Posted by: Stan Russell | September 23, 2016

Big Sur Jade Festival is Canceled AKA Postponed

The 25th Big Sur Jade Festival is Canceled AKA Postponed

Due to the Soberanes Fire and the Forest being Closed the Forest Service will not be issueing us a permit at this time

We are Planning to Reschedule in the spring sometime we will be announcing the date after our next meeting on Oct.27

For more info go to our website http://bigsurjadefest.com

CALTRANS
News Release
Today’s Date: Friday, September 23, 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

CALIFORNIA CLASSIC COAST BICYCLE RIDE MOVES THROUGH THE CENTRAL COAST BEGINNING THIS WEEKEND

CENTRAL COAST – The California Classic Coast bicycle ride will arrive in Santa Cruz County using portions of Highway 1 on Saturday Sept. 24. The approximately 250 riders will continue south next week in the following locations:

  • Local roads in Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties on Sunday, Sept. 25
  • Hwy. 1 from Carmel to Big Sur in Monterey County on Monday, Sept. 26.
  • Hwy. 1 from Big Sur to Cambria in Monterey/San Luis Obispo Counties on Tuesday, Sept. 27.
  • Portions of Hwy. 1 between Cambria and Oceano in San Luis Obispo County on Wednesday, Sept. 28.
  • Hwy. 1 from Oceano to Buellton on State Routes 166, 154 and 246 in San Luis Obispo/Santa Barbara Counties on Thursday, Sept. 29.
  • Portions of State Route 246 and US Highway 101 between Buellton and Santa Barbara in Santa Barbara County on Friday, Sept. 30.

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) will be present to ensure a safe environment for everyone. Electronic Message Boards will be posted alerting motorists to ‘Share the Road’ with cyclists. Motorists can expect delays not to exceed 15 minutes.

Caltrans reminds motorists to be aware of these cyclists and support vehicles. For more information regarding this event, please visit the California Classic Coast website at: http://www.californiacoastclassic.org/

For traffic updates on other state highways on the Central Coast 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

Posted by: Stan Russell | September 23, 2016

Infrared Map – Soberanes Fire 9/23/16

U.S. Forest Service – Los Padres National Forest
Friday, September 23, 2016
Infrared Operational Map
126,323 acres, 73% contained

Community meeting Saturday, September 24
Arroyo Seco Fire Station
46700 Arroyo Seco Road

Fire information # 831-204-0446

Download PDF of Infrared Map
Ops_IR_E_port_20160923_0411_Soberanes_CA-BEU-003422_2016.pdf

Posted by: Stan Russell | September 23, 2016

Soberanes Fire Update 9/23/16

U.S. Forest Service – Los Padres National Forest
Soberanes Fire Update
Friday, September 23, 2016

#SoberanesFire Crews continued patrolling throughout the night as a part of the ongoing mission to provide 24 hour a day coverage in areas where properties remain threatened. 2,110 fire personnel are currently assigned to the 126,323 acre fire which is 73% contained. 36 hand crews, 140 engines, 21 helicopters and 15 bulldozers will continue to make progress today securing and mopping-up fireline in favorable terrain. Hot shot crews will look for opportunities to utilize strategic firing operations along the east line towards Arroyo Seco.

A community meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24, at the fire station in Arroyo Seco, 46700 Arroyo Seco Road. For Fire Information call 831-204-0446.

Posted by: Stan Russell | September 22, 2016

Soberanes Fire Progression Map 9/22/16

U.S. Forest Service
Soberanes Fire Progression Map

9/22/16

Posted by: Stan Russell | September 22, 2016

Public Information Map 9/22/16

U.S. Forest Service
Public Information Map

9/22/16

Posted by: Stan Russell | September 22, 2016

Feathers in Flight, Saturday, October 8

Hello Big Sur!

A quick reminder that the annual Feathers in Flight fundraiser for Ventana Wildlife Society is coming up early next month.

Feathers in Flight
Saturday, October 8, 2016
3:00 PM – 7:00 PM

• Watch the spectacular sunset from a coastal terrace with views of the Big Sur coast and Pacific Ocean
• Delicious food and desserts by Main Street Bakery
• Enjoy a lively auction with a professional auctioneer
• Live music
• See a Verreaux’s Eagle and a few more unique birds
• 10SPAN wine and Lagunitas beer
• Unique condor themed gifts …and much more!

Location: Rancho Grande in Big Sur (private property)

Parking
VWS will handle the Big Sur weekend traffic for you, shuttles locations will be:
• Carmel, Carmel Crossroads Shuttle Tickets
• Big Sur, Big Sur Station Shuttle Tickets• Special Needs

 

http://www.ventanaws.org/events/

Posted by: Stan Russell | September 22, 2016

Soberanes Fire Update 9/22/16

Soberanes Fire
Los Padres National Forest
Daily Update: September 22, 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. The fire was started by an illegal campfire on July 22, 2016, in Garrapata State Park.

