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Preserve Advisories (listed newest to oldest)

Preserve Advisory 

Tuesday, September 8, 2020 - 12:41 p.m.

Air quality on the Preserve has degraded to POOR due to smoke from the Dolan Fire south of the Preserve. We recommend limited outdoor activity for those with health concerns. The fire continues to spread to the south and east and has grown to 73,089 acres, while containment remains at 40%. Other than causing poor air quality, this fire is not a threat to the Preserve at this time. 

Winds from the south are forecast for this evening and air quality on the Preserve for Wednesday, September 9, 2020 may reach unhealthy conditions.  Further updates will be provided.

Please contact Forrest Arthur (831) 229-1125 or Karen Baxter (831) 238-8335 for more information.

You may also find information and resources on the Monterey County Emergency web page HERE.

For local air quality information, please visit the Monterey Bay Air Resources District web page HERE.

 

Preserve Advisory 

Tuesday, August 25, 2020 - 10:11 a.m.

For those considering returning to the Preserve, today the air quality is GOOD and there is no fire danger within close proximity of The Santa Lucia Preserve. Winds over the next several days are forecasted to come out of the northwest, which may carry more smoke and ash into our area generated from the CZU Lightning Fire in Santa Cruz. This fire stands at 78,869 acres and is only 17% contained.
Based on the favorable air quality, we are currently making adjustments to our operations. Expect updates regarding services  via separate email very soon.

Please contact Forrest Arthur (831) 229-1125 or Karen Baxter (831) 238-8335 for more information.

If you have not reviewed your copy of the Emergency Homeowners Guide, the PDF copy can be found by clicking the link HERE

More information on these fires can be found on the CalFire Incident Page HERE

You may also find information and resources on the Monterey County Emergency web page HERE.

 

Preserve Advisory 

Monday, August 24, 2020 - 10:07 a.m.

Evacuation warnings/orders have been lifted for the all homes within the Santa Lucia Preserve.

For those considering returning to the Preserve, air quality remains POOR. Winds over the next several days are forecasted to come out of the northwest, which may carry more smoke and ash into our area generated from the CZU Lightning Fire in Santa Cruz. This fire stands at 74,000 acres and is only 8% contained.

Due to potentially hazardous air quality, management will be assessing our operations on a daily basis. We will send out separate updates regarding our operations this afternoon.

Please contact Forrest Arthur (831) 229-1125 or Karen Baxter (831) 238-8335 for more information.

If you have not reviewed your copy of the Emergency Homeowners Guide, the PDF copy can be found by clicking the link HERE

More information on these fires can be found on the CalFire Incident Page HERE

You may also find information and resources on the Monterey County Emergency web page HERE.

 

Preserve Advisory 

Monday, August 24, 2020 - 7:30 a.m.

Fortunately, the storm did not hit the Preserve as forecasted. There is no fire threatening the Preserve at this time; however, air quality this morning is POOR.
While areas of the Preserve remain in an evacuation warning or order, we will keep our operations closed. If Fire Officials lift the evacuation today, and air quality is at safe levels for our staff, we will resume limited business lines tomorrow, Tuesday, August 24, 2020.
We will send out separate updates regarding our operations this afternoon.

Please contact Forrest Arthur (831) 229-1125 or Karen Baxter (831) 238-8335 for more information.

If you have not reviewed your copy of the Emergency Homeowners Guide, the PDF copy can be found by clicking the link HERE

More information on these fires can be found on the CalFire Incident Page HERE

You may also find information and resources on the Monterey County Emergency web page HERE.

 

Preserve Advisory 

Sunday, August 23, 2020 - 4:15 p.m.

The weather expected to hit our area has remained primarily to our west, over the ocean. Currently, winds are very calm out of the NW at 2 MPH. The Fire Watch Warning is currently in effect until 5 pm PDT Monday, August 24, 2020. See the National Weather Service Alert below.

