Posted by: Stan Russell | September 13, 2016

Soberanes Fire Update September 13, 2016

Soberanes Fire Update
September 13, 2016
107,050 Acres
60% Contained

The Soberanes Fire is burning in the Ventana Wilderness of the Los Padres National Forest, Garrapata State Park, areas south of the Carmel Valley and areas surrounding Big Sur.Active fire behavior continues in the south and southeast portions of the fire within the steep, rugged and inaccessible terrain of the Ventana Wilderness Area…more

Today marks day fifty-four of the Soberanes Fire. The fire was caused by an illegal, unattended campfire on the Soberanes Canyon trail in the Garrapata State Park. Anyone with information is asked to call the CAL FIRE Tip Line at: (800) 468-4408.

Firefighters continue working to contain the 107, 050-acre wildfire burning south of the Carmel Valley and northeast of Big Sur in Monterey County, California. Containment is now 60%. 1,384 personnel are assigned to this fire including: 20 Hand Crews; 67 Engines; 17 Helicopters; 8 Dozers; 7 Water Tenders and 2 Masticators.

Today, the Soberanes Fire transitioned from the Alaska Incident Management Team to California Interagency Incident Management Team 4 at 6:00 A.M.

Last night firefighters successfully held the fire within indirect lines (firelines constructed away from the hot edge of the fire) and strategically ignited fires along portions of the indirect fireline. The fire alsoremains within existing containment lines. Main actions for today will be to continue strategic burning operations in the morning along the Coast Ridge Road, protecting structures in the Arroyo Seco area, and patrolling the fire area by air. Firefighters have also begun restoring bulldozer lines constructed early in the firefight in the northwestern area of the fire to prevent erosion and reduce other impacts.

On the coastal southwest side of the fire, crews continued to build bulldozer lines along the Coast Ridge Road for use as future control lines. Today, firefighters will continue securing this indirect control line as they progress to the south with firing operations; keeping the fire north of Rodeo Flats. Retardant has also been placed along Indians Road, about one and a half miles east of Anderson Peak.

On the east side, firefighters continue to focus on the Arroyo Seco area by pre-treating indirect lines with fire retardant and continue to protect structures. The strategy is to keep the fire in the Ventana Wilderness, west of Carmel River and south of Willow Creek. Historic fire lines, constructed to suppress previous fires, are being reopened to minimize the effects to wilderness.

Yesterday evening, approximately 100 people attended a public meeting at the Arroyo Seco Fire Station and Community Center. Another community meeting will be hosted in Arroyo Seco on Thursday, September15, at 6 [p.m.

All Evacuation orders and warnings remain in effect.

Level IV Fire Restrictions are now in effect as of August 23, 2016 for the Los Padres National Forest. See Order Number 05-07-16-15.

Today’s Update and Maps in PDF

For today’s update (PDF), public information map, operations map, north or south, progression map,and hunting closures please use these hyperlinks.

Air Quality: The Soberanes Fire produced a fair amount of smoke yesterday as two fire runs occurred. Wind speeds are expected to be the same but with less gustiness, cooler temperatures and the air more stable. Fire growth is expected to be the same today. Smoke impacts are projected to occur later in the day as the burn window shrinks. Moderate wind speeds and their direction (S/SW) will be effective in dispersing smoke but bringing it to more communities. The Tassajara and Arroyo Seco areas will experience the highest smoke levels while the Salinas Valley communities can expect moderate smoke levels. For a full smoke report go here

Weather conditions: A cold upper low has brought much cooler temperatures today. The marine layer is also thick, to about 3,000 feet. Just above that layer, however, there will be some dry air at fire level.Winds will tend to be from the south or southwest with gusts into the teens miles-per hour range.

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