Chimney Fire, part 3, 8/18/16-8/20/16

8/20/16 –

That’s Hearst Castle, center left. Looks small, doesn’t it?

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3:30 pm – All hell has broken loose on the Chimney Fire. Not only is Hearst Castle threatened, whole communities including Oak Shores and Byson Hesperia are threatened. One Unit is being sent to Highway One north of Hearst Castle. Reports that it has spotted across the Nacimiento River. Fort Hunter Liggett is in the process of prepping the northern end of Bryson and the southern portion of the base. It may outrun their efforts at this rate.

3:15 pm – from SLOStringer:

“All – activity has picked up on the North/West end of the Chimney Fire. Sheriffs Dept is in the process of issuing a reverse 911 to several areas in Oak Shore, South Shore, Christmas Cove, Hesperia Road and others to issue an evacuation warning. A “warning, but STRONGLY suggested… the wind is picking up”. Leave early – do not wait.”

As of last night, the fire was over 11,000 acres and 33% contained. Updated figures when I receive them.This morning it is 15,439 acres and 35% contained.

Here are John Chestnut’s maps for today. Looks like it is on the move.

 

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8/19/16 –

Another with the IR info included from John Chesnut. Most of these red areas along the Rocky Butte Truck trail (if not all of them) are from burn out operations:

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Here’s Cal Fire’s 7 a.m. incident update sheet on the Chimney Fire: Incident Update Sheet
Date: 8/19/2016 Time: 7:00 A.M.
Fire Information Line: 805-543-2444
Media Line: 805-242-3640
Structures Threatened: 232 Structures Destroyed: 45 Structures Damaged: 7
RESOURCES
Engines: 198 Water Tenders: 38 Helicopters: 13 Air Tankers: 7 Hand Crews: 71
Dozers: 38 Other: 3 Total Personnel: 2,559
Assisting Agencies: California Highway Patrol, San Luis Obispo County Sheriff, Red Cross, San Luis Obispo Office of Emergency Services, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, California Conservation Corps, PG&E, San Luis Obispo Air Quality Board, San Luis Obispo Public Works, Paso Robles Fire Department, Monterey Co. Water Resource Board, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, US Army Camp Roberts, USFS, CAL-OES
Current Situation:
Extreme fire behavior was observed overnight. The Governor has declared a State of Emergency in San Luis Obispo  County. High temperatures, low humidities and afternoon winds are expected to continue today. The fire continues to burn in steep, rugged and inaccessible terrain. Residents will continue to experience drift smoke throughout the region. For updates on air quality and smoke advisories, visit http://www.slocleanair.org
Work by the damage assessment team is ongoing.
For more information visit the CAL FIRE website at http://www.fire.ca.gov
Evacuations: Mandatory: The Communities of Running Deer Ranch, Tri-County, Cal Shasta, Rancho de Lago, and South Shore Village Road
Closures:
At the intersection of Chimney Rock Road and Running Deer Road.
Additional Information:
With summer weather and extreme drought conditions, we are asking everyone to continue to use
caution, “one less spark – one less wildfire”. For more information on how to prepare for wildfires, go to
http://www.readyforwildfire.org.
For text alerts – text “follow @CAL_FIRE” to 40404

8:00 am – From John Chesnut:

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7 am – still getting things sorted out, and the Soberanes Fire posts up, so back by about 8 or so.

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Here are some links I forgot to post this am (you will have to copy and paste until I get this sorted out)

IR Map

Click to access 20160818_Chimney_IR_TOPO.pdf

Progression map

Click to access Progression_arch_e_port_20160818_Chimney_CASLU008948.pdf

Ops

Click to access ops_IR_arch_e_port_20160818_0225_Chimney_CASLU008948.pdf

3:30 pm – from Highway 46, photo by Jen Smith:

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from Cambria, also Jen Smith:

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2:30 pm – plume from the fields south of San Carpoforo right now, photo by Jen Smith:

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Plume behind Hearst Castle, also by Jen Smith:

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9:30 am – perimeter map with proposed (x..x..x..x..x) dozer lines and completed (double hash marked) lines, which look to have been breached in a number of locations. The lined red areas on the perimeter are the hottest burning areas, with the fine dotted ones still burning, and then the Single dots are isolated hot spots.

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From John Chesnut, 2 maps. He says, ” I am sending you two versions — one with just the perimeter data and one with the VIIRs added, I don’t know which is more accurate, but the odd points in VIIRS could be erroneous.”

