Palo Colorado Fire Summary & Big News!

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July 11th Palo Colorado Fire Meeting Summary

As of 6:00 am July 12th, our Evacuation Advisory will be lifted! Wahoo!!! Tonight was officially our last meeting. We can unpack and get some good sleep! Businesses are in the process of being inspected, roads are opening, Big Sur seems to be coming back!

There is a possibility of lighting this weekend, but if it comes, it is supposed to come with rain, so we should be okay. (See the bottom for full weather info.)

Today it was humid which kept the fire activity down. The RH (Relative Humidity) also kept back burning operations from moving very quickly. They have burned to Blue Rock Ridge. Fire fighters plan to back burn more tonight around 2:00 am when the RH should drop, allowing them to get a better burn.

The Basin Complex Fire is under Unified Command, with the Basin Complex Fire West under Cal Fire, Big Sur Brigade, and the Mid-Coast Brigade. The Basin Complex Fire East is under the control of Cal Fire and Cachagua Brigade. As the West side of the fire is contained, the camp at Molera State Park will be broken down, and engines will be de-mobilized.

To continue to be informed about the fire, you can call (831) 385-6954. Our Mid-Coast Brigade will also post up fire information at the mouth of Palo Colorado Canyon, the mailboxes at Garrapata, and at Bixby Canyon.

I will call the Basin Complex Fire East contact number and see if I can obtain enough information to write brief e-mails. I will post photos of the fire that I have not had time to post so far on tarawings.wordpress.com.

The Basin Complex Fire and the Indians Fire have officially burned into each other.

The fire burned through Tassajara, and we are told that two outbuildings were destroyed, but that the Zen Center is unharmed.

We were reminded to continue clearing. While the threat from the Basin Complex Fire has subsided, we are only at the beginning of fire season.

The county crew that was working so diligently on Palo Colorado Rd. was pulled by a higher up. They are the only crew for all of Monterey County. OES and others are working to get them back in, as they still have three miles of road to work on. The crew worked for four days, working in 12 hour shifts, and wanted to finish the job.

If they crew is not allowed to come back, we can start a phone calling and letter writing campaign. Let’s see if it can get worked out before it comes to that, but if not, we have all of the necessary information that we need to implore the county that our road needs to be made safe.

Tomorrow there will be another major clearing effort made on Greenridge. Please drive carefully and allow extra time. If you have any time or equipment, please come and help. If you live on Greenridge, please think about pitching in some money or help. They will need water, lunch, and ice cream never hurts.

On Sunday, the Farmer’s Market will run from 11:00-1:00 at Norm’s gate. Next week it will be back at it’s usually spot in front of the fire house.

If you have not yet paid you fire dues for the year, now is a great time. Each household is asked to contribute $200 a year.

Here is the latest on the weather, from NOAA:

Overnight: Widespread haze. Areas of smoke. Partly cloudy, with a steady temperature around 66. South wind around 8 mph.

Saturday: A chance of drizzle before 11am. Partly cloudy, with a high near 74. South southwest wind between 7 and 10 mph.

Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, with a steady temperature around 67. South southwest wind between 5 and 8 mph becoming calm.

Sunday: A slight chance of thunderstorms. Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a high near 79. Calm wind becoming southwest between 4 and 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Sunday Night: A slight chance of thunderstorms before 11pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 62. West northwest wind between 3 and 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Monday: Sunny, with a high near 77.

Monday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a low around 61.

Tuesday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 77.

Tuesday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, mostly clear, with a low around 59.

Wednesday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, sunny, with a high near 76.

Wednesday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, mostly clear, with a low around 59.

Thursday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, sunny, with a high near 75.

Thursday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, mostly clear, with a low around 59.

Friday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, sunny, with a high near 75.

As the danger of fire recedes for us, it is both time to celebrate, and time to think of our neighbors to the East who are now experiencing what we have experienced for the last week and a half. Let’s think of our friends in Carmel Valley, Cachagua, and Tassajara, and stay informed on their situation.

For us, though, it is time to both celebrate and to rebuild. T-shirts can be purchased at the fire house and at Local Color that commemorate the fire and raise money for the volunteer fire brigades.

This Saturday an auction will be held at The Big Sur Gallery, proceeds going to the Big Sur Fire Relief Fund. Local Big Sur artists have donated their work which will be auctioned off at 5:00pm. From 3:00 to 8:00 there will be viewings and refreshments.

On July 27th there will be a benefit show at Monterey Live, line-up to be announced.

And, of course, donations can be made directly to the Big Sur Fire Fund by sending checks to:

Coast Property Owners Association (CPOA)
PO Box 59
Big Sur, CA 93920
(note “fire relief” on checks).

Contributions may also be wired to the CPOA Big Sur Fire Relief Fund. To wire funds, contact Pam Peck 831 624-5418.

Donations can be made for the Mid-Coast Fire Brigade by sending a check to:
Mid-Coast Fire Brigade
Palo Colorado
Carmel, CA 93923
Donations are 501C3 tax deductible

While I am not grateful for the fire, I am grateful for how it has allowed me to get to know all of you much more closely. I hope to be able to find out more information about the fire for you, and if I do, I will send it along.

I would love to continue getting to know all of you and becoming part of this community. If anyone is interested in starting a meditation group, I would love it. I would be happy to host it at my home. While I am in no means a teacher, I was raised Tibetan Buddhist and  I deeply miss meditating with people in any meditation style. Please contact me if you are interested.

I look forward to seeing all of you at the Labor Day picnic!

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