Posted by: Stan Russell | August 29, 2016

Soberanes Fire Update August 29, 2016

Soberanes Fire

Los Padres National Forest

August 29, 2016


Fire Information Phone (831)204-0446


Media Line: (831)484-9647

Incident: The Soberanes Fire is burning in the Los Padres National Forest, Ventana Wilderness, Monterey County, CA. The fire was started by an illegal campfire on the morning of July 22, 2016, in Garrapta State Park.

Agency Jurisdiction: CAL FIRE San Benito-Monterey Unit/Los Padres National Forest

Current Size: 92,314 acres (55,120 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: 23 Engines: 62 Helicopters: 13 Dozers: 6 Water Tenders: 4

Total Personnel: 1248

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.

Evacuation Orders and Warnings: An evacuation WARNING was issued effective 6 p.m. Sunday, August 28 for a small section of Monterey County along the Pacific Coast Highway bounded on the north by Castro Canyon, on the south by the Julie Pfeiffer Burns State Park, on the east by North Coast Ridge Rd, and on the west by Highway 1. An evacuation WARNING remains in place for Tassajara Road from Carmel Valley Road to the Tassajara Hot Springs Zen Center. An evacuation ORDER remains in effect for North Coast Ridge Rd. from mile marker 1.5 to Marble Peak at the end of the road.

Current Situation: Fire managers spent much of Sunday’s operational shift preparing for increased wind forecast for the Big Sur area Monday afternoon. Sustained wind of 15-20 mph with gusts to 30 mph are expected to test containment lines along the southwest portion of the fire around Big Sur on Monday and Tuesday. Crews spent most of the day Sunday improving indirect line and preparing structures in the area for the anticipated high winds.

Active burning in the interior of the fire produced a smoke column on a ridge above Los Padres Reservoir visible from Highway 101 on the northeast side of the fire. The fire continued to spread into the South Fork of the Sur River and Mocho Creek on the south edge of the fire. Managers attempted to conduct firing operations in Division N to keep up with movement of the fire flank, however the test burn was ineffective so firing was not implemented.

Incident managers also met with U.S. Forest Service personnel with extensive fire experience in the Ventana Wilderness to validate the current strategic plan. Firefighters continued suppression repair in the northern portion of the fire.

Community Meeting

Monday, August 29, 2016

Big Sur Station

6:00 PM


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