Posted by: Stan Russell | August 7, 2016

Soberanes Fire Updates Last updated: 8/7/16 @ 9:50 AM

Soberanes Fire Updates

Last updated: 8/7/16 @ 9:50 AM

Acreage/Containment: 57,500 acres – 45% contained
County: Monterey
Location: Soberanes Creek, Garrapata State Park, Palo Colorado, north of Big Sur
Administrative Unit: CAL FIRE San Benito-Monterey Unit/United States Forest Service, Los Padres National Forest

Fire Information Line: 2-1-1 or 831-204-0446
Media Line: 831-484-9647

Structures Threatened: 650
Structures Destroyed: 57 homes, 11 outbuildings
Structures Damaged: 3 structures, 2 outbuildings
Injuries: 1 fatality, 3 injuries
Cause: Illegal Campfire

For the residents East of Hwy 1 starting at Coast Rd to the intersection of Andrew Molera State Park, South of Andrew Molera State Park, Both Sides of the Hwy to Graves Canyon. Palo Colorado, Old Coast Road, Bixby Creek Road from Highway 1 south to Mesa and Garrapatos Road. Cachagua Road from Nason Road to Trampa Canyon Rd. This includes all roads that lead from the above described roads including Nason Road.

All residents on Carmel Valley Road from San Clemente Drive to Country Road, Cachagua Road from Carmel Valley Road to Nason Road. Cachagua Road from Trampa Canyon to Tassajara Rd, 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. This does not include San Clemente Drive.

EVACUATION ORDERS LIFTED: For Weston Ridge Road (aka Garrapatas Road), White Rock, Robinson Canyon Road, South of San Clemente Trail from Robinson Canyon to Rancho San Clemente Gate House, from San Clemente Trail to White Rock Gun Club Santa Lucia Preserve, to include Arroyo Sequoia Road, North of San Clemente Trail/Dormody Road, including Black Mountain Trail, Touche Pass, the community of San Clemente and all of Long Ridge Trail, Riley Ranch Rd and Red Wolf Drive, Corona Rd and all of Carmel Highland.

Evacuation Center: All Saints’ Day School, 8060 Carmel Valley Rd, Carmel Ca, 93923

Road Closures:
Apple Pie Ridge Road, Pfeiffer Ridge Road, Sycamore Canyon Road, Old Coast Ridge Road, Palo Colorado Road at Hwy 1, Robinson Canyon Road (south of San Clemente Trail), Weston Ridge Road at Hwy 1, Garrapatos Creek Rd at Hwy 1, Old Coast Rd at Hwy 1 and Bixby Bridge, Cachagau Road South from E. Carmel Valley Road is open to residents only. Full Closure occurs at Nason Road. Tassajara Road South from Carmel Valley Road.

Donation Collection Center:
Big Sur State Park Multi-Agency Building, 47555 HWY 1 Big Sur CA 93920
Phone Number: (831)-667-2315

Reverse 911: You can self-register up to three phone lines on the reverse 911 system by going to

Engines: 300
Hand Crew: 117
Helicopters: 18
Air Tankers: 6
Dozers: 54
Water Tenders: 55
Total Personnel: 5,154

CAL FIRE and the United States Forest Service, Los Padres National Forest remains in unified command. Fire activity increased in the southwest portion due to winds. Planning for firing operations continues but will only be considered during favorable weather conditions. Pre-planning continues to mitigate potential future threat. Fire continues to burn in steep, rugged and inaccessible terrain. A State of Emergency has been declared by the Governor.

Cause of the Soberanes Fire was an illegal campfire. Anyone with information is asked to call the CAL FIRE Tip Line at: (800) 468-4408.

The Damage Inspection Team continues working in collaboration with Monterey County Office of Emergency Services on assessment of damaged structures and infrastructure. A total of 57 residences and 11 outbuildings have been destroyed. Three residences and two outbuildings have been damaged. An Air Resource Advisor is assigned to the incident and is working with local and state air quality officials to analyze the impact the smoke is having on the public.

US FOREST SERVICE TRAIL AND ROAD CLOSURES: A forest closure order has been implemented to close the trails and roads within the Los Padres National Forest, Monterey Ranger District pursuant to USC 551 and 36 CFR 261.50(a). The order prohibits going into or being upon National Forest System lands within the Soberanes Fire area.

CALIFORNIA STATE PARK CLOSURES: All California State Parks from Garrapata State Park through Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park are closed until further notice; which includes Point Sur State Historic Park (Lighthouse), Andrew Molera State Park, Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park Campground and Day Use.

650 residents have been evacuated along with several road closures listed in the Evacuations section. For more information, visit , and CAL FIRE BEU on Facebook.

Cooperating Agencies: US Forest Service Los Padres National Forest, California State Parks and Recreation, California Highway Patrol, Monterey County Sheriff, Monterey Peninsula Regional Parks District, Red Cross, California Conservation Corps., CAL-OES, American Red Cross, California Fish and Wildlife, Carmel Highlands FPD, Monterey County Regional Fire Protection District, Mid-Coast Fire Brigade, Big Sur Volunteer Fire Brigade, CSUMB, SPCA, United Way, Pacific Gas and Electric, Monterey Bay Air Resources District, CAL TRANS, Bureau of Land Management, Monterey County EOC.


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