(Carmel Valley side of Laureles Grade toward Big Sur South, panorama shot... click to expand)
September 30, 2008 about 11:30 am...
Having left Jamesburg behind to go to work in Monterey, I notice the scent of smoke and a slight ashfall all the way into town.
On Laureles Grade, The plume formed over the fire looks big! And with the wind shift to the northeast, the plume is extending through Corral de Tierra and into Salinas Valley, then out over Monterey Bay.
Big Sur Kate tells me that the thing went on a "run" - firespeak for the fire beginning to accelerate and take off.