The Tassajara Zen Center blog offers some details about the battle to save the compound yesterday.
“….the Tassajara grounds are an island of green in a sea of black. A testament to the recently installed sprinkler system and the twice daily irrigation of the site.
The fire approached quickly from three sides shortly after 1pm and passed over Tassajara mercifully fast. The crew were able to move around outside the safe space and keep the sprinkler system working.Several small buildings were lost: the Bird House, the compost shed, the wood shed and the pool bathroom. The radio-phone and half of the lower garden were also destroyed.”
Here is my question; did they receive air support in the way of helicopter or tanker drops? If not why?
Readers will recall my post yesterday describing the situation as the Basin Complex fire approached the isolated cultural center.
Apparently Center representatives were told by fire officials it was too dangerous to commit ground resources to save the buildings.
It would not be fair to second guess this, that’s a field call. What I would like to know is if they were helped in any way from above?
Kathryn had submitted a comment to the queue in yesterday’s post that may have answered my question, in part.
Kathryn offered at 1:57 pm July 10 to Firefighter Blog;
“I just got off the phone with MoCo EOC and was told that Tassajara is receiving both ground and air support at this time. The fire is within 1-1.5 miles. “
That comment was unfortunately overlooked by me. This morning I found two comments that were temporarily orphaned.
Thank you Kathyrn!
I look forward to the full story.