Weather Channel program on Big Sur fire

The Weather Channel is going to run a 30-minute “Storm Stories” program on the “Big Sur Fire”. Their description is a little over the top:

Storm Stories: “Big Sur Fire” – [Friday, Nov. 26] 5:30 p.m. ET;  The worst wildfire event in California’s history blazes across the breathtaking Big Sur region, terrorizing its 1,000 residents and leveling nearly every structure in its path. Also in the line of fire are eight endangered California Condors trapped in a pen on the side of a mountain.

I am guessing that the fire they are referring to is the Basin Complex fire of June and July, 2008 that burned over 162,000 acres, mostly in the Los Padres National Forest, east of Big Sur, California. It destroyed 26 residences and 32 other structures and cost $77 million to  suppress before it was contained on July 27, 2008.

Here is a map of the Basin Complex, from July 22, 2008. Click on it to see a larger version.


But who knows. The Weather Channel may be referring to another fire. Any guesses?

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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.

3 thoughts on “Weather Channel program on Big Sur fire”

  1. Imunoak wouldn’t have helped with an active case, but it was a phenomenal preventative. Unfortunately, it disappeared from the market long ago. I have an unopened package of it that contains 3 1 ml. vials, but the expiration date was October, 1986. The package says that it was manufactured by Riker Laboratories, Inc., Northridge, California 91324, under U.S. government license number 372, and was manufactured for E.D. Bullard Company, Sausalito, California 94965. I used to get horrible cases of poison oak, but after two years of imunoak, I can tromp through the stuff with no problem.

  2. Hey Bill. Good holiday season to all. An aside on Big Sur…

    I’m sure it wasn’t the ’72 Molera Fire. Although not very big it was a fun fire for “heads down asses up” work. Was it afterwards that you “blew up” with poison oak? AHHH.. Doolan’s Hole at night! C-119 descending into the morning marine layer, down Ventana Creek and, several seconds later, ascending through the marine layer above the Ventana Creek/Big Sur River confluence… INCREDIBLE!! Am I imagining this stuff? HAH!


    1. Yeah, that was a hellofa fire. There were poison oak plants from hell there in Doolan’s Hole. While on a break at night on a 36-hour shift, I was leaning against a tree. I pointed my headlight up at the crown, saw the leaves and came to the horrifying realization that it was a poison oak “tree”. I got a fairly bad case of the “oak”, and after we were released, I went to a USFS-recommended hack doctor in Elsinore, who I still believe gave me an injection of ImunOak, a poison oak preventive which is an extract of poison oak, rather than Cortisone. It made my case of poison oak MUCH worse.


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