Soberanes Fire | California | Update 28

INCIDENT SUMMARY

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

LOCATION

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

FUELS

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

RESOURCES

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
  • 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
  • United Way

FIRE FACTS

 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.

PUBLIC INFORMATION

The  Montrey County EOC recommends residents sign up for Reverse 911 to get Important Alerts.  https://member.everbridge.net/index/453003085611217#/overview

Flying Drones and Planes Tips from the Fire Service listed here:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wg0LBGwv59s&feature=em-share_video_user

How you can help with Fire Prevention.  A great resource guide here.  http://www.preventwildfireca.org/OneLessSpark/

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

Soberanes Fire | California | Update 28

COMMUNITY MEETING

When:  10/1/2016, Saturday

Where:  Arroyo Seco Firehouse/Community Center

Address:  47600 Arroyo Seco Rd, Greenfield, California

Contact Info:  831-674-2326 or 415-279-9442

Fire coming from Big Sur on the Soberanes Fire (Courtesy: Inciweb)

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Start Date : 7/22/2016 (72 days ago today)

Start Time :  0845 hours PDT

Cause:  Illegal campfire

LOCATION

National Forest:  Los Padres NF

State Park:  Garrapata

Wilderness:  Ventana

Location:  South of Carmel Valley

FUELS

Heavy Fuels:  Timber, chaparral and tall grass.

RESOURCES

Command:   California Interagency Incident Management Team 4.

Personnel:  1030

Staffing Type:  17 crews

Equipment Type:  31 engines, 15 helicopters, 5 dozers, 4 masticators and 5 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

 CAL FIRE Tip Line at: (800) 468-4408

Acres: 132,069.

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

Death(s):  1

Injuries:  8

Containment Status: 92%.

Cost-to-Date:  $236.5 Million.

THREATS

Structures:  Many under threat.

FIRE STATUS

North side:  In patrol status.

East side:  Active fire. Fire suppression efforts in effect.

South Side:  Air resources making retardant drops.

West Side:  Direct attack.

PUBLIC INFORMATION

Alerts:  Montrey County – Sign-up forReverse 911 to get Important Alerts.  https://member.everbridge.net/index/453003085611217#/overview

Know Before You Fly: (& How you can Help the Fire Service)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wg0LBGwv59s&feature=em-share_video_user

One Less Spark Campaign:  http://www.preventwildfireca.org/OneLessSpark/

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 1020 hours PDT

Soberanes Fire Update | CA | Update 27

 CAL FIRE Tip Line at: (800) 468-4408

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Start Date : 7/22/2016 (71 days ago today)

Start Time :  0845 hours PDT

Cause:  Illegal campfire

LOCATION

National Forest:  Los Padres NF

State Park:  Garrapata

Wilderness:  Ventana

Location:  South of Carmel Valley

FUELS

Heavy Fuels:  Timber, chaparral and tall grass.

RESOURCES

Command:   California Interagency Incident Management Team 4.

Staffing / Equipment:  24 crews, 33 engines and 15 helicopters.

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: 132,069.

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

Death(s):  1

Injuries:  8

Containment Status: 92%.

Cost-to-Date:  $236.5 Million.

THREATS

Structures:  Many under threat.

FIRE STATUS

North side:  In patrol status.

East side:  Active fire. Fire suppression efforts in effect.

South Side:  Air resources making retardant drops.

West Side:  Direct attack.

PUBLIC INFORMATION

Alerts:  Montrey County – Sign-up forReverse 911 to get Important Alerts.  https://member.everbridge.net/index/453003085611217#/overview

Know Before You Fly: (& How you can Help the Fire Service)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wg0LBGwv59s&feature=em-share_video_user

One Less Spark Campaign:  http://www.preventwildfireca.org/OneLessSpark/

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 1910 Hours PDT

Soberanes Fire Update | CA | Sep 27 2016

 CAL FIRE Tip Line at: (800) 468-4408

Incident Summary

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

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.

Resources

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.

Threats

Numerous structures threatened.

