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Highway 1 Reopens in Big Sur

July 15, 2008 By: Mark Rogers

As of Tuesday, the Basin Complex Fire, which burned along Big Sur’s coast, is now 61 percent contained. A full containment date has been set for July 30. Tourism facilities along the 90-mile stretch linking Carmel to San Luis Obispo report no damage following the fire, which started June 21. On Sunday, Highway 1 officially reopened in both directions.

Air quality in the Big Sur area is now “moderate” with low particulate reading, and visibility is unrestricted, according to Ed Kendig of the Monterey Bay Air Pollution Control District.

Meanwhile, area hotels have reported occupancy rates rising above 90 percent as early as July 25. “We have a strong following in the international market and an emotional pull that draws repeat visitors,” said Janet Lesniak, general manager at Big Sur River Inn, who credits the quick comeback to the region’s loyal clientele.

Currently, Garrapata State Park is open to visitors. The remaining California State and National Parks in Big Sur remain closed, including Soberanes State Park, Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, Andrew Molera State Park, Pfeiffer-Big Sur State Park, Limekiln State Park and Ventana Wilderness.

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