Chimney Fire, 8/22/16

This came in at 7, but I was watching a movie, and then I couldn’t get my internet up and running properly, but here it is at long last:

The fire situation is reportedly very dynamic tonight, especially in the Lake Nacimiento area. The information below likely was compiled during a rapid onslaught of fire that reportedly destroyed a number of homes in the South Shore Village area.

Chimney Fire
Incident Update
Date: 8/22/2016 Time: 6:00PM
Fire Information Line: 805-543-2444

Incident Start Date: 8/13/2016 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

Acreage: 33,173 acres Containment: 35%
Expected Containment: 08/29/2016 Injuries: 1
Structures Threatened: 1,898

Structures Destroyed:
Residences 36 (up from 34 this morning).
Other 16 (up from 14 this morning).
Structures Damaged: 7

Engines: 311 Water Tenders: 46 Helicopters: 17 Air Tankers: 7 Hand Crews: 104
Dozers: 46 Other: 3 Total Personnel: 3,813
Cooperating Agencies: California Highway Patrol, California State Parks, 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, Monterey County Sheriff, Monterey County OES and USFS.

Current Situation:
Today, fire behavior was extreme and continued to challenge the control lines. The fire is currently burning through Rocky Butte area and into Monterey County west of Lake San Antonio. Threats remain to Oak Shores, Christmas Cove, South Shore Village, Rancho Del Lago, Cal Shasta, Bryson Hesperia and Lake San Antonio.
Once the morning inversion broke, the winds increased out of the southwest at 10 mph with gusts out of the south
around 20 mph. Damage assessment is ongoing.
As with all evacuation orders and warnings, these are
implemented for the safety of the public and firefighters. Please adhere to all orders, warnings, road closures and detours. Fire personnel are working in extreme fire conditions around the clock to contain and control the fire.
Please do your part to be prepared to evacuate by visiting .
Ordered: Evacuation orders are in place for Christmas Cove, Oak Shores, North Shore Boat and Ski, Laguna Vista, South Shore Lake San Antonio, Sapaqua Valley, and Bryson Hesperia in both San Luis Obispo and Monterey Counties. Any residents that have yet to evacuate are asked to do so immediately due to increasing fire activity in your immediate area.
Evacuation Centers:
Flamson Middle School
2405 Spring Street
Paso Robles, CA 93446
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 Animals – Chimney Fire Animal Relief (805)423-4934
Road Closures: G14 Interlake Road from Lake Nacimiento Dam to Bryson Hesperia Road. Traffic control points are being
manned by CHP at Interlake Road at Bryson Hesperia Road, as well as Interlake Road at Lake Nacimiento.

For updates, check at

5:00 pm – from FHL: “Interlake Rd is closed from Lake Nacimiento Dam to Bryson Hesperia Rd due to Chimney Fire. CHP is conducting traffic control. Expect More road closures. Call CALFIRE at (805) 242-3640 or 831-386-2513 for updates. Please drive safely and allow emergency response vehicles pass.”

4:30 pm – from a friend: “Hi Kate I’m on my property off Bryson Hisperia Rd a little past the Hisperia/ Smith road turn off. Fire is in the bottom of the creek to the west of us in Forest River that’s where they are keeping it from jumping Bryson Hisperia road. Just an up date for you”

3:45 pm – 3 fully involved structure fires in Oak Shores, per Div. M

3:00 pm –

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
RELEASE DATE: August 22, 2016
(805) 543-2444 TIME: 2:00 p.m.

This message is to reinforce that evacuation orders are in place for
Christmas Cove, Oak Shores, North Shore Boat and Ski, Laguna Vista, South Shore Lake San Antonio, Sapaqua Valley, and Bryson Hesperia in both San Luis Obispo and Monterey Counties.
Any residents that have yet to evacuate are asked to do so immediately due to increasing fire activity in your immediate area.
ROAD CLOSURES: G14 Interlake Road from Lake Nacimiento Dam to Bryson Hesperia Road. Traffic control points are being manned by CHP at Interlake Road at Bryson Hesperia Road, as well as Interlake Road at Lake Nacimiento.
When you evacuate be sure to take any medications, pets, family valuables etc. with you, close all windows including window coverings, and leave all doors closed.
All residents are asked to be READY: Create and maintain defensible space and harden your home against flying embers. Get SET: Prepare your family and home ahead of time for the possibility of having to evacuate.
Be Ready to GO! Take the evacuation steps necessary to give your family and home the best chance of surviving a wildfire.
For more information on Ready, Set, Go, go to
For additional information on the Chimney Fire, please call the
Information Line at (805) 543-2444. Or visit CAL FIRE online @

7:30 am – Here are John Chesnut’s maps – two from different angles:


7:00 am – This morning the total acreage is given as 31,644 and containment is still 35%. You will note that this fire crept into Monterey County last night.

IR Ortho Map:



Soberanes Fire, Day 32, 8/22/16

5:15 pm –

Pfeiffer Beach opened this morning at 10:00 AM and will be on its regular schedule, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM.

Here’s the rundown of State Park closures / expected reopenings:

-The West side of Garrapata has been open during the fire and remains open. East of the highway the park will remain closed for the foreseeable future.
– Point Sur Light Station SHP is scheduled to reopen this weekend with normal hours.
– Andrew Molera SP will remain in use as a Fire Camp for the foreseeable future.
– Pfeiffer Big Sur SP will remain closed at least through Sept 5th. The Fire Camp is currently moving out, and Parks has begun necessary work to reopen. We have not set a date yet, and expect the work to take at least 2 to 3 weeks.
– Julia Pfeiffer Burns SP is targeted for a partial reopening Thursday the 25th, which will include the parking lot and trails west of Highway 1. The eastern trails will remain closed.

