U.S. Forest Service – Los Padres National Forest
September 28, 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. An illegal campfire started the fire 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 W. Opliger, Incident Commander.
Current Size: 128,595 acres (91,401 acres Los Padres National Forest; 37,194 acres CAL FIRE)
Containment: 89% Personnel: 1,833 Cause: Illegal campfire Injuries: 1 fatality, 8 injuries
57 homes, 11 outbuildings
|Structures Threatened: 410||Crews: 36||Engines: 90|
|Helicopters: 17||Dozers: 11||Masticators: 4||Water Tenders: 13|
Firefighters are establishing new containment lines and improving existing lines throughout the eastern and southeastern edges of the fire. Crews are steadily moving toward transitioning to suppression repair on the eastern side, as they have been for some time on the fire’s west and north.
The spot fire east of Chews Ridge, which has been burning for about a week, is now contained. Firefighters will continue to work in that area to cool hot spots. Crews are continuing to mop up throughout the eastern and southeastern portions of the fire. The spot fire near Arroyo Seco is also being mopped up.
The hottest part of the fire continues to be near Church Ranch and in the Church Creek drainage. Smoke visible from the fire is from burning pockets in the fire’s interior.
The fire’s behavior continues to be mostly smoldering and creeping around the perimeter. Outbreaks of intense burning continue in unburned pockets of fuel in the fire’s interior. Despite weather changes, high winds and difficult terrain, all containment lines have held.
The California Interagency Incident Management Team 4, which has been responsible for the Soberanes Fire for the past 16 days, is turning management over to the Central Coast Interagency Incident Management Team. Rocky W. Opliger, the incident commander for California Team 4, a Type 1 team capable of managing incidents of the highest complexity, will transition to the Central Coast Team on Thursday morning. The incoming incident commander is Van Arroyo.
Typically, an incident management team is assigned to a fire for 14 days, with the possibility of extending up to an additional seven days. Members of the outgoing team will have a brief rest period before becoming available for reassignment. The Central Coast team is the fifth incident management team on the Soberanes Fire, an indication of the complexity of this fire, which began on July 22 and now is in its 69th day.