Bear Turns up in Pacific Grove

June 14, 2015

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Another bear, or possibly the same bear that was spotted in Robinson Canyon a couple of weeks ago (the size appears to be similar), turned up in Pacific Grove today. Read the rest of this entry »

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Peanut Fire Burning at Ft. Hunter-Liggett

June 11, 2015

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Heat detections recorded around 2:00pm today

Presumably as a result of yesterday’s lightning, there is at least one fire, dubbed the Peanut Fire, now burning at Ft. Hunter Liggett. The fire is said to be in the Stony Valley area, along the Nacimiento-Fergusson Rd. That would correspond with the upper three heat detections shown above. No telling whether the lower detections are a separate fire or not. Read the rest of this entry »


Lightning Detected in Ventana Wilderness

June 10, 2015

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LightningMaps.org map showing approximate location of lightning strike near the headwaters of the North Fork Big Sur River.

A thunderstorm is now moving over the Ventana Wilderness and, in addition to the strike depicted above, lightening strikes have been detected near Pinyon Peak, just downstream from Lost Valley and, most recently (3:00 pm), in the wild country between Zig Zag and Willow Creeks and near San Antonio Camp.

A far more vigorous storm has been working over the Southern Diablo Range near Coalinga and Ft. Hunter-Liggett has also reported downstrikes.

Let’s hope there’s some significant rain falling. It’s pretty dry out there.

June 11 2015 Update: No fires have yet appeared in the Ventana Wilderness as a result of yesterday’s lightning, but a fire, named the Peanut Fire, is now burning near the Nacimiento-Fergusson Rd. in Ft. Hunter-Liggett. As of noon today, it had burned 700 acres and there are rumors that it may burn as much as 3,000 acres before it’s through. No word on the situation with the NF road, but it is probably safe to assume it is closed through the fort.


Monterey Peninsula Water Use Inches Upward Again

June 9, 2015

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A dry start to June

According to the latest report from the State Water Resources Control Board, residential water use in the Monterey Peninsula Cal-Am service area reached 55.8 gallons per person per day in April. This is up from 54.2 gallons per person per day in March, and 45 gallons per person per day in February. Read the rest of this entry »


Bears on the Move

June 7, 2015

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A couple of years ago we discussed the fact that May and June are the prime months for bear sightings on the Monterey Peninsula. This is because May and June are the months when male and female black bears wander beyond the usual limits of their territories in search of mates.

So it’s not a surprise that a black bear was spotted on lower Robinson Canyon Rd. in Carmel Valley earlier this week. Always good to know they’re out there.

See the San Clemente Rancho Facebook page for pics.