Four CALFIRE dozers are on property and re-enforcing the 2016 Soberanes containment lines on our eastern flank. They will be working in the Long Ridge, Black Mountain, Touche and Vasquez areas overnight.

Should evacuations become necessary, please be attentive to emergency communications which will come through our One Call Notification System via text, phone, and email.  If you receive notice, exit the property immediately via Chamisal Pass or Rancho San Carlos Road and proceed towards Carmel. Many sections of Carmel Valley Road east of Rancho San Carlos Road and Los Laureles Grade are closed at this time.

Preserve staff and our CERT members will be on fire watch this evening.

National Weather Service Alert

  •  THUNDERSTORMS...Isolated to scattered thunderstorms with little to no precipitation will pose a threat for new fire starts, especially late Sunday into early Monday morning.
  • WIND...Prevailing west to southwest winds, generally light in the morning and breezy to locally gusty in the afternoon and evening hours. However, erratic gusty outflow winds of 30 to 65 mph may accompany stronger thunderstorms.
  •  IMPACTS...Increased likelihood for new fire starts with any lightning. Erratic gusty outflow winds may result in dangerous and unpredictable fire behavior.

 Please contact Forrest Arthur (831) 229-1125 or Karen Baxter (831) 238-8335 for more information.

If you have not reviewed your copy of the Emergency Homeowners Guide, the PDF copy can be found by clicking the link HERE

More information on these fires can be found on the CalFire Incident Page HERE

You may also find information and resources on the Monterey County Emergency web page HERE.

 

Preserve Advisory 

Sunday, August 23, 2020 - 9:50 a.m.

Management just returned from the fire line. The active fire on the west side of the Carmel Fire has been extinguished and fire crews are mopping up (see photos below). We currently have no active fire within close proximity of the Santa Lucia Preserve. Our concern now lies with the Red Flag Warning currently in effect until 5 pm PDT Monday, August 24, 2020.

National Weather Service Alert

  •  THUNDERSTORMS...Isolated to scattered thunderstorms with little to no precipitation will pose a threat for new fire starts, especially late Sunday into early Monday morning.
  • WIND...Prevailing west to southwest winds, generally light in the morning and breezy to locally gusty in the afternoon and evening hours. However, erratic gusty outflow winds of 30 to 65 mph may accompany stronger thunderstorms.
  •  IMPACTS...Increased likelihood for new fire starts with any lightning. Erratic gusty outflow winds may result in dangerous and unpredictable fire behavior.

 Please contact Forrest Arthur (831) 229-1125 or Karen Baxter (831) 238-8335 for more information.

If you have not reviewed your copy of the Emergency Homeowners Guide, the PDF copy can be found by clicking the link HERE

More information on these fires can be found on the CalFire Incident Page HERE

You may also find information and resources on the Monterey County Emergency web page HERE.

 

Preserve Advisory 

Saturday, August 22, 2020 - 5:25 p.m.

There are no further updates since the last message. Cal Fire will be live-streaming an update regarding the nearby River and Carmel Fires tonight at 7:00 p.m. on their Facebook page, Cal Fire BEU, or by clicking the link HERE.   

The active fire remains approximately 1 mile off Preserve property. Preserve staff will remain on fire watch throughout the evening and provide any further updates, should they be necessary.

With the current evacuation warnings in place, we would like to request that all homeowners please complete the following census, so that staff can assist anyone remaining on property should the need arise. You may access the census by clicking HERE.  

As a reminder:

  • Stay tuned for Emergency broadcasts by phone, email or text
  • Shelter in Place and ready yourself in case of evacuation. For evacuation preparedness tips see HERE
  • If evacuations are necessary, you will be notified as early as possible by Preserve staff, Firefighters or the Sheriff’s Office
  • To view the current evacuation notice, please click HERE

If you need evacuation door hangers, they will be available in the lobby at the New Corporation Yard, 121 Rancho San Carlos Road, Building A., or stop by the Gatehouse for pick up tomorrow morning.   

