The Fire Service has just visited Jamesburg with their latest maps. The fires continue to move slowly down Tassajara Creek Canyon; in Willow Creek Canyon they have moved about one mile towards Tassajara and are now at the intersection of the Tony Trail and Willow Creek; there is no new activity at the Oryoki Bowls. The Forest Service has stayed in regular contact with Jamesburg and directly with Tassajara via Director David Zimmerman. There was a changing of the guard yesterday, which happens every 21 days, and the new firefighters went in to Tassajara for a brief visit and tour.
Tassajara reports that there have been a lot of helicopters getting water from Tassajara Creek (possibly from the Narrows) and dumping it on both the Indian and the Basin Fires. People there are continuing to work hard and get rest. There are plans to do our monthly Suzuki-Roshi memorial at the ashes site tonight, with Abbot Steve Stücky officiating.
A City Center student donated $500 for fire safety equipment for the Tassajara students. It was decided to purchase shrouds which hook onto helmets, offering protection for the face, neck and ear.
Last night, Senior Dharma Teacher Blanche Hartman gave a talk which included a Well-Being Chant for Tassajara, its Caretakers, and All Beings Effected by the Fires.
The Basin Complex West fire grew significantly yesterday and overnight, causing evacuations in Big Sur to the north and our friends at Esalen to the south. Our thoughts are with everyone impacted by the blazes across California.
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