• Soberanes Fire Updates: Two Weeks Into the Battle

    Last updated: 8/5/16 @ 7:00 AM

    Seen in Carmel

    Seen in Carmel


    Acreage/Containment: 53,690 acres – 35% contained
    County: Monterey
    Location: Soberanes Creek, Garrapata State Park, Palo Colorado, north of Big Sur
    Administrative Unit: CAL FIRE San Benito-Monterey Unit/United States Forest Service, Los Padres National Forest

    Structures Threatened: 2,000
    Structures Destroyed:  57 homes, 11 outbuildings
    Structures Damaged: 3 structures, 2 outbuildings
    Injuries: 1 fatality
    Cause: Illegal Campfire

    For the residents of, Palo Colorado, Old Coast Road, Bixby Creek Road from Highway 1 south to Mesa, Garrapatos Road, Weston Ridge Road (aka Garrapatas Road), Robinson Canyon Road from San Clemente Trail to White Rock Gun Club, South of San Clemente Trail from Robinson Canyon to Rancho San Clemente Gate House, to include Arroyo Sequoia Road, Cachagua Road from​ Nason Road to Tassajara Road, Tassajara Road from Carmel Valley Road to the Tassajara Hot Springs Zen Center. This includes all roads that lead from the above described roads including Nason Road.


    All residents of White Rock, Old Coast Road – south from Bixby Creek Road to Little Sur River, North of San Clemente Trail/Dormody Road, including Black Mountain Trail, Touche Pass, the community of San Clemente and all of Long Ridge Trail – Black Mountain is the boundary, Carmel Valley Road from San Clemente Drive to Country Road, Cachagua Road from Carmel Valley Road to Nason Road. This area includes all roads that lead from the above described roads. This does not include San Clemente Drive.

    EVACUATION ORDERS LIFTED: Santa Lucia Preserve, Riley Ranch Rd and Red Wolf Drive, Corona Rd and all of Carmel Highland.

    Evacuation Center: All Saints’ Day School, 8060 Carmel Valley Rd, Carmel Ca, 93923

    Road Closures: 
    Palo Colorado Road at Hwy 1, Robinson Canyon Road (south of San Clemente Trail), Weston Ridge RD at Hwy 1, Garrapatos Creek Rd at Hwy 1, Old Coast Rd at Hwy 1 and Bixby Bridge, Cachagau Rd South from E. Carmel Valley Rd. is open to residents only. Full Closure occurs at Nason Rd. Tassajara Rd South from Carmel Valley Rd

    Donation Collection Center: 
    Big Sur State Park Mul ti-Agency Building, 47555 HWY 1 Big Sur CA 93920
    Website: Montereyco.recovers.org
    Phone Number: (831)-667-2315

    Reverse 911: You can self-register up to three phone lines on the reverse 911 system by going to www.co.montery.ca.us/oes

    Engines: 466
    Crews: 108
    Helicopters: 17
    Air Tankers: 6
    Dozers: 66
    Water Tenders: 54
    Total Personnel: 5,533

    CAL FIRE and the United States Forest Service, Los Padres National Forest remains in unified command. Fuel driven runs took place on the South and East side of the fire.  Pre-planning continues to mitigate potential future threat. Fire continues to burn in steep, rugged and inaccessible terrain. A State of Emergency has been declared by the Governor.

    Cause of the Soberanes Fire was an illegal campfire. Anyone with information is asked to call the CAL FIRE Tip Line at: (800) 468-4408.

    ​The Damage Inspection Team continues working in collaboration with Monterey County Office of Emergency Services on assessment of damaged structures and infrastructure. A total of 57 residences and 11 outbuildings have been destroyed. Three residences and two outbuildings have been damaged. An Air Resource Advisor is assigned to the incident and is working with local and state air quality officials to analyze the impact the smoke is having on the public.

    US FOREST SERVICE TRAIL AND ROAD CLOSURES: A forest closure order has been implemented to close the trails and roads within the Los Padres National Forest, Monterey Ranger District pursuant to USC 551 and 36 CFR 261.50(a). The order prohibits going into or being upon National Forest System lands within the Soberanes Fire area. www.fs.usda.gov/lpnf

    CALIFORNIA STATE PARK CLOSURES: All California State Parks from Garrapata State Park through Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park are closed until further notice; which includes Point Sur State Historic Park (Lighthouse), Andrew Molera State Park, Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park Campground and Day Use.

    300 residents have been evacuated along with several road closures listed in the Evacuations section below.
    For more information, visit www.fire.ca.gov , www.readyforwildfire.org and CAL FIRE BEU on Facebook.

    Cooperating Agencies: : US Forest Service Los Padres National Forest, California State Parks and Recreation, California Highway Patrol, Monterey County Sheriff, Monterey Peninsula Regional Parks District, Red Cross, California Conservation Corps., CAL-OES, American Red Cross, California Fish and Wildlife, Carmel Highlands FPD, Monterey County Regional Fire Protection District, Mid-Coast Fire Brigade, Big Sur Volunteer Fire Brigade, CSUMB, SPCA, United Way, Pacific Gas and Electric, Monterey Bay Air Resources District,  CAL TRANS, Bureau of Land Management, Monterey County EOC. 

    posted to Cedar Street Times on August 5, 2016

    Topics: Front PG News


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