Posted by: Stan Russell | September 23, 2016

Soberanes Fire Daily Update: September 23, 2016

Soberanes Fire
Daily Update: September 23, 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: 126,323 acres (89,129 acres CA-LPF; 37,194 acres CAL FIRE)

Containment: 73% Personnel: 2,110 Cause: Illegal campfire Injuries: 1 fatality, 7 injuries

Structures Destroyed:

57 homes, 11 outbuildings

Structures Threatened: 410 Crews: 36 Engines: 144
Helicopters: 21 Dozers: 15 Masticators: 2 Water Tenders: 15

Community meeting: 6 p.m. Saturday at the fire station in Arroyo Seco, 46700 Arroyo Seco Road.

Current Situation:

Firefighters are moving today from a defensive position to a more offensive firefighting stance. High winds that prompted the Red Flag Warning have diminished, permitting more aggressive actions.

Firefighters held the fire in check on Thursday despite high winds on ridge tops and erratic winds in valleys and intersecting drainages. The fire perimeter had no new growth despite difficult conditions. Firefighters took advantage of exceptionally high relative humidity to reinforce and build containment lines. The containment percentage has increased to 73%.

Firing operations may be employed today and tonight if weather conditions support a safe operation. This action may mean increased smoke in populated areas near the fire.

Increased relative humidity has been beneficial in fighting two spot fires burning inside contingency lines. The spot fires were the result of wind-blown embers from within the contingency lines. Both spot fires are a high priority and are being attacked by air operations and crews on the ground. Firefighter and public safety are always the priority.

Lower relative humidity is predicted for tonight and could mean increased fire activity. The entire perimeter of the fire, including areas that have been cold for weeks, is being monitored by aerial infrared.

Road maintenance continues nightly on roads heavily used by fire personnel.

Evacuation orders and warnings remain in effect in the eastern areas of the fire. Information on evacuations is available at (click on the Announcements tab).

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Other contacts: SPCA, (831) 646-5534; American Red Cross, (866) 272-2237


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