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

Incident Command: California Interagency Incident Management Team 4, Rocky Opliger, Incident Commander.

Current Size: 125,344 acres (88,150 acres CA-LPF; 37,194 acres CAL FIRE)

Containment: 71% Personnel: 2,302 Cause: Illegal campfire Injuries: 1 fatality, 7 injuries

Structures Destroyed:

57 homes, 11 outbuildings

Structures Threatened: 410 Crews: 40 Engines: 152
Helicopters: 21 Dozers: 13 Masticators: 2 Water Tenders: 15

Current Situation:

High winds with gusts as high as 35-40 mph are expected to continue through today. A dry cold front will create challenges in all areas of the Soberanes Fire, particularly along drainages that align with wind direction. Steep terrain and drought-stricken fuels increase the likelihood of difficult control efforts.

High winds overnight were counteracted by higher than expected relative humidity, limiting fire spread. Continued high winds are likely to increase intensity along the fire edges. The winds also will test the containment lines and could cause increased activity in seemingly dormant areas of the incident.

Firefighting efforts on Wednesday were focused on two spot fires burning outside primary containment lines. The spot fires were the result of wind-blown embers from within the containment lines. Neither spot fire expanded on Wednesday. Aggressive mop-up operations will continue today.

Line-building burnout operations, which were highly successful in recent days are largely on hold until weather conditions are more favorable. In the face of difficult conditions, efforts today will be to successfully hold established fire lines. In all cases and at all times, safety of firefighters and the public are paramount.

Evacuation orders and warnings remain in effect in the eastern areas of the fire. Information on evacuations is available at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4888 (click on the Announcements tab).

Air monitoring is being conducted throughout the incident. Communities affected by drift smoke include Tassajara,Carmel Valley, Cachagua, and Arroyo Seco..

A community meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24, at the fire station in Arroyo Seco, 46700 Arroyo Seco Road.

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

Other contacts: SPCA, (831) 646-5534; American Red Cross, (831) 424-4824.

Posted by: Stan Russell | September 21, 2016

Soberanes Fire Update 9/21/16

Soberanes Fire
Los Padres National Forest
Daily Update: September 21, 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. The fire was started by an illegal campfire on July 22, 2016, in Garrapata State Park.

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

Incident Command: California Incident Management Team 4, Rocky Opliger, Incident Commander.

Current Size: 123,241 acres (86,047 acres CA-LPF; 37,194 acres CAL FIRE)

Containment: 71% Personnel: 2,113 Cause: Illegal campfire Injuries: 1 fatality, 7 injuries

Structures Destroyed:

57 homes, 11 outbuildings

Structures Threatened: 400 Crews: 35 Engines: 113
Helicopters: 21 Dozers: 12 Masticators: 2 Water Tenders: 12

Current Situation:

A Red Flag Warning takes effect this afternoon and is expected to remain in effect through Thursday. Potential gusting winds of 25-35 mph have prompted the warning. Large fire runs and increased activity on ridge tops and west-northwest aligned drainages are possible. There is a concern that hot spots could intensify and threaten established east-side containment lines. Wind-driven embers from hot spots could ignite spot fires as far away as 0.75 miles. Firefighters will be staged and prepared to deal with that contingency.

A Red Flag Warning indicates the onset of critical weather and fuel moisture conditions that could lead to rapid or dramatic increases in wildfire activity. Factors may include low relative humidity, strong winds, and dry fuels.

Firefighters on Tuesday and early today successfully limited progress of hot spots burning outside the primary containment line north of Chews Ridge and near Arroyo Seco.

Both of those spots continue to burn but neither is advancing. Both are within secondary containment lines. Evacuation orders and warnings remain in effect as a result of the Chews Ridge spot fire. Information on all Soberanes Fire evacuation orders and warnings is available at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4888.

The burnout operations of the past week, which have been highly successful in establishing and strengthening the containment lines, will be limited because of the changing weather conditions.

A community meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24, at the fire station in Arroyo Seco. A well-attended community meeting was held in Arroyo Seco on Tuesday.

Firefighter and public safety remain the priority in every situation.

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

Other contacts: SPCA, (831) 646-5534; American Red Cross, (831) 424-4824.

9.21.SoberanesFireDailyUpdate final(1)(1).pdf

Posted by: Stan Russell | September 21, 2016

Soberanes Fire Infrared Map 9/21/16

U.S. Forest Service
Soberanes Fire Update
9/21/16

Red Flag Warning to begin this afternoon at 3:00 PM and run through 9:00 PM Thursday. High winds expected.

Infrared Map

Download PDF of Map at this link
20160920_Soberanes_IR_Topo11x17.pdf

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