24 October 2007

Wednesday, October 24, 2007 - 4 comments

The effects of the fires

We are in NO WAY near to the Southern California fires, but we have been affected here on the bay. The entire Los Padres National Forest is closed. This includes our beloved Big Sur. WOW! That is huge. One of our friends down south is a CHP officer and says the devastation is indescribable. Our prayers go out to everyone.

News Release

USDA Forest Service

Los Padres National Forest
Contact: Joe Pasinato (805) 961-5745

Date: October 23, 2007

Emergency Closure of Los Padres National Forest

In conjunction with the Cleveland, San Bernardino, and Angeles National Forest, Los Padres National Forest Supervisor Peggy Hernandez today announced, that as a result of current extreme fire activity in the Southern California Province, very low fuel moisture, and fire suppression resources being stretched to the limit, an emergency closure of the entire Los Padres National Forest. Supervisor Hernandez stated that the closure, which is effective as of today, is necessary in order to protect public health and safety, and will be in effect until extreme fire and weather conditions subside. Private property owners within the forest are exempt from this order, as are individuals or organizations holding special use permits within the forest.

While the closure is in effect, going into or being upon National Forest System lands, roads, or trails within the Los Padres National Forest will not be allowed. Violators will be subject to fines and/or possible arrest.

County roads and state highways which run through the forest will remain open to through traffic. Drivers are urged to use caution and to be aware of possible fire activity in the area.

For more information regarding the closure or current fire activity in the forest, contact the Los Padres National Forest Fire Information Center at 805-961-5770.


I am glad that they are being cautious. I just can't believe the fires and how we just can't seem to find a way to control them.

It is just uncontrollable with the winds. I get how people dont understand but living in So CAl for my entire life has taught me that heat/ wind and October arnt good combinations. It literally is uncontrollable and people get pissed more is not put towrds stopping the fires but when the embers are flying and starting 5 more fires hundreds of feet away-- you just cant go there. Seriously, firefighters die all the time in fires like these becuase of the ember and wind issues and literally being surrounded by fire in a short amount of time and not being able to get out. So while I understand it is hard to imagine these fires are still going on but they could not even really start attacking them until the winds died. So, now that the winds have gone down they should be able to make headway!

Christy :)

Wow we were there for our honeymoon. My heart goes out to all those effected.

Today's the first day the smell of smoke is not overwhelming outside. I may have to open my windows but am not looking forward to the ash covering everything.

I think it's smart to take no chances. I would not wish this on anyone.