If you’ve been anywhere near a fire over the past few years, you’ve probably heard the words “BEAR WORK” and might not know exactly what that means. We get asked about it all the time and it’s BAER WORK (pronounced BEAR). So what is BAER? This is directly from the Los Padres NF website:
Friday March 23 – Doors Open 6:30pm
Balboa Building – 735 State Street – Santa Barbara
*parking can be tough, suggest Paseo Nuevo*
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Doesn’t that look a whole lot more inviting!
– Tragically, on February 15 there was an accidental self-inflicted gunshot caused death at the Glass Factory target shooting area along East Camino Cielo. Due to the investigation of the shooting, the Glass Factory will remain closed until March 27.
– Highway 1 along the Big Sur Coast remains closed just north of Salmon Guard Station at Mud Creek. There have been a few additional slides that have caused delays and/or closures due to the recent storms but all of those have been cleared. If Hwy 1 is on your radar, be sure to check CalTrans or BigSurKate ahead of time.
– Even with the recent “March Marvel” (we can’t call it a miracle just yet), we remain well below the average rainfall totals across the forest for the season. We’re still fighting to overcome a February that had single digit percentages of average rainfall across most of the Los Padres. Figueroa Mountain received only 2% of their average rain in February, Three Peaks in the Silver Peak region only 7%. By comparison, Fig Mtn is 174% of normal for March so far and Three Peaks is a whopping 757% of normal! March is off to a good start and fortunately the storms have been light and steady within the fire areas. Lets pray for more of the same……
– In case you hadn’t heard, the Whittier Fire closure has been lifted and West Camino Cielo is once again open, barring temporary rain closures. Please tread lightly. While West Camino is open, the Tequepis Trail remains inaccessible due to the closure of Circle V Ranch.
– Speaking of the Whittier Fire, the cause of the fire was released last month, read here for more information.
– The Thomas Fire closure remains in effect with all of the burned areas (the black) still closed to public access. This includes access east of Gibraltar Road along East Camino Cielo and all the trailheads accessed via Rose Valley (yes, even Piedra Blanca Trailhead). There has been no timetable set as to when the Thomas closure will be lifted.
– There’s been some good news coming from the Thomas Fire specifically related to fire impacted animals surviving the fire. Here’s one about the use of fish skin bandages to help repair burns and the release of two of those bears and a mountain lion cub. And this article talking about condor #871’s first flight across the Sespe.
– Thanks to the fantastic work of CalTrans, Highway 33 has remained open through all the past series of storms. Those guys are amazing! Thanks CalTrans! That being said, if you plan on driving Hwy 33, please be aware that it could close at any moment and especially around rain events.
– The Los Padres Forest is requesting comments to reissue power-line permits through the forest. For more information start here.
Smokin Hot, Cold Spring Sunset