Public Information

Alerts:  Montrey County – Sign-up forReverse 911 to get Important Alerts.  https://member.everbridge.net/index/453003085611217#/overview

Know Before You Fly: (& How you can Help the Fire Service)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wg0LBGwv59s&feature=em-share_video_user

One Less Spark Campaign:  http://www.preventwildfireca.org/OneLessSpark/

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 2045 Hours PDT

Soberanes Fire Update | CA | Sep 24 2016

Community Meeting:  

9/24/2016 @ 6pm

Arroyo Seco Fire Station Community Center – 46700 Arroyo Seco Road

Though this is from the Sep 19th, this map clearly shows where the Soberanes Fire is burnning (Courtesy of CAL OES)

Incident Summary:   An illegal campfire that started in July 2016 has scorched thousands acres of lands, as well as up to almost 100 structures and disrupting hundreds of lives/livelihoods.

Crews have contained the fire at a 76% containment status.

The fire started on Friday, July 22, 2016 around 0845 hours (PDT) from an illegal campfire.

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. Sill the same for the last 24 hours. (see Update 9/23/2016)

Resources:  Command:   US. Forest Service.

Staffing / Equipment:   1977 personnel  38 crews.  99 engines.  23 helicopters.

Damage Assessment:  126,593 acres.  68 structures destroyed.  $221.9 M Cost to Date

Threats:  Numerous structures threatened.

Area Alerts:  Evacuations, road, area and trail closures in effect

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

Active Wildfires | California | Sep 19 2016

Thank you for reading our Blog!  We wish all of you safe travels wherever you may travel to a fire, with family,  to/from work or just hanging out there.

Here are the most current and active wildfires in the State of California:

 

AUBURN FIRE – Nevada County

Off Auburn Street and Whiting Street, Grass Valley. CAL FIRE incident. 47 acres. 97% contained. Unknown start date/cause.

 

CANYON FIRE – Vanderberg AFB

4 miles West of Lompoc.  IMT2.  2200 acres. 0% contained.  233 personnel.  6 crews. 23

Canyon Fire (Photo Credit:) San Barbara County Fire PIO Mike Eliason)

engines. 0 helicopters. 0 structures destroyed.  $250,000 cost-to-date. 

 

NEW! FLAT FIRE – Kern County

Off Granite Road and Poso Flat Road and 5 miles South of Woody.  Kern County.  50 acres. 0% contained.

 

NEW! JOCKS CANYON  FIRE – Uinta Wasatch Cache NF

350 acres.  South of Diamond Fork Canyon and 2 1/2 mile southeast of Dry Canyon campground,  Fire is being monitored.

 

NEW! LAGUNA FIRE – Santa Cruz County

Crews fighting a vegetation fire in Laguna Creek off of Highland Drive.   0 acres or % containment known.

 

OLD FIRE – Butte County

CAL FIRE. Off of Old Chico Canyon, west of Forest Ranch.  30 acres. 70% contained.

 

OWENS FIRE – Inyo NF

10 miles NE of Mammoth Lakes and North of the Owens River Road near Clark Canyon and East of Highway 395. Fire fuels are sagebrush and Jeffrey pine from an unknown cause that is under investigation.  The fire started on the afternoon of September 17th.   6000 acres. 20% contained.  483 personnel. 9 crews, 48 engines and 7 helicopters. 4 structures destroyed. $400,000 cost-to-date.

 

Pack Fire (Photo Credit: UWCNF)

 

NEW! PACK FIRE – Uinta – Wasatch Cache NF

120 acres. Lightning caused.

 

 

SENTINEL FIRE – Sequoia & Kings Canyon NF 

Kings Canyon National Park.  Fire discovered on August 19, 2016.  Located in the South of Cedar Grove in the mountains above 9,000’ elevation. vCause is lightning. 12 acres.  Smoldering. Is burning naturally, for the environment benefit.

SOBERANES FIRE – Los Padres NF 

CA IMT4.   Illegal campfire is cause.   117,656 acres. 67% containment status. 2021 personnel.  34 crews.  116 engines.  7 helicopters.  68 structures destroyed.  Active fire behavior with running, flanking and backing.  $206.7 Million.

 

SOUP COMPLEX – Modoc NF

Active fire behavior with spotting.  856 acres.  0% containment status. 513 personnel.  11 crews.  24 engines. 9 copters. 0 structures destroyed.  $313,000 cost-to-date.

 

 

WILLARD FIRE – Lassen County

CAL FIRE.  Off of Willard Creek Rd and West of Susanville.  2575 acres. 97% containment status.  360 personnel.  10 crews.  15 engines.  0 structures destroyed.  $10.8 Million cost-to-date.

