Willow Wildfire, 6/18/21

Evacuation Order

WillowFire Zone WF-3a

The Monterey County Sheriff’s Office has upgraded the Evacuation Warning to an Order for Zone WF-3a. All areas of Arroyo Secco Rd west of Woodtick Canyon, to include the Arroyo Seco Campground, Rocky Creek Rd, Camp Cawatre.

The Evacuation Warning for Zone WF-3b remains a warning. Areas east of Woodtick Canyon on Arroyo Seco Rd to Millers Ranch at the Carmel Valley Rd junction remain an Evacuation Warning.

For more information view the evacuation map: https://bit.ly/3gFEpvw

Evacuation Order: Leave the area immediately
Evacuation Warning: Be prepared to leave. If you require additional assistance or time to evacuate, leave now.

As of 5 pm, WildCAD is reporting 2000 acres and Inciweb is reporting 750. I suspect WildCAD is closer to being accurate.

2 pm — Per Finn, our Interim Monterey District Ranger, the fire is about 700-1000 acres. He thinks they will be setting up the Incident Command Center in King City, probably at the Fairgrounds. Andrew Marsden, the PIO for the LPNF is trying to get inciweb up.

Great little wind map here:


A couple photos taken around noon from Big Sur Valley and it is Wizard RIDGE not Gulch. Sorry for the error.

And here is the link to the County Willow Fire info page, which includes the map and notices thus far.

12:30 pm — evacuation zones map. Here is the link: https://montereyco.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=905a9458324b4868804d96b5593eb978

An evacuation order has been issued for Tassajara Rd. to China Camp Campground, by the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office. This includes Forest Routes and the Tassajara Zen Center.

Around 9 am, it is starting to crank and it is heating up out here. 180 acres per WildCAD

View of fire from Chew’s Ridge/Black Butte. Photos by Laurel Nason.

5 am — AA was scheduled to return at 4:30 am. AA51 back over the fire & has it mapped as 115 acres now, the fire has burnt up to the top of the first hill & has reached the drainage to the west.Arroyo Seco campground is closed (hard closure) for the weekend due to this fire. It is here:

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6 thoughts on “Willow Wildfire, 6/18/21

  1. Thank-you for this, Kate. This morning the sky in CVV was orange in the direction of the fire. I had a feeling the orange sky was trouble brewing. Big prayers being exerted for a fast containment and safe harbor for us all.

  2. Some ash on my deck on Tassajara Road about 14 miles north from the fire !!! 95 degrees here. Getting into cool tub outside and then prep for the worst.

  3. What’s the direction of the spread? Looks like N NW winds for the next few days. Seems to put Carmel Valley in danger…

  4. North by northwest winds mean winds are coming from those coordinates. Not the opposite. Thus fire will be pushed to the South East…please correct me if mistaken

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