Please contact Forrest Arthur (831) 229-1125 or Karen Baxter (831) 238-8335 for more information.

If you have not reviewed your copy of the Emergency Homeowners Guide, the PDF copy can be found by clicking the link HERE

More information on these fires can be found on the CalFire Incident Page HERE

You may also find information and resources on the Monterey County Emergency web page HERE.

 

Preserve Advisory 

Saturday, August 22, 2020 - 11:08 a.m.

Staff was informed by the Fire Chief that in an abundance of caution CALFIRE has expanded evacuation zones due to weather forecast patterns predicting winds over the next couple of days.

ALERT: FIRE WEATHER WATCH NOW IN EFFECT FROM SUNDAY MORNING THROUGH TUESDAY MORNING FOR DRY LIGHTNING FOR FIRE WEATHER ZONES

  • WIND...Generally light onshore winds. However, erratic gusty
    winds 40 to 65 mph may accompany stronger thunderstorms.
  • THUNDERSTORMS...Isolated to scattered dry thunderstorms will
    develop Sunday afternoon and into Monday morning. An
    additional round of thunderstorms are expected to arrive
    later Monday into Tuesday. Dry thunderstorms may become wet
    as the event progresses.

Due to this weather forecast, evacuation warnings have been extended into areas of The Preserve as follows:

One home on The Preserve is under Evacuation Order at this time:

 21 Vasquez

 The following areas of The Preserve have been issued an Evacuation Warning:

  • Penon Peak Trail
  • Vista Cielo
  • Wild Turkey
  • Rancho San Carlos Road North of Vista Cielo to the Gatehouse. To include:
  • Red Tail Trace
  • Cantera Run
  • Chamisal Pass North of the Hacienda to the Gatehouse. To include:
  • Vuelo de las Palomas
  • Mesa Trail
  • Holdingfield Run
  • Corral Run
  • Potrero Trail
  • Goodrich Trail

Evacuation Warning – typically given a minimum of 48 hours in advance. This warning allows you time to make preparations for the care and security of valuables and your property in general.  If you have special needs that require advanced preparation, this is the time to prepare to leave the property.

You may check your specific address on Monterey County’s website for River and Carmel Fire Evacuation Zones HERE.

As a reminder:

  • Stay tuned for Emergency broadcasts by phone, email or text
  • Shelter in Place and ready yourself in case of evacuation. For evacuation preparedness tips see HERE
  • If evacuations are necessary, you will be notified as early as possible by Preserve staff, Firefighters or the Sheriff’s Office

Please contact Forrest Arthur (831) 229-1125 or Karen Baxter (831) 238-8335 for more information.

If you have not reviewed your copy of the Emergency Homeowners Guide, the PDF copy can be found by clicking the link HERE

More information on these fires can be found on the CalFire Incident Page HERE

You may also find information and resources on the Monterey County Emergency web page HERE.

 

Preserve Advisory 

Saturday, August 22, 2020 - 8:26 a.m.

Overnight, calm winds and cooler temperatures allowed firefighters to maintain control of the fire and limit its spread. After a visual inspection this morning, the fire line fire remains in the San Clemente drainage approximately 1 mile from the Preserve. Dozer activity will resume this morning to strengthen containment lines. Click HERE for this morning’s incident map.

ALERT: FIRE WEATHER WATCH NOW IN EFFECT FROM SUNDAY MORNING THROUGH TUESDAY MORNING FOR DRY LIGHTNING FOR FIRE WEATHER ZONES

  • WIND...Generally light onshore winds. However, erratic gusty
    winds 40 to 65 mph may accompany stronger thunderstorms.
  • THUNDERSTORMS...Isolated to scattered dry thunderstorms will
    develop Sunday afternoon and into Monday morning. An
    additional round of thunderstorms are expected to arrive
    later Monday into Tuesday. Dry thunderstorms may become wet
    as the event progresses.