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Here’s the latest on the Chimney Fire, as posted this morning at http://www.fire.ca.gov/current_incidents/incidentdetails/Index/1389
Chimney Fire Incident Information:
Last Updated: August 18, 2016 6:45 am
Date/Time Started: August 13,2016 4:05 pm
Administrative Unit: CAL FIRE San Luis Obispo Unit
County: San Luis Obispo County
Location: Running Deer Rd & Chimney Rock Rd south of Lake Nacimiento
Acres Burned – Containment: 8,300 acres – 30% contained
Structures Threatened: 232
Structures Destroyed: 45 destroyed, 7 damaged
Evacuations: Mandatory: The Communities of Running Deer Ranch, Tri-County, Cal Shasta, Rancho de Lago, and South Shore Village
Road Closures: At the intersection of Chimney Rock Road and Running Deer Road.
Cause: Under Investigation
Cooperating Agencies: USFS, California Highway Patrol, San Luis Obispo County Sheriff, Red Cross, CAL-OES, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, California Conservation Corps, PG&E, San Luis Obispo Air Quality Board, San Luis Obispo Public Works, Paso Robles Fire Department, Monterey Co. Water Resource Board, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, US Army Camp Roberts.
Total Fire Personnel: 2,312
total Fire Engines: 165
Total Fire Crews: 68
Total Airtankers: 7
Total Helicopters: 13
Total Dozers: 28
Total Water Tenders: 34
Incident Management Team: CAL FIRE Incident Management Team 2
Long/Lat: -120.98316/35.70595
Conditions: Moderate fire behavior was observed today with short-range spotting and single-tree torching. To date, 32 residences and 13 outbuilding-type structures have been destroyed; with four residents and three outbuildings damaged. Work by the damage assessment team is ongoing.
CAL FIRE Incident Management Team 2 is working collaboratively with PG&E to assess damage and restore services in affected areas. A damage assessment has been assigned to the incident. Tonight, firefighters will continue constructing containment lines while strengthening and securing control lines.
Additional Information:With summer weather and extreme drought conditions, we are asking everyone to continue to use caution, “one less spark – one less wildfire”.
Phone Numbers (805) 543-2444 (Fire Information Line )

Soberanes Fire, Day 28, 8/18/16 – Maps & Links

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 11:31 pm. Growth last period: 2,317 Acres. All of the perimeter growth occurred in the Southeast, Southwest, 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_Topo0002

Infrared Ortho: IR_Ortho0001

Satellite map with IR overlay (provided by John Chestnut):Thursday AM Big SUR VIIRS.jpg

Weather Forecast0004.jpgFire Behavior Forecast0005.jpgBriefing Map: BAM0003.jpg

Cal Fire/ US Forest Service Links:

INCIDENT PLAN Complete Incident Plan as of 8/18/16. Note: PDF may take awhile to download

Ops_North Operations Map North as of 8/18/16

Ops_South Operations Map South as of 8/18/16

IAP MAP CARMEL Dozer Carmel as of 8/18/16

IAP MAP SECO Dozer Seco as of 8/18/16

IAP MAP SUR Dozer Sur as of 8/18/16

Public Information Map as of 8/18/16

Progression Map as of 8/18/16

Air Operations Map as of 8/18/16

AirOps_Retardant as of 8/18/16

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.

Soberanes Fire, Day 28, 8/18/16 – Local Reports

2:15 pm – I am hearing rumors of a community meeting at the Elementary School in Carmel Valley for tonight at 6 pm. No official confirmation, yet.

1:45 pm – Report from Magnus:

PIO’s Jacob Welsh & Richard Hadley called today and wanted me to let folks on Partington know that today, 08/18, will be an ‘active day’ of suppression efforts near Partington Ridge.

1. There may be continued burn-out operations east of the control line along the Coast Ridge road today.
2. There very likely will be much air support dropping retardant onto the Logwood ridge line/trail.
3. There is much support and equipment along the control line and they feel ‘very confident’ that they can keep the fire east of the ridge line.

The logwood ridge line effort is part of an attempt to actually stop the fire from spreading east and south. The probability of success is not great but they consider it worth the effort.

“If we can stop the fire here with retardant, ground crew and weather co-operating, we will save us from a much bigger ordeal lasting longer and costing more.”

Magnus

1:00 pm – As Jeffrey Carmichael says, who shot this photo below at noon today from Partington, “The March South Continues …”

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7 am – Good morning, all. There is smokey drift in all the canyons, but at least I can see Cone Peak and Partington Ridge this am. As someone pointed out to me last night, they have now changed the containment date from end of this month to end of next. No surprise here. Here is this morning’s fact sheet. They are now issuing them in Word, PDF, and jpeg, so much easier to download and upload. As always, I will be here throughout the day to add to this as information becomes available, or to answer any questions that don’t entail dusting off my crystal ball. 🤓 (I think Lucas might have slept in, as it is a tad after 7 and I haven’t heard from him. So maps and links will be added later.)