Incident Summary: A long-burning fire has been scorching thousands acres of pristine lands along with destroying almost a hundred structures and causing millions of dollars in firefighting suppression efforts.
Crews have contained the fire at a 71% containment status.
The fire started on Friday, July 22, 2016 around 0845 hours (PDT) from an illegal campfire. Fire Tips — > CAL FIRE Tip Line at: (800) 468-4408.
Location: The Soberanes Fire is located approximately 7 miles NW of Big Sur and on the Ventana Wilderness of the Los Padres National Forest, Garrapata State Park, and areas south of the Carmel Valley in California.
Mostly burning in steep, rugged and difficult to access terrain on the Ventana Wilderness area.
Fuels: Timber, chaparral and tall grass.
Fire Status: Active fire behavior with running, flanking and backing.
Resources: Command: CAL Fire – San Benito-Monterey Unit. IMT1 assigned
Staffing / Equipment: 2302 personnel 40 crews. 152 engines. 21 helicopters.
Damage Assessment: 125,344 acres. 68 structures destroyed. $215.5 M Cost to Date
Threats: Numerous structures threatened.
Area Alerts: Evacuations, road, area and trail closures in effect
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