Due to this weather forecast, evacuation warnings have been extended into many areas, including portions of the Santa Lucia Preserve.

  • Stay tuned for Emergency broadcasts by phone, email or text
  • Shelter in Place and ready yourself in case of evacuation. For evacuation preparedness tips see HERE
  • If evacuations are necessary, you will be notified as early as possible by Preserve staff, Firefighters or the Sheriff’s Office

Please contact Forrest Arthur (831) 229-1125 or Karen Baxter (831) 238-8335 for more information.

If you have not reviewed your copy of the Emergency Homeowners Guide, the PDF copy can be found by clicking the link HERE

More information on these fires can be found on the CalFire Incident Page HERE

You may also find information and resources on the Monterey County Emergency web page HERE.

 

Preserve Advisory 

Friday, August 21, 2020 - 4:05 p.m.

Afternoon winds have increased and the fire containment lines at old San Clemente Dam site have been breached. The active fire is approximate 1 mile off Preserve property to the east. Long Ridge Trail is the eastern most boundary of the Preserve. CALFIRE is present and fighting the fire with hand crews and dozers. The Preserve’s two dozers, are mobilizing to the end of Long Ridge Trail to begin re-establishment of fire lines created during the 2016 Soberanes fire.

In an abundance of caution, Fire Chief Michael Urquides has advised staff to notify Preserve residents to:

  • Stay tuned for Emergency broadcasts by phone, email or text
  • Shelter in Place and ready yourself in case of evacuation. For evacuation preparedness tips see HERE
  • If evacuations are necessary, you will be notified as early as possible by Preserve staff, Firefighters or the Sheriff’s Office

Staff will remain in constant communication with fire officials as we remain on fire watch overnight.

Please contact Forrest Arthur (831) 229-1125 or Karen Baxter (831) 238-8335 for more information.

More information on these fires can be found on the CalFire Incident Page HERE

You may also find information and resources on the Monterey County Emergency web page HERE.

 

Preserve Advisory 

Friday, August 21, 2020 - 9:25 a.m.

CALFIRE successfully back fired on the western flank of the Carmel Fire last night. This successful operation held the fire within containment lines. CALFIRE dozer operators continue to reinforce containment lines established during the 2016 Soberanes fire. The fire still remains near the old San Clemente Dam site which is approximately 1.25 miles from the Preserve. Today’s incident map showing the perimeter of the fire at 4,700 acres can be found HERE. At this time, the Preserve is not in danger from this fire. 0% containment.

 The River fire, in the Salinas area, stands at approximately 40,000 acres. This fire is actively burning in all directions; yet, it remains several miles away and is of no threat to the Preserve at this time. 9% contained

The Dolan fire, burning in the Big Sur area, stands at approximately 8,500 acres. This fire is of no threat to the Preserve at this time. 0% containment

We continue to monitor air quality on the Preserve and current levels are GOOD. We recommend limited activity for those with health concerns. Look for operational updates in separate communications. For local air quality information, please visit the Monterey Bay Air Resources District web page HERE.

We are in constant communications with the Fire Chief and staff will keep the community apprised on our situation. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Forrest Arthur at (831) 229-1125.

More information on these fires can be found on the CalFire Incident Page HERE

You may also find information and resources on the Monterey County Emergency web page HERE.

 

Preserve Advisory 

Thursday, August 20, 2020 - 4:13 p.m.

We will be providing an update on all the local fires during this evenings vertual Town Hall Meeting. Please join by connecting to  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84071229014 or you may call in at 669-900-6833 and use Meeting ID 840 7122 9014.

Monterey County Regional Fire Chief, Michael Urquides, just informed staff that the Carmel Fire continues to spread in all directions, including towards the Preserve. The growth of the fire in our direction is very slow and firefighters and dozers are strengthening fire lines from the 2016 Soberanes fire, while also setting up additional containment lines. Weather permitting, back firing is possible this evening by CALFIRE personnel. The fire currently is near the drainage at the old San Clemente Dam, which is approximately 1.25 miles east of the Preserve. 

