Posted by: Stan Russell | October 12, 2016

Soberanes Fire Update 10/12/16 99% CONTAINED

Soberanes Fire

Daily Update: October 12, 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: 626 Cause: Illegal campfire Injuries: 1 fatality, 12 injuries Structures Destroyed: 57 homes, 11 outbuildings Structures Threatened: 0 Crews: 9

Engines: 11 Helicopters: 7 Dozers: 8 Water Tenders: 29

Current Situation:

The fire continues to hold to its current perimeter and remains in patrol status. A helitack crew is extinguishing the remaining hotspots in the flare-up zone near Marble Peak. Containment line north of Ventana Cone was established yesterday and no signs of heat have been detected within the last five days

Additional Hotshot crews are being assigned to assist with suppression repair. Dozer and hand line repairs are being conducted in the north and south zones. Seventy-seven percent of suppression repair work is now complete with 297 out of 384 miles repaired. Work around Arroyo Seco is expected to be completed in a few days.

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 event occurs. A cooling and moistening trend is expected this week with a high probability of rain over the weekend.

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. The only recreation sites that remain open are Plaskett Creek and Kirk Creek Campgrounds, Pfeiffer Beach, Sand Dollar Beach and Willow Creek Day Use areas. All trails are closed within the Ventana and Silver Peak Wilderness Areas.

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