Posted by: Stan Russell | September 29, 2016

Soberanes Fire Daily Update 9/29/16 (Day70)

U.S. Forest Service – Los Padres National Forest
Soberanes Fire
Daily Update: September 29, 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: Central Coast Interagency Incident Management Team, Van Arroyo, Incident Commander.

Current Size: 129,395 acres (92,201 acres Los Padres National Forest; 37,194 acres CAL FIRE)

Containment: 92% Personnel: 1,462 Cause: Illegal campfire Injuries: 1 fatality, 8 injuries

Structures Destroyed:

57 homes, 11 outbuildings

Structures Threatened: 410 Crews: 27 Engines: 58
Helicopters: 17 Dozers: 7 Masticators: 4 Water Tenders: 9

Current Situation:

Firefighters achieved a milestone on Wednesday as containment surpassed the 90 percent mark. After 70 days of fighting and living with the Soberanes Fire, reaching 92 percent containment represents a remarkable degree of success for firefighters and the community.

Incident managers caution that the fire continues to burn, particularly in the eastern interior near English Cabin and the Church Creek drainage. The current acreage is 129,395 acres. Prolonged drought conditions mean that undetected burning fuels may still be smoldering. Earlier this week, a spot erupted in the far northern area of the fire that had been considered cold for three weeks. The spot was quickly extinguished, but it demonstrates how conditions can change quickly.

Fire behavior in the interior perimeter continues to smolder and creep. But analysts say that it could flare as winds align with the drainages. The particularly hot areas, as measured by daily infrared flights, continue to be in the eastern area of the fire, but well-within the containment lines.

In much of the fire area, work continues on extensive suppression repair. This work helps restore scars from fire equipment and other damage from fire-related operations. Erosion control is an important element of suppression repair, with the teams working to ensure areas made bare are less likely to erode when significant rains come. Archaeologists and resource advisers work with the suppression repair teams to see that cultural and natural assets are protected.

Today, the Central Coast Interagency Incident Management Team assumed command of management of the fire. The Central Coast team, with Van Arroyo as Incident Commander, replaces the California Interagency Incident Management Team (IC Opliger).

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

Photo by U.S. Forest Service – Los Padres National Forest


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