No news is......
The Anastasia Canyon line was completed just below Lambert Flats on down to Carmel Valley Road at the Cahoon Ranch end of the canyon. This line was cut in case the spot fire below MIRA decided to get frisky. A giant back burn was planned for the entire area between Tassajara Road and Carmel Valley Road basically. This will probably required a mandatory evacuation of everybody from Tassajara Road to Piney Creek on Carmel Valley Road: Hastings, Hardesty Ranch, the Cahoon Ranch, etc.
This will undoubtedly ruffle more feathers since the folks will be evacuated or penned up in their homes while nothing happens. The nothing that is happening is the backfire experts are waiting for the humidity to drop so that they can get a good burn.
Picture a cigarette, lit and smouldering on the lip of an ashtray.....this is a bad burn. The stuff is kind of burning, but all it needs is a little oxygen and off we go. A good burn would be someone actively smoking the thing and burning up the fuel in a controlled manner.
Meanwhile, since the fire has laid down....the boys were able to cut a second line down from the Nason Ranch along the lines that Lyle predicted: an old '77 Marble Cone cut that has grown out. This line cuts the burnout area in half. It runs to the south of the big line, on a beeline for Mrs. Cahoon's gravesite. I will post up a Google Earth image when I get away from the Store in a few hours.
Rod McMahan of the Volunteers has been up the Hennickson Highway and checked out the dozer line. Like all of us, he was afraid that it was a clear cut......sad but necessary. On the contrary..... Terry Bishop, Callie, Deano and the others have left islands, protected the gorgeous madrones and the big heritage oaks in the White Oaks area. Hats off, once again. Skill, courage, hard work, humor and sensitivity........And not all these guys are married!
Associated Looters and Scumbags is doing another run soon....with luck. The CHP yesterday attempted to stop the Cachagua Volunteer Rescue truck from taking medical supplies in to a patient. Unfortunately for the CHP chick, Bear was driving the Rescue......and Bear don't play.
SPCA has donated a big pile of dog and kitty food, and Toddie is doing a run for a bunch of hay they have donated as well. The road closure is sure to continue into the near future, so these supplies are both essential and greatly appreciated. Yay SPCA!
The strict enforcement of the road closure seems strictly punitive.......punishing people for not leaving their homes and animals. Meanwhile, the fire is nowhere near 90% of the affected area. Yesterday, even at Grandpa Fred Nason's......with the fire across the road, there was a sense of calm and serenity: "I am too old to be afraid of a little fire......"
Or even a lot of fire.