It was very strange leaving Tassajara in this long caravan of cars and going up the road, and sort of looking back and wondering if we’d ever see it again.“ At one point the fire surrounded the monastery. In this case, no news really is good news. near Jamesburg), and Dolan Fire (Big Sur, close to Esalen.) Tenzen David Zimmerman, City Center Abiding Abbot The fire is currently 46% contained. There are currently three active fires in Monterey Co: River Fire (near Salinas), Carmel Fire (Cachagua Rd. For information specific to the fires in the area of Tassajara, we have found the blog site Big Sur Kate to be very helpful. A gripping narrative as well as a portrait of the Zen path and the ways of wildfire, Fire Monks reveals what it means to meet a crisis with full presence of mind. Chews Ridge, CA-- The Tassajara Fire, started by an unusual lightning storm on Sept. 8, eventually led to the evacuation of the Zen Buddhist monastery at Tassajara Hot Springs. . This map (also from Big Sur Kate) shows where the Carmel and River fires are in relation to Jamesburg. This means that people are not allowed to visit, hike, or camp in the area, nor use any of the closed roads or trails. For financial reasons the Tassajara community decided to separate from Danville Fire. CA-LPF-Tassajara Fire Wildland Fire LPF-2176 Tassajara Fire LPF-2176. (The word Tassajara is listed on this map, beneath Marble Peak Trail, but this is not Tassajara Hot Springs.). They have been working hard on "fuel reduction"—clearing brush, dead trees, etc. Meanwhile, the Tassajara crew remains in good shape, tending daily to Dharma Rain and maintaining a cautiously optimistic attitude. While acknowledging that things can change rapidly in these situations, today they feel optimistic and energized. From sanluisobispo.com, The Tassajara Zen Mountain Center, one of the three practice centers associated with the San Francisco Zen Center (SFZC), is under threat from the Dolan fire, one of 23 large wildfires currently burning in California, according to firefighting officials. We're grateful that the Carmel and River fires are no longer a concern, and the Woodward fire in Marin is much quieter in its southern borders, taking some pressure off Green Gulch Farm. So the helicopters I heard might have been theirs. The crew who is at Tassajara now sent this message: "We would be so much further behind the curve if that work wasn’t performed. As we … At Tassajara, the crew continues to prep and train. Two people were treated for burns The fire … However, the southern edge held through the night which is very good news for Bolinas, Green Gulch Farm and our neighboring communities. 15 people are currently at Tassajara. Continue past our property about 7 miles up Tassajara Road to the China Camp trail head with trails to the Ventana Wilderness that reach all the way to the Big Sur Coast. The hot springs were completely surrounded by the Basin Complex fire in 2008. This is good news as it will bring more resources and local expertise to the area. Everyone there is closely monitoring the fire activity and the winds. . Green Gulch Farm still remains outside of the evacuation warning zone. A new professional firefighting crew, the Northern Rockies Team 2, arrived yesterday and is now in charge of the fire. The fire trapped 62 people at the resort, 40 guests and 22 employees. As with all fires, there is much uncertainty and the situation can change rapidly. Their work, as well as the work of many students over the summer, is deeply appreciated by those of us who care for Tassajara. Evacuation is still in effect for Jamesburg as fire crews work to contain the southeastern end of both fires which are still showing some activity. We will continue to update this page with news from Tassajara as it comes, likely later today. Leslie James, Abiding Teacher, Tassajara CAL FIRE Incident: This is not a CAL FIRE incident. This video explains the strategy of using heavy helicopters to drop water along the ridge in Arroyo Seco. From Elliot at Tassajara: "We have approximately 80 sprinkler heads installed throughout the valley which are all operational and cover just about every built structure we have. We are grateful to report that this weekend, a group of professional firefighters are scheduled to arrive to lend their hand in preparing Tassajara for a possible fire. We wish them all a very deserved rest! The group called the Esselen made this area their home. Tassajara's Altitude . The two remaining students and a GGF resident who arrived yesterday with a fire professional have the skills and experience that will be helpful to these efforts and are very familiar with Tassajara and the surrounding terrain. The Los Padres National Forest officials issued a forest order closing the Dolan Fire area on the Monterey Ranger District to the public, effective today, August 26. When a massive wildfire surrounded Tassajara