Loma Fire in Santa Cruz Mtns on Santa Clara side

I don’t have it in me to cover another fire, but this one, in Loma Prieta, is very dangerous as there is a lot of WUI threatened. Here, you can see the camera and communications towers are about to be taken out. It is already 200 acres, and Evacs are being ordered. Here is the communication towers – probably the last photo the place will take:


One of my readers, Jill Wynn, sent me this one:


That is it for me, for now. I am serious, I cannot deal with one more fire. Normally, I would cover fires in the Santa Cruz Mountains, but I just can’t.

Soberanes, Day 67, 9/26 /16

8 pm – meanwhile, back at home (away from the Loma Fire in the Santa Cruz Mtns) This is what Soberanes was doing on Pine Ridge as shot by Michael Troutman from Chew’s Ridge:


And here is a happy (and CLEAN) crew from Nevada County sent in by Ana (Alva) Sargenti of East Carmel Valley Road:


Daily Update:

Current Situation:
A large smoke column visible in many areas on Sunday was from interior burning in the Church Creek drainage. This burning was stimulated by high winds that reached gusts of 51 mph. The fire, while active in that area, did not breach containment lines. Firefighters will be focusing today on the Church Creek area to cut off fire growth.

Outside of the Church Creek area, fire activity on the perimeter was limited to creeping and backing. Fire behavior today is expected to have similar characteristics. Winds are expected to lessen today.

The fire is in transition. Firefighters continue aggressive suppression in areas where there is active burning, primarily on the fire’s east side. But objectives are changing to reflect the work on suppression repair, which addresses adverse environmental effects caused by firefighters and equipment during periods of active firefighting. Three suppression repair groups are now working on the east side. Suppression repair also continues to be a priority on the west side.

Firefighters have completed contingency lines in the southeastern area. In the southwestern area, crews are seeking and extinguishing hot spots and making sure the burned areas are cold.

The Monterey County Sheriff’s Office has lifted the evacuation order for the east side of Tassajara Road from Chews Ridge to Bruce Ranch; Bruce Ranch East along Anastasia Canyon to Carmel Valley Road and South Carmel Road from Anastasia Canyon to Tash Ranch.

Evacuation warnings were lifted from north of Carmel Valley Road from Hastings Preserve to Cahoon Ranch and north of Carmel Valley Road from Cahoon Ranch East to Tash Ranch. All other evacuation orders and warnings remain in effect. Information on evacuations is available at http://tinyurl.com/hcwvsro.

The lifting of the evacuation orders and warnings are the result of progress on the fire. Firefighters continue to complete and improve lines on the spot fires near Chews Ridge and Arroyo Seco.

For more information, visit: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4888/ or follow us at http://www.facebook.com/LosPadresNationalForest or http://www.twitter.com/LosPadresNF.
Other contacts: SPCA, (831) 646-5534; American Red Cross, (866) 272-2237.

Today’s AQ Report:


John Chesnut’s Map:


Maps, yet again …


IR Topo in PDF


Briefing Map in PDF

Fire behavior and weather prediction discussions: (technical difficulties of some sort seem to be preventing the uploading of these, and of John Chesnut’s map. Will Try later.)