Soberanes Fire, Day 11, 8/1/16 Official Notices

For Immediate Release Contact: Office of Emergency Services
August 1, 2016 831-796-1900
Monterey County to Offer Local Assistance Center for Soberanes Fire Victims

A local assistance center will be available on Saturday, August 6th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Carmel Mission Inn, 3665 Rio Road in Carmel.

The center will offer information and services for those displaced/affected by the fire. Some of the agencies confirmed to attend are:

Monterey County Assessor’s Office – property tax relief
County Clerk – for record replacement
Department of Social Services – community benefits
Resource Management Agency – permit assistance, debris removal
State Department of Insurance – resolving insurance issues
State Contractors Licensing Board – information on hiring contractors
DMV- replacing Driver’s License, ID
Employment Development Department – unemployment services
Franchise Tax board – tax relief
Board of Equalization – business records
Monterey County Health Department – inspections, hazardous waste removal, counseling
Recovers – find goods and services offered by locals
American Red Cross – recovery assistance
SPCA of Monterey County – shelter for displaced pets, pet food supplies.
Food Bank for Monterey County – food

For updated information about the event, please contact the Monterey County Office of Emergency Services at 796-1900 or 2-1-1.



Point Of Origin and South Coast Observations

Today I took a drive down coast from Crossroads to look at what could be seen from Highway 1. At Soberones Trail, near the point of origin the fire is still trying to work its way down to the highway. Engine companies are combining to pump water from the highway up to the fire burning on the south side of Soberanes Canyon. Firefighters are employing a progressive hose lay along freshly cut fire line.
There are a number of crews working together cutting line.
Of note is the presence of a California Conservation Corp or CCC fire crew. Since 2010 they have trained to respond to fires as Type 2 hand crews which allows them to work directly on the fire line. I watched them work up the mountain directly across the highway from Whale Peak. Below are some images of the CCC crew and other crews at the scene today.






Farther down the coast fire burning in the Little Sur River Canyon is working its way down canyon, trying to get to the highway. It has a way to go.


From Big Sur Bakery looking north you get a clear view of the dozer line painted with fire retardant that is literally a defensive line drawn of the sand. I don’t know the name of the ridge but surely locals know it on sight.


Soberanes Fire, Day 11, 8/1/16 – Local Reports

8:00 pm – and to end my evening postings, here are some just-taken photos of the drop on Mt. Manuel summit by Ed Van Weijan

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7:30 pm –

View from Osborne Ridge above Stonepine in Carmel Valley by Shadd Madsen


View from Tularcitos by Emily Miller


5:22 pm – report from Rolf Ridge on Sky Ranch/Cachagua

A slow start to the day gray and still. Action picked up a lot in the afternoon. Light sea breeze marine layer about 2500 feet. Smoke not bad at Sky Ranch.

A planned burn is happening this afternoon from the road into Los Padres Dam – Nason Rd – up the ridge to the right (north). Then the fire line cuts back away from Cachagua rd, up a long valley towards san clemente, white rock, etc. to the northwest.

So it follows the ridge to the right from downtown Cachagua, then at the top of that ridge (flagpole up there) it cuts back and away from the ridgeline and towards what someone said is the san carlos preserve airstrip, where the second plume is, up that valley. That looks like a planned burn too, higher up where the line down here extends off that way.

Off in the far distance is a 3rd plume, too far away to figure out – but 3 plumes!

It really started burning well around 4 pm. It looks to be perfectly executed and totally in control. There is a lot of smoke going south to southwest, at least in the first 2500 feet of atmosphere.

Rolf J. Ridge

Photos of the burn out operation:

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5:15 – here is the back burn at Soberanes Park being conducted right now. The smaller fires are the spot fires, and the rest is just the fire, “doing its thing.” And yes, the Highway is still open. Please don’t shoot the messenger! Sent by a friend.


5:00 – crews coming in to establish a fire break in or near Hitchcock Canyon, photos by Joanne May:


4:30 pm – backburn north of Syndicate Camp by Mary Martin:


3:30 pm – hearing reports from a local that the CHP is advising that a back burn from the Highway at the Soberanes State Park, the place where it all began, will be initiated soon.

Also, scanner report of a dozer who stumbled upon a pot farm just now being attacked by the growers. H70 circling overhead, and 3 quads on way up. I hope they are caught. Watch your local news for further, as I won’t cover this crap in the midst of bigger things, as long as the operator is okay. If he is not … I’ll be back fuming.

3:00 pm – from county communications:
For folks who need their parcel number, here is how you can find your number online. The Assessor’s Office is backlogged helping folks.

If you are affected by the Soberanes Fire and need your parcel number, you can find it on the Monterey County Assessor’s Office webiste at

Click ‘On Line Services’ then Search and Return Map Pages. Use the ‘Property Search’ function to get your parcel number.
12:15 pm – dozers have arrived at Joanne May’s Ranch near Garland Park to put in a fire break. All clapping down there.

11:44 – from the Deli:



11:14 – whoa, shit! Huge plume toward Cachagua Way (I think), hopefully a back burn, and a smaller plume toward the coast.


