Thursday, July 17, 2008

California's Coastal Big Sur bounces back from wildfires

Los Angeles Times - CA,USA
Maiden Public House along Highway 1 in Big Sur

Big Sur is certainly open for business, but what does it look like since the area was shut by wildfires that started June 21 and continue to burn east of Highway 1?

Ed Kendig of the Monterey Bay Unified Air Pollution Control District says it’s business as usual, except for the dramatic burn on the hillsides.

“The coastal escarpment has all been burned, it’s really striking,” he said. But Kendig was there to check out the air quality, which he says is good. You pretty much can’t smell or see any smoke, he said, but some odor lingers from the ash in the area.

The Monterey County Convention and Visitors Bureau is reporting a “quick comeback” from the fires, Ripplewood Resort, Big Sur Campground & Cabins and Riverside Campground & Cabins.

he news isn’t as good for the state parks. None of the state parks in the area will open this week, according to California State Parks spokesman Roy Stearns. “To get these parks reopened, we must do a safety assessment at each, and we are in the middle of that right now,” Stearns wrote in an e-mail. State parks have authorized refunds through July 24, he said.
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