Soberanes Fire, Day 29, 8/19/16 – Local Reports

7:30 pm – haven’t gotten the evening report, yet, but I am not sure I can wait up for it. Today, I only saw the sun once. It was blood red. The rest of the day was gray and smokey – a depressing kind of day, a day when I realized this may be the new “normal” for California in the summer, unless we do something. If Mother Nature does not end our 5-year drought soon, this is what we have to look forward to. I feel for my grandchildren.

8:30 am – Morning Incident Report (there is a new format as IMT 3 takes over. Also note new fire information number as well as email address.)


7:15 am – Today we start the 5th week of this fire … Yesterday’s firing out operations were a bit nerve-wracking for residents up on Partington Ridge. I can actually see Partington Ridge this am, and no plume, so it looks as if last night went well. They may be burning off any left over pockets, today, but will wait to hear from others closer to the “front” of this battle.

Soberanes Fire, Day 29, 8/19/16 – 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 8:03 pm. Growth last period: 2,396 Acres. All of the perimeter growth occurred in the Southeaster and the South. Note: The Heat Perimeter is not current on any other Official Map.

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_Topo0002Infrared Ortho: IR_Ortho0001.jpg

Infrared heat detection overlayed onto Google Earth (provided by John Chesnut)Soberanes Friday AM VIIRS3.jpgDetail of the heat on the river near Pfeiffer.  Grass on far bank could flare up, as it is yet unburned.Soberanes Pfeiffer Friday AM

Weather Forecast0001.jpgFire Behavior Forecast0002.jpg

Briefing Map: BAM0003.jpg


Cal Fire/ US Forest Service Links:

INCIDENT PLAN Complete Incident Plan as of 8/19/16. Note: PDF may take awhile to download

Ops_North Operations Map North as of 8/19/16

Ops_South Operations Map South as of 8/19/16

IAP MAP CARMEL Dozer Carmel as of 8/19/16

IAP MAP SECO Dozer Seco as of 8/19/16

IAP MAP SUR Dozer Sur as of 8/19/16

Public Information Map as of 8/19/16

Progression Map as of 8/19/16

Air Operations Map as of 8/19/16

AirOps_Retardant as of 8/19/16

Additional Links:

Xasauan Today Satellite heat detection discussion

Google Maps (not yet updated)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 yet updated) 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.

Firefighting Aircraft PDF guide with Cal Fire Firefighting Aircraft