Posted by: Stan Russell | October 9, 2016

Soberanes Fire Update 10/9/16 98% CONTAINED

Soberanes Fire

Daily Update: October 9, 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: Los Padres National Forest/CAL FIRE San Benito-Monterey Unit.

Incident Command: Central Coast Interagency Incident Management Team, Van Arroyo, Incident Commander.

Current Size: 132,100 acres (94,906 acres Los Padres National Forest; 37,194 acres CAL FIRE)

Containment: 98% Personnel: 776 Cause: Illegal campfire Injuries: 1 fatality, 12 injuries Structures Destroyed: 57 homes, 11 outbuildings, Structures Threatened: 20, Crews: 9, Engines: 18 Helicopters: 10, Dozers: 7, Water Tenders: 30

Current Situation:

Hotshot crews continue to construct line around the Marble Peak flare-up, which occurred Friday afternoon. An additional Hotshot crew will be inserted today to assist with suppression efforts. A new helispot was built near Higgins Creek for easy transportation of hotshot crews into the fire area. Interior hot spots may exhibit active fire behavior as warming and drying trends continue through today. Inland valley temperatures are likely to reach the upper 80s with wind gusts up to 25 mph. A cooling trend, accompanied by increasing relative humidities, should produce favorable conditions early next week.

Suppression repair work continues in the north and south zones. Efforts have been temporarily halted in the east zone and portions of Arroyo Seco for additional resource analysis. Out of 380 miles of fireline repair, 264 miles (69 percent) have been completed. Chipping of felled trees and piles of brush is continuing along the Coast Ridge Road. Crews are working their way north on dozer lines along Indians Road. Contingency lines from Arroyo Seco Road south towards Fort Hunter Liggett are being repaired.

Despite the hot, dry conditions and moderate winds, the fire exhibited very little movement yesterday. Interior hot spots are expected through today as heat and moderate winds continue. The public should be aware that smoldering areas will continue to put up smoke, but are well within the fire perimeter. This will likely continue until a season ending rain saturates the area. Two hot spots are within the steep, rocky areas north of Ventana Cone and the deep canyons in the upper reaches of the Big Sur River. Additional pockets of unburned vegetation remain and may continue to burn. These areas are being closely monitored by fire managers with assistance from helicopter patrol.

The Monterey Ranger District of the Los Padres National Forest remains closed to public access. The Soberanes Fire is no longer affecting California Highway 1. The road is open through Big Sur from Monterey to San Luis Obispo.

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