Posted by: Stan Russell | August 8, 2016

Soberanes Fire Updates Last updated: 8/8/16 @ 3:30 PM

Soberanes Fire Updates

Last updated: 8/8/16 @ 3:30 PM

Acreage/Containment: 60,400 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: 410
Structures Destroyed: 57 homes, 11 outbuildings
Structures Damaged: 3 structures, 2 outbuildings
Injuries: 1 fatality, 3 injuries
Cause: Illegal Campfire


Big Sur area – East of Highway 1, from Coast Ridge Road, South to Graves Canyon is now under a warning.

The following area remains under an ORDER:

  • Coast Ridge Road remains under an order.


Palo Colorado – for residents only. Residents will be required to show proof of residency and required to bring photo Identification.

  • Watch for fire and utility service trucks along the road ways. PG&E and AT&T continue working hard to restore services.

PRINCESS CAMP ORDER is REDUCED to a WARNING: PRINCESS CAMP- Cachagua Road between Nason Road to Trampa Canyon Road to include Nason Road is reduced from an order to a warning.

For the residents East of Hwy 1 starting at Coast Rd to Graves Canyon.

All residents West of Hwy 1 at Andrew Molera State Park from Coast road to Graves Canyon. 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), Garrapatas Trout Farm 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

Due to an increase in wind and fire activity in the Big Sur area over the last two days, a limited closure of HIGHWAY 1 will occur at 10:00 P.M. August 8, 2016.

  • HIGHWAY 1 will be closed to all traffic in both directions between Palo Colorado Road and North Coast Ridge Road.
  • It is scheduled to be re-opened at 6:00 A.M. August 9, 2016, but the closure will be continually re-evaluated based on fire conditions, and the threat to public safety.

Road Closures:
Apple Pie Ridge Road, Coast Ridge Road, Palo Colorado Road at Hwy 1, Robinson Canyon Road (south of San Clemente Trail), Weston Ridge RD at Hwy 1, Garrapatos Creek Rd at Hwy 1, Old Coast Rd at Hwy 1 to Andrew Molera State Park, Cachagau Rd between Nason Road and Trampa Canyon Road (including Nason Road)

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

ALERTMONTEREYCOUNTY: You can self-register up to three phone lines for emergency notifications at

Engines: 274
Hand Crew: 113
Helicopters: 18
Air Tankers: 6
Dozers: 53
Water Tenders: 54
Total Personnel: 5,028


WHEN: Monday, August 8, 2016 at 6:00 p.m
WHERE: Big Sur State Park Multi-Agency Facility 47555 Highway 1 Big Sur Ca, 93920
WHAT: CAL FIRE Incident Management Team 4 in conjunction with the cooperating agencies on the Soberanes Fire will be hosting a community meeting at Cachagua General Store. Representatives from the agencies managing the incident will provide an operational briefing and be available for questions. Please arrive early as the meeting will start promptly at 6:00 p.m.

CAL FIRE and the United States Forest Service, Los Padres National Forest remains in unified command. Fire activity remained moderate overnight with some uphill runs and some interior burning. 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.

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.

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.

500 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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