Los Padres National Forest
September 3, 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, located in 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.
Incident Command: Alaska Interagency Incident Management Team, Tom Kurth Incident Commander.
Current Size: 95,716 acres (58,522 acres CA-LPF, 37,194 acres CAL FIRE)
Cause: Illegal campfire Injuries: 1 fatality, 5 injuries
Structures Destroyed: 57 homes, 11 outbuildings Structures Threatened: 410
Current Resources: Crews: 13 Engines: 54 Helicopters: 15 Dozers: 4 Water Tenders: 7 Masticators: 2
Total Personnel: 1083
Current Situation: Fire suppression repair was completed in the northern section of the fire yesterday. Structure protection assessment work and activity continues on Partington Ridge, at the Tassajara Zen center and at Fred’s Camp.
Fire activity increased yesterday due to poor humidity recovery with acreage growth south of the Big Sur drainage. The weather trend for today will be cooler with higher humidity and increasing and gusty winds this afternoon, which could pose concerns for firefighters. Control lines are holding above Carmel River. Hand crews and helicopters worked to together to complete a strategic firing operation within the control lines near Los Padres Reservoir. Firing operations along Coast Ridge Road will continue today in order to keep pace with the active fire burning inside the containment lines. Coordination between aviation assets, hand crews and support engines has contributed to the ongoing success in holding the fire east of Coast Ridge Rd. Fire personnel burned and secured approximately 1 mile of fire line yesterday as they progressed toward Anderson Peak. Due to the unpredictable impact of the coastal weather patterns, crews have a window of only approximately three hours each afternoon when conditions are ideal and conducive to burning.
Evacuation Orders and Warnings: An evacuation warning remains in effect 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. Access to the businesses in the Carmel Valley and along highway 1 in Big Sur are mostly unaffected. Please stay alert and watch out for vehicles entering the highway along your route.
Community Meeting:The Alaska Interagency Incident Management Team will host a community meeting today beginning at 6 p.m. at the Cachagua General Store. All are invited to attend. The address is 18840 Cachagua Rd.in Carmel Valley. Team and Agency representatives, fire specialists and cooperators will provide the current status of the Soberanes Fire and will be available for questions. Call the Soberanes Fire information line at (831) 204-0446 for more information or visit http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4888/
Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER):A Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team has begun conducting assessments on the northern portion of the fire. The program addresses the threats of erosion, flash flooding and many other issues with the goal of protecting life, property, water quality, endangered species and deteriorated ecosystems from further damage after the fire.
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.
US Forest Service Forest, Road and Trail Closures: A forest closure order #05-07-51-16-16 was implemented on September 2 to close the trails and roads within the Los Padres National Forest, Monterey Ranger District pursuant to 16 USC 551 and 36 CFR 261.50(a). The order prohibits going into or being upon National Forest System lands within the Monterey Ranger District. For a complete list of closures please visit: http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/lpnf/alerts-notices/?aid=10432. The following sites are open: Pfeiffer Beach Day Use, Mill Creek Day Use, Willow Creek Day Use, Sand Dollar Day Use, Kirk Creek Campground and Plaskett Creek Campground. Nacimiento Campground and Ponderosa Campground are closed.
California State Park Closures: Point Sur Light Station State Historic Park is open and guided tours will resume today. Go to www.pointsur.org for more information. Portions of Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park including the McWay Falls and Partington Cove trail have opened. All lands and trails east of the parking lot and the campground remain closed. The Big Sur Lodge is open, however, Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park Day Use and Campgrounds remain closed. Buzzard’s Roost Trail is open. Go to www.bigsurlodge.com for more information. The following park units remain closed: Andrew Molera State Park -All park lands closed to public entry; Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park – All park lands except the Big Sur Lodge closed to public entry; Garrapata State Park – All park lands east of Hwy 1 closed to public entry.