Carmel/River Fires, Wednesday, 8/26/20

Carmel Fire (Day 9) and River Fire (Day 11) post. Unless things change, today’s post will be the final daily update for these fires. River Fire is at 48% containment and Carmel is at 45% so it seems we have turned the corner on these two fires. Please refer to the Office of Emergency Services response page here for updates. A big THANK YOU to all the Firefighters and Volunteers! 

CalFire Incident page Carmel & River  CalFire Facebook Updates here. Sheriff Facebook Updates here. Monterey County Office of Emergency Services Facebook here

Carmel Fire: 6,695 acres burned, 40% contained, 801 personnel assigned, 50 residence destroyed, 23 other structures destroyed, damage assessment is ~54% complete.

River Fire: 48,424 acres burned, 48% contained, 1,183 personnel assigned, 13 residences destroyed, 17 other structures destroyed, damage assessment is ~90% complete.

Dolan Fire: 20,397 acres burned, 15% containment.

Morning Briefing 7AM:


“This is Soberanes land. Many of us spent a lifetime here.” “We need every one of you, every one of you, to finish this incident, go to the next, and get home to your families safe and sound, with stories and not scars.” “Collectively, you bring order to the chaos that was occurring here just a week ago … Thank you for all you’re doing.” -Cal Fire Chief Thom Porter

“We are in a marathon” “… the battle is not over until you’re home with your families”. – Unified Incident Commander George 

7:15 AMCarmel and River Fires Google Earth Image with VIIRS and MODIS Satellite and CDF Infrared Outline (from 08/25/20). The Latest satellite heat detection spots are from Monday at 11:25 PM. Note: the red circles inside the fire outlines are not new satellite detections. They are isolated heat sources as detected by an infrared camera mounted to an airplane. 

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River infrared (8/25/20): 20200826_River_IR_map_11x17_naip 20200826_River_IR_map_11x17_naip_1 logr

Carmel infrared (8/25/20): 20200826_Carmel_IR_map_11x17_naip 20200826_Carmel_IR_map_11x17_naip_1 log

From the Incident Action Plan: fbc

PIO Map:


Ops Map North: ops_IR_north_arch_e_land_0825_2250_River_BEU004024_0826


Ops Map South: ops_IR_South_arch_e_land_River_BEU004024_opt


Evacuation  Notifications here   (note: select the DASHBOARD tab from a desktop computer for a detailed map with hot spots plus evacuation zones)

Fire Recovery Information can be found here.

Residents can access comfort kits, Personal Protective Equipment and bottled water at a Commodity Point of Distribution (C-POD). C-PODS have been set up at:
  1. Carmel Valley Village near Meg’s Chevron and
  2. Tassajara Rd and Carmel Valley starting August 25, 2020 from 5:00pm-8:30pm and will open again on Tuesday, August 26, 2020 from at 8:00am – 8:00pm.

Evacuation Map can be found here (Red is Order, Yellow is Warning, Green is Lifted) The map below is from 8:30 AM: 



Carmel Fire Update 7AM:

River Fire Update 7AM:

For other information sources see:

  • Office of Emergency Services response page here
  • Quick reference of key resources to stay up-to-date here
  • National interagency Fire Center Map 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)
  • Twitter links: #RiverFire and #CarmelFire

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