EVACUATION OF PALO COLORADO HAS BEEN INITIATED. BE SAFE, BE CALM, AND HELP ONE ANOTHER, AS YOU ALWAYS DO!
From Post Ridge by Brian Palafox
From Rolf Ridge, taken near sunset, it appears. Trying to pin down the from and toward details. Look at those FLAMES!! Geez they must be huge! Taken from Sky Ranch between Carmel Valley and Cachaqua.
From Martha Diehl at Joshua Canyon just now, at 9:30. She is packing. Dani DeSola has evacuated.
From a kCV Ridge, by Jane Goldcamp:
Confirmed, currently 100o acres.
Here are a few from Palo Colorado by Oliver Bates:
Here is the view from Carmel by Keith Vandervere:
About 8:30 this evening, I looked outside and was shocked to see a large plume for the first time all day. It kept getting bigger and bigger. Below is the photo I shot at 8:45. I have another coming from a reader from the other side I will post as soon as I can. Remember, I am about 5o miles south. 10 minutes after I took this, it is much bigger.
Photos from Cate Goblirsch Lee. Top one is at 5 pm, can see the fire eating through the retardant. Second is from 7:30 pm, it has cross the containment lines. Oh, dear.
7:50 pm – Taken by Jane Goldcamp from the mouth of her Carmel Valley Ridge:
Last report I read was 250 acres, but I’m still trying to catch up from taking an hour and 1/2 off to take care of dogs, dinner, and evening chores. Sigh. Now it is catch up.
Taken at 6 pm by Dani DeSola up on or near the Kleissner’s near the Soberanes Fire
Taken this afternoon by Mike Morales:
Reportedly C-130, and or T-910 (a VLAT) are on their way. C-130 just passed over Paso Robles (I have a spotter out there. Thanks, Ray!)
4:00 pm – Soberanes reportedly up to 187 acres.
Taken earlier today by John Galt:
3:30 pm – Photo by Martha Diehl from lower Long Ridge. Another local reports staging out of CV.
Photo by Jane Ashley Skinner, taken about 2:30 from CHS:
3:00 pm – current view from Carmel, photo by Keith Vanderveer. Looks like a new head or column forming to both of us:
2:00 pm – photo by Cal Fire:
Also from Butch just moments ago:
“Dozer is walking up a ranch road at the north end of the Doud property across from the crab lab. 70 acres and growing fast. Im taking Fire Captain Jonathon Pangburn up your road to the top so he can get familiar with the lay of the land and deploy air support from there.”
At 1:27 pm from Rio RD. From Butch Kronland:
1:40 pm – wind blowing the column over, photo from Carmel by Keith Vanderveer:
1:30 pm – photo from Summit in Santa Cruz (photo by Cassidy, unsure which one)
1:25 pm – up to 75 acres. The last one from the news was obviously not up-to-date.
1:15 pm – up to 10 acres, no containment.
Fire from Carmel, photo by Keith Vanderveer, with permission. Grabbed from Twitter.
12:56 pm – new orders: “S/T-9461 Charlie in route, code 3, to the fire. 4677, 4675, 4685, 4665 and 4676” Code 3 is lights and sirens. Also just heard on the scanner, the S/T 9394 Golf has been dispatched Code 3. Also heard H106 had mechanical difficulties and was headed to CV Airport. Told dispatch the temp was rising too rapidly to make Monterey Airport. Lastly, high wind advisory for this afternoon and tomorrow.
Mike Morales, my back-up admin, is a retired Cal-Fire Capt. He says:
“I watched the fireground activity for almost two hours. This smallish fire is fairly inaccessible. Fixed wing tankers are working but it looks like the fire is deeper in the canyon so they can’t lay down lines right on the fire. The helicopters are an invaluable resource on this incident.”
Sky Crane sucking up water. Photo by Mike Morales:
11:45 am – drive by photos by Martha Diehl. Thanks for these, Martha!
10:30 am – can see dark smoke on top of the fog layer at the coastline north, so it is still burning, just haven’t been able to get an update on acres, yet.
10:00 am – just heard SLO advise that Tankers 75 and 100 are committed to a fire in BEU Also, AA460, H406, and H106 assigned.
It is on the inland side, north of creek at top of trail, 6 acres with potential for 50.
UPDATE 9:50, a person in the area reports this as being at the top of Soberanes Hiking Trail.
9:15 AM 2  1039 27-12 FROM OFC IN ABUUT 15 MIN
9:11 AM 1  GARRAPATA / CYN ON FIRE
9:16 AM 3 Unit Assigned
9:16 AM 2 Unit Enroute
9:23 AM 1 Unit At Scene
SABERANES Wildfire Garrapata State Park . . . . . 36.457 x 121.924 (Ed. Note: as we all know, this is spelled incorrectly.)