Carmel Fire, Day 3, 8/20/20

7:50 pm — Due to the River Fire encroaching on the command post located at Toro Park in Salinas, CAL FIRE Incident Management Team 1 has initiated plans to relocate all non-essential personnel. Essential personnel remain at the incident command post to manage the River and Carmel Fires.

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Report from above Stonepine 6:45 PM: This burning right up to the fire break at Sleepy Hollow. Dozers are on it.
7:00 PM : Fire coming right up to the break🤞
Not to alarm people this fire is doing exactly what it should be doing, moving right into the break.
Google Earth Image with VIIRS and MODIS Satellite and CDF Infrared combined. Some of the latest detections are from 21:04 UTC (2:04 PM PT, see Important caveats note below).  Click this link to view larger image: River_Carmel_Fire_Sleepy2_082020
8/20/20 Morning briefing for River and Carmel Fires 11:07 AM:

Evacuation Map as of 3:25 PM:




Update on Fires in Monterey County 10:16 AM: River Fire 33,653 Acres – 7% contained, Carmel Fire 4,285 Acres – 0% contained, Dolan Fire 2,500 Acres – 0% contained. More info:

River Fire – Evacuation Order for Corral De Tierra south to Tassajara Rd. 9:40 AM: The Monterey County Sheriff’s Office has issued an Evacuation Order for all areas south of Corral de Tierra Road and Underwood Road extending south to Tassajara Rd, not to include Corral de Tierra Road and Underwood Road.

River Fire – Zone 13 Evacuation Order Overnight 9:22 AM: Over night the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office deputies issued in person evacuation orders for areas West of River Road extending west to Carmel Valley Road. West of River Road south from Gonzales River Road to Puma Road. East of Carmel Valley Road from south of Tassajara Road to Finch Creek. 

River Fire – Evacuation Warning from River Road to Arroyo Seco 9:02 AM: The Monterey County Sheriff’s Office has issued an Evacuation Warning for all areas east of Carmel Valley Road extending south from finch Creek to Arroyo Seco Rd. All areas west of River Road and For Romie Road and Arroyo Seco Road extending South to Elm Avenue and Arroyo Seco Rd.

11:30 pm — from John Chesnut: “Cal Fire has released a “red blob” map of the Carmel and River incident.
I redrew my VIIRs mash up to follow the “red blob” map.    The Cal Fire indicates several of the suburban roads were effective firelines,  and hence drawing the lines to reflect that success reduces the “fog of war” that over-estimates fire extent.

Attached is the Cal Fire released “red blob” map.

7:00 AM this page will be updated throughout the day. Check back for more updates.

CalFire Incident Page here & Facebook Updates here. Sheriff Facebook Updates here.

PIO map 8_20 AM_1

River and Carmel Fires Google Earth Image with VIIRS and MODIS Satellite and CDF Infrared combined. Some of the latest detections are from 10:48 UTC (3:48 AM PT, see Important caveats note below).  Click this link to view larger image: River_Carmel_Fire_082020


Sleepy Hollow view: River_Carmel_Fire_Sleepy_082020


Tassajara Road View: River_Carmel_Fire_Tassajara_082020


From John Chesnut:


Carmel Ortho Map (click on map to view full size):


Carmel Topo Map (click on map to view full size):


Daily IR Log here

National interagency Fire Center Map can be found here

Evacuation Map can be found here (Red is Order, Yellow is Warning)

Evacuation  Notifications can be found here

Current Wind can be found here

Alert Wildfire Camera here

Scanner Fire & Sheriff

Air Traffic here

Road Closures here

CalFire’s Ready, Set, Go! Checklist here (see page 9)

Important caveats: Please note that the squares on the heat detection maps represent the expected margin of error, not the size of the area burned. In other words, the detection could have come from anywhere within the square. Also be aware that false detections do sometimes occur. An outlying or “over the line” heat detection is not, by itself, a confirmation that there is fire in the area indicated. In addition, the satellites do not detect heat everywhere that fire exists. Creeping, backing or smoldering fire is often not detected. Finally, the detections are only snapshots of moments in time. Flare ups that occur before or after a satellite pass may be entirely missed.

Also be aware that yellow squares disappear from the map after 6 days. These are not maps of the area burned since the fire began, just maps of where heat has been detected during the past week.

11 thoughts on “Carmel Fire, Day 3, 8/20/20

  1. You are such a blessing. Corraling all this information so that life and death decisions can be quickly and wisely made is confusing and horribly difficult, but for you. In a state of adrenalin, it is nearly impossible, but for you. Thank-you, Kate!

  2. Thank you for your help sharing information, Big Sur Kate!

    Does anyone know how to send gifts and thank you cards to the firefighters putting their lives on the line to protect our homes? Would love to send a token of our family’s gratitude.

  3. Signs are best. They cannot take gifts and cards are hard to get to them. Post a thank you sign —- just remember to take it down when this is over.

  4. Thank goodness for you, Kate. Finding any information on the Carmel Fire is lie pulling teeth. Your site is, as always, organized and complete. Don’t ever stop posting.

  5. LOL. Well, at some point I will leave this earthly plane…but I am grooming my MMM to take over for me when I do. He is much younger. 😘

  6. Kate,
    Any idea why they have pulled almost half the resources off the Carmel Fire since yesterday?

  7. I can only guess. Resources are stretched so very thin across the state. The Dolan fire grew from 2500 acres to 6700 overnight. More resources over here are threatened. The number of resources over here has increased. Plus, remember these poor ff cannot work 24/7. They need some serious rest.

  8. Kate:
    Thank you so very much for this! Am watching this all unfold from Chicago, worried for my family and friends in the area😥. This is a fabulous resource.

    Stay safe!!

  9. Thank you for the updates. According to the 7:00 p.m. Cal Fire update it says “the southern portion of the fire is growing towards the Soberanes Fire.” Can someone explain what that means? I’m in the highlands, so just making sure I understand!

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