Friday, July 18, 2008

Tassajara Zen Center (fire update)

The California wildfires, with smoke drifting out to the Pacific Ocean (L), are seen in this NASA satellite image released July 9, 2008 (NASA/Handout/Reuters).

Residents Along Tassajara Road Asked To Evacuate
Zen Center Spared From Fire

CARMEL VALLEY, California (July 11, 2008) -- Officials said firefighters are working in more favorable conditions as they continue to battle a wildfire near Big Sur. Residents living along Tassajara Road from Jamesburg to the Los Padres National Forest boundary placed under a voluntary evacuation order Friday morning.

Tassajara Road from the forest boundary to the Tassajara Hot Springs remained under mandatory evacuation orders. Though the amount of land consumed by the blaze has been updated by fire officials to nearly 169 square miles, the percent of containment still stands at 41 percent. The historic Tassajara Zen Mountain Center has been spared from the flames.

The center's director reported on the center's Web site that though a few outbuildings were destroyed, the complex was still standing.


UPDATE (July 18, 2008) As of late yesterday there was little fire activity on the Big Sur Basin fire with the exception of the burnout operation in the White Oaks area, east of Devils Peak, and near Tassajara Creek campground 1-2 miles southeast of the Tassajara Zen facility. The fire is 129,732 acres and is 65% contained. InciWeb is working today, for now at least:

Last night's burnout operations went well along Carmel Valley Road. Burnout operations are expected to extend southeast along the containment line as conditions permit, with units mopping up along Carmel Valley Road behind the fire.Burnout operations will also proceed east of Devil's Peak on the north edge of the fire, and will continue in the coming days as conditions permit.

The northern edge of the fire is backing slowly toward Carmel River inside the containment lines.There was very little fire activity late yesterday on the Cold Springs Fire in southwest Washington--firefighters appear to be getting a handle on this one. It is 7,933 acres and 30% contained.

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