Zen Mountain Center, five monks risked their lives to save it. Jamesburg remains evacuated. Also of interest to some might be this report on how the Forest Service is working to protect and mitigate impact on endangered wildlife, such as the California Condor. Hot Springs: Boy Scout Hot Springs is in the middle of a tall beautiful wash canyon along the Colorado River in Arizona. GGF Director Thiemo Blank and the maintenance crew are busy checking all the dharma rain sprinkler systems to make sure everything is in working order. Fire prep will continue and is now the main focus. While tens of thousands of residents. Tassajara Hot Springs suffered major damage from a 1,400-acre fire in September of 1949. San Francisco Zen Center and Tassajara offer deep gratitude to California Interagency Team 15 and all firefighters throughout the Western United States for their tireless work and dedication during this fire season. The Dolan Fire grew to 2500 acres overnight and is exhibiting extreme fire behavior. Please check back frequently as things may change quickly. All rights reserved. Another SFZC practice center, Green Gulch Farm, was close to the Woodward fire but was not under immediate threat. The Dolan fire near Big Sur, California. Please know how much appreciation is coming your way. At the Dolan Fire Community Meeting 2 pm today (watch video here). On the map above, Tassajara is located in the center towards the top, to the right of the word "Ventana." About 5 miles upstream from Tassajara, at Church Creek, there are numerous caves that had been inhabited for at least 3500 years. The USFS PNW2 Incident Management Team is now in unified command with CAL FIRE. While tens of thousands of residents across the state have been forced to evacuate their homes, the Tassajara Zen Mountain Center is not yet in immediate danger. Some of the tasks they are performing are covering windows, laying hoses, clearing fuel, testing systems, and other prep work. In the past, burying the statues in the bocce ball court has been the form to protect them from fire. The fire went on to burn ten of twenty cottages, a shop, and a recreation building. Meanwhile, Linda is there short-term; the others will remain indefinitely. The temperatures of the hot springs waterfalls average 95 - 110 degrees. Tassajara Hot Springs fire not threatening Camp Pico Blanco. Today SFZC Leadership released an expression of gratitude honoring the enormous contribution that Tassajara residents made towards fire abatement this spring and summer. They are working hard on structure prep (readying buildings should fire come.) During this time when the fire is not an immediate threat to Tassajara, we may not be updating this page very frequently. Currently, President Linda Galijan, Tanto Greg Fain, Director Goyo Piper, and a few students remain at Tassajara to handle basic maintenance and keep Dharma Rain running. The Dolan fire in Big Sur continues to challenge firefighters but in this video from August 31, Dennis Burns, Fire Behavior Analyst, indicates that they might be able to move crews into the Ventana Wilderness and start working on the fires there. —from Los Padres National Forest Facebook. The eight people who remain are doing well and in good spirits. Update 7-18 0880: 174 acres 55% contained. US Forest Service - Los Padres National Forest Facebook, U.S. Forest Service - Los Padres National Forest Facebook page, The eastern edge of the fire is discussed at 16:25, A specific Tassajara question is addressed at 17:25 (it is highly unlikely the fire will reach Tassajara but to be prepared anyway), The Los Padres National Forest officials issued a forest order closing the Dolan Fire area on the Monterey Ranger District to the public, effective today, August 26. Here's a report from this morning that goes into more detail. This morning's update confirms this: [Some details in this paragraph corrected on September 15, 12:30 pm from the September 14, 7:30 pm version.]. Hot Springs: Kirkham Hot Springs is public and free and all natural hot springs. Helicopters were on alert to evacuate but it wasn't necessary. There is some concern as the winds will be picking up in the next several days. to reduce fuel for the fire. The hot springs have been the site of various resorts since the 1860s. The size of the pools and the number of pools depends on the temperature. By clicking the plus sign, you can zoom in on the map and find Jamesburg in the upper middle of Zone 5. From sfzc.org, Two other conflagrations in the area, the River and Carmel fires, also pose a threat, but are currently seeing “containment numbers in the 30–33 per cent range” according to Tassajara’s latest fire update, which added: “The Dolan fire’s eastern edge continues to burn into the Ventana and firefighters are monitoring it near the North Coast Ridge Road and North Coast Ridge trail.” (San Francisco Zen Center), In a 24 August