#SherpaFire is a Wind-driven Fire – June 16, 2016

Updated 2245 Hours PDT

SHERPA FIRE

Sherpa Fire (Credit: Amber, SB City FD)

Fire along Hwy 101 on the Sherpa Fire (Credit: Amber, SB City FD)

Incident Summary

The #SherpaFire started on June 15th around 1515 hours PDT in the vicinity of Sherpa Ranch off of Refugio Road or about 11 miles N of Goleta, California on the Los Padres NF.

It is also said to be on the Camino Cielo Ridge.

Fire crews are having to fight fire on steep and in very rugged terrain.

The cause is unknown and under investigation.  It has burned 1700 acres and is growing by the minute.

Fire Status

The fire is very active and and wind-driven with winds up to 20-30mph causing a quick forward spread.   It is additionally cause short-range spotting.

Fire fuels include chaparral, tall grass and brush.

Command

The Forest Service is in Unified Command with Santa Barbara County in Goleta, California.  The IC:  Mills.

There are currently 1230 personnel assigned to this wildfire.

Sherpa Fire (Credit: Los Padres NF)

Resources

Resources includes  8 tankers, 3 medium helicopters, 3 heavy helitankers, 1 air attack, 1 lead plane and 1 DC10.

1230 Firefighters, overhead team and support personnel are attached to this wildfire incident.

Evacuations

Evacuations for the following communities are in progress:

  • Refugio Canyon
  • Las Flores
  • Venadito
  • El Capitan State Park
  • Regio Campgrounds
  • Wake Center (business park)

Evacuation Shelters

  • Earl Warren Showgrounds (Large animals)
  • Santa Ynez Union H.S. @ 2976 E Hwy 246, Santa Ynez.

Sherpa Fire (Credit: Los Padres NF)

Evacuee Resources

  • Red Cross App – #SafeAndWell – Let your Loved Ones know you are safe and okay for the those searching for Loved ones. This is the perfect app. Go to this link –> https://safeandwell.communityos.org/cms/index.php
  • Aware and Prepare App – Register on Santa Barabara County’s webiste here –> http://awareandprepare.org/
  • Traffic Alerts – CHP – Website –>   https://www.chp.ca.gov/traffic

 

 

 

 

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Los Padres NF’s #ColemanFire Starting to see Containment – June 5, 2016

Updated 2030 PDT

Credit: Los Padres NF

Credit: Los Padres NF

Incident Summary

A wildfire exploded on to the fire scene just West of King City, California, on the boundary of Fort Hunter Liggett on the Los Padres National Forest and Monterey Ranger District Saturday, June 4th around 1433 Hours PDT.

By 1500 hours, the fire was moving at a rapid pace and fire conditions were extreme and growing to 3,000+ acres prompting the Forest Service to go into a Unified Command with CAL Fire.  A full-response of crews was initiated.

Fire fuels include: very dry vegetation.

Command

A CIMT Type 1 assumed Command as of 1800 hours this evening.  ICs are J. McGowan, USFS; S. Reeder, CAL Fire and J. Minetti, FHL.

Resources

There are still 645 fire personnel tied to this incident, along with (7) Type-1 Air Tankers, (3) Type 1 Helitankers, (2) Type 2 and (2) Type 1 Helicopters.

Fire Status

At the time of this post, firefighters have been successful in reaching a 10% containment status around the fire.

The fire has consumed 3,200 acres.

No Injuries or known damage/destruction has been reported. (that we are aware of)

Courtesy: Inciweb

Courtesy: Inciweb

Weather

Weather conditions currently are NW Winds 3-5 m.p.h.  Weather is due to dip into lower temps later this evening.  Earlier in the day, fire conditions consisted of gusty winds.

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