

Dozer and hand line repairs are being conducted in the north and south zones. Seventy-nine percent of suppression repair work is now complete with 297 out of 384 miles repaired and 81 miles left. Work around Arroyo Seco is expected to be completed in a few days.

South Central Sierra Incident Management Team assumed command today at 6:00 am. Fire camps at Andrew Molera and Rana have been dismantled and relocated to King City. The Incident Command Post at Toro Park is scheduled to begin breakdown and relocation throughout the week.

The Monterey Ranger District of the Los Padres National Forest remains closed to public access. The only recreation sites that remain open are Plaskett Creek and Kirk Creek Campgrounds, Pfeiffer Beach, Sand Dollar Beach and Willow Creek Day Use areas. All trails are closed within the Ventana and Silver Peak Wilderness Areas.

This will be the final daily update for the Soberanes Fire.

For more information, visit: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4888/ or follow us athttp://www.facebook.com/LosPadresNationalForest or www.twitter.com/LosPadresNF

Posted by: Stan Russell | October 12, 2016

Elephant Trunk wraps up this week/ Cow Cliffs wraps up next week

CALTRANS NEWS RELEASE
Today’s Date:
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
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

*UPDATE 74*

ELEPHANT TRUNK PROJECT CONTINUES WITH DAYTIME WORK ONLY—NO MORE OVERNIGHT CLOSURES FOR NOW ON HIGHWAY 1 NEAR THE SAN LUIS OBISPO/MONTEREY COUNTY LINE

SAN LUIS OBISPO/MONTEREY COUNTIES– A project to construct a retaining wall on Highway 1 in northern San Luis Obispo/southern Monterey County (SLO PM 73.7-PM 74) is underway. It will serve as a permanent restoration effort in this area known for major slides.

All contract work will be done this week and then we will be maintaining the plants that we planted for a year.

The contractor for this $9.5 million project is John Madonna Construction of San Luis Obispo, CA. This project is expected to be completed in winter 2016-17.

Picture shows the road re-open without the traffic signal on State Route 1 at Elephant Trunk.

-MORE-

*UPDATE #61*

HIGHWAY 1/COW CLIFFS VIADUCT PROJECT CONTINUES

MONTEREY COUNTY– A mostly daytime 1/2-mile project to construct a viaduct continues along Hwy. 1 near Lucia from the Big Creek Bridge to south of Dolan Creek Bridge (PM 31), near Big Creek Bridge (PM 28), about 18 miles south of Big Sur.

Roadwork for next week includes removing the signal system and placing the permanent striping.

The project consists of constructing a permanent viaduct, about five miles north of Lucia and 18 miles south of Big Sur. Daily roadwork schedules are subject to change due to weather conditions and other factors so stay tuned for weekly updates. ALL BUSINESSES ALONG THE BIG SUR COAST WILL REMAIN OPEN.

The contractor for this $3.9 million project is RGW Construction Inc. of Livermore, CA. Completion is scheduled for fall of 2016, weather permitting

1) Light sandblast wing wall at stage I of abutment 1, looking east,

2) Using the skip loader to scrape and started the structure backfill along the right edge of deck (retaining wall), looking north on State Route 1 at Cow Cliffs.

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

For traffic updates on other state highways in Monterey and San Luis Obispo Counties, motorists can call Caltrans District 5 Public Affairs at 805-549-3318 or can visit the District 5 website at: http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist05/road_information.htm. Motorists can also contact the toll-free hotline from Cambria to Carmel at: 888-836-0866.

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Posted by: Stan Russell | October 12, 2016

Getting TRASHED and SMOKED OUT on the Big Sur Coast

Press Release

B-SAGE contacts:
LaVerne McLeod mailto:lavernemcleod> (831) 595-9692 or (831) 667-2788
Jessica Koning mailto:winterkoning> (831) 667-0117

For Immediate Release
Come join us for this free community event:

“Getting TRASHED and SMOKED OUT on the Big Sur Coast”
What some tourists are doing to the environment

Big Sur Advocates for a Green Environment (B-SAGE) is presenting a community evening to find solutions to problems some tourists have created such as leaving trash along the highway and other scenic areas; illegal campfires; leaving toilet paper and human waste in scenic pullouts. We will brainstorm and bring solutions regarding tourist awareness
Please plan to discuss in a forward direction.

