From Post Ranch Inn, 3:45PM, July 7, 2008

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The power is back on up to Nepenthe and maybe further but that’s as far as I could verify.

The air has cleared a bit up here and for the first time we can see fairly clearly across the canyon to Ventana Inn and the Post Creek drainage, and north into the Gorge area and Big Sur valley.

Mount Manuel in the distance with the south shoulder of the Gorge in the forefront.

Mount Manuel in the distance with the south shoulder of the Gorge in the forefront. Click on the image to expand it. photo: Stan Russell

 

A gentleman from Office of Emergency Services (OES) was just here looking south along the coast from our vantage point. His feeling is that we’ve “turned the corner.” I can tell you that it feels like that from here at least for this area. There is burning still going on in the canyons of the Big Sur valley and last night we could see little flare ups on the flanks of the Gorge and in Post Creek.

This second image shows the gorge and the area above Big Sur Lodge. (the Lodge is okay)

 

Big Sur Gorge

Big Sur Gorge and area behind Big Sur Lodge. photo: Stan Russell

 

 There have been meetings with key people today about opening the road and when we have something concrete to report we’ll post it here. The Big Sur Chamber of Commerce is actively working on this.

Last night we had a local Sheriff up for dinner and spoke about all the issues of getting the road open to locals so that we can move around and help out and it felt to me that people are negotiating in earnest to loosen the restrictions. At least our local Sheriff is sympathetic, but keep in mind, we were feeding him. 😉

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