Posted by: Stan Russell | September 20, 2016

Soberanes Fire Update 9/20/16

Soberanes Fire
Los Padres National Forest
Daily Update: September 20, 2016

CONTACT:

Fire Information Line: (831) 204-0446 – Media Line: (831) 484-9647 – Email: soberanesfire2016

Incident: The Soberanes Fire is burning in the Los Padres National Forest, Ventana Wilderness, 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: California Interagency Incident Management Team 4, Rocky Opliger, Incident Commander.

Current Size: 121,050 acres (83,856 acres CA-LPF; 37,194 acres CAL FIRE)

Containment: 71% Personnel: 2,021 Cause: Illegal campfire Injuries: 1 fatality, 7 injuries

Structures Destroyed:

57 homes, 11 outbuildings

Structures Threatened:410 Crews: 45 Engines: 116
Helicopters: 7 Dozers: 12 Masticators: 2 Water Tenders: 11

Current Situation:

An unanticipated wind event materialized yesterday. Strong wind shifts to the southwest produced gusts of 30-40 mph, resulting in embers being carried across the control line just north of Chews Ridge. Last night an infrared mapping flight showed the spot fire to be approximately 250-300 acres in size with little growth throughout the night. Firefighters who were pre-staged in the area were able to quickly attack the spot fire. Crews will be continuously working throughout the day to achieve containment in conjunction with aviation resources.

The spot fire did result in an evacuation order issued in the following areas:

· East side of Tassaajara Road from Chews Ridge to Bruce Ranch.

· Bruce Ranch East along Anastasia Canyon to Carmel Valley Road.

· Carmel Valley Road South from Anastasia Canyon to Tash Ranch.

A new evacuation warning was issued in the following areas:

· North of Carmel Valley Road from Hastings Preserve to Cahoon Ranch.

· North of Carmel Valley Road from Choon Ranch east to Tash Ranch.

All previous evacuation orders and warnings remain in effect on the southeastern side of the fire.

Due to burnout operations performed throughout the past week, containment of the main fire has grown to 71%. Firefighting crews will remain in aggressive mop up operations in the area from Los Padres Dam to Chews Ridge and further south.

The fire continues to burn in remote, rugged terrain, including in the Ventana Wilderness. Firefighter and public safety remain the priority in every situation. Heavy smoke in the north and eastern sides of the fire are the result of a wind shift out of the southwest. An atmospheric inversion continues to hold smoke in the valleys.

For more information, visit: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4888/ or follow us on social media at www.facebook.com/LosPadresNationalForest orwww.twitter.com/LosPadresNF.

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