Posts Tagged ‘recovery’


July 19, 2008


The OES has already submitted an Initial Damage Estimate (IDE) up to the state. This data is used as the basis to make the initial request for federal assistance. Step two in this process is for the State and FEMA to conduct a Preliminary Damage Assessment, where they verify the initial damage estimate. We are finally at step two! Once completed we will finally have a decision on federal assistance (Step 3.)

Please help us in contacting ALL of the listed residents and businesses who had damages and lost revenue. We still have not received completed damage surveys from most residents and/or caretakers & owners. If you know how to get in touch, please have them complete the forms below.

There are two options.

Option A:

Click on the two links below, complete them on your computer and e-mail them to the address listed below:

Form 1 – Business and Economic Impact Assessment – Excel Spreadsheet (For Business Owners and Self-Employed Residents)

Form 2 – Business or Residence Damage Survey – Microsoft Word Document (For Individuals and Businesses with property damage)

E-mail completed form(s) to Rob Clyburn at

Option B:

Click on the links above, or the more print-ready forms below, that you can fill out by hand and return at a table that the CPOA will staff at the Big Sur Bakery on Monday, July 21st, from 10AM to 12PM.  They will assist you in filling these out if you have questions:

Form 1 – Business and Economic Impact Assessment – text file (For Business Owners and Self-Employed Residents)

Form 2 – Business or Residence Damage Survey – PDF (For Individuals and Businesses with property damage)

Please let your neighbors know!


Notes from the Burned Area Response Team (BAER) meeting

July 18, 2008

These are notes from the Burned Area Response Team (BAER) meeting held at the Multi-Agency Facility at The Big Sur Station on Thursday Evening July 17th at 6 P.M. taken by Belinda Shoemaker (thanks Belinda!):

Firstly, as Lisa Goettel was unable to attend the meeting last night, I agreed to take the notes. My apologies up-front for my lesser standard of note taking!

The BAER team members; Mike Boone, incident commander for the west side and John Bradford from the U.S Forrest Service under the leadership of Kevin Cooper (previously the BAER team leader for the Kirk fire in 1999) each gave presentations and took questions and answers from the community about the plans in hand for the long and short term emergency stabilization and rehabilitation of the areas affected by the Basin Complex Fire in Big Sur.  Frank Pinney represented The Big Sur Volunteer Fire Brigade.

Up-date from Mike Boone – Incident Commander:

  • Mike reported the good news that over the last few days the fire fighters have continued to make excellent progress in and around the Boy Scout camp area. Additionally Mike reported:
  • Problems with fallen trees and landslides around boy scout camp.
  • Numerous 911 calls to which they are willing to respond. These calls pertain mainly to flare-ups and smoke areas.  Mike suggests if residents feel there are significant threats they should come down to highway 1 to the response unit. Response time might be faster and free up the 911 system.
  • The tan oaks within the containment area will continue to smoke for several weeks.
  • They continue to do water barning to reduce to suppress burn and smoke areas (some of us witnessed Chinook helicopters yesterday. They continue to draw water from the ocean.)
  • 160 person crew remains stationed at Molera, and includes 12 fire engines and 3 hand crews. This number will be reduced over the weekend. A crew will continue to be in Big Sur over night.

Frank Pinney expressed concern about, and the need to look forward to winter and what is likely to occur.  In response to this Kevin Cooper proceeded with his presentation.

Presentation by Kevin Cooper, BAER Team Leader:
Kevin gave a slide presentation outlining plans for Big Sur. Please see video recording of the meeting for details.

  • The objective of the BAER team is to protect life, property, cultural, and natural resources.
  • The Baer process includes; assessment/prescription and treatment of the burn areas, implantation of remediation plan, monitoring of treatment plan.
  • The goal is to minimize threats to property, roads, and facilities
  • The BAER team will consider the likely rain fall and its effects on watersheds.
  • The team will analyze and repair the damage caused by equipment, trucks, vehicles, dozer lines, helipads etc. used for suppression work. They will also focus on burn area rehabilitation and stabilization of area as a whole.
  • Analytical phase will take one week and begin on August 11th.
  • A hydrologist will be part of the team.
  • Satellite imagery will continue to be used to map out hot-spots and to identify which areas will be more prone to flooding.
  • Agency coordination will include; federal, state, local agencies and hydrologists etc.
  • The emergency plan in place is not the same as a FEMA emergency program.
  • In the interest of public safety there might be some road closures, and hazard warnings will be given.
  • John Bradford, BAER team member representing the Forrest Service will lead the effort to stabilize and rehabilitate forest area.

