I received this notification from the Cambria Fire Chief this morning:
CAL Fire and State Parks Hearst Castle are planning two prescribed vegetation fires today to reduce existing fuel loads. They will commence, (weather and resource permitting), at 1000 hours near Hearst Castle and the second burn will be near Washburn Campground just north of Cambria sometime after 1100 hours. The3se prescribed burns will put up a lot of smoke and may generate a tremendous amount of calls. We will be providing backup and assistance as needed.
Second note: The Chalk Fire began just north of Nacimiento Ferguson Road in the Las Padres National Forest, on Saturday, and has now burned over 1000 acres. The smoke column is visible from Hwy. 46 and the upper elevations east of Cambria. The fire is moving in our direction and may approach the San Luis Obispo County line in a couple of days.
Be prepared and stay alert to our changing conditions. Remember, until we receive 1-2 inches of rain our Coast area is extremely vulnerable to wildfire, as our watershed and fuels are at their driest point.