update, Tassajara reported: “Yesterday afternoon various Buddha and bodhisattva statues from around Tassajara were buried in the bocce ball court to protect them should a fire come. On Friday afternoon, six of the eight remaining students left Tassajara and safely made their way to City Center, Green Gulch Farm, and other locations. This is the latest map from the US Forest Service (USFS). For a history of fire at Tassajara, see David Chadwick's Tassajara Fire History page on Cuke.com and the online version of the 1977-78 Wind Bell. The Dolan fire's eastern edge continues to burn into the Ventana and firefighters are monitoring it near the North Coast Ridge Road and North Coast Ridge trail. The Woodward Fire was still very active last night, especially in the north and eastern edges. Fire Updates (San Francisco Zen Center) Incidents (CalFire) Dolan Fire Condor and Species of Concern Update (Facebook) California condor sanctuary near Big Sur ‘completely destroyed’ as Dolan Fire spreads (San Luis Obispo Tribune), Monks Perform Healing Ritual at California Town Affected by Devastating Wildfire Buddhist Humanitarian Organization Tzu Chi USA Offers a Helping Hand to California Wildfire Victims California Wildfire Update: Abhiyagiri Monastics Return Home After Sheltering at the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas California Wildfires Drive Buddhists from their Monasteries, You can fill in your email to receive a new reply. Pacific Northwest Team 2 stayed an additional week beyond their usual 14-day time-frame to fight the Dolan Fire as there wasn't a team available to replace them. The Woodward Fire is holding at its southernmost border and evacuation orders have not changed. Everyone at Tassajara is doing well and keeping busy. The River Fire is coming closer as it moves south. They have been staying in touch with our crew and working closely with them. For information on the Dolan Fire (Big Sur/Ventana Wilderness) this update from the US Forest Service is very useful. This update from Cal Fire BEU (the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Wildland fire protection responsible for San Benito and Monterey Counties) has some of this information. Those from Jamesburg remain evacuated and are doing well. It’s with much gratitude and relief that we announce that this will be the last post to this page on the Dolan Fire near Tassajara, as it is now 98% contained. It describes the people and environment and how they change as the fires approach and ultimately surround Tassajara. The US Forest Service reported this morning that the winds kept the south and east flanks of the fire very active overnight. An additional person, who has plant manager and some firefighting experience, arrived yesterday from Green Gulch Farm, making a total of five people currently at Tassajara. This means the fire was most active away from Tassajara. The Dolan Fire Emergency Area Closure has been expanded to include Tassajara and the lower part of Tassajara Road. Unless there is a significant development, we will not be posting to this page over the weekend. They are continuing to work on fuel reduction and are running Dharma Rain (the fire prevention sprinkler system) at full capacity. We want to express our tremendous gratitude to the residents of Tassajara who have done so much work this spring and summer in preparation for the possibility of fire. Native North Americans were the first humans to enjoy the waters of Tassajara Hot Springs. Copyright © 2021 Buddhistdoor Limited (Buddhistdoor Global). The thoughts and feelings of the monks and fire … Tassajara was threatened by the 2016 Soberanes Fire, but escaped damage. The Dolan Fire is 87% contained, with the majority of the perimeter under control. We really want to acknowledge what was done and stress the value of preventative work.”. The Dolan Fire situation remains about the same, at least in how it relates to Tassajara. When a massive wildfire surrounded Tassajara Zen Mountain Center, five monks risked their lives to save it. The River and Carmel fires have settled down some, with containment numbers in the 30 - 33% range. Now we can focus on more technical things. This indicates a “smoke check.” I have inquiries out, so will see what info I can get. However, my thermometer indicates mid-80s in the valley. In addition to their concern for the concern for the Tassajara center, they pointed readers to a 24 August update from the US Forest Service detailing their efforts to protect the rare California Condor and other species in the area. Our hearts are with our neighbors and communities that still haven't seen the end of these fires. It looks like several of the crew members of the Pacific Northwest Team 2 are going to tap out for some rest after working on this fire every day for twenty days. The Pacific Northwest Incident Management Team 2 assumed command of the Dolan Fire yesterday