Tassajara Fire Incident Information:
Last Updated: September 20, 2015 7:30 pm
Date/Time Started: September 19, 2015 3:00 pm
Administrative Unit: CAL FIRE San Benito-Monterey Unit
County: Monterey County
Location: 2.5 miles north of Jamesburg
Acres Burned – Containment: 1086 acres – 30% contained
Structures Destroyed: 10 residences damaged or destroyed, numerous outbuildings
Evacuations: Mandatory Evacuations:
Tassajara Road from Carmel Valley Road to Cachagua Road
Remainder of communities of Cachagua and Jamesburg
Carmel Middle School
4380 Carmel Valley Rd
Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93923
Monterey County SPCA managing large animal evacuation
Injuries: 1 civilian fatality
Cause: Under Investigation
Cooperating Agencies: Cachagua FPD, USFS, Salinas FD, Red Cross, SPCA, PG&E, Monterey Co Sheriff
Total Fire Personnel: 590
Total Fire Engines: 32
Total Fire crews: 30
Total Airtankers: 5
Total Helicopters: 3
Total Dozers: 3
From LPF WildCAD: resources sent to SLU mutual aid. Also, Per retired from friend heard on scanner:
Atascadero sending units under a mutual aid contract. Now calling this the Summit Fire.
 A9-004 CAL FIRE 97
1:01 PM 9  A9-008 97 W/ SMALLER FIRE, CAL FIRE NEED TO RESPOND TO LARGER FIRE FIRST / 1039 CAL FIRE
12:55 PM 8  [Appended, 12:58:13]  TOT CAL FIRE
12:55 PM 7  [Appended, 12:55:53]  SINGED THE HAIRS ON HIS ARM // 1039 CAL FIRE
12:55 PM 6  [Appended, 12:55:53]  ANOTHER RP STATES ITS VERY CLOSE TO HWY
12:49 PM 5  1039 S2 WILL ADV 9-4
12:49 PM 4  [Appended, 12:50:17]  PER ANOTHER RP – FIRE IS CLOSE TO THE HWY
12:47 PM 3  ANOTHER CALLER ADV THERE WERE APPROX 6 FIRES ALONG THE SR46 // CALLER DISC 1039 CAL FIRE
12:45 PM 2  1039 CAL FIRE
12:44 PM  BRUSH FIRE
2:30 pm update – “At last check, Cal Fire reports that over 600 personnel are currently working on the Tassajara Fire. It is a massive effort. Crews are working hard to ensure the fire does not cross Carmel Valley Road.” Cachagua Fire
Update from duty officer chief Owens, Cal Fire’s onsite duty chief as of 8am.
Tassajara 1200+ acres, 10% containment, burning actively SE. 10 homes and numerous outbuildings destroyed. 1 civilian fatality, treating as crime scene. Mandatory evacuation for tassajara from cachagua rd to CVR. Evacuation advisory for Jamesburg and Cachagua communities. Evacuation site is Carmel Middle School. 100 degree temp with 10% humidity, NE winds expected today. 1 mile from Los padres forest. Currently not under unified command. 5 tankers, 3 helos, 2 dozers and 2 hand crews. Retardant is encircling fire but no hose or containment lines.
CAL FIRE BEU FACEBOOK reports: 5 tankers, 2 copters, 35 engines, 7 crews, 3 dozers, 7 water tenders, 260 firefighters.
The Carmel Valley was smoke filled pre-dawn this morning. Smoke filled the air in Carmel as well. Remote weather station MCAHC1 near Jamesburg reported winds from the east at 11 mph at 3:30 am. All other regional stations were reporting winds generally north or northwest. The image below was shot from Lover’s Point Park in Pacific Grove looking east where smoke is visible over Salinas.
All eyes on the morning briefing. We should get updated acreage, expected weather and a resource count.
Twitter link #TassajaraFire
it is 3 am – my dogs decided to do a howling routine, my internet is unlimited between midnight and 5, so doing a bit of catch up on the five. Laureles is looking good, Tassajara is not.
11:00 PM Monterey County fire update, Cal Fire Command confirmed:
Tassajara Fire now at 1200+ acres continuing to burn actively towards the SE. 10% containment. Mandatory evacuation for Parrot Ranch. Evacuation advisory for Cachagua and Jamesburg areas. Hard closure for CVR near Cachagua.
Laureles Fire 60%+ contained. Possible full containment by midnight through early morning. Soft closure for Hwy 68 from San Benancio to Laureles Grade.
here is a photo by Dan Dambom of last night’s smoke filled sunset