Soberanes Fire Update | CA | Sep 27 2016

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Incident Summary

An illegal campfire started the Soberanes Wildfire on Friday, July 22nd around 0845 hours.


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.


Timber, chaparral and tall grass.


Command:   California Interagency Incident Management Team 4.

Staffing / Equipment:  38 Crews, 110 Engines, 23 Helicopters, 11 Dozers, 4 Masicators and 15 Water Tenders.

Cooperating Agencies:  BLM, American Red Cross, Big Sur Land Trust, Big Sur Volunteer Fire Brigade, Cachagua Fire Protection District, CAL FIRE, CA Conservation Corps, CA Dept of Fish and Wildlife, CA Dept of Parks and Rec, CAL Trans, CHP, CALOES, CA DOT, Carmel Highlands Fire Protection District, County of Monterey, Mid-Coast Fire Brigade, Montrey Bay Air Resource District, Montrey County Regional Fire Protection District, PG & E and United Way.

Fire Facts

Acres: 128,380 acres.  (breakdown:  91,186 acres Los Padres National Forest; 37,194 acres CAL FIRE)

Destruction: 68 structures destroyed.  (57 homes, 11 outbuildings)

Death(s):  1

Injuries:  8

Containment Status: 89%.

Status:  Inside containment lines increased fire.  Lines holding despite all thresholds being exceeded.

Incidents:  A fuel truck pulling a trailer was involved in an accident on the Carmel Valley Road near the Ranch helicopter base. The driver was not injured. The trailer went off the road spilling 300-500 gallons of aviation fuel.

Cost-to-Date:  $229.9 Million.


Numerous structures threatened.

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