Posted by: Stan Russell | August 1, 2019

Mill Fire Update, August 1, 2019 – 11:10 AM

Incident Overview

The Mill Fire was reported at 5:36 a.m. on July 30, 2019 on Mill Creek, north west of the Ventana Wilderness off of Nacimiento Ferguson Road. As of this morning, 280 acres have burned with 15% containment. The fire is burning in chaparral, timber and tall grass. It is burning in steep and rugged terrain. Currently, there is no threat to communities, structures or to the public. Access into the area via roads and trails has been closed off.

There are currently 676 resources assigned to the fire, including:

Crews – 23
Engines – 35
Type 1 Helicopters – 3
Type 2 Helicopters – 2
Lead planes – 2
Air Attack – 7

Road Closures: The Nacimiento-Ferguson Road is closed to allow safe access and egress of fire equipment and personnel.

Evacuations: There are currently no evacuations orders in effect for the Mill Fire. However, California’s wildfire season is just beginning. Please visit https://www.readyforwildfire.org to learn preparedness information that will help you if a fire starts near your home, business, or vacation spot.

Current Fire Restrictions: The Los Padres National Forest currently does not allow open fires, campfires or charcoal fires outside of developed recreation sites or designated Campfire Use Sites even with a valid California Campfire Permit. Additional Details are available on the Alerts and Notices page of the Los Padres National Forest Website.

Aviation and Drone Restrictions: The FAA has issued Temporary Flight Restrictions over the Mill Fire Area; Hobby Drone are subject to the same restrictions. Watch a quick Public Service Announcement on Drone Safety.

Basic Information

Current as of 8/1/2019, 11:10:00 AM
Incident Type Wildfire
Date of Origin Wednesday July 31st, 2019 approx. 05:30 AM
Location Northwest of Ventana Wilderness off of Nacimiento Ferguson Road
Incident Commander Anthony Zavalla
Incident Description Wildland Fire
Coordinates 36.009 latitude, -121.467 longitude

Outlook

Planned Actions Increase containment and keep the fire from crossing Nacimiento Ferguson Road to the south into the Ventana Wilderness and from getting into Mill and Kirk Creek drainages and north of Cone Peak.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns Typical weather patterns along the Big Sur Coast line is to have a marine layer between 1000 to 1500 feet. Land above that elevation has no humidity recovery or influence from the marine layer, which increases fire behavior. The Mill Fire is located in this environment, contributing to increased fire behavior throughout the evening. High pressure is to begin establishing today with expected increase in temperatures and decrease in relative humidities.

Current Situation

Total Personnel 676
Size 280 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 15%
Estimated Containment Date Monday August 05th, 2019 approx. 11:00 PM
Fuels Involved Chaparral, timber and tall grass
Significant Events Isolated torching of trees and minimal movement has been observed.

Outlook

Planned Actions Increase containment and keep the fire from crossing Nacimiento Ferguson Road to the south into the Ventana Wilderness and from getting into Mill and Kirk Creek drainages and north of Cone Peak.


MORE INFORMATION AND UPDATES FROM INCIWEB HERE:
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6478


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