Daily Update: October 10, 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: 132,127 acres (94,933 acres Los Padres National Forest; 37,194 acres CAL FIRE)
Containment: 99% Personnel: 704 Cause: Illegal campfire Injuries: 1 fatality, 12 injuries Structures Destroyed: 57 homes, 11 outbuildings, Structures Threatened: 0, Crews: 9, Engines: 18 Helicopters: 10, Dozers: 7, Water Tenders: 30
Evacuation warnings have been lifted as of 6:00 pm yesterday. Acreage increased due to the Marble Peak flare-up, which has been held to 27 acres. The public should be aware that smoldering areas will continue to put up smoke, but are well within the fire perimeter. This will continue until a season ending rain arrives. A cooling and moistening trend will support low to moderate fire behavior throughout the week.
Only one area of uncontained line remains north of Ventana Cone, where persistent hot spots smolder in sparse fuels and rocky terrain. This area is inaccessible to ground troops, but is being closely monitored by fire managers with assistance from helicopter infrared technology. Out of 375 miles of known fire suppression repair work, 272 miles (73 percent) have been completed.
Fire camps at Molera, Rana, and Toro are scheduled for breakdown and relocation to the fairgrounds in King City. The move is set to occur this week. The Monterey Ranger District of the Los Padres National Forest remains closed to public access. Highway 1 is open between Monterey and San Luis Obispo.