following a successful transition with California Incident Management Team 2. Tassajara Hot Springs is a Buddhist Monastery that opens its doors to visitors each summer. And thank you, once again and as always, to the firefighters and other officials who are fighting so hard to keep everyone safe. The numerous fire crews that fought the River, Carmel, and Dolan fires are the reason Tassajara and Jamesburg are still standing. "The fire has been growing approximately 1,000 acres each day. Note: As of this writing, the Woodward Fire in Marin County is still active and several miles away from Green Gulch Farm. They will be carefully wrapped before being buried.”, Along with these activities, workers continue to clear brush to reduce fuel for the fire should it reach the center and run the center’s sprinkler system, nicknamed “Dharma Rain.” With all of the watering taking place, Greg Fain, a longtime Tassajara resident, described his experience as, Dolan Fire Condor and Species of Concern Update, California condor sanctuary near Big Sur ‘completely destroyed’ as Dolan Fire spreads, Monks Perform Healing Ritual at California Town Affected by Devastating Wildfire, Buddhist Humanitarian Organization Tzu Chi USA Offers a Helping Hand to California Wildfire Victims, California Wildfire Update: Abhiyagiri Monastics Return Home After Sheltering at the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas, California Wildfires Drive Buddhists from their Monasteries. In this photo, some of the statues look on as the trench is dug. They improved the property and renamed it The Tassajara Zen Mountain Center, or Zenshinji (Zen Mind Temple), during Shunryu Suzuki's tenure as its first abbot. The Pacific Northwest Team 2 is working very hard to keep the fire south of Willow Creek and the southern end of Tassajara Creek. The Dolan fire continues to burn into the Ventana Wilderness but does not immediately threaten Tassajara. First enjoyed by the Esselen people for its restorative hot spring waters, Tassajara became a resort before the turn of the century and painted a colorful history along the way. Arthur Story and his wife were among the first residents of the lookout. New image from Tassajara: Cautiously optimistic, moving quickly, and steadily working at tree maintenance and pump maintenance. Tassajara would not exist without the people who make it so. Please see this Facebook post for more information. The center is a monastery and retreat center in the remote Ventana Wilderness in central California. The photos below were sent this morning from Tassajara. In late fall as the river goes down there are more soaking options. Clothing is not optional. Tassajara Hot Springs (formerly, Tassajara) is an unincorporated community in Monterey County, California, located 9 miles (14 km) east-northeast of Partington Point, at an elevation of 1637 feet (499 m).. Estimated opening is mid 2020. May all be free and safe from harm. Please continue to check back here where we will post updates as they become available. For the most up-to-date information on the fire and for Pacific Northwest Incident Management Team 2’s take on how they are thinking about Tassajara and our neighbors, see this video of the most recent live community meeting. About Tassajara. There was an evacuation warning yesterday from the county (not an evacuation order). The Carmel Fire evacuation orders were lifted for Jamesburg in Zone 5 and we’re happy to report that people are able to return home today. It is 7.5 miles away. 7EDW1 BC11LPF CRW1LPF CRW4LPF DIV1LPF E16LPF 4X4 E17LPF E19LPF E338LPF 4X E37LPF E41LPF HEL527LPF HEL528LPF PAT17LPF F PAT18LPF F WT4LPF . There was a two story sandstone hotel, where the zendo and upper garden is now. Monterey County, Four miles west of Arroyo Seco Tassajara Hot Springs near the Zen Center 213 acres, 90% contained. The Tassajara Fire September, 1999. Fire is close to Jamesburg (along Tassajara Road where it meets Chachagua Road) but not immediately threatening it. The 12 feet (3.7 m) tall steel frame tower supporting the 13 by 13 feet (4.0 m × 4.0 m) cab was built in 1929. This video update and this report offer details. Tassajara is at the bottom of the long green vertical shape, just to the right of the words "Ventana Wilderness.". Meanwhile, all who remain are well and working hard to clear brush and run Dharma Rain, our sprinkler system. Hot Spring Tips: Tassajara Hot Springs is open to the public only in the summer season.Reservations are required. While there is a fire weather warning through Friday, due to high heat and winds, the winds are from the north/north-east (blowing away from Tassajara). The safety of the crew at Tassajara is our utmost concern. Overnight camping in the area of the Hot Springs is prohibited. Big Sur has two hot springs which are open to the public; Sykes Hot Springs and the hot springs located at the Esalen Institute. Members