Crews Extinguish Three Fires in Big Sur
December 5, 2011
It's dark by dinner, holiday shopping madness is full throttle, and nights are cold enough to crank the heater. But here's one reason to be grateful it's not July:
On Dec. 1 and 2, firefighters with the Los Padres National Forest’s Monterey Ranger District and Big Sur Fire Brigade battled three fires on the Big Sur coast. "The fires occurred in steep slopes during periods of low relative humidity and gusting winds," the district's press release states, "and would have posed considerable challenges had they occurred in high fire season.
Airtanker drops and ground crews quickly contained all three. According to the district, the Rancho Rico Fire was contained at 1 acre, the Post Fire at less than 1 acre, and the Nepenthe Fire at less than 5 acres. Three Los Padres firefighters were minorly injured.
“These firestarts serve as a vivid reminder that we’re still in fire season along the Big Sur coast, and we need to keep our guard up,” said Monterey District Ranger Sherry Tune. “When the relative humidity drops and the winds pick up, our crews stand at the ready.”
The district urges caution in Big Sur in the wake of last week's strong winds.