Soberanes Photos, Day 61

Today from Carmel Valley Road at noon two miles north of Arroyo Seco Rd. looking west. Photos; Mike Morales



BLM engine and crew staging on Carmel Valley Rd. The crew is from Susanville/Modoc.


september20image1620Retardant line in Arroyo Seco extend down to the road. Fire at 1:30 was visible on the peak in the distance.


Photo by Vanessa Radley from her backyard in the Arroyo Seco area taken yesterday.



Photo by Ed Mellinger from Carmel Valley Village looking SW


Today’s plume from Bruce Dormondy:


From Howard Jones this am, from east CVR as well as near the Miller Ranch:

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Soberanes Fire, Day 61, 9/20/16


Afternoon from John Chesnut. If you are reading this, John, your maps are absolutely invaluable to me and others. Thank you.


**From US NationalWeather Service San Francisco Bay Area/Monterey California**

RED FLAG WARNING FOR the Soberanes Fire area from 3:00 pm Wednesday, September 21 through 9:00 pm Thursday for strong NW winds.

9:50 am – new statement from the USFS: “Unfavorable weather conditions and strong NSW winds, carried embers across the control line near Chews Ridge and into heavy fuels. This wind event produced a spot fire on the east side of the dozer/containment line resulting in a new evacuation order. In addition, two evacuation warnings were issued.”

On the Evacs, they had this to say: “A new evacuation order was issued for the east side of Tassajara Road from Chews Ridge to Bruce Ranch. Bruce Ranch east along Anastasia Canyon to Carmel Valley Road. Carmel Valley Road south from Anastasia Canyon to Tash Ranch.
New Evacuation Warnings were issued from:
North of Carmel Valley Road from Hastings Preserve, from Cahoon Ranch east to Tash Ranch.
The Evacuation Order for Tassajara Road south of Chews Ridge remains in effect.
The Evacuation warning for the east side of the fire near Arroyo Seco, southwest of East Carmel Valley Road starting at the intersection of East Carmel Valley Road and Piney Creek Road, extending east to the Arroyo Seco Road remains in effect. As well as the warning for the Arroyo Seco Road from East Carmel Valley Road extending west past the Arroyo Seco Campground.”

8:30 am – There is a fire hotline I would encourage you to call to express your concerns, frustrations, and to ask questions. I will be in and out today with the life of country living (frig went out, hose nossels broke, you know the routine). That number is: 831-204-0446. Share your observations in the comment sections and I will check in to my email for any photos sent – I will create a new post for those immediately.

Here is John Chesnut’s Map for this morning:


Before the maps, last night-early this am, MCSO issued an evacuation order: “The Monterey County Sheriff’s Office is ordering an evacuation for the east side of Tassajara rd from Chews Ridge to Bruce Ranch, east along Anastasia Cyn to CVR and south to Tash Ranch. Any questions call 831/204-0446.” There is also an evacuation warning for an area of Carmel Valley Road. “Evacuation warning has been issued for north of Carmel Valley Rd. from Hastings Reserve to the Cahoon Ranch.” From someone who got a reverse 911 last night/early am.

Here is the evacuation map. Yellow is evacuation order and light blue is evacuation warning:


Evacuation Map in PDF


IR Map in PDF

Here is the helicopter IR flight at 4 pm – it wasn’t posted until 10:30 last night:


VETS Helicopter IR in PDF


Operations Map in PDF