“Thank You” signs from Carmel Valley Village

Thank you signs are the least that we can do to show our support for all the Firefighters, Law Enforcement, Support Personnel, and Volunteers who helped with the Carmel and River fires. Here are a few signs that are posted up around Carmel Valley Village.  And, thank you for all that you do!

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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

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PIO Map:

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Ops Map North: ops_IR_north_arch_e_land_0825_2250_River_BEU004024_0826

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Ops Map South: ops_IR_South_arch_e_land_River_BEU004024_opt

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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: 

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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

Carmel/River Fires, Tuesday, 8/25/20, Evacuation Order for Zones 1a, 2a, 19a, C-Zone 5, R-Zones 7 & 13a have been lifted.

Carmel Fire (Day 8) and River Fire (Day 10) post. Click the title to open in a separate window, and refresh this page throughout the day. Please be patient with CalFire and Monterey County Sheriff as they release information about the status of the fires and the evacuation orders. Thank you.

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

Cal Fire evening updates:

Evacuation Orders Lifted – Zones 19a, C-Zone 5, R-Zones 7 & 13a

CARMEL FIRE 

The evacuation ORDER and WARNING covering Zone 19A on Esquiline Rd as it travels south, it becomes Southbank Rd which becomes Hitchcock Rd is being LIFTED.The evacuation ORDER and evacuation WARNING covering C-Zone 5 all areas south/west including Tassajara Road from Miller Canyon to East Carmel Valley Road to include Chew’s Ridge, Kincannon Road, Lambert Flat, Parrot Ranch Road and tributaries. Tassajara Road west to Miller Canyon, including Miller Canyon is being LIFTED at 5:00 PM on Tuesday, August 25th, 2020 

River Fire 

The evacuation ORDER and WARNING covering R-Zone 7 West of River Road from Limekiln Road to Gonzales River Road AND R-Zone 13 A all areas and roads west of River Road to Palo Escrito Peak and extending south from Gonzales River Road to Puma Road is being LIFTED at 5:00 PM on Tuesday, August 25th, 2020. The EVACUATION ORDER for R-Zone 13 to include all areas and roads east of Carmel Valley Roadto Palo Escrito Peak from south of Tassajara Road to Finch Creeknot to include Carmel Valley Road REMAINS IN PLACE. 

Know Your Zone: https://montereyco.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=905a9458324b4868804d96b5593eb978

Returning Home 

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 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. 

Some homes may still be without water and water systems may have lost pressure or was disconnected from electrical power for a period of time, it is advisable to make sure it is not contaminated with coliform bacteria. To see if your well and piping system maintained positive pressure during the fire, turn on a faucet in the household to see if water comes out. You should not hear any air being released from the faucet. The flow of water should be steady and uninterrupted. If you do hear air escaping from the faucet with water intermittently spurting out when it is turned on, that is an indication that the well and household plumbing had a loss of pressure and should be checked to make sure it is bacteriologically safe. More at https://www.co.monterey.ca.us/government/departments-a-h/health/environmental-health/general/recovering-after-a-wildfire 

Evacuation Orders and Warnings Lifted for R-Zones 1a and 2a (Berry Dr and Mesa) 3PM:

The Evacuation Order for Zone 1a and 2a have been lifted as of 3:00 PM on Tuesday, August 25th, 2020. These areas include Pine Canyon Rd. west of Mesa and Berry Dr. west of Enos Dr. 

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

Evacuation Map can be found here (Red is Order, Yellow is Warning, Green is Lifted) The map below is from 5:30 PM:

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River Fire 48,424 acres 33% contained, Carmel Fire 6,695 acres 30% contained, