Over 40 Years of Fire Protection – Rescue – Emergency Medical Services
The Mission of the Big Sur Volunteer Fire Brigade is to provide dependable fire protection and emergency services for Big Sur with teamwork, respect and integrity
The “Soberanes Fire” started along the Big Sur coast on July 22, 2016 at 8:48 AM. This fast moving wildland fire is located south of Garrapata State Park and north of Polo Colorado Canyon Road. The fire is generally moving southeast pushed by on-shore winds. As of July 24, 2016 at 9:30 PM, the fire had consumed 11,000 acres and was 5% contained with 1,650 structures threatened, 6 homes destroyed along with 2 outbuildings. Total personnel assigned to the incident is at 1,367. At this time Highway 1 remains open along the coast. Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park will be completely closed on July 25th at noon. Heavy drift smoke is into the Carmel and Salinas Valleys. Mandatory evacuations have been issued for Palo Colorado Canyon, Rocky Creek, Weston Ridge, Palo Colorado Road, Garrapatos Road, and portions of the Old Coast Road. An Evacuation Shelter has been established at Carmel Middle School. The Incident Basecamp / Command Post has been established at Toro County Regional Park. Additional information on the fire can be found at the following links:
- Xasauan Today – Soberanes Fire
- CAL FIRE Incident Information – Soberanes Fire Updates
- Twitter – #Soberanes Fire
- Big Sur Kate – Soberanes Fire
- CAL FIRE Incident Information
- Coast Property Owners Association – Soberanes Fire Relief
- Big Sur Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) – Soberanes Fire
Our annual Big Sur Volunteer Fire Brigade fund raising BBQ was held on June 11th at Pfeiffier Big Sur State Park and was a huge success. Nearly 250 people attended and everyone had a great time. Thanks to all the people and agencies who helped with making this event happen. It would not have been possible without your tremendous efforts. Check out our Photo Gallery Page for more pictures of this great event.
For the latest road conditions in the Big Sur area, check the CALTRANS Road Conditions website.
The latest Big Sur Volunteer Fire Brigade News! Read it here in the:
Learn what you can do to protect your home and property from Wildfire!
Read about the Big Sur Fire of 1906 from the Spring 2004 edition of the Double Cone Quarterly
Effective June 14, 2016, fire restrictions have been imposed in the Los Padres National Forest. Chick here for additional information.
Check out all the things to do in Big Sur in the 2016 – 2017 Big Sur Guide provided by the Big Sur Chamber of Commerce.
National Fire Prevention Week is October 9 – 15, 2016. First recognized in 1922 by then President Warren Harding, the theme for the 2016 Fire Prevention Week is “Don’t Wait – Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms.” According to the National Fire Protection Association, ” Smoke alarms save lives. If there is a fire in your home, smoke spreads fast and you need smoke alarms to give you time to get out. Having a working smoke alarm cuts the chances of dying in a reported fire in half. Almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.” For more information on smoke alarms and fire prevention practices, check out the websites of the National Fire Protection Association or the United States Fire Fire Administration. And, don’t forget to change the batteries in your smoke alarms when we change our clocks back to standard time on November 6, 2016.
Honoring One of Our Own!
On January 16, 2014, the Monterey County Fire Chiefs Association held their annual awards luncheon in Castroville, CA. We our extremely pleased to announce that our own Fire Chief, Martha Karstens was the recipient of the 2013 Volunteer Firefighter of the Year Award. Chief Karstens was acknowledged for her tremendous dedication to the fire service in Monterey County by serving on several regional fire service committees and continually supporting the efforts to improve the delivery of fire protection to the residents of Big Sur and the entire Monterey County. Chief Karstens is well deserving of this award and we are extremely proud of her dedication and commitment to the Big Sur Volunteer Fire Brigade and the Big Sur Community.
Donations are Welcomed and Appreciated:
We understand completely how it can seem overwhelming with all the requests for donations from the many worthy organizations out there, especially during the holiday season. Well, the reality is that many non-profit organizations simply would not exist if it were not for the generous donations and support from people like yourselves. Indeed, we are one of those organizations. Since we receive no governmental funding, our existence, and our ability to serve the Big Sur community, and the numerous visitors, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, comes primarily from very much appreciated private donations. We are here to serve the Big Sur Community to the best of our ability and we need your help to do just that. Please consider a donation in any amount to help us maintain a vital service to the Big Sur community and our visitors. Please click on the “SUPPORT US“ tab at the top of this page for ways to support the Big Sur Volunteer Fire Brigade. Click below to view our annual donation request letter from Fire Chief, Martha Karstens and thanks for your past and continued support of the Big Sur Volunteer Fire Brigade.
A very special thank you to all the participants and volunteers that helped make the 35th annual Big Sur River Run on October 28, 2015 a huge success. With your outstanding efforts, and thanks to the local donations and matching grants from the Nepenthe Restaurant, we raised nearly $85,000 dollars for the Big Sur Volunteer Fire Brigade and the Big Sur Health Center. Well done everyone! Join us for the 36th annual Big Sur River Run on Saturday October 22, 2016 at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
The Big Sur Volunteer Fire Brigade was formed in 1974 to provide structure fire protection for the residents and businesses in the Big Sur area. The Brigade now provides both structure and wildland fire protection, along with rescue and emergency medical response for the Big Sur Community and its over 4 million annual visitors. The Brigade remains an all-volunteer company, with about 20 members, responding to an area which covers 60 miles of coastline along Highway One.
How We Are Funded:
We are funded almost entirely by grants and donations from fundraising activities such as our Big Sur River Run, our annual BBQ and Firefighter’s Muster, the Big Sur Marathon, and the Nepenthe Halloween Bal Masque. We also send out a fundraising letter each year requesting support from our local residents. We welcome any and all donations as we are continually trying to upgrade our equipment and emergency response capabilities.
Contributions such as cash, appreciated stock, in-kind professional services, and used vehicles and equipment have in the past helped us build our capabilities for emergency response. If you would like to contact us about making a donation, our address is:
P.O. Box 520
Big Sur, CA. 93920
As a non-profit, Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3) organization, tax-exempt number 94-2840361, and registered to solicit donations in the state of California, your donation will be gladly accepted. To make a tax deductible donation to the Big Sur Volunteer Fire Brigade by credit card or using Pay Pal, click on the “Support Us” tab above.
Local business where you can purchase Big Sur Volunteer Fire Brigade clothing and apparel:
News and updates from the Big Sur Community Emergency Response Team: (Big Sur CERT)
Information and local events in the Big Sur Community from the Big Sur Chamber of Commerce:
Information and news from the Coast Property Owners Association (CPOA):