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THANK YOU FOR READING THIS IMPORTANT INFORMATION - updated February 25, 2021 

ALERT: Due to a January 26-28 storm, Highway 1 is closed from Big Creek Vista Point in the south to just north of Lime Creek Bridge in the north. Long-term, there is a significant washout of the Highway 1 at Rat Creek (just north of Big Creek Reserve and just south of Esalen Institute). Expect this closure to be in place until summer 2021. Nacimiento-Fergusson Road (which connects Highway 1 at Kirk Creek with Fort Hunter Liggett on the eastern side of the Coast Ridge) is also significantly damaged and may not be open for quite some time.  

Effective January 22, 2021 U.S. Forest Service - Los Padres National Forest has re-opened most unburned areas of the Monterey Ranger District. In and around the northern Ventana Wilderness, most lands north of and including the Marble Peak Trail are open. Wilderness camps in the backcountry can be accessed from the Arroyo Seco Recreation Area near Greenfield (off 101) or via Tassajara Road deep in the Carmel Valley. 

The Pine Ridge Trail from Big Sur Station to Redwood Camp remains closed. 

Lands south of Willow Creek Road, including most of the Silver Peak Wilderness, are also open.

Most secondary roads (including Del Venturi/Milpitas, Nacimiento-Fergusson, Plaskett Ridge, Willow Creek/Los Burros, & South Coast Ridge roads) remain gated and closed. 

This map depicts the closure boundary. Not sure if a particular road, trail, or camp is open? Call the Monterey Ranger District at 831-385-5434. Please enjoy your public lands responsibly. When in place, abide by NO CAMPFIRE restrictions. Pack out everything you pack in (including toilet paper). Leave this special place better than you found it. Leave No Trace ethics are more important than ever with visitors concentrated in fewer places to go.  

State Parks 

The following are open for day use:  Point Lobos State Natural Reserve, Garrapata State Park - Soberanes Canyon Trail, Andrew Molera State Park, Point Sur State Historic Park (tours only), and Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park (go online or call to find out if the park's campgrounds are open)  

The following remain closed: Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, John Little State Natural Reserve, Limekiln State Park  

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO (additional US Forest Service information for the Monterey Ranger District): Please note that the information above is oftentimes more up-to-date than the US Forest Service site. Call 831-385-5434 with questions. 

 

Ventana Wilderness Forums • View topic - Dolan Fire/ Carmel Fire

Dolan Fire/ Carmel Fire

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Re: Dolan Fire/ Carmel Fire

Postby Corporate Raider on Thu Sep 10, 2020 10:58 am

I have heard reports of fire line mitigation being done in Anastasia Canyon. The next day I heard that there is an evacuation warning up to Chews ridge. Hopefully they are putting a stop to the mitigation, it would be a shame to have two dozers, one mitigating and one removing mitigation on the same fire line.
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Re: Dolan Fire/ Carmel Fire - HWY 1 Closed

Postby gfelsman on Wed Aug 19, 2020 8:21 am

Highway 1 status as of 8:20 a.m. today.

[IN THE CENTRAL CALIFORNIA AREA]
IS CLOSED FROM 0.8 MI SOUTH OF RAGGED POINT (SAN LUIS OBISPO CO) TO 2.3 MI NORTH OF SLATES HOT SPRINGS (MONTEREY CO) - DUE TO A WILDFIRE - MOTORISTS ARE ADVISED TO USE AN ALTERNATE ROUTE

IS CLOSED FROM 1.2 MI NORTH OF DAVENPORT /AT DAVENPORT LANDING RD/ (SANTA CRUZ CO) TO THE SANTA CRUZ/SAN MATEO CO LINE - DUE TO WILDFIRE - MOTORISTS ARE ADVISED TO USE AN ALTERNATE ROUTE

IS CLOSED FROM 1.7 MI NORTH OF THE SANTA CRUZ/SAN MATEO CO LINE /AT AVO NUEVA PRESERVE/ TO 4.4 MI SOUTH OF THE JCT OF SR 84 /AT PESCADERO CREEK RD/ (SAN MATEO CO) - DUE TO A WILDFIRE - MOTORISTS ARE ADVISED TO USE AN ALTERNATE ROUTE
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Dolan Fire/ Carmel Fire

Postby Alladin on Tue Aug 18, 2020 9:31 pm

The Dolan fire is a new one today. Dolan Ridge is just north of the north fork of Big Creek.
Sounds like Lower and Upper Bee camps will get the torch. The "Cedars" may be lost.
That area was spared during the 2008 and 2016 fires.
Next, if the "carmel" fire moves west/south-west it could cross the carmel river near the headwaters of the former San Clemente Dam. If it gets into the Pine Creek watershed then expect trouble for Ponciano Ridge and the northern Ventana. A report said they had stopped air-support on the Carmel fire because of heavy smoke from the "River Fire".

What a mess.
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