B-SAGE has also invited “Big Sur Kate” Novoa as a special guest. Folks can acknowledge her for her excellent blog reports on Big Sur concerns such as fires and environmental carelessness of some visitors coming to the area.

Monday, October 24th, 5:30-7:30 pm at the Big Sur Grange, with a POTLUCK dinner beginning at 6:00pm. Program starts at 6:30pm.

Donations gratefully accepted to cover event overhead.


“Our goal is to educate ourselves and others in our community on living a sustainable lifestyle.”

Big Sur Advocates for a Green Environment, a 501c non-profit under the umbrella of Communities for Sustainable Monterey County. To learn more about BSAGE, please visit us at our website: sustainablemontereycounty.org or Big Sur Advocates for a Green Environment on Facebook.

Posted by: Stan Russell | October 12, 2016

Soberanes Fire Update 10/12/16 99% CONTAINED

Soberanes Fire

Daily Update: October 12, 2016

CONTACT: Fire Information Line (831) 204-0446—Media Line (831) 484-9647—Email: soberanesfire2016

Incident: The Soberanes Fire is burning in the Los Padres National Forest, Ventana Wilderness, in Monterey County, CA. An illegal campfire started the fire on July 22, 2016, in Garrapata State Park.

Agency Jurisdiction: Los Padres National Forest/CAL FIRE San Benito-Monterey Unit.

Incident Command: Central Coast Interagency Incident Management Team, Van Arroyo, Incident Commander.

Current Size: 132,127 acres (94,933 acres Los Padres National Forest; 37,194 acres CAL FIRE)

Containment: 99% Personnel: 626 Cause: Illegal campfire Injuries: 1 fatality, 12 injuries Structures Destroyed: 57 homes, 11 outbuildings Structures Threatened: 0 Crews: 9

Engines: 11 Helicopters: 7 Dozers: 8 Water Tenders: 29

Current Situation:

The fire continues to hold to its current perimeter and remains in patrol status. A helitack crew is extinguishing the remaining hotspots in the flare-up zone near Marble Peak. Containment line north of Ventana Cone was established yesterday and no signs of heat have been detected within the last five days

Additional Hotshot crews are being assigned to assist with suppression repair. Dozer and hand line repairs are being conducted in the north and south zones. Seventy-seven percent of suppression repair work is now complete with 297 out of 384 miles repaired. Work around Arroyo Seco is expected to be completed in a few days.

The public should be aware that smoldering areas will continue to put up smoke, but are well within the fire perimeter. This will continue until a season-ending rain event occurs. A cooling and moistening trend is expected this week with a high probability of rain over the weekend.

Fire camps at Molera, Rana, and Toro are scheduled for breakdown and relocation to the fairgrounds in King City. The move is set to occur this week. The Monterey Ranger District of the Los Padres National Forest remains closed to public access. The only recreation sites that remain open are Plaskett Creek and Kirk Creek Campgrounds, Pfeiffer Beach, Sand Dollar Beach and Willow Creek Day Use areas. All trails are closed within the Ventana and Silver Peak Wilderness Areas.

For more information, visit: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4888/ or follow us at http://www.facebook.com/LosPadresNationalForestor www.twitter.com/LosPadresNF.

Posted by: Stan Russell | October 10, 2016

Soberanes Fire Update 10/10/16 99% CONTAINED

Soberanes Fire

Daily Update: October 10, 2016

CONTACT: Fire Information Line: (831) 204-0446—Media Line: (831) 484-9647—Email: soberanesfire2016

Incident: The Soberanes Fire is burning in the Los Padres National Forest, Ventana Wilderness, in Monterey County, CA. An illegal campfire started the fire on July 22, 2016, in Garrapata State Park.

Agency Jurisdiction: Los Padres National Forest/CAL FIRE San Benito-Monterey Unit.

Incident Command: Central Coast Interagency Incident Management Team, Van Arroyo, Incident Commander.

