Travel Alerts

Soberanes Fire Incident

There is currently a fire taking place in Big Sur, Monterey County – primarily in non-populated areas. The Monterey County Convention and Visitors Bureau will be monitoring the situation to provide updates and travel advisories on our website. While some of our destination is affected, most businesses in southern Monterey County are open for business along with the rest of the destination. Our thoughts and prayers go out to our affected residents, first responders and all the volunteers helping and working to keep the destination safe. Please see the links below for ongoing updates and information.

BIG SUR, CA:

LOCATION: Soberanes Creek, Garrapata State Park, north of Palo Colorado/Big Sur

ROAD CLOSURES: Coast Ridge Road from mile marker 1.5 to Marble Peak at the end of the road.

As Highway 1 is open, it is critical for all to respect that the road is narrow and winding, and first responders and volunteers must be able to move freely on the road in order to deal with this emergency.

PARK CLOSURES: Garrapata State Park, Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, Andrew Molera State Park, Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, Pt. Sur Lighthouse State Historic Park, John Little State Natural Reserve, Pine Ridge Trail to Sykes Hot Springs and Mount Manuel Trail, Mill Creek Redwood Preserve, Palo Corona Regional Park, Mill Creek Redwood Preserve, Kahn Ranch and Cachagua Community Park are all closed until further notice.

*Point Lobos State Natural Reserve has reopened. Please note that there will be no parking allowed on the east and west side of Highway 1 near Point Lobos and there are only 150 spaces in the reserve.

US FOREST SERVICE TRAIL AND ROAD CLOSURES: A forest closure order has been implemented to close the trails and roads within the Los Padres National Forest, Monterey Ranger District pursuant to USC 551 and 36 CFR 261.50(a). The order prohibits going into or being upon National Forest System lands within the Soberanes Fire area.

CAL FIRE EVACUATIONS: Evacuation orders remain in effect for Coast Ridge Road from 1.5 miles above the Ventana Inn to the end of Coast Ridge Road at Marble Peak, and roads that leave from Coast Ridge Road.

Pre-evacuation warnings have been issued for Tassajara Road from Carmel Valley Road to the Tassajara Hot Springs Zen Center, and roads that leave from Tassajara Road.

AIR QUALITY: Click here for the latest air quality report from the Monterey Bay Air Resources District.

MORE INFORMATION:
Click here for the CAL FIRE Soberanes Fire incident page. It is updated every 12 hours.

Click here for the Monterey County Office of Emergency Services facebook page. It is regularly updated throughout the day with updated fire links, emergency and evacuation information.

HOTEL AVAILABILITY DURING SOBERANES FIRE: Click here for a list of local hotel properties and their general availability for guests, displaced residents, fire personnel and first responders during the Soberanes Fire.

TO DONATE OR VOLUNTEER: www.montereyco.recovers.org

EVENTS & FUNDRAISERS:

Holman Highway Construction

Holman Highway 68 Roundabout Construction Begins Wednesday, August 24

Construction for the new Holman Highway 68 Roundabout will begin Wednesday, August 24. There will be night-time construction from 8 pm - 6 am on August 24 and August 25. The construction work will result in traffic control and flagging at the intersection of Holman Highway 68 and the southbound Highway 1 on and off ramps. Emergency vehicles will have full access at all times. Motorists should expect delays of approximately 10-15 minutes.
 
You can sign-up for Highway 68 Roundabout email notifications now at tamcmonterey.org. To help alleviate congestion during construction, MST is selling a deeply-discounted monthly pass for those who live and work in nearby communities. To see if you qualify for the discount, please visit MST’s website. For those who have purchased the reduced MST bus pass, the City of Monterey is also offering a monthly packet of 20 entries for the East Garage for $20, a 50% discount. Please call the Monterey Parking Division at 831-646-3953 for more information.

Highway 68 Roundabout project

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