The Soberanes Fire started on 7/22/2016 around 0845 hours PDT from an illegal campfire.


The Fire is burning on the Los Padres National Forest inside the Garrapata State Park in the Ventana Wilderness, South of Carmel Valley, California.


Fire fuels consist of;  Timber, chaparral and tall grass.


The fire is under the Command of the California Interagency Incident Management Team 4 with 953 personnel.

There are 12 helicopters, 30 water tenders, 24 engines, 7 dozers and 15 crews.

Incident Partners are:

  • 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
  • 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
  • United Way


 CAL FIRE Tip Line at: (800) 468-4408

There have been 132,095 acres consumed with a breakdown of 37,194 acres on CAL Fire managed lands and 94,901 acres in the Los Padres National Forest.

Containment has reached 97%.

Ten (10) injuries have been reported along with 1 death.

57 homes and 11 outbuildings have been destroyed.  20 structures are currently under threat.

HOT SHOTS: are working on completing containment lines in the Miller Creek area.

Fire Crews:  Crews are working on fire suppression repair, areas severely damaged by fire suppression efforts.


The  Montrey County EOC recommends residents sign up for Reverse 911 to get Important Alerts.

Flying Drones and Planes Tips from the Fire Service listed here:

How you can help with Fire Prevention.  A great resource guide here.

Thank you for visiting us today and reading our post on one of California’s longer burning fires.  Stay safe out there!

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog  – Updated 2200 hours PDT