Friday, July 11, 2008


WOOHOO! Tassajara survived the fires!! This in from Stan Russell with the Big Sur Chamber of Commerce.

(Photo to the left was taken by Susan Bradley at Deetjens in Spring. Magical places like this and history and livelihoods were what we were all protecting.)

Highway 1 Opens tonight at 6:00PM to Coast Gallery from the north
July 11, 2008 by stanrussell

Dan Priano, Vice President of the Big Sur Chamber of Commerce just called me and told me that at 6:00PM tonight, Friday, July 11k, Highway 1 opens to Coast Gallery from the north. On Sunday at 8:00AM Highway 1 will be open clear through to San Simeon.

Big Sur Valley, July 10, 11PM
July 10, 2008 by stanrussell

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.

To read the rest of his blog go to ...he's got some incredible photos of Big Sur in the past few days.

On to a full recovery and then some!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I am elated for all of you!!! The rebirth of the Ventana, Big Sur and Tassajara will begin again. :)

As I wrote Sofanya in an email when this all started, 'Chaos always comes before a rebirth.'.

We again will watch the forests, hillsides and rivers bloom with life. The creatures will move back in abundance. We will again feel the spirit of happiness!

P.S. Now we all need to pray for the other fires in our beautiful state and rally to their side. Butte county especially.

Thank You