Los Padres National Forest
September 11, 2016
Fire Information Phone (831) 204-0446 soberanesfire2016
Media Line: (813) 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.
Incident Command: Alaska Interagency Incident Management Team, Tom Kurth, Incident Commander.
Current Size: 105,642 acres (68,488 acres CA-LPF; 37,194 acres CAL FIRE)
Containment: 60% Cause: Illegal campfire Injuries: 1 fatality, 6 injuries
Structures Destroyed: 57 homes, 11 outbuildings Structures Threatened: 410
Current Resources: Crews: 14 Engines: 60 Helicopters: 17 Dozers: 4
Water Tenders: 5 Masticators: 2
Total Personnel : 1233
The Soberanes fire is still within the containment lines.
As predicted yesterday, instability in weather conditions produced significant fire behavior in several locations, prompting an Evacuation Order for Tassajara Road from Chews Ridge south to the end of the road at Tassajara Hot Springs. The remainder of Tassajara road, north from Chews Ridge to Carmel Valley Road remains in an evacuation warning. The fire is active on the ridge above the North Fork of the Big Sur River two air miles west of the Tassajara Zen Center and is active above Lost Valley Creek three air miles southwest of Arroyo Seco.
An Evacuation Warning has also been issued along the east side of the Soberanes Fire for residents southwest of East Carmel Valley Road from the intersection of East Carmel Valley Road and Piney Creek Road extending to Arroyo Seco Road. An evacuation warning is a precautionary notice that an Evacuation Order may become necessary.
In preparation for possible similar conditions today, containment lines are being reinforced utilizing aircraft for water and retardant drops. On the west side of the fire, a successful firing operation was conducted along North Coast Ridge Road near Anderson Peak. If conditions are favorable, firing operations are possible again today to extend and deepen containment lines.