Soberanes Fire, Day 27, 8/17/16 – 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 latest Heat Perimeter was detected yesterday at 8:53 pm. Growth last period: 666 Acres. All of the perimeter growth occurred in the Southeastern Southwester and the South.

We’ve also included the Weather Forecast, Fire Behavior Forecast and various links that you may find useful. Note: Operation Maps are now located in the CalFire/US Forest Service Links below. Additional Links have been moved to the end of the post. Some links may open large PDF documents.

Please see Local Reports for the current fire discussion.

Infrared Topo: IR_Topo0001.jpgInfrared Ortho: IR_Ortho0002.jpgSatellite map with IR overlay (provided by John Chestnut):Big Sur Wed AM Satellite

Weather Forecast0004.jpgFire Behavior Forecast0005Briefing Map: BAM0003.jpg

Cal Fire/ US Forest Service Links:

INCIDENT PLAN Complete Incident Plan as of 8/17/16. Note: PDF may take awhile to download

Ops_North Operations Map North as of 8/17/16

Ops_South Operations Map South as of 8/17/16

IAP MAP CARMEL Dozer Carmel as of 8/17/16

IAP MAP SECO Dozer Seco as of 8/17/16

IAP MAP SUR Dozer Sur as of 8/17/16

Public Information Map as of 8/17/16

Progression Map as of 8/17/16

Air Operations Map as of 8/17/16

AirOps_Retardant as of 8/17/16

Additional Links:

Xasauan Today Satellite heat detection discussion

Google Maps 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 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.


5 thoughts on “Soberanes Fire, Day 27, 8/17/16 – Maps, etc.

  1. What does ERC mean? I see it in the section on fire behavior and safety.

  2. Hi, I am writing to inquire if it is possible to obtain the IR topo or satellite data (shown in the maps above) to provide context for local scientific results. I’m a postdoc at the UC Davis working in the Land, Air and Water Resources Department. We monitor air quality the Oliver Observing Station on Chews Ridge. Thanks!
    Elizabeth (Lizzy) Asher.
    You can also send me an email at

  3. Lucas and Kate,
    your site is still the first thing I check every morning, and the last thing I check at night. I truly appreciate your steadfast reporting, sharing, updating, and commitment to keeping people informed. I know it takes a lot of daily dedication to do this – and I know you’re getting up very early to do this, and paying attention all day long.
    I really really really appreciate you both – I have no idea how I would have gotten through the last four weeks without your support – the connections, the comments on the blog, the warmth, the feeling of community – honestly, it has gotten me through a very scary time with a modicum of sanity left. I will forever be in your debt and forever grateful to you both.
    Much love – and may many, many good things come your way 🙂

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