Posted by: Stan Russell | September 21, 2016

Soberanes Fire Update 9/21/16

Soberanes Fire
Los Padres National Forest
Daily Update: September 21, 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 Incident Management Team 4, Rocky Opliger, Incident Commander.

Current Size: 123,241 acres (86,047 acres CA-LPF; 37,194 acres CAL FIRE)

Containment: 71% Personnel: 2,113 Cause: Illegal campfire Injuries: 1 fatality, 7 injuries

Structures Destroyed:

57 homes, 11 outbuildings

Structures Threatened: 400 Crews: 35 Engines: 113
Helicopters: 21 Dozers: 12 Masticators: 2 Water Tenders: 12

Current Situation:

A Red Flag Warning takes effect this afternoon and is expected to remain in effect through Thursday. Potential gusting winds of 25-35 mph have prompted the warning. Large fire runs and increased activity on ridge tops and west-northwest aligned drainages are possible. There is a concern that hot spots could intensify and threaten established east-side containment lines. Wind-driven embers from hot spots could ignite spot fires as far away as 0.75 miles. Firefighters will be staged and prepared to deal with that contingency.

A Red Flag Warning indicates the onset of critical weather and fuel moisture conditions that could lead to rapid or dramatic increases in wildfire activity. Factors may include low relative humidity, strong winds, and dry fuels.

Firefighters on Tuesday and early today successfully limited progress of hot spots burning outside the primary containment line north of Chews Ridge and near Arroyo Seco.

Both of those spots continue to burn but neither is advancing. Both are within secondary containment lines. Evacuation orders and warnings remain in effect as a result of the Chews Ridge spot fire. Information on all Soberanes Fire evacuation orders and warnings is available at

The burnout operations of the past week, which have been highly successful in establishing and strengthening the containment lines, will be limited because of the changing weather conditions.

A community meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24, at the fire station in Arroyo Seco. A well-attended community meeting was held in Arroyo Seco on Tuesday.

Firefighter and public safety remain the priority in every situation.

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Other contacts: SPCA, (831) 646-5534; American Red Cross, (831) 424-4824.

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