• Sunday Morning 7/31 Soberanes Fire Official Update

    Acreage/Containment: 38,007 acres – 15% 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 homes, 2 outbuildings
    Injuries: 1 fatality

    EVACUATION ORDERS LIFTED: For Riley Ranch Rd and Red Wolf Drive, Corona Rd and all of Carmel Highland. EVACUATION ORDERS: Robinson Canyon Road from San Clemente Trail to White Rock Gun Club, the area south of San Clemente Trail from Robinson Canyon to Rancho Can Clemente Gate House, to include Arroyo Sequoia Road, community of Palo Colorado, Old Coast Road, Rocky Creek road, Bixby Creek Road from Hwy 1 south to Mesa road, from Cantera Run to Garzas Trail

    EVACUATION WARNINGS: 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, White Rock andOld Coast Road (south from Bixby Creek to Little Sur River)

    Evacuation Center: Carmel Middle School, 4380 Carmel Valley Road Carmel-By-The-Sea, Ca. 93923 (Is on standby as needed.) 

    Road Closures: Palo Colorado Road at Hwy 1, Robinson Canyon Road (south of Penon Peak Trail) and Weston Ridge RD at Hwy 1

    Engines: 546
    Crews: 103
    Helicopters: 16
    Air Tankers: 6
    Dozers: 71
    Water Tenders: 46
    Total Personnel: 5,343

    CAL FIRE and the United States Forest Service, Los Padres National Forest remainsin unified command. Fire remained active throughout the day. 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.

    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.

    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.

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

    350 residents have been evacuated along with several road closures listed in the Evacuations section above. 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 Volunteer Fire Brigade, Big Sur Volunteer Fire Brigade, CSUMB.

    posted to Cedar Street Times on July 31, 2016

    Topics: Front PG News


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