Coleman Fire Update, 6/9/16

June 9, 2016 8:00 AM
Start Date: June 4, 2016 Size: 2,340 acres
Containment: 65% Injuries: 2
Estimated Containment Date: 6/13/2016 Total Personnel Assigned: 878
Cause: unknown Structures Destroyed: I (other minor)

Current Situation: Fire crews made good progress yesterday on containment lines on the west and north portions of the fire including areas in the Ventana Wilderness. These efforts increased the overall containment to 65 percent. Crews mopped-up and patrolled the fireline throughout the night on the east side of the fire.

The priority for today and the next several days will be securing and mopping-up the fireline constructed on the west side of the fire in the Ventana Wilderness. This area is very steep and remote and securing the line is slow and difficult. Mop-up and patrol will continue on the other portions of the fire. Air support from both air tankers and helicopters is available to assist ground crews.

The Coleman Fire will go out of Unified Command between Fort Hunter Liggett, CAL FIRE and the Los Padres National Forest today at 6:00 pm.

The plan is to turn the fire back over to be managed by the Monterey District Type 3 Team at 6:00 pm on Friday. Demobilization of resources will continue today.

Fire Weather: The low pressure system that moved into the fire area yesterday will continue to deepen today and could bring clouds but no rain to the fire area. Temperatures will be in the mid 80’s and winds out of the northwest. Relative humidity will be in the low 20’s. Tonight temperatures will be in the mid 50’s to 60’s with relative humidity reaching 80 percent in the lower elevations.

Evacuations & Closures: There are no evacuations or closure orders on the Coleman Fire.

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