Chimney Fire, 8/21/16

From John Chesnut:


Here is the facts sheet:

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Incident Start Date: 08/13/2016 Incident Start Time: 4:03 PM
Incident Type: Vegetation Fire Cause: Under Investigation
Incident Location: Chimney Rock Rd & Running Deer Rd, South of Nacimiento Reservoir
Acres/Size: 24,096 acres Containment: 35%
Expected Containment: 08/29/2016 Injuries: 1
Chimney Fire
Incident Update Sheet
Date: 8/21/2016 Time:7:00 A.M.
Fire Information Line: 805-543-2444
Media Line: 805-242-3640
Structures Threatened: 332 Structures Destroyed: 48 Structures Damaged: 7
Engines: 224 Water Tenders: 45 Helicopters: 14 Air Tankers: 7 Hand Crews: 76
Dozers: 47 Other: 3 Total Personnel: 2,938
Assisting Agencies: California Highway Patrol, San Luis Obispo County Sheriff, Red Cross, 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, CAL-OES, San Luis Obispo OES, and USFS.
Overnight, fire behavior remained extreme. Dry and drought stressed timber, chaparral, and grass in the steep
inaccessible terrain continue to challenge control lines. The fire continues to move north and west in steep terrain
and drought stressed vegetation.
Evacuations: Order: Communities under the order in San Luis Obispo County are Cal Shasta, Rancho de Lago, South Shore
Village, Christmas Cove, Oak Shores. Bryson Hesperia in both San Luis Obispo and Monterey County.
Evacuation Shelters
San Luis Obispo County – Flamson Middle School
2405 Spring St.
Paso Robles, CA 93446.
Monterey County – Red Cross Evacuation Center
Lockwood Community Center
65961 Lockwood / San Lucas Rd.
Lockwood, CA 93932
Small Animals – Chimney Fire Animal Shelter can be contacted at (805)423-4934
Large Animals – Horse Emergency Evacuation Team (HEET) 805-466-7457
Large and Small Animials – Chimney Fire Animal Relief (805)423-4934
Road Closures: At the intersection of G14(Tierra Redonda) at Lynch Canyon Rd. No traffic west of G14(Tierra Redonda) on Lynch
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 For more information visit the Cal FIRE website at

Here is the IR Log for last night/early this am:


Here is the IR flight map, which can be found here for downloading:

IR Flight Map


Here is the progression of the fire since it began:



And finally for the operations map:



3 thoughts on “Chimney Fire, 8/21/16

  1. Kate, thanks for the posts! are you safe????
    The Chimney Fire has an expected containment date of 8/29? wow – is there something I am not understanding – it seems to be growing and spreading fast…

  2. They always seem to start out optimistic, but that is 8 days out, and it is 35% contained. Maybe it is realistic, I don’t know. We will find out in the next few days.


  3. Yep, will find out on 8/29 😉

    Kate, where is your home perch? Coordinates will do if you have them. Ill ind you on Google Earth. What a wonder that is. I have gone so many places via Google Earth and the beauty is, it is free and my bed is much more comfy than an economy airliner seat.

    I am curious to see what it is that you can see.

    Have a good evening knowing so many of us are grateful for you and your assistants on this site.

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