of the SFZC noted that those remaining at the center felt “optimistic and energized” and were continuing their efforts to protect the area. Last night strong northerly winds picked up in the area. The River and Carmel Fires are above 55% containment for both fires and we will no longer be following them closely. The Dolan Fire is at 15% containment and firefighters are focusing on the populated areas along Highway 1, while keeping an eye on the fire's eastern movement. Since 1967, the hot springs have been the site of a Buddhist monastery which is opened to visitors during the summer months only. In 1919, a family resided in a government-owned cabin at the summit, which also served as a fire lookout. The hot water comes out of the hot springs like carbonated soda water. The Tassajara Zen Mountain Center, one of the three practice centers associated with the San Francisco Zen Center (SFZC), is under threat from the Dolan fire, one of 23 large wildfires currently burning in California, according to firefighting officials. We deeply appreciate your expressions of concern and love during this time and send wishes of good health and safety to the many communities facing these fires in California and beyond. There is an exception for people who own land and/or normally live in the zone, such as the people who are currently at Tassajara. Five semi-trained staff members chose to remain behind, against the advice of professional fire-fighting personnel, and successfully defended the resort from the fire. They have bathrooms in the park. They will be leaving on Tuesday 9/22 and replaced with California Interagency Team 15. No news is good news, at least so far. They will leave Tassajara on 9/22 and be replaced by a new crew which will include President Linda Galijan, Tassajara Tanto Greg Fain, and Tassajara Director Goyo Piper. The Trail to Sykes Hot Springs has been closed until further notice because of the Soberanes Fire. Update 7-21 0880: Tassajara Fire LPF-2176. Rinso Ed Sattizahn, Abiding Central Abbot The Dolan fire has burned 21,844 acres (8,840 hectares) and was 15 per cent contained as of Wednesday morning, according to the US Forest Service. Currently the Dolan Fire is staying south and east of Tassajara. The precautionary evacuation of Tassajara Hot Springs continues. This page will be updated with news regarding Tassajara and Jamesburg and the current fire situation. Deep bows of appreciation to both teams. Indians had many uses for the hot springs: as preparation for the hunt, as a place for renewing spiritual energy, and as a … sweat lodge for deep cleansing of their bodies and ridding themselves of vermin. Fire retardant can’t be used within 300 feet of a waterway so the use of these water drops is very important. As the local residents gained more experience and knowledge in fire fighting tactics and strategy, they began to consider the idea of becoming their own fire agency. From Lauren, a GGF resident: “Air quality is highly variable throughout the day. Dolan Fire, Final Update Tassajara would not exist without the people who make it so. Hot Springs: Gaviota Hot Springs has two hot springs areas. Fires continue to burn and we continue to send our gratitude and energy towards those on the front lines in Marin, Monterey, and beyond to the hundreds of fires burning throughout California and the West. Several Hot Shot crews will be flown into the wilderness area today. Meanwhile, all is well at Tassajara and the crew is continuing a schedule of maintenance and prep. Laura Burges, a Zen student, remembered, “The Forest Service insisted that we evacuate. We join our neighbors in thanking them for an incredible job, both in fighting the fire and communicating with those of us concerned about it. We are happy to report that while the Dolan Fire is not yet completely contained, it remains far enough away from Tassajara that the current crew, who have been at Tassajara for over a month, will be able to step away for a while and take a break. Green Gulch Farm remains alert but is not in the evacuation warning zone. Shinchi Linda Galijan, President Here is the most current Dolan Fire briefing. Continue another 7 miles on the spectacular but very rugged road to the Tassajara Zen Center and Hot Springs where they welcome day guests during the guest season (April - September). The temperature of the hot springs is about 100 degrees, The temperature varies according to the season. We really want to acknowledge what was done and stress the value of preventative work.”