Current Size: 132,127 acres (94,933 acres Los Padres National Forest; 37,194 acres CAL FIRE)

Containment: 99% Personnel: 704 Cause: Illegal campfire Injuries: 1 fatality, 12 injuries Structures Destroyed: 57 homes, 11 outbuildings, Structures Threatened: 0, Crews: 9, Engines: 18 Helicopters: 10, Dozers: 7, Water Tenders: 30

Current Situation:

Evacuation warnings have been lifted as of 6:00 pm yesterday. Acreage increased due to the Marble Peak flare-up, which has been held to 27 acres. The public should be aware that smoldering areas will continue to put up smoke, but are well within the fire perimeter. This will continue until a season ending rain arrives. A cooling and moistening trend will support low to moderate fire behavior throughout the week.

Only one area of uncontained line remains north of Ventana Cone, where persistent hot spots smolder in sparse fuels and rocky terrain. This area is inaccessible to ground troops, but is being closely monitored by fire managers with assistance from helicopter infrared technology. Out of 375 miles of known fire suppression repair work, 272 miles (73 percent) have been completed.

Fire camps at Molera, Rana, and Toro are scheduled for breakdown and relocation to the fairgrounds in King City. The move is set to occur this week. The Monterey Ranger District of the Los Padres National Forest remains closed to public access. Highway 1 is open between Monterey and San Luis Obispo.

For more information, visit: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4888/ or follow us athttp://www.facebook.com/LosPadresNationalForest or www.twitter.com/LosPadresNF.

Posted by: Stan Russell | October 9, 2016

Soberanes Fire Update 10/9/16 98% CONTAINED

Soberanes Fire

Daily Update: October 9, 2016

CONTACT: Fire Information Line: (831) 204-0446—Media Line: (831) 484-9647—Email: soberanesfire2016

Incident: The Soberanes Fire is burning in the Los Padres National Forest, Ventana Wilderness, in Monterey County, CA. An illegal campfire started the fire on July 22, 2016, in Garrapata State Park.

Agency Jurisdiction: Los Padres National Forest/CAL FIRE San Benito-Monterey Unit.

Incident Command: Central Coast Interagency Incident Management Team, Van Arroyo, Incident Commander.

Current Size: 132,100 acres (94,906 acres Los Padres National Forest; 37,194 acres CAL FIRE)

Containment: 98% Personnel: 776 Cause: Illegal campfire Injuries: 1 fatality, 12 injuries Structures Destroyed: 57 homes, 11 outbuildings, Structures Threatened: 20, Crews: 9, Engines: 18 Helicopters: 10, Dozers: 7, Water Tenders: 30

Current Situation:

Hotshot crews continue to construct line around the Marble Peak flare-up, which occurred Friday afternoon. An additional Hotshot crew will be inserted today to assist with suppression efforts. A new helispot was built near Higgins Creek for easy transportation of hotshot crews into the fire area. Interior hot spots may exhibit active fire behavior as warming and drying trends continue through today. Inland valley temperatures are likely to reach the upper 80s with wind gusts up to 25 mph. A cooling trend, accompanied by increasing relative humidities, should produce favorable conditions early next week.

Suppression repair work continues in the north and south zones. Efforts have been temporarily halted in the east zone and portions of Arroyo Seco for additional resource analysis. Out of 380 miles of fireline repair, 264 miles (69 percent) have been completed. Chipping of felled trees and piles of brush is continuing along the Coast Ridge Road. Crews are working their way north on dozer lines along Indians Road. Contingency lines from Arroyo Seco Road south towards Fort Hunter Liggett are being repaired.

Despite the hot, dry conditions and moderate winds, the fire exhibited very little movement yesterday. Interior hot spots are expected through today as heat and moderate winds continue. The public should be aware that smoldering areas will continue to put up smoke, but are well within the fire perimeter. This will likely continue until a season ending rain saturates the area. Two hot spots are within the steep, rocky areas north of Ventana Cone and the deep canyons in the upper reaches of the Big Sur River. Additional pockets of unburned vegetation remain and may continue to burn. These areas are being closely monitored by fire managers with assistance from helicopter patrol.

The Monterey Ranger District of the Los Padres National Forest remains closed to public access. The Soberanes Fire is no longer affecting California Highway 1. The road is open through Big Sur from Monterey to San Luis Obispo.

For more information, visit: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4888/ or follow us at http://www.facebook.com/LosPadresNationalForest orwww.twitter.com/LosPadresNF.

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