 

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

Active Wildfires | CA | Sep 18 2016 (Update 2)

 

Update 2:  Posted @ 4:25pm PDT

NEW! AUBURN FIRE – Nevada County.  Off Auburn Street and Whiting Street, Grass Valley. CAL FIRE incident. 30 acres. 90% contained. Unknown start date/cause.

CANYON FIRE – Vanderburg Air Force Base.  Started on Saturday evening .Fire is burning South Base along Santa Ynez Ridge.  San Barbara County along with CAL Fire units are assisting VAFB firefighters. Some resources on the fire are SBFD  equipment: 3 Type-3 eng, 2 dozer, 1 hand crew, 1 ASU copter.  1400 acres (Unconfirmed). 800 firefighters from multiple agencies are fighting the fire. 11 Air tankers have been requested. Some are already dropping retardant over the fire.   fire exhibiting erratic behavior, unexplored ordinance in area. Hi-Resolution Satellite launch is postponed due to wildfire.

HARRISON FIRE – San Diego.  36000 blk of Mountain Circle Drive.Vegetation fire near Harrison Park Rd/Hwy 79 in Julian.  IC reporting forward spread has been stopped.  6 acres. 25% contained.

OLD FIRE – Butte County.  CAL FIRE. Off of Old Chico Canyon, west of Forest Ranch.  30 acres. 70% contained.

NEW! OWENS FIRE – Inyo NF.  Located North of the Owens River Road near Clark Canyon, east of Highway 395 in sagebrush and Jeffrey pine from an unknown cause that is under investigation.  The fire started on the afternoon of September 17th.   The fire has reached a 4500-acre in size with a 10% containment status.

Crews are focusing their efforts along the Owens River Road to protect nearby private developments and ranches.  250 personnel are assigned to this incident. The Big Springs Campground, Clark Canyon (a popular climbing area), and nearby ranches and developments have been evacuated.

REY FIRE – Los Padres NF.  Last report.  Fire started August 5th, 2016 from unknown cause that is being investigated. 32,606 acres. 100% contained. 2 injuries.  224 personnel assigned.

NEW! SENTINEL FIRE – Sequoia & Kings Canyon NF.  

Kings Canyon National Park.  Fire discovered on August 19, 2016.  Located in the South of Cedar Grove in the mountains above 9,000’ elevation. vCause is lightning. 12 acres.  Smoldering. Is burning naturally, for the environment benefit.

SOBERANES FIRE – Los Padres NF.  

CA IMT4.   Illegal campfire is cause.   113,259 acres. 61% containment.  1921 acres.  1 fatality. 7 injuries. 57 homes & 11 outbuildings destroyed. 410 structures still being threatened.   Evacuation orders lifted.

Resources include: 45 crews, 118 engines, 11 helicopters, 15 dozers, 2 masticators and 11 water tenders.  Favorable weather allowing burnout operations.  Crews to continue with burnout operations.

NEW! SOUP COMPLEX – Modoc NF.

Around noon on September 17, six (6) wildfires were reported near the Soup Springs Campground. All have been evacuated.  One (1) was contained quickly and four (4) others were contained to less than an acre.  The sixth fire  is still not contained as winds have been from the west, pushing it into the South Warner Wilderness and away from populated areas. One (1) uninhabited structure is under direct threat. The fire is currently at 300 acres.   Located 12 miles East of Likely, California.There are now reports of Soup One that is at 100 acres while Soup Tow is at 200 acres.

Resources include: 27 engines, 3 dozers, 2 water tenders, 13 hand crews and 50 fire personnel from multiple Agencies and local Governments.  1 Type 2 IMT is on order and due to take command of the fires on Monday.   Moderate fire behavior and spread overnight.

WILLARD FIRE – Lassen County.  CAL FIRE.  Off of Willard Creek Rd and West of Susanville.  2575 acres. 95% contained.

 

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

Active Wildfires | California | Sep 18 2016

Thank you for reading our Blog!

Here are the most current and active wildfires in the State of California:

NEW! AUBURN FIRE – Nevada County.  Off Auburn Street and Whiting Street, Grass Valley. CAL FIRE incident. 30 acres. 90% contained. Unknown start date/cause.

OLD FIRE – Butte County.  CAL FIRE. Off of Old Chico Canyon, west of Forest Ranch.  30 acres. 70% contained.

