Crossroads, Carmel: Firefighters and Equipment

The Soberanes Fire incident base is in full operation on the Rancho Canada golf course. As a result fire trucks and fire personnel dominate the parking lots of The Crossroads shopping center and businesses along Carmel Rancho Blvd. You won’t hear anyone complaining.

In front of Safeway there is a map station staffed by active or retired Cal Fire personnel. They answer questions about fire activity and help interpret the maps.

PG&E trucks have taken over the field at the corner of Highway 1 and Rio Rd.. They brought in heavy equipment to restore lost power and replace burned power poles. There were more than a dozen large construction oriented PG&E trucks and numerous support vehicles staged in the field at 6:00 am today.

Below are some street images taken August 3 on Carmel Rancho Blvd, Rio Road and Crossroads parking lot.


Most of the images taken yesterday represent engine strike teams heading out for the 12 hour day shift.


Strike teams from as far away as Calexico.



Strike team lined up for gasoline at the 76 Station.


Strike team from Mariposa on Carmel Rancho Blvd.


Exiting the incident base onto Rio Road.

Soberanes Fire, Day 14, 8/4/16 – Local Reports

8:45 pm – sunset from my observation post and a good night from Bigsurkate and Missy McNab, the mystery dog.


8:30 pm – As the fire grows (51.200 acres) so does the containment. (30%). I can’t tell you how impressed I am with this management team. I have been watching them closely for two weeks now, and their planning is the most advanced I have ever witnessed, and I have watched a few. If you witness increased activity in your area, chances are they are preparing a week in advance for the worst case scenario. I watched preparations on Chew’s Ridge via Tom Little Bear Nason for a week, and then watched the hard closures of the roads in the area earlier today, and knew a backfire operation would happen tonight to protect Cachagua. If all goes well (can’t always predict Mother Nature) Cachagua will be breathing easier in just a few days. They have saved White Rock this way, Rancho San Clemente this way, and they will save Cachagua and Big Sur Valley this way. This is a debt that can never be repaid. But here is an organization that provides for the fallen firefighters and their families, and maybe you can help pay your respects and thanks by donating to them:

Wildland Fire Fighters Foundation

6:00 pm – a message from from a friend in Big Sur Valley:

“The fire that was 14 miles is now right next door! Granted it is high on the ridge with a fuel break retardant dropped and dropping still in between. Just thought you would like to know how much fun it is getting to be.”

4:30 pm – for those who can’t go to  the community meeting tonight, and who are familiar with periscope (I am not, so can’t help you there)
“Please join us for the community meeting, live on Periscope at CAL FIRE BEU, or @lospadresnf and @CAL FIRE BEU on Twitter.”

Okay, I did get this link specific to the meeting off of Twitter, hopefully, it will work (caveat, I had to transcribe by hand to paper and then here, lots of room for error with those weird letter/number strings):


3:20 – This was taken from the Big Sur Deli at 2:11 by Kurt?


1:40 pm – I find myself napping whenever I can. I’ll be back, but in the meantime, a reader sent me this:


1:00 pm – Firefighter Brett Gainey captured this insane photo on the Soberanes Fire


11:00 am


10:30 am – from the Big Sur Health Center:

1) Big Sur Health Center is a non-profit supporting the community during this disaster. BSHC is offering complimentary services to all those who are victims of the Sobranes Fire, whether due to loss of residence, loss of job, or just volunteering to help neighbors fight the fire and protect property. We know from experience that during times of stress, people tend to get sick and/or injured. We don’t want finances to discourage anyone from seeking services.

2) Big Sur Health Center staff is supporting the local firefighting effort by providing on-site evaluation and treatment of the firefighters at the Base Camp at Pfeiffer State Park. We are proud to be able to support these brave men and women.

7:00 am – Another Dawn with no sun, as the smoke is too thick. Breathing has become both a challenge and a goal.

I got many, many shots of the huge plumes yesterday late, that, from what I was told last night, was a successful back firing operation. I couldn’t get them all posted. Will try to do better this am, if you have shots from this morning.

For the first time since the fire started, a predicted change in the weather for the good, allowing for recovery of RH (relative humidity) at night is in the forecast. (See the weather report on the maps post).

From Rancho San Clemente:


To see the rest of the photos, go to their FB page.

Soberanes Fire, Day 14, 8/4/16 – Maps & IR Log

Google Maps link has been added (you may need to be signed in to a Google account to view the link). This link includes up-to-date Dozer lines, IR flight overlay, and the Planned Fire Line. Dozer Maps are now located in the links below. See comments and local reports for current discussion. See Infrared Images for the updated Fire Edge (as of 10:03am on 8/3/16 ). See Weather Discussion and Fire Behavior Forecast (below) for fire predictions. Map links will open full-size PDF documents. To ZOOM in from a desktop computer hold CONTROL and + (on mac COMMAND and +).

Satellite heat detection discussion here: Xasauan Today

Google Maps link: Google Maps (Adam Clark’s Google Map with up-to-date Dozer lines, IR flight overlay, and the Planned Fire Line all-in-one. You may need to be signed in to a Google account to view the link)

Mapping Support link: Mapping Support (same map as above overlayed on USGS topo maps)

Weather Information (blue WX rectangles, see S07 for IRAWS): MesoWest (provided by Larry)

Live Air Traffic: Flight Radar 24

Dozer Carmel: CARMEL

Dozer Seco: SECO

Dozer Sur: SUR

Infrared Topo: IR_TopoPage1B.jpg

Infrared with Satellite Image: IR_OrthoPage1.jpg

IR Loglog

Weather ForcastSoberanes_IAP-1.jpg

Fire Behavior ForecastSoberanes_IAP-2.jpg

Briefing Map: BAMBAM_E_20160803_2157_Soberanes_CABEU003422_opt-1.jpg

Operations Map North: Ops NorthOps_North_E_port_20160804_Soberanes_CABEU003422_opt-1.jpg

Operations Map South: Ops South0001