Soberanes Fire | California | August 20, 2016

Big Sur, California


Start Date/Time/Cause

The Soberanes Fire continues to burn from an illegal campfire on July 22nd around 0848 hours PDT.  It has been nothing but a firestorm spreading from one community to another.

Firing Operations with Arroyo Grande Hotshots

Arroyo Grande Hotshots during a Burnout Operation. (Courtesy: Inciweb)


Today, the fire has consumed 83,830 acres with 46,636 Los Padres NF land and 37,194 into CAL Fire’s territory.

Fire Fuels

Timber, chaparral and tall grass.

Containment Status

It is currently at a 60% containment status.

Current Fire Status

Active fire behavior with backing, flanking and short crown runs. 410 structures under threat.

Historical Fire Info

The fire is burning in areas all too familiar with wildfires that hit the area in 2008 (Basin Complex) and 1977 (Marble-Cone Fire).


Burning on the Los Padres National Forest in the Ventana Wilderness in Monterey County, California.


Unified Command

The Management of the fire is in Unified Command with  CAL FIRE San Benito-Monterey Unit and the USDA Forest Service.


Fire Response

There are currently 2500 personnel assigned to this incident along with the aid of 48 crews, 65 engines, 13 helicopters, 32 dozers and 50 water tenders.



One fatality and three injuries have been reported.


At this moment of this post, there are 410 threatened homes outside of the report of 57 homes and 11 outbuildings already destroyed and 3 structures and 3 outbuildings damaged.


$146.3 Million.


Those who represent Agencies as Mutual Aid to an incident outside of the area are called Incident Cooperators:

Fire Agencies

  • Carmel Highlands FPD
  • Monterey County Regional Fire Protection District
  • Mid-Coast Fire Brigade
  • Big Sur Volunteer Fire Brigade
  • Bureau of Land Management

Law Enforcement

  • California Highway Patrol
  • Monterey County Sheriff
  • California Fish and Wildlife

Parks & Recreation

  • California State Parks and Recreation
  • Monterey Peninsula Regional Parks District

Human Services

  • American Red Cross
  • United Way

Emergency Operations

  • Monterey County EOC

Animal Services

  • SPCA


  • Monterey Bay Air Resources District


  • Pacific Gas and Electric


  • US Forest Service Los Padres National Forest
  • California Conservation Corps


  • Big Sur Land Trust


Evacuation Orders

An evacuation ORDER remains in effect for Coast Ridge Rd. from mile marker 1.5 to Marble Peak at the end of the road.

Evacuation Warnings

Evacuation WARNINGS remain in effect for the east side of HWY 1 from Andrew Molera Park to Coast Ridge Rd at the Ventana Inn.

This area includes the Ventana Inn and Coast Ridge Rd to mile marker 1.5. A WARNING remains for Tassajara Road from Carmel Valley Road to the Tassajara Hot Springs Zen Center.

This area includes all roads that lead from the above described roads.


Forest Closures

All tails, roads and the Arroyo Seco Campground & Day Use area.

State Parks

All California State Parks from Garrapata State Park through Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park are closed until further notice; this includes Point Sur State Historic Park (Lighthouse), Andrew Molera State Park, Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park Campground and Day Use.


Drones in Fire Zones


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Local Efforts

Local relief efforts have been provided by the Coast Property Owners Association (CPOA) and the Community Foundation for Monterey County have provided to the fire victims of the Soberanes Fire.

Donations can be made to the CPOA at Coast Property Owners Association, PO Box 59, Big Sur, CA 93920 and the Community Foundation for Monterey County 2354 Garden Road, Monterey, CA 93940 (831)375-9712.

American Red Cross

The American Red Cross is very grateful for the offers of assistance, but at this time we are not able to accept in-kind donations such as food and clothing.

Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to, and help people recover from disasters big and small. To donate, people can visit, call 800-RED CROSS (800-733-2767), or text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

Monterey County 

To find an item or fulfill a need, individuals are asked to submit that information on the organization’s web site: The organization’s phone number is 831-649-3050


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