Posts Tagged ‘dolan’

7/11 1pm: Updates from the north, south and eastern perimeters

July 11, 2008

In response to a number of questions about large plumes of smoke visible in the past couple days in the north, and reports of a line breech in the south, I did some digging around today and have some basic info below.

Please note that this news blog was created in response to a need for information specifically in the Big Sur community by Big Sur resident volunteers.  We recognize the Basin Complex fire is far from over and now threatens other areas – our heart and thoughts are with you! We (I) don’t have the resources, knowledge or capacity to keep the news flowing here for other geographic areas though, and other blogs are popping up to fill that gap. We will continue to post official news updates on the site throughout the fire.  For official information on what’s happening on the northern line, please call 831-622-0825. For the eastern and southern areas, please call 831-656-3963. Thanks!

As of 1pm 7/11:

In the north, the fire has reached the original dozer line by Devil’s Peak and there are backfiring operations happening all along Devil’s Peak east toward Los Padres Reservoir. There have been large islands of fuels burning in these areas, causing dramatic plumes of smoke, but as of this afternoon there are NO reports of the fire having crossed the original dozer line.

Regarding the Cone Peak area – there was a 500 acre slop over the fire line. The fire crossed over Arroyo Seco trail. Since that time they have received lots of air support and as of this afternoon they feel confident this area is now controlled.

Reports on the ground down south today are reporting that Dolan ridge looks quiet, and there are no visible plumes from upper Devil’s canyon.

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News from Dolan Ridge and the Big Sur Valley

July 7, 2008

News from the south along the Dolan Ridge line: crews continued the back burn down along Dolan Ridge through the grasslands. The marine layer is dampening the fire. Looks as though this important line is on the mop-up end of things (this cautiously said, as we need to keep in mind a shift in wind and temperature could change things in a moments notice).

Everything in the Big Sur valley out to east Molera contines to be relatively quiet with a small plumes of smoke rising up through the burned areas.

Through smoke-filled skies you can see the burn down to the school. The Chamise Scrub burned completely as it back down the mountain. The fire mostly burned the understory of the forested areas while it did crown in a few locations.

Through smoke-filled skies you can see the burn down to the school. The Chamise Scrub burned completely as it back down the mountain. The fire mostly burned the understory of the forested areas while it did crown in a few locations.

7/7 9:30am: News from the night

July 7, 2008

News from the south along the Dolan Ridge line: “They backfired from just above Eagle Rock down to Dairy Canyon last night, starting about 10:30pm, just as the wind turned offshore. It was a firestorm! Flames 100 feet high raging taller than eagle rock, plumes of smoke lit up in the orange glow rising hundreds of feet high, the rock was on fire, headlamps and silhouettes from firefighters standing in front of the massive flames. Everything blew downhill and they made their way along the grassy area down the ridge through the night until about 5am. We were incredibly impressed with the work they did!”

From Burns Creek: The back burn at Burns Creek was active on the scanner last night. Reports from Burns Creek say South Coast Center and other structures in Burns Creek made it through.

From the Big Sur Valley: Everything in the Big Sur valley out to east Molera seems to be relatively quiet.

Electricity is still out in the valley and on down the coast. Phones are working.

7/6 12:45pm: Update from Frank Pinney

July 6, 2008

Just got off the phone with Frank and asked questions I’ve been hearing, as well as getting some good updates:

– The lines along the highway through the whole central valley, Molera down to Ventana, are holding well, including the area up above the residences through Pfeiffer State Park.

– There was a flare up on Partington earlier today, crews were on it right away. (Sorry, no details yet.)

– The primary focus today is on building and holding the northern and southern lines before the expected weather change. There are burning operations happening south of Palo Colorado at the old Marble Cone line and reinforcements working down at Dolan.

– Re: rumors of looting: There have been no official reports of theft filed, so it has made official investigation of the rumors impossible. Unofficial reports confirm one generator missing from a residence, but there are no other confirmed reports of thefts that we know of. There are scouts going through back roads and visiting residences on the west side of the highway occasionally doing contingency planning, but ALL OF THEM WILL BE IN OFFICIAL FOREST SERVICE OR FIRE VEHICLES. Residents are encouraged to check in with other locals you see who may be sharing and borrowing supplies from one another. If you see any suspicious activity in your area, please either contact the Sheriff’s department or call the Community Hotline – 831-667-2317 and give as much detail as you can.

– Re-entry: Meetings with county officials are taking place now working on plans for re-entry. Right now the intention is have re-entry for infrastrucure re-build before re-entry for residents. Resident re-entry is likely several days away, but re-entry for infrastructure support could happen mid-week.