NEW! OWENS FIRE – Inyo NF.  Located North of the Owens River Road near Clark Canyon, east of Highway 395 in sagebrush and Jeffrey pine from an unknown cause that is under investigation.  The fire started on the afternoon of September 17th.   The fire has reached a 4500-acre in size with a 10% containment status.

Crews are focusing their efforts along the Owens River Road to protect nearby private developments and ranches.  250 personnel are assigned to this incident. The Big Springs Campground, Clark Canyon (a popular climbing area), and nearby ranches and developments have been evacuated.

REY FIRE – Los Padres NF.  Last report.  Fire started August 5th, 2016 from unknown cause that is being investigated. 32,606 acres. 100% contained. 2 injuries.  224 personnel assigned.

NEW! SENTINEL FIRE – Sequoia & Kings Canyon NF.  

Kings Canyon National Park.  Fire discovered on August 19, 2016.  Located in the South of Cedar Grove in the mountains above 9,000’ elevation. vCause is lightning. 12 acres.  Smoldering. Is burning naturally, for the environment benefit.

SOBERANES FIRE – Los Padres NF.  

CA IMT4.   Illegal campfire is cause.   113,259 acres. 61% containment.  1921 acres.  1 fatality. 7 injuries. 57 homes & 11 outbuildings destroyed. 410 structures still being threatened.   Evacuation orders lifted.

Resources include: 45 crews, 118 engines, 11 helicopters, 15 dozers, 2 masticators and 11 water tenders.  Favorable weather allowing burnout operations.  Crews to continue with burnout operations.

NEW! SOUP COMPLEX – Modoc NF.

Around noon on September 17, six (6) wildfires were reported near the Soup Springs Campground. All have been evacuated.  One (1) was contained quickly and four (4) others were contained to less than an acre.  The sixth fire  is still not contained as winds have been from the west, pushing it into the South Warner Wilderness and away from populated areas. One (1) uninhabited structure is under direct threat. The fire is currently at 300 acres.   Located 12 miles East of Likely, California.There are now reports of Soup One that is at 100 acres while Soup Tow is at 200 acres.

Resources include: 27 engines, 3 dozers, 2 water tenders, 13 hand crews and 50 fire personnel from multiple Agencies and local Governments.  1 Type 2 IMT is on order and due to take command of the fires on Monday.   Moderate fire behavior and spread overnight.

WILLARD FIRE – Lassen County.  CAL FIRE.  Off of Willard Creek Rd and West of Susanville.  2575 acres. 95% contained.

 

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

Active Wildfires | California | Aug 25, 2016

The State of California has been experiencing way too many Wildfires lately for those who work/play/live/visit and its 1st Responders to go unnoticed.  Here is a compiled of wildfires from just today (Thursday, August 25, 2016).

Monterey County California Fires burning. (Credit: NASA)

Cedar Fire – 5 miles N of Alta Sierra.  Sequoia NF.  Active fire behavior with short crow-runs, group torching, and short-range spotting.  23,239 acres. 10% contained. 2374 personnel. 36 crews. 219 engines. 16 copters. 12 structures lost. $24.4 Million CTD.

Chimney Fire – 15 miles West of Paso Robles.  CAL Fire – San Luis-Obispo Unit. CAL Fire IMT2.  1,898 Structures remain threatened.  Evacuations in effect.   43,933 acres. 41% contained. 3,972 personnel. 105 crews, 327 engines. 16 helicopters. 7 Air tankers, 46 dozers, 59 water tenders.  68 structures lost. $42.3 Million CTD. 1898 structures threatened.

All evacuation orders have been lifted.

Last night, fire behavior was active with winds driving the fire into the northwestern region. Winds were W to NW with temperatures in the mid 50’s and higher relative humidity which helped firefighters reinforce containment lines. The Hearst Castle and Hearst Castle Infrastructure remain threatened.

Clayton Fire – 1 mile SE of Lower Lake.  CAL Fire – Sonoma Lake – Napa Unit.  Located off Hwy 29 and Clayton Creek south of Lower Lake.

Cause ruled as Arson. Suspect has been arrested and charged.

300 structures destroyed, 29 damaged.

Firefighters worked through the night to construct and strengthen control lines. Steep, rugged terrain continues to challenges fire control efforts. 40 firefighters. 2 engines. 1 crew. 1 helicopter.  3,929 acres. 99% contained.

