Soberanes Fire, Day 21, 8/11/16 – Local Reports

And from John Chesnut a similar one showing the back burn from behind Ventana to behind Deetjen’s. If you zoom in, you can see what looks like a dozer line on the ridge top, all the way down off the map. This may be the one left over from the Basin that is or will be used again.


From Keith Vandervere:

Firing operations begin on Coast Ridge. Thursday evening maps & notes


5:30 pm – the view north from my place. I am hoping that this is a backburn mentioned on FB as being back behind Deetjen’s. There appear to be two smoke columns. For orientation, the point sticking out WAY in the back (on the left) is Pt. Sur and  the Lighthouse, which I can see at night


From Kyle Evans looking south from Pfeiffer Ridge to Mount Manuel, on the left, with the fire camps below on Monday night – such devastation can also be so beautiful.


1:00 pm – From the beauty of the fire (see below) to the ugliness of some of our tourists:


Kathleen (Lee) and Byran (Flores) I got a call this morning. I went down to Old Coast Road next to Bixby Bridge and this is what I saw right behind storm drain. It is a hose used to pump an RV septic tank. Can you please notify CalTrans or whoever? I hope someone can get it out of there. Let me know if they can’t and I will do it myself. Also I would like the sheriff and CHP advised about this new approach to sanitation. Ken Ekelund

Here’s one of my favorite photos by Rachel Moody from Applie Pie Ridge, taken Monday Night. In my opinion, it is a classic.


10:30 am – Hopkins Ridge activity by Sharen Carey:


From BSHC:

Dr. Ann Flood will lead a psychological debriefing in order to help prevent post-traumatic stress syndrome related to the Sobranes Fire. The debriefing will begin at 11:00 AM at Big Sur Health Center. Those wishing to have a private meeting with Dr. Flood will be able to meet with her after the debriefing. There is no charge for these services.
During the Basin Complex Fire we had similar counseling services which proved extremely beneficial for many residents. We hope you will take advantage of these complimentary services.
Spanish speaking services will also be available, if needed, provided by Eduardo Eisner.

Also on Friday, the 12th, the Soberanes Fire Fundraiser at the Golden State Theater. I will look for the flyer and post here:


And then on Sunday, there is another fundraiser here:



From the Los Padres National Forest of the USFS:

Recreation Facilities that are Open on the Monterey Ranger District

GOLETA, Calif., August 11, 2016…Los Padres National Forest officials today clarified the campgrounds and day use facilities that are open for recreational use on the Monterey Ranger District.
Although much of the Monterey Ranger District is closed because of the Soberanes wildfire, the following sites are open for public use:

· Arroyo Seco Recreation Area
· Kirk Creek Campground
· Mill Creek Day Use Area
· Nacimiento Campground
· Ponderosa Campground
· Sand Dollar Day Use Area
· Plaskett Creek Campgrounds
· Willow Creek Day Use Area

The campgrounds at Arroyo Seco, Kirk Creek, Nacimiento, Ponderosa and Plaskett Creek require a reservation or are sometimes available on a first come, first serve basis. To ensure a camping space, please contact the concessionaire:

Rocky Mountain Recreation – or (831) 674-5726 (Arroyo Seco)
Parks Management Company – or (805) 434-1996 or (877) 444-6777 (Kirk Creek, Plaskett Creek, Ponderosa, and Nacimiento)
Members of the public are reminded that they should call ahead to the Monterey District Office at (831) 385-5434 for the latest conditions and always consult the National Weather Service for current weather forecasts.


Here is this morning’s facts sheet:


7:15 am – We have no IR map for the second day in a row, so the perimeter on our maps is out of date. Not much we can do about that, unfortunately. Up here, I can see a thick, heavy marine layer covering all the coast visible to me. It is almost chilly up here, so far today. This is a really good thing for our coastal areas of the fire. Hoping the marine influence will help the last stages of the battle to save Big Sur Valley today, which has thus far been successful. Hoping all can rest a little easier when this day is done.

Soberanes Fire, Day 21, 8/11/16 – Maps, etc

To give you an idea of where the Soberanes Fire is burning, we’ve included maps that are updated daily. These maps are provided by Cal Fire/US Forest Service. The Heat Perimeter was updated on the Infrared Maps yesterday at 10:30 pm. Note: The Incident Plan (including Weather Forecast and Fire Behavior Forecast) was not downloadable today as of 7:00 am.

We’ve also included various links that you may find useful. Note: Additional links are located at the end of the post. Some links may open large PDF documents. To ZOOM in from a desktop computer hold CONTROL and + (on mac COMMAND and +).

Please see Local Reports for the current fire discussion.

Infrared Topo: IR_TOPO20160811_c0530_Soberanes_Aircraft3_11x17.jpg

IR Log:log

Operations Map North: Ops North0002Enlarged Operations Map North (provided by Dirk Reynolds):unnamed.gifOperations Map South: Ops South0003.jpg


Briefing Map: BAM0001Progression Map: Progression Map0005.jpgPublic Information Map: PUBLIC INFORMATION MAP0004.jpg

GIF animation of the fire’s southern front from August 2nd to August 9th (provided by Dirk Reynolds):output_dFBTpe

Google Earth with VIIRS satellite overlay (red flames are the latest hot spots detected as of 2:17 am):8-11b.jpg8-11c

Additional VIIRS satellite detection provided by John Chesnut:Thursday AM


Xasauan Today Satellite heat detection discussion

Google Maps (not current IR data) Adam Clark’s Google Map with most recent Dozer lines, IR flight overlay, and the Planned Fire Line. Note: You may need to be signed in to a Google account to view this link.

Mapping Support (not current IR data) Same as above, but on USGS Topo Maps

MesoWest Weather stations that are located near the fire. Scroll down to S07 Central Coast IRAWS. See the Blue WX rectangles on the Ops maps for locations. There are currently 7 portable weather stations deployed.

Flight Radar 24 Live Air Traffic for the area.  Note: aircraft flying at low altitudes may not be detected.

Additional Cal Fire/ US Forest Service Links:

INCIDENT PLAN (not current) Incident Plan as of 8/10/16. Note: PDF may take awhile to download

IAP MAP CARMEL Dozer Carmel as of 8/11/16

IAP MAP SECO Dozer Seco as of 8/11/16

IAP MAP SUR Dozer Sur as of 8/11/16

Air Operations Map Air Ops as of 8/11/16

Air Operations HELCO Map HELCO (not current) as of 8/6/16

Firefighting Aircraft PDF guide with Cal Fire Firefighting Aircraft

SITUATION Situation Map (not current) as of 8/2/16 shows previous fire outlines

ELEVATIONS Elevations Map (not current) as of 8/2/16 shows hills and valleys in various colors