U.S. Forest Service – Los Padres National Forest
Soberanes Fire Update
September 24, 2016 (Day 65)
Containment increased to 76% with growth of only a few acres yesterday as 1,977 fire personnel continue to battle this historic wildfire caused by an illegal escaped campfire. 38 hand crews, 99 engines, 23 helicopters and 14 bulldozers are working aggressively to protect homes and properties using a variety of tactics. Favorable forecasted weather is aligning with the strategic firing operations planned for the east side which when completed and mopped up will secure the fire line closest to Arroyo Seco.
A community meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. today at the fire station in Arroyo Seco, 46700 Arroyo Seco Road. For Fire Information call 831-204-0446.
If weather conditions are appropriate, burnout operations will resume today in the southeastern portion of the fire. Prevailing daytime winds are likely to send smoke south and west to the Pacific Ocean. At night, smoke could settle in low-lying residential areas.
A containment line is about two-thirds complete around the Chews Ridge spot fire. Six hotshot crews worked on the spot fire on Friday. Work on the spot fire continues today. Progress also continues on the spot fire near Arroyo Seco. Both fires are within secondary contingency lines.
Outside of the active burn areas on the eastern side of the fire, containment lines are in place and crews are mopping-up and monitoring the fire within the lines. In those areas fire suppression repair is underway. Fire suppression repair is alleviating damage to the landscape caused by fire equipment and fire personnel during suppression operations. The containment percentage has increased to 76%.
Minimal fire behavior is predicted tonight, with creeping and smoldering and an occasional flare-up.
A bulldozer operating on the southwestern edge of the fire turned over on Friday, injuring the operator. The injuries were not severe. The bulldozer was doing suppression repair.