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.

 

 

 

NEW: June 28, 2019:  The Los Padres National Forest is raising the level of fire restrictions in all areas of the National Forest starting on June 29, 2019.  Find out more in the official news release from the Los Padres National Forest  HERE.

 

 

 

 

Photo by: Stan Russell

Photo by: Stan Russell

 

New: July 8, 2019:  Registration is now open for the 39th annual Big Sur River Run happening on Sunday, October 26, 2019, at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. All proceeds from this great run benefit Big Sur Fire and the Big Sur Health Center.  Click HERE  for more information, race registration, and volunteer opportunities.    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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June 12, 2019 Our annual Firefighters Muster and Community BBQ was held on June 8, 2019, at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park.  We had a great turnout and appreciated all the incredible support.  Thanks to everyone who make the event a huge success and for all those who attended. Check out photos of the event in our Photo Gallery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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May 7, 2019 – We had a great Community Open House on May 4, 2019, at our main fire station celebrating our 45th anniversary and International Firefighter’s Day.  Thanks to everyone that attended and special thanks to food donated by Treebones Resort, Esalen Institute, Coast Big Sur Cafe and Gallery, Deetjen’s, Sierra Mar at Post Ranch Inn, Big Sur Bakery, Big Sur Taphouse, Fernwood, and Big Sur River Inn.  Check out photos of the event in our Photo Gallery. 

 

 

 

 

Campfire Permit - DarkerMay 2, 2019 – Effective April 30, 2019, the residential burn season has officially ended.  Big Sur Fire is no longer issuing permits for the 2018 – 2019 burn season.  Click HERE  for more information.

 

April 19, 2019 – Big Sur Fire is awarded a Cal Fire grant as part of 66 Statewide local fire prevention projects.  See the Big Sur Fire Press Release HERE.

 

January 16, 2019:  Big Sur Fire announces 2019 promotions and the new Board of Directors.  Find out who HERE

 

December 10, 2018On December 6, 2018, during a congressional session, the Honorable Jimmy Panetta, U.S. Representative , honored Fire Chief Martha Karstens for her many years of dedicated service to Big Sur Fire and the Big Sur community.  Representative Panetta’s comments are now part of the Congressional Record.  The entirety of his comments can be found HERE.

 

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

 

October 31, 2018 – In anticipation for potential severe weather events along the Big Sur Coast, CALTRANS has developed emergency plans that will include the possible temporary closure of Highway 1 in the Mud Creek area and at Paul Slide.  Click HERE for additional information from CALTRAN’s District 5 Public Information Officer, Susana Z. Cruz.  To view an enlarged map of the closure area, click HERE.

 

 


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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

Members of Big Sur Fire and the U.S. Forest Service at Captain Cooper School on October 16, 2018.

Members of Big Sur Fire and the U.S. Forest Service at Captain Cooper School on October 16, 2018.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monterey County ConnectFor 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 Big Sur Guide, Summer 2018 – Spring 2019   provided by the Big Sur Chamber of Commerce.

 

Monterey County Connect.  Report illegal parking, graffiti, dumping and many other concerns at Monterey County Connect.  Click on the image to the left for more information.

 

 

 

 

Fire Prevention Week 2018

Fire Prevention Week occurs every year during the first week in October.  The them for Fire Prevention Week in 2018 was : “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere.” The theme works to educate about us about the 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 and thanks for your past and continued support of Big Sur Fire.

Donation Request Letter – November 2018

 

 

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 Fire clothing and apparel:

Please call 805-927-2390 for current clothing and apparel availability. New apparel should be arriving soon at:

Treebones Resort

 

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

 

 

Rock Slide Big Sur 2017

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

 

 

May 24, 2017, Mud Creek Slide.

May 24, 2017, Mud Creek Slide.