. Though the amount of land consumed by the blaze has been updated by fire officials to nearly 169 square miles, the percent of containment still stands at 41 percent. There is a fee to enter the Big Bend National Park. The wind is predicted to shift over the next day or so and the situation is being closely monitored as it unfolds. We will continue to post on this page, as needed, with the most up-to-date information we have. In Marin, the Woodward Fire crews were able to build lines on its southernmost border, going back to the Baldy Trail, which is good news for Bolinas, GGF, and other communities. There isn’t 100% confidence yet that they will hold, so this is not being counted in the containment percentages. In addition, the labors of Tassajara residents and the Tassajara fire crew meant that if the fires had arrived, we were as prepared as we have ever been to meet them. The name Tassajara is most likely … Please see the Online Programs page and the calendar for updates. Seven people left Tassajara last night and are now at City Center, Green Gulch Farm, or staying with friends. Monterey County, Four miles west of Arroyo Seco Tassajara Hot Springs near the Zen Center. A Tassajara Scrapbook by David Rogers (Literature Pertaining to Tassajara Hot Springs, Santa Lucia Mountains, Monterey County, California from 1861 to 1949) A Flora of Tassajara by David Rogers (PDF) - plants present and past. Everyone is fine and safe in Carmel Valley. Sky Ranch has lost several homes. Many people spent hard-working hours on fuel reduction, pump and Dharma Rain maintenance, care for the grounds, as well as all the regular everyday upkeep. Thousands of people worked tirelessly to keep us, and our friends and neighbors, safe. We are transitioning some of our retreats to an online format. Motor homes and oversize vehicles are prohibited on the one-way sections of the Hot Springs road. Due to the threat of the fire spreading off of the National Forest DPA, unified command has been established with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, George Haines IC. Tassajara 2020. They will be carefully wrapped before being buried. A big shout of gratitude to firefighters, first responders, and volunteers! Tassajara is mentioned towards the end of the meeting, starting at 14:10. The hot springs are in a wash area and rain in the off season does sweep away the sand bags. Many people spent hard-working hours on fuel reduction, pump and Dharma Rain maintenance, care for the grounds, as well as all the regular everyday upkeep. The Tassajara post office operated from 1892 to 1894 followed by the Tassajara Hot Springs Post Office, which was open from 1912 until 1944. Tassajara is NOT currently included in this order: see Tassajara, River & Carmel Fires - Monterey Co. Office of Emergency Services, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility. For details, see this update which starts at 9:15. Jamesburg was evacuated yesterday afternoon. Also available in Spanish. Their spirits are good and readiness remains their top priority. Tassajara Hot Springs is a collection of natural hot springs in the Ventana Wilderness, within the Santa Lucia Range and Los Padres National Forest in Monterey County, California. We are monitoring the situation very closely and will be posting updates as soon as we have confirmed information. The Woodward Fire north of Green Gulch Farm remains active. We want to express our tremendous gratitude to the residents of Tassajara who have done so much work this spring and summer in preparation for the possibility of fire. To get a sense of how far the fire is from Tassajara, each square equals one mile. Now we can focus on more technical things. Additionally, Tassajara is mentioned as an area that they are continuing to keep their eye on as the terrain is too rough to put in crews (starting at 5:10). Danville Fire stayed the official fire protection agency of the Tassajara area through the 1960's. One can explore the Zen teachings, take part in meditation, guest lectures, hiking, relaxing, and of course hot springs. According to the Marin Independent Journal, the fire recently got air support and that has made a real improvement on the fight.”, The Dolan Fire showing Tassajara near the top of the image. The growth has been mostly to the south and east, and has also moved very slightly towards Tassajara. For the most up-to-date information on the fire, we find the U.S. Forest Service - Los Padres National Forest Facebook page to be the most current as they often post twice a day with the latest updates. (They have also been secured in a Stone Room.) San Francisco Zen Center and Tassajara send love and support to our surrounding neighbors and everyone impacted by the fires. If you would like to keep a close eye on things, we can highly recommend two sources: If anything should change in regards to Tassajara and the Dolan Fire, we will post to this page as soon as we possibly can. Forty guests and twenty-two employees were stranded there. Tassajara is very much on the Pacific Northwest Team 2's radar and the Tassajara crew is in direct communication with them. Greg Fain, longtime Tassajara resident, described his experience: "It's a very soggy situation.". 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