Posted by: Stan Russell | September 12, 2016

US Forest Service Soberanes Fire Update 9/12/16

Soberanes Fire
Los Padres National Forest
September 12, 2016

DAILY UPDATE

Fire Information Phone (831) 204-0446
soberanesfire2016
Media Line: (831) 484-9647
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4888/

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: 105,705 acres (68,527 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 : 1272

Social Media Information: Facebook: U.S. Forest Service – Los Padres National Forest Alaska Interagency Incident Management Team https://www.facebook.com/lospadresnationalforest/ https://www.facebook.com/ALASKAIMT/?fref=ts Twitter: @LosPadresN https://twitter.com

Current Situation:

Fire movement was not as active as expected Sunday. The Soberanes fire remains within containment lines.

On the west side, firing operations along Coast Ridge Road were very successful. Crews worked to deepen and extend the secured portion of the containment line for over a mile. The east line was reinforced utilizing aircraft with water and retardant drops. Today, if weather is again favorable, the containment line will be extended and expanded with firing operations along Coast Ridge Road.

On the east side, firefighters will focus on areas between Arroyo Seco and the fire itself. The contingency line was saturated with retardant in preparation for forecasted westerly winds. Additional firefighting resources have arrived, including crews, engines and dozers. Some are to replace those who are timing out.

A public meeting will be held tonight for the community of Arroyo Seco, to provide a current update of fire management operations and address questions. The meeting will be held at the Arroyo Seco Fire Station and Community Center located at 46700 Arroyo Seco Road. The meeting will be hosted by members of the Alaska Incident Management Team.

Yesterday a single vehicle accident (rollover) involving a water tender occurred on the west side of the Fire. The patient was flown to a local hospital for treatment. A full recovery is expected.

The Soberanes Fire will transition from the Alaska Incident Management Team to California Incident Management Team 4. Transfer of command will occur on Tuesday, September 13 at 6:00 A.M.

Evacuation Orders in effect:

· Tassajara Road from Chews Ridge south to the end of the road at Tassajara Hot Springs.

· Coast Ridge Road from 1.5 miles above the Ventana Inn to the end of the Coast Ridge Road at Marble Peak, and roads that leave from Coast Ridge Road.

Evacuation Warnings in effect:

· Southwest of East Carmel Valley Road starting at the intersection of East Carmel Valley Road and Piney Creek Road extending East to Arroyo Seco Road and residents along Arroyo Seco Road starting from East Carmel Valley Road extending west past the Arroyo Seco Campground.

· Coast Ridge Road from 1.5 miles above the Ventana Inn to the end of the Coast Ridge Road at Marble Peak, and roads that leave from Coast Ridge Road.

· Big-Sur South Coast Center Area. This area starts at the intersection of Highway 1 and Anderson Canyon extending South to the intersection of Highway 1 and Dolan Canyon and is bounded to the east by North Coast Ridge Road.

· A small section of Monterey County along the Pacific Coast Hwy bounded on the north by Castro Canyon, on the south by Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, on the east by North Coast Ridge Road and on the west by Highway 1 (Pacific Coast Hwy).

· Tassajara Road from Carmel Valley to the Tassajara Hot Springs Zen Center, and roads that leave Tassajara Road.

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