Grade Fire – 2 miles N of Yreka.  CAL Fire – Siskiyou Unit. Active fire behavior with running, short-range spotting and uphill runs.  710  acres. 60% contained.  10 structures lost.  $229,000 CTD. Hwy 263 closed in the fire area.

Rey Fire – 7 miles North of Goleta.  Los Padres NF.  Located North of Santa Barbara and near White Rock Day Use Picnic area.. Active fire behavior with short-range spotting and flanking in Divisions “P” and “S”.  31,505 acres. 39% contained. 1976 personnel. 56 crews. 135 engines. 23 copters. 0 structures lost. $11.6 Million. Forest Service.

Cause under investigation.

1 reported injury.

The fire spotted into the Zaca burn scar and around Ogilvy Ranch in the Mono drainage. Resources are currently assessing the possible damage and the extent of the spots.

Tonight crews will be assessing the fire area to assist in repositioning resources tomorrow. Infrared flights will take place to spot any possible heat along the constructed line

Soberanes Fire – 7 miles NW of Big Sur.  CAL Fire – San Benito-Monterey Unit. Transfer of Command from IMT to a new will occur on Friday, August 27, 2016. Active fire behavior with flanking and short-range spotting.  The fire continues to slowly move south and east of Miller Mountain in Hiding Camp Canyon, and farther south near the Ventana Cones. Fire behavior remains a slow backing and flanking fire through an eight year old fuel bed of grass, brush and timber litter. Near the coast range, the fire continues to flank southward in the Big Sur drainage below Mount Olmstead. $158.7 Million CTD.

Cause: Illegal Campfire.

90,062 acres. 60% contained. 410 structures still being threatened while 57 homes and 11 outbuildings have already been destroyed.  3 structures and 20 outbuildings have been damaged. 1 fatality plus 4 injuries.

1494 personnel. 44 engines. 27 crews. 12 helicopters. 18 dozers. 42 water tenders.

CAL FIRE San Benito-Monterey Unit/Los Padres National Forest, CA State Parks and Recreation, CHP, CAL-OES, CDCR, CA National Guard, Big Sur Land Trust, CAL-TRANS, CCC, CA Fish & Wildlife, Coast Property Owners Association (CPOA), Community Foundation for Monterey County, BLM, American Red Cross, the County of Monterey, PG&E, Carmel Highlands F.P.D., Monterey County Regional Fire Protection District, Mid Coast Volunteer Fire Brigade, Big Sur Volunteer Fire Brigade and the Cachagua Fire Protection District.

Tulley Fire – 6 miles N of Weitchpec.  CAL Fire – Humboldt – Del Norte Unit.  Located off of Hwy 169 & Martin’s Ferry Rd, northwest of Weitchpec. CA IMT Humboldt County.  Moderate Fire behavior with up hill runs, short-range spotting, torching.  505 acres. 20% contained. 1386 personnel.  50 crews. 95 engines. 11 copters. 17 dozers. 15 water tenders. 2 structures lost. $3.2 Million. State lands.  40 structures still under direct threat.

Cause deemed: Arson.

Cooperating Agencies:  Cooperating Agencies: California Highway Patrol, Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, CalTrans, CDCR, Cal OES, Humboldt County OES, American Red Cross, Yurok Tribe, Hoopa Tribe, BIA, USFS, HIA, CCC, PG&E, NDF, and NDC.

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

Soberanes Fire | California | August 20, 2016

Big Sur, California

INCIDENT SUMMARY

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)

Size

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).

LOCATION

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

COMMAND

Unified Command

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

RESOURCES

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.

DAMAGE ASSESSMENT

Casualties

One fatality and three injuries have been reported.

Damages

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.

Cost-To-Date

$146.3 Million.

INCIDENT COOPERATORS

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

  • CAL-OES
  • Monterey County EOC

Animal Services

  • SPCA

Transportation

  • Monterey Bay Air Resources District
  • CAL TRANS

Utilities

  • Pacific Gas and Electric

Forestry

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

Miscellaneous

  • CSUMB
  • Big Sur Land Trust

EVACUATIONS

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.

ROAD CLOSURES

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.

SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING

Drones in Fire Zones

PUBLIC INFORMATION

Monterey County Alerts

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COMMUNITY SUPPORT

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 redcross.org/donate/, 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 montereyco.recovers.org/.

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