Big Sur Valley, July 10, 11PM


The businesses in the ‘business district’ of Big Sur are approaching normal. The air quality is good and we’re seeing the possibility of the opening of Highway 1 in the very near future.

As evidenced by the Los Padres National Forest evening report on the fire (8,907 acres burned in the last 12 hours) we still have a very active fire burning and at this rate we will clear 100,000 acres burned by sunrise on Friday. Earlier posts noted Tassajara survived the burn today and it looks like they’re going to be okay too.

I drove into Pfeiffer State Park to see if the softball field was okay and I spoke with C.L. Price to see if we could get the softball league started on Monday. Looks like we’re going to have to wait until next week to get the league restarted. While I was at the park I took a photo of a plume of smoke rising over Mt. Manuel and later from a different angle you can see there is an active fire out behind Double Cones.

Another angle of the plume showing Double Cones – shot from Post Ranch Inn later in the day.


I spoke with John Bradford from the Forest Service today to see if we can expedite the opening of Pfeiffer Beach. He is trying to hurry-up the process. We should know by Friday. Another subject I brought up was the obvious issue of erosion we will be facing come winter and what will be done in advance to minimize the inherit dangers. To that, BAER, the Burn Area Emergency Rehabilitation team will be back soon to conduct an analysis and to create a rehabilitation plan. The team was already here once but it was too hot to go in and do the analysis. 

Tonight I watched the fog make its way up the Big Sur valley from Andrew Molera and also rise up Sycamore Canyon, backing up again Pfeiffer Ridge until it poured over the top of Sycamore Canyon into Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. It was a beautiful site and I can only imagine this soft moisture gently riding up on the canyon walls can only do good to the freshly burned areas. One tiny droplet of fog at a time, the rebirth begins.

And one last thing. The other night Angie came up and baked the most beautiful Apple Pie and we ate it in solidarity and in honor of our neighbors up on Apple Pie Ridge who successfully defended their property against this fire. Kodiak Greenwood who was one of the detained (not arrested) people and a local photographer has already sold images to National Geographic Magazine (I’ve been told) and some of his images from this ordeal will be in the Carmel Pine Cone this Friday, July 11.

I post this picture in honor of our neighbors on Apple Pie Ridge and the 4th of July wherein we should have been painting our faces like flags, wearing cowboy hats and eating bbq’d corn on the cob in preference to standing vigil against this fire.

Thank you Angie for the great Apple Pie. And yes, it was ala mode – hand made white chocolate ice cream from the freezer at Sierra Mar, thank you very much!


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