Posted by: Stan Russell | August 11, 2016

Soberanes Fire Updates Last updated: 8/11/16 @ 8:00 AM

Soberanes Fire Updates

Last updated: 8/11/16 @ 8:00 AM

Acreage/Containment: 69,837 acres – 55% 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

EVACUATION ORDERS: Areas that are under evacuation orders include Coast Rd, south from the 2-mile marker to Hwy 1 at Andrew Molera State Park and all areas accessed by this road.

Areas are under evacuation warnings, West of Hwy 1 at Coast road at the intersection of Andrew Molera State Park to Graves Canyon. Cachagua Road at Nason Road to Trampa Canyon Rd, Cachagua Road from Carmel Valley Road 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.

Residents should prepare to leave the areas listed above and be sure to take any medications, pets, family valuables, etc. with you. Close all windows and leave all doors closed.

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

Road Closures:
Coast Rd, Apple Pie Ridge Road, Coast Ridge 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: 291
Hand Crew: 99
Helicopters: 21
Air Tankers: 6
Dozers: 60
Water Tenders: 54
Total Personnel: 4,822

Firefighters are asking for the public’s assistance locating missing equipment. See release below…
Anyone who locates fire hose, pumps, gas cans or any other equipment should call the Soberanes Fire Information Center (831) 204-0446, or the Monterey County Sheriff’s office (831) 755-3722. A crew will be sent out to pick up any reported equipment.
CAL FIRE and the United States Forest Service, Los Padres National Forest remains in unified command. Fire activity was minimal through the night. 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. 380 residents have been evacuated along with several road closures listed in the Evacuations section below.

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, 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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