The River fire and the Dolan fire continue to spread rapidly. These fires burn at a safe distance from the Preserve and are not considered a threat at this time. 

Tonight, winds once again are expected to bring smoke and ash into the Preserve from the CZU Lightning fire in Santa Cruz. We are monitoring air quality on the Preserve and current levels are in the FAIR category. We will assess and report again in the morning, including operational updates in separate communications. For local air quality information, please visit the Monterey Bay Air Resources District web page HERE.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Forrest Arthur at (831) 229-1125.

More information on these fires can be found on the CalFire Incident Page HERE

 

Preserve Advisory ~ Corrected

Thursday, August 20, 2020 - 9:10 a.m.

Last night, the Carmel Fire advanced in all directions. Firefighters successfully held the western containment lines at the old San Clemente Dam, which is approximately 1.25 miles from the Preserve's eastern boundary. With winds from the northwest again today, the advancement of the fire is expected to move aggressively to the south and east. This fire nearly doubled in size overnight and has grown to approximately 4300 acres. At this time, the fire is not expected to advance further west in our direction. 0% containment.

The River fire, in the Salinas area, doubled in size overnight and stands at approximately 34,000 acres. This fire is actively burning in all directions, yet, it remains several miles away from the Preserve and poses no threat at this time. 7% containment.

The Dolan fire, burning in the Big Sur area, stands at approximately 4000 acres. This fire is of no threat to the Preserve at this time. 0% containment.

Overnight, winds once again brought smoke and ash into the Preserve from the CZU Lightning fire in Santa Cruz (40,000 acres; 0% containment). We expect this trend to last for the next 48 - 72 hours. We are monitoring air quality on the Preserve and current levels are very poor. We recommend limited to no outdoor activity for those with health concerns. All non-essential staff will not be working today. Look for operational updates soon in separate communications. For local air quality information, please visit the Monterey Bay Air Resources District web page HERE.

We are in constant communications with Michael Urquides, Monterey County Regional Fire Chief. Mr. Urquides will address the community this evening in the Virtual Town Hall Meeting. For information on how to log in to the Town Hall Meeting, please refer to The Preserve Life communication sent last evening.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Forrest Arthur at (831) 229-1125.

More information on these fires can be found on the CalFire Incident Page HERE.

 

Preserve Advisory 

Thursday, August 20, 2020 - 9:10 a.m.

Last night, the Carmel Fire advanced in all directions. Firefighters successfully held the western containment lines at Los Padres Dam, which is approximately 2.5 miles from the Preserve's eastern boundary. With winds from the northwest again today, the advancement of the fire is expected to move aggressively to the south and east. This fire nearly doubled in size overnight and has grown to approximately 4300 acres. At this time, the fire is not expected to advance further west in our direction. 0% containment.

The River fire, in the Salinas area, doubled in size overnight and stands at approximately 34,000 acres. This fire is actively burning in all directions, yet, it remains several miles away from the Preserve and poses no threat at this time. 7% containment.

The Dolan fire, burning in the Big Sur area, stands at approximately 4000 acres. This fire is of no threat to the Preserve at this time. 0% containment.

Overnight, winds once again brought smoke and ash into the Preserve from the CZU Lightning fire in Santa Cruz (40,000 acres; 0% containment). We expect this trend to last for the next 48 - 72 hours. We are monitoring air quality on the Preserve and current levels are very poor. We recommend limited to no outdoor activity for those with health concerns. All non-essential staff will not be working today. Look for operational updates soon in separate communications. For local air quality information, please visit the Monterey Bay Air Resources District web page HERE.

