About Big Sur Fire

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Over 40 Years of Fire Protection – Rescue – Emergency Medical Services

 

The Mission of Big Sur Fire is to provide dependable fire protection and emergency services for Big Sur with teamwork, respect, and integrity.

 

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New: Our very own Fire Chief Martha Karstens was part of a panel discussion on Climate Change and its affects on wildland fires and wildland firefighting.  The panel discussion was part of the Climate Reality Leadership Corps moderated by former Vice-President Al Gore on August 30, 2018, in Los Angles, CA.  Watch the discussion HERE.

 

New: Our community BBQ and Firefighter’s muster on Saturday June 9, 2018, at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park was a huge success.  Thanks to everyone that attended and supported the event.  Check out coverage of the event from Sierra Starks of KSBW HERE.

 

Read about the latest Big Sur Fire News in our August 2018 Round-Up Report: HERE.

 

Big-Sur-River-Run-300x111New:  After a two-year absence due to fire and floods, the 38th annual Big Sur River Run will happen on October 27, 2018, at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park.  All proceeds from the race benefit Big Sur Fire and the Big Sur Health Clinic.  Click HERE for more information and registration.   

 

 

 


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Chief Martha Karstens receiving a check from the Community Foundation for Monterey County for $25,000 for donations from the Big Sur Relief Fund at Nepenethe Restaurant on July 24, 2018

Chief Martha Karstens receiving a check from the Community Foundation for Monterey County for $25,000 for donations from the Big Sur Relief Fund at Nepenethe Restaurant on July 24, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DSC_3877For the latest road conditions in the Big Sur area, check the CALTRANS Road Conditions website.

 

Learn how to protect your home and property from landslides and debris flow at ready.gov

 

 Learn what you can do to protect your home and property from Wildfire!

 

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.

 

 

 

 

Fire Prevention Week 2018

According to the National Fire protection Association: “This year’s FPW campaign, “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere,” works to educate about three basic but essential steps to take to reduce the likelihood of having a fire – and how to escape safely in the event of one:

 

“LOOK” for places fire could start. Take a good look around your home. Identify potential fire hazards and take care of them.

“LISTEN” for the sound of the smoke alarm. You could have only minutes to escape safely once the smoke alarm sounds. Go to your outside meeting place, which should be a safe distance from the home and where everyone should meet.

“LEARN” two ways out of every room and make sure all doors and windows leading outside open easily and are free of clutter.

Also, Sparky the Fire Dog® has a new friend, Simon, who is helping teach this year’s FPW messages – he’s a smart, resourceful character who will join Sparky in spreading fire-safety messages to adults and children alike.”


 

 

Donations are Welcomed and Appreciated:Help Support the Big Sur Fire-page-0

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 “DONATE NOW tab at the top of this page for ways to support Big Sur Fire. Click below to view our annual donation request letter from Fire Chief, Martha Karstens and thanks for your past and continued support of Big Sur Fire.

Donation Request Letter, November 2016

 

 

About Big Sur Fire:

Big Sur Fire was founded in 1974 as the Big Sur Volunteer Fire Brigade to provide structure fire protection for the residents and businesses in the Big Sur area. Big Sur Fire 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.  Big Sur Fire remains as an all-volunteer organization, with about 20 members, responding to an area which covers 60 miles of coastline along Highway One. 

 

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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:

Big Sur Fire

P.O. Box 520

Big Sur, CA. 93920

Phone:  831-667-2113

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 Big Sur Fire 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:

Treebones Resort

Big Sur River Inn & Restaurant

 

News and updates from the Big Sur Community Emergency Response Team: (Big Sur CERT)

Big Sur Community Emergency Response Team

 

Information and local events in the Big Sur Community from the Big Sur Chamber of Commerce:

Big Sur Chamber of Commerce

 

Information and news from the Coast Property Owners Association (CPOA):

Coast Property Owners Association

 

 

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El Sur Ranch and Pico Blanco Mountain, February 24, 2012

 

Soberanes Fire: August 11,2016. Fire retardant base on the El Sur Ranch below Pico Blanco

Soberanes Fire: August 11,2016. Fire retardant base on the El Sur Ranch below Pico Blanco

 

 

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One of the many rock slides along Highway 1, February 2017

 

 

May 24, 2017, Mud Creek Slide.

May 24, 2017, Mud Creek Slide.