Los Padres National Forest
August 28, 2016
Fire Information Phone (831)204-0446
Media Line: (831)484-9647
Incident: The Soberanes Fire was started by an Illegal campfire on the morning of July 22, 2016, in the Garrapta State Park. The fire is burning in areas of previous large fires including the Basin Complex in 2008 and the Marble-Cone Fire in 1977.
Location: Los Padres National Forest, Ventana Wilderness, Monterey County, CA
Agency Jurisdiction: CAL FIRE San Benito-Monterey Unit/Los Padres National Forest
Current Size: 91,453 acres (54,259 acres CA-LPF, 37,194 acres CAL FIRE)
Containment: 60% Cause: Illegal campfire Injuries: 1 fatality, 4 injuries
Structures Destroyed: 57 homes, 11 outbuildings Structures Threatened: 410
Current Resources: Crews: 24 Engines: 72 Helicopters: 12 Dozers: 17 Water Tenders: 31
Total Personnel: 1476
Incident Command: Alaska Interagency Incident Management Team, Tom Kurth Incident Commander. The incident is no longer in unified command with Cal Fire, though many Cal Fire resources are still being utilized.
Fire Restrictions: Forest Order 05-07-16-15 Fire Use Restrictions – Level IV Fire Restrictions. This Order is effective from August 23, 2016, through the end of the official 2016 fire season.
Current Situation: With no significant fire spread on Saturday, managers focused efforts on securing indirect line on the east and south perimeters of the fire. There was active fire in the bottom of the Carmel River above the Los Padres Reservoir and fire continued to spread within the unburned area north and east of Double Cone and within a half-mile of English Cabin.
Fire also moved east above the South Fork of the Big Sur River, but indirect lines were not threatened. Firefighters scouted for opportunities to construct direct line and prepare for structure defense well in front of the main fire on the southeast. Suppression repair continued on the northern edge of the fire and more crews will be inserted in that area today to assist with that work.
A high-pressure ridge building over the fire resulted in slightly warmer temperatures and lower relative humidity on Saturday, a trend that is expected to continue today. As the high pressure builds, the marine layer will lift earlier in the morning and lengthen the burn period.