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California Wildfire Prevention — and Being a More Welcome Visitor on the Big Sur Coast

California has an increasingly long wildfire season. See current fires: Please help prevent wildfires in the Monterey Bay Region and elsewhere! Tips on equipment use, debris burning, campfire safety and more at

Take the Big Sur Pledge,, and visit the Big Sur Visitor Guide for campfires info and much more:

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Much of the information below remains relevant. It was first published July 2, 2018 with one Aug 8, 2018 update.

On the Big Sur Coast

Remembering Robert Oliver Reagan III

The death of Robert Oliver Reagan III happened far too soon, on July 26, 2016. At age 33, this young father and husband died while assisting in Monterey County, helping fight Big Sur’s Soberanes Fire. Mr. Reagan was a bulldozer operator and California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) partner.
Investigators determined that the Soberanes Fire resulted from an illegal campfire at Garrapata State Park. The illegal campfire was about 2′ x 2′; the wildfire that resulted burned 132,127 acres and destroyed 57 homes plus other structures. Suppressing the fire cost about $236 million.

Responsible Guide to Visiting Big Sur

Tip of the helmet to New York City-based travel blogger Passport Voyager, born and raised in the Monterey Bay Region, for emphasizing fire prevention and other ways to be a responsible traveler on the Big Sur Coast. See her “Local’s Guide to Big Sur Hiking & Other Things To Do.”

Passport Voyager knows that her godsister’s home was fortunate to be spared in the Soberanes Fire. It was pictured on the front page of the Monterey County Herald more than once during the Soberanes Fire, as family, friends, and volunteer and professional firefighters worked hard to save it.

Thank you, Passport Voyager,

for being part of the solution

to protecting beautiful Big Sur,

by helping to educate visitors.

 “Local’s Guide to Big Sur Hiking & Other Things To Do.”

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Many write about Big Sur. Very few understand the impact of #overtourism on this Central Coast treasure. Thank you to @passportvoyager for being an exception. A Monterey Bay native, her heartfelt efforts are part of the solution to preventing devastation caused by unaware people. If you’re coming to Big Sur, please read her tips on how to be a responsible traveler; they’re in her “Local’s Guide to Big Sur” (which also includes other tips, plus gorgeous photos of Big Sur) at It’s currently linked in @passportvoyager Instagram bio. Photo copyright 2018 by Passport Voyager. Used by permission. . . #fireprevention #wildfire #BigSur #bigsurcoast #hwy1 #highway1 #ecotourism #lospadresnationalforest #californiastateparks #travel #travelphotography #travelblogger #travelling #sustainable #montereycounty #sanluisobispocounty #centralcoast #california #seemonterey #sustainablemoments #visitca #acapaccoast #touringcyclist #bicyclingmonterey #tourism #tourists #ecoturismo #ecotourism #ecotravel #travelgram

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Whether you drive, bike, walk,

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Prevent wildfires!

CAL FIRE website:
Fire prevention tips:

In addition to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE)’s San Benito-Monterey Unit, the Big Sur Volunteer Fire BrigadeMid-Coast Fire Brigade, and Cachagua Fire serve the area. For a list of other firefighting agencies in Monterey County, refer to the county’s website:

Archived note on fireworks

Looking for fireworks info? See California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) June 29, 2018 statement on fireworks, click here. For Monterey County Fourth of July and fireworks info, click here.

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This post was published on 2 July 2018. One or more changes last made to this post on 21 August 2020.

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