10:51 am – Slide show of fire and prep at White Rock, photos sent by Joe Pagnella

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8:00 am – Official Fact sheet lists over 40K acres and 18% burned, no increase in structures lost. Otherwise pretty much the same as last nights posted below.

Also an update: From Bruce Dormody, Rancho San Clemente at 7:16 am: Last night they started a back fire from the Airfield…it was too windy in the wrong direction so they put it right out. This morning they have restarted it, and it looks to be preforming nicely. Their goal is burn 60 to 100’ off the inside and bolster the dozer and hand lines. They have roughly 100 folks up there to watch over everything, so at this moment I feel pretty good…but to give you some idea, they have 5 miles of line to back fire just for our rancho…this will go on for the next few days. The fog is in in the cabin area and temperatures have cooled…but it is extremely smoky. They have cut power to the Ponciano (the break runs under the power lines) and the truck traffic is comically crazy…just imagine 40 big trucks going up to the Bass Lake…then 20 minutes later heading back to the pool, only to turn around an hour later and head back up…so it’s hard to get around anywhere. Thanks again for your kind words…the heavy work is just about done for us (still applying gel retardant to some of our buildings) so now it’s really just watching over everything. Bruce >

7:20 am – Adding info people have sent me, often through PM on FB from all over the fire area:


From last night, as I was getting ready to call it a day:

From Joanne May:

“Hi Kate – Update……I gave fire crews a tour of my ranch today and showed them where to connect into Garland. Tomorrow, dozers will be creating a secondary line of defense from Garland, across my ranch, hand crews will work down and up the canyon, making their way to Cachagua. The fire fighters are amazing and working so hard to help us. And, we are helping one another. Just thought you would want a progress report from Snively’s Ridge in Carmel Valley. Tired. Hope this makes sense.”

from Mike Selig:

“For those that need help from the Monterey County Assessor’s Office regarding parcel numbers – folks who may not have a specific address – you can call the Assessors Office Monday. Staff there to help are Emma Rayas and Marcello Ramirez.
If you need deeds, documents, certificates, contact Alicia Sotelo.”

6:30 am – I look out at that gorgeous view, see virtually no smoke, and definitely no plumes, and momentarily can wake to the hope that the nightmare is over, knowing it is not. I had the best night’s sleep thus far last night – 11-6. Sweet. A cuppa Joe to top it off this am, and I’ll be ready to slay the dragon again from my perch on top of the world …

Thanks to Lucas Ryan for the new, streamlined, but highly informative format for the Maps post below. I think you’ll enjoy what he has done.

Give me 1/2 an hour, and I’ll be off and running again for the day.

From Michael Troutman:


Soberanes Fire, Day 11, 8/1/16 – Maps & IR Log

See Infrared Images for the updated Fire Edge (as of 8:54pm on 7/31/16).  Maps are released once a day. See Weather Discussion and Fire Behavior Forecast for fire predictions. See Operations Map for Divisions.

Operations Map (full-size PDF here: Operations Map 8-1-16)file-page3.jpgLegendLegendPublic Information Map (full-size PDF here: Public Information Map)file-page4.jpg

Infrared Topo (full-size PDF here: Infrared Topo)file-page2.jpgInfrared with Satellite Image (full-size PDF here: Infrared with Satellite Image)file-page1.jpgInfrared LogLogWeather Forcastfile-page7.jpgFire Behavior Forcastfile-page8Dozer Index

file-page5.jpg0001.jpgfile-page6Dozer Maps (select map to open preview, “view full-size” link located below preview)

Day by day expansion of the fire perimeter 7/26-8/1 for the active burning SE corner courtesy of John Chesnut. VIIRS satellite has been updated with a midmorning capture.  Below are maps with red dots from the 18:00 UTC (11 AM local) capture.  Lines are the IR flight from previous days. As always, please remember that false readings do occur (red dot to the right of Cachagua).
And the approach to South Fork Little Sur off Pico Blanco

Additional links (full-size PDF’s)

Briefing Map – North: BAM North

Briefing Map – South: BAM South

AirOps Map: AirOps

AirOps Helco: AirOps Helco


-To ZOOM in from a desktop computer – hold CONTROL and + (on mac COMMAND and +)

-Read more about the satellite heat detection here: xasauan today

-Adam Clark has provided an updated link for people to use if they don’t have Google Earth.  You can find it here:  Mapping Support (Black lines are completed Dozer lines and Blue lines are proposed Dozer lines, but they may not be current. Go to the Dozer maps for the most current info.)

-The weather information for the “blue WX rectangles” can be located at: MesoWest (link provided by Larry)

Scroll down to SC07 Central Coast. There are 6 IRAWS which stands for Incident Remote Automated Weather Stations. Each are labeled with a number and location. This page is a summary (refresh the page to get the latest observations) but there are hyperlinks to each station for more detailed information. UTC/GMT time zone is 7 hours ahead.

-Live Air Traffic can be found here: Flight Radar 24