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Tassajara Mountain Zen Center says it is not getting enough help from firefighters

Soberanes Fire: Tensions run high at community meeting

CARMEL VALLEY, Calif. - As the Soberanes Fire fight continues, officials hosted another community meeting on Thursday evening to answer residents' questions. And representatives from the Tassajara Mountain Zen Center asked why they're not getting help, like in previous fires.

"We had been hoping that they'd be helping us before, during and after the fire, as they had in ‘77, and ‘79, with the Marble Cone and Kirk Complex fires. And in 2008, they came before the fire to help us prepare," said Tassajara Mountain Zen Center director Linda Galijan.

But this time, the Zen Center says is different.

"Aside from one shipment of, one drop of, some hose and equipment, they have not responded to our request for help and resources," Galijan said.

Fire officials say they simply can't commit resources to just one area right now as the fire is still a long way away.

Regine Julien lives on Tassajara Road and just wants to see fire trucks in her neighborhood.

"I do accept the danger of the fire or the unpredictability, but I don't know, I'd like to see where these trucks are right now," Julien said. "It doesn't sound like, ‘yes, we will be there'. It's like, well, if we can, we will be there."

But fire officials tried to reassure residents they're doing everything they can.

"We are not going away, we are not abandoning the forest or the residents here," said Cal Fire incident commander Dennis King.

Cal Fire is cutting back resources as the U.S. Forest Service takes the lead.

"Cal Fire is going to back away from this a little bit because most of the fire is in the forest right now," King said.

Still too close, as far as the Zen Center is concerned, but they do have some resources.

"We've been working very hard to prepare, and we would greatly appreciate the support," Galijan said.


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