Posted by: Stan Russell | August 6, 2019

Mill Fire 95% Contained

Unit Information

Los Padres National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Goleta, CA 93117

Incident Contact

Lynn Olsen
Phone: 831-385-5434 ext. 1243
Hours: M – S 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Mill Fire Incident Overview

The Mill Fire was reported at 5:36 a.m. on July 30, 2019 on Mill Creek, off of the Nacimiento-Ferguson Road and north-west of the Ventana Wilderness. It is currently estimated at 310 acres with 95% containment. The fire was unstaffed last night. Only a few interior smokes have been observed. Today, helicopter dropped water on hot spots.

A Forest Closure Order, which will take effect on August 4th, 2019, has been issued for the following areas: Nacimiento Ferguson Road from Highway 1 to the Forest Boundary at Fort Hunter Liggett, Kirk Creek Trail from Highway 1 to Cone Peak Road, Mill Creek Trail at the junction of Nacimiento Ferguson Road to South Coast Ridge Road, Cone Peak Road from the junction of Nacimiento Ferguson Road to Cone Peak and South Coast Ridge Road from the junction of Nacimiento Ferguson Road to Chalk Peak.

There are currently 100 resources assigned to the fire, including:

Crews – 2
Engines – 9
Type 1 Helicopters – 1
Type 2 Helicopters – 1
Water Tender – 1

Evacuations: There are currently no evacuations orders in effect for the Mill Fire. However, California’s wildfire season is just beginning. Please visit 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.

Incident Information

Basic Information

Current as of 8/6/2019, 5:46:16 PM
Incident Type Wildfire
Date of Origin Tuesday July 30th, 2019 approx. 05:30 AM
Location Northwest of Ventana Wilderness off of Nacimiento Ferguson Road
Incident Commander Tony Zavalla
Incident Description Wildland Fire
Coordinates 36.009 latitude, -121.467 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel 100
Size 310 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 95%
Estimated Containment Date Monday August 05th, 2019 approx. 11:00 PM
Fuels Involved Chaparral, timber and tall grass
Significant Events Minimal smoldering observed.


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. High pressure continues to establish today with expected increase in temperatures and decrease of relative humidities.

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