Robert Clyburn, our representative from the Office of Emergency Services (OES) stated that he will continue to coordinate and liaise with emergency services and the community at large.

Caltrans has a contract open within 12 watersheds where they see problems concerning culverts.

Assistance Available:

Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) will provide technical assistance in order to assist in the preservation and protection around developments.

Emergency Watershed Protection Program is available in Monterey County to assist property owners via various agencies in the remediation and protection of private land. Grants are available whereby 75% of cost will be provided by federal agencies, and 25% of cost will be paid by home owner. Contact OES for further details.

Red Cross needs to find all property owners and renters who have suffered significant damage and do not have insurance. If you fall into this category please call the main chapter 2 at 831-624-6921.

Frank Pinney met with the Big Sur Land Trust today to work on a grant for fire suppression.

Coast Property Owners Association (CPOA) continues to play a significant role in coordinating donations and other offers for help for the community during this time. Gratitude was expressed for all their hard work and financial support to date.

Need for Volunteers:
Ventana Wilderness would like to hear from anyone willing to donate their time.
Please also follow links on http://www.surfire2008 for general community needs.
For further details regarding the community question and answer session following presentations please watch the video of the meeting.

Important: Big Sur Damage Assessment Requires Your Input

July 17, 2008

The Monterey County Office of Emergency Services is asking all Big Sur businesses, self-employed residents, and individuals who have sustained property damage to please fill out the following two forms as soon as possible and e-mail them to Rob Clyburn of the OES. The purpose of these forms is to gather as much data as possible on damages and losses due to the combined fires.

These are not applications for assistance, but are critical in determining how much assistance Big Sur will receive in the recovery efforts.

Form 1 – Business and Economic Impact Assessment – Excel Spreadsheet (For Business Owners and Self-Employed Residents)

Form 2 – Business or Residence Damage Survey – Microsoft Word Document (For Individuals and Businesses with property damage)

E-mail completed form(s) to Rob Clyburn at

This data is used by OES to request individual and business assistance for all who experienced a loss due to the fire. Personal data is not shared, and will only be accessed by relief agencies on an individual basis. For confidentiality, responses should be emailed direct to me. In the last few days a lot of work and coordination has been going on to help with the recovery process. Current updates are:

  • The State is awaiting a decision regarding whether FEMA is going to recommend declaring a full disaster for areas impacted by fires. Currently there is only an Emergency Declaration. If there is a presidential disaster declaration, this will open the door to additional assistance, both for public agencies and private individuals or businesses. If full FEMA assistance is not made available, the Small Business Administration has programs for individuals and businesses typically in the form of low-interest loans.
  • The County will establish a Local Assistance Center to serve those who were impacted by the fires. Because this shop will include federal, state, local and non-profit groups, we cannot begin operations until we have a decision on FEMA assistance. We ask that everyone continue to be patient and trust that we are doing all that we can. Due to decreased turn-out, we are no longer staffing The Grange, but are following up on all inquires regarding recovery and assistance. We ask that the community and impacted individuals continue to contact us if there are specific needs or agencies they would like to have represented at the assistance center. Tomorrow I will provide a draft list of current LAC agencies and groups for posting in order to give the community an idea of current agencies and services who are planned to participate. Only organizations with a current non-profit status may participate, but we can include a contact list for other groups who wish to do so.
  • The County is working hard to complete a Permit Plan that will address the process for those who need to rebuild or repair. As soon as the plan is completed it will be published to ensure widest dissemination.
  • We are also nearing completion on a Debris Removal Plan to assist in recovery efforts. A portion of the plan will address low-cost or no-cost debris removal and clean-up. The plan will be completed soon, in the interim we would like to ask residents to please be patient and avoid handling or removing debris.

Rob Clyburn, Monterey County OES

(831) 796-1902