Fire Recovery Local News 

Remembering the CZU Fire Two Years Later

By Julie Horner It has been two years since the CZU Lightning Complex Fire unleashed its fury in the Santa Cruz Mountains, destroying 1,490 buildings including a number of historic structures and 911 residential homes. The fire wiped out entire communities, displaced hundreds of families, and blackened devastating swaths of Big Basin Redwoods State Park, parts of the Fall Creek… Read More
Fire Recovery Infrastructure Local News 

PG&E Helicopter Activity in the Santa Cruz Mountains

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has responded to multiple queries regarding the low-flying helicopter activity that began on Monday in the Santa Cruz Mountains. The utility is surveying power lines using Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) technology. The activity will continue through August 22 according to a spokesperson.   In a press statement, PG&E’s Communications Representative Mayra Tostado said,… Read More
Big Basin Redwoods State Park Fire Recovery Local News Outdoors 

Big Basin Park Reopens July 22

By Julie Horner Big Basin Redwoods State Park reopens on Friday, July 22, 2022, with limited day-use access by reservation only. The reservation system opens on Friday, July 1, 2022. The Redwood Loop near the former visitor center and approximately 18 miles of fire roads near the park’s core have been cleared for visitor access with limited services available. Highway… Read More
Barnraising CZU Fire Column: Antonia Bradford Fire Recovery Local News 

Barn Raising in the Mountains

As the Two Year Anniversary of the CZU Fire Nears, Community Launches a Citizen-led Approach By Antonia Bradford The two year anniversary of the CZU Fire is rapidly approaching. As the smoke cleared and life returned to normal for the vast majority of the mountain, fire families who lost everything quickly realized the reality of our situations: we were underinsured.… Read More
Column: Antonia Bradford Fire Recovery Government Local News 

Fire Sprinkler Code is the New Geology for Fire Victims

By Antonia Bradford It is no secret that the path to recovery for the fire families of the 2020 CZU Lightning Complex event has been difficult, expensive, and painful. The battles with the County of Santa Cruz regarding geology and septic have been well documented in the press with Board of Supervisors meetings packed and intense with public outcry. Through… Read More
Reimagining Big Basin Commentary Fire Recovery Local News 

Commentary: Reimagining Big Basin Project Stakeholder Recommendations

By Jesus Beltran To: Will Fourt, Senior Project Planner, Reimagining Big Basin Project Hi Will, My name is Jesus Beltran and I have lived a few miles from the old Big Basin Redwoods State Park headquarters since 2017. I used to visit the Park on an almost weekly basis, logging hundreds of miles on its fire roads on my mountain… Read More
Alba Schoolhouse Ben Lomond California Community Fire Recovery Local News 

Rebuilding Community in Ben Lomond: The Historic Alba Schoolhouse to be Rebuilt

By Julie Horner It’s full steam ahead for rebuilding the historic Alba Schoolhouse in Ben Lomond, which was destroyed in the 2020 CZU fire. Last August, the San Lorenzo Valley Unified School District Board of Trustees voted unanimously to replace the structure, which has served as a school, a library, and most recently as a community center for the mountain… Read More