Thank You,

Eric Abma
California State Parks
Deputy District Superintendent (Acting)

3:30 pm – Helicopters flying from Andrew Molera by Jen Smith


10:00 am – Status Report
August 22, 2016
Fire Information Phone (831)204-0446
Media Line: (831)484-9647

Incident: The Soberanes Fire was started by an Illegal campfire on the morning of July 22, 2016, in the Garrapta State Park. The fire is burning in areas of previous large fires including the Basin Complex in 2008 and the Marble-Cone Fire in 1977.
Location: Los Padres National Forest, Ventana Wilderness, Monterey County, CA
Agency Jurisdiction: CAL FIRE San Benito-Monterey Unit/Los Padres National Forest
Additional Cooperating and Assisting Organizations: CA State Parks and Recreation, CHP, CAL-OES, CDCR, CA National Guard, Big Sur Land Trust, CAL-TRANS, CCC, CA Fish & Wildlife, Coast Property Owners Association (CPOA), Community Foundation for Monterey County, BLM, American Red Cross, the County of Monterey, PG&E, Carmel Highlands F.P.D., Monterey County Regional Fire Protection District, Mid Coast Volunteer Fire Brigade, Big Sur Volunteer Fire Brigade and the Cachagua Fire Protection District.

Current Size: 86,294 acres (49,100 CA-LPF, 37,194 CAL FIRE,) Containment: 60% Cause: Illegal campfire
Injuries: 1 fatality, 3 injuries Structures Destroyed: 57 homes, 11 outbuildings Structures Threatened: 410
Current Resources: Crews: 34 Engines: 60 Helicopters: 13 Dozers: 29 Water Tenders: 29
Total Personnel: 2109

Current Situation: Today marks day thirty of the Soberanes Fire. Nominal growth occurred the last twenty four hours of 1,082 acres. The fire continues to slowly burn interior islands with heavier fuels within the Ventana Wilderness portions of the fire. No movement outside the fireline is expected in this area. Crews continue to patrol and extinguish hot spots with their primary focus on suppression repair.

On the east side, the fire advanced towards Miller Mountain and Ventana Cone. Firefighters continue to prepare and reinforce contingency lines from the Los Padres Reservoir to Chews Ridge. Lines are also being strengthened from Arroyo Seco south to Santa Lucia Memorial Park. Crew have provided enhanced protection measures to structures within the predicted path of the Soberanes Fire in the Ventana Wilderness.

Near the Big Sur area, no firing operations occured yesterday but may occur today if conditions are favorable. Aircraft was utilized yesterday to slow the southward progression of the fire. Most of the fire activity occurred east of Barlow Camp and west of Redwood Creek Camp, flanking to the south in the Big Sur River drainage area. The fire is established on Logwood Ridge. Crews are working hard to reinforce hand-line along portions of Logwood Ridge where possible.

Wilderness Tactics: To reduce the impacts associated with fire suppression activities in wilderness areas, fire managers and firefighting crews continue using MIST (Minimum Impact Suppression Tactics) as much as possible. The steep, rugged terrain of the Ventana Wilderness is inherently treacherous to firefighters. Most direct fireline is being constructed near the perimeter in areas that have been pretreated and supported by aircraft. The inaccessibility into the Ventana Wilderness along much of the fire’s east side continually requires patience, and slow and steady hard work from the crews, as they look for options to construct direct line.

The fire was caused by an illegal, unattended campfire on the Soberanes Canyon trail in the Garrapata State Park. Anyone with information is asked to call the CAL FIRE Tip Line at: (800) 468-4408.

Fire managers want to remind the public that human caused fires are preventable. Please be aware of current fire restrictions and be careful with anything that could spark a fire.

US Forest Service Road and Trail Closures: A forest closure order has been implemented to close the trails and roads within the Los Padres National Forest, Monterey Ranger District pursuant to USC 551 and 36 CFR 261.50(a). The order prohibits going into or being upon National Forest System lands within the Soberanes Fire area. The Arroyo Seco Campground and Day Use Area is closed. For a complete list of closures please visit:
California State Park Closures: All California State Parks from Garrapata State Park through Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park are closed until further notice; this includes Point Sur State Historic Park (Lighthouse), Andrew Molera State Park, Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park Campground and Day Use.
Evacuation Orders: An evacuation ORDER remains in effect for Coast Ridge Rd. from mile marker 1.5 to Marble Peak at the end of the road.
Evacuation Warnings: A WARNING remains for Tassajara Road from Carmel Valley Road to the Tassajara Hot Springs Zen Center. This area includes all roads that lead from the above described roads.
Donations: Local relief efforts to the fire victims have been provided by the Coast Property Owners Association (CPOA) and the Community Foundation for Monterey County. Donations can be made to the CPOA at Coast Property Owners Association, PO Box 59, Big Sur, CA 93920 or the Community Foundation for Monterey County 2354 Garden Road, Monterey, CA 93940 (831)375-9712.

7:30 am –

Here is John Chestnut’s Map:


7:00 am – here is this morning’s IR Ortho Map, showing a total of 86,294 acres burned so far. Containment is the same, 60%.


Here is the Southern Operations Map for today and the link to the PDFs is here:

South Ops PDF link