Posted by: Stan Russell | August 30, 2016

Soberanes Fire Update, August 30, 2016

Soberanes Fire
Los Padres National Forest
August 30, 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 July 22, 2016, in Garrapata State Park.

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

Current Size:  93,245 acres (56,051 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.

Current Situation: Fire managers on Monday continued to mobilize resources and strategize for expected high winds in the Big Sur area late Monday night and Tuesday. Managers moved additional resources in the Big Sur area in anticipation of the winds.

There was increased fire activity Monday on the southwest side of the fire primarily due to intensified winds and a drop in relative humidity. For the second straight day, fire spread on the south slope above the Carmel River in the vicinity of Sulphur Springs Camp. Water drops from aircraft were utilized to limit further spread of the fire east of the Carmel River drainage. Fire continued to be active in the South Fork Big Sur River drainage and Mocho Creek that feeds it on the southern edge of the fire.

Structure protection actions along Partington Ridge south of Big Sur continued. Managers also reviewed and updated aerial ignition plans to ensure all necessary support is in place if that action becomes necessary.

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.

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.



  1. Thank you so very much for all of the current and most important information. Blessings for all involved and keeping the Sanctuary of Big Sur in prayers.

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