We are in constant communications with Michael Urquides, Monterey County Regional Fire Chief. Mr. Urquides will address the community this evening in the Virtual Town Hall Meeting. For information on how to log in to the Town Hall Meeting, please refer to The Preserve Life communication sent last evening.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Forrest Arthur at (831) 229-1125.

More information on these fires can be found on the CalFire Incident Page HERE.

 

Preserve Advisory 

Wednesday, August 19, 2020 - 3:48 p.m.

Northwesterly winds are pushing more smoke and ash into our area. This smoke and ash is from the CZU Lightning Fire in Santa Cruz. Due to the significant decrease in air quality, we are excusing all non-essential workers for the day. Air quality is very poor and we recommend everyone stay indoors, limiting outdoor activity as much as possible. Northwest winds are forecasted to last for the next several days. For local air quality information, please visit the Monterey Bay Air Resources District web page HERE.

All of the local fires in our area continue to grow in size; however, the growth of each fire is trending in a direction away from the Preserve. Fire officials advise staff that none of these fires pose a threat to the Preserve at this time. 

Please look forward to operational announcements very soon. We will update the community on the development of each fire tomorrow morning. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Forrest Arthur at (831) 229-1125.

More information on these fires can be found on the CalFire Incident Page HERE.

 

Preserve Advisory 

Wednesday, August 19, 2020 - 9:48 a.m.

The Carmel Fire, burning to our east, has grown to approximately 1200 acres with no containment at this time. Last night, the active portion of the fire moved aggressively south and east. As far as the Preserve is concerned, the fire is slowly burning in our direction towards a containment line. Fire officials advise this fire is of no threat to the Preserve at this time. 

The River fire, in the Salinas area, has grown to approximately 11,000 acres and is 7% contained. This fire is several miles away and is of no threat to the Preserve at this time. 

A new fire, named the Dolan fire, is burning in the Big Sur area south of Julia Pfeiffer State Park.  This fire stands at approximately 2500 acres with no containment. This fire is of no threat to the Preserve at this time. 

Overnight, southern winds brought smoke and ash into the Preserve from the CZU Lightning fire in Santa Cruz. We are monitoring air quality on the Preserve and current levels are poor. We recommend limited outdoor activity for those with health concerns. For local air quality information, please visit the Monterey Bay Air Resources District web page HERE

We are in constant communications with the Fire Chief and staff will keep the community apprised on our situation. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Forrest Arthur at (831) 229-1125. 

Due to excessive heat, today remains a "Red Flag" Day on the Preserve. This means conditions are ideal for fire combustion and rapid spread. 

  • Call 9-1-1 immediately in case of a Fire or Medical Emergency.
  • NO off-road driving or parking until appropriate mowing or grading is complete.
  •  Refrain from any activities in naturalized areas that may cause combustion or sparking (i.e. mowing, welding, digging, etc.). Restricting these activities is especially critical when temperatures are high (above 85 degrees) and humidity levels are low (below 30%).  When high temps and low humidity situations occur, simply follow the general "rule of thumb", advising no restricted activity between 10:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. 
  • Open fires or barbequing in naturalized areas is strictly prohibited.
  • Ensure that your personal fire extinguishers are properly charged and ready for use.
  • Rest in shaded areas and maintain hydration to help prevent heat illness.

 

Preserve Advisory 

Tuesday, August 18, 2020 - 4:54 p.m.

The fire at Cachagua and Sky Ranch Road, now named the Carmel Fire, has grown to over 500 acres with 3 structures reported destroyed. The fire is moving away from the Preserve to the south and east. The Preserve is not in danger from this fire, at this time.

As of 3:07 p.m., CalFire reported the River Fire at 4,070 acres burned, 6 structures destroyed, and 1,527 homes still threatened. The Preserve is not in danger from this fire, at this time.

Air quality is compromised due to both fires and we recommend limited outdoor activity for those with health concerns. For local air quality information, please visit the Monterey Bay Air Resources District web page HERE.

Staff will continue to communicate with Fire Officials and update the community as new information develops on the Carmel and the River Fire.

 

Preserve Advisory 

Tuesday, August 18, 2020 - 2:22 p.m.

A new fire has been reported on Cachagua Road and Sky Ranch Road past Carmel Valley Village. This fire is several miles to the east of the Preserve. The fire is currently at 30-40 acres, is rapidly burning, and air support is enroute. The Preserve is not in danger from this fire or the River Fire at this time.

Air quality is still compromised due to the River Fire and we recommend limited outdoor activity for those with health concerns. For local air quality information, please visit the Monterey Bay Air Resources District web page HERE.

Staff will continue to communicate with Fire Officials and update the community as new information develops on both this fire, as well as the River Fire in Salinas.

 

Preserve Advisory

Monday, August 17, 2020 - 8:53 a.m.

As of 6:00 a.m. this morning, the River Fire was at 2,800 acres and remains at 10% contained. Overnight, the fire moved southward and currently threatens over 1,500 homes. The Preserve remains in no danger from the River Fire, however smoke from the fire will cause air quality concerns for today and potentially the near future.

We recommend limited outdoor activity for those with health concerns. For local air quality information, please visit the Monterey Bay Air Resources District web page HERE.

Today is a "Red Flag" Day on the Preserve. This means conditions are ideal for fire combustion and rapid spread. 

· Call 9-1-1 immediately in case of a Fire or Medical Emergency.

· NO off-road driving or parking until appropriate mowing or grading is complete.

· Refrain from any activities in naturalized areas that may cause combustion or sparking (i.e. mowing, welding, digging, etc.). Restricting these activities is especially critical when temperatures are high (above 85 degrees) and humidity levels are low (below 30%).  When high temps and low humidity situations occur, simply follow the general "rule of thumb", advising no restricted activity between 10:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. 

· Open fires or barbequing in naturalized areas is strictly prohibited.

· Ensure that your personal fire extinguishers are properly charged and ready for use.
· Rest in shaded areas and maintain hydration to help prevent heat illness.

Staff will continue to communicate with Fire Officials and update the community as new information develops.

 

Preserve Advisory

Sunday, August 16, 2020 - 5:27 p.m.

The fire on Toro Peak, now named the River Fire, has grown to 300 acres and is 10% contained. The fire is moving north and northwest, which under current wind conditions, is not moving towards the Santa Lucia Preserve. A chance of lightning is predicted again for this evening. In an abundance of caution, the MCRD Fire Chief is posting three firefighters, overnight, on the Preserve. We will continue to provide further updates as necessary.

 

Preserve Advisory

Sunday, August 16, 2020 - 9:45 a.m.

The lightning storm caused a fire in the Salinas area on Toro Peak, which is approximately 5 miles off the Preserve. Our Fire Chief, Michael Urquides, informs us that Monterey County Regional Fire is supporting CALFIRE and plenty of resources are available. We may smell smoke or see helicopters in the distance, however the Preserve is not in danger at this time. We will update the community if the situation changes.

 

Heat Advisory 

May 25 thru May 28, 2020

We are currently experiancing a stretch of hot weather combined with low humidity levels. These conditions create a recipe for extreme fire danger on the Santa Lucia Preserve.

A few reminders for the week ahead:

 Call 9-1-1 immediately in case of a Fire or Medical Emergency

NO OUTDOOR SMOKING or discarding of cigarette butts is allowed

 NO off-road driving or parking

 Refrain from any activities in naturalized areas that may cause combustion or sparking (i.e. mowing, welding, digging, etc.). Restricting these activities is especially critical when temperatures are high (above 85 degrees) and humidity levels are low (below 30%). When high temps and low humidity situations occur, simply follow the general "rule of thumb", advising no restricted activity between 10:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.

 Open fires or barbequing in naturalized areas is strictly prohibited

 Rest in shaded areas and maintain hydration to help prevent heat illness.

Please be safe out there and stay cool!