Last night about 9pm, Information Officer Berni called to say that the Mandatory Evacuation had been downgraded (at 7:30pm) to a Voluntary - all the way to Tassajara itself! This means that residents and their employees can come and go freely, but should keep their bags packed in case something changes. They will be checking ID's outside of Carmel Valley through the weekend so that tourists and people in town for some race will not be coming out sight-seeing. There is still a Mandatory on most of Carmel Valley Road from Tassajara Road east to Arroyo Seco.
We want to check again this morning to be sure that someone going in would not run into all those big trucks we have seen going up the road, but this morning there have only been 8 fire pickups coming down. Maybe they all got out without our noticing.
Next step, what is needed at Tassajara before a lot of people can be there. There is a conference call this morning to start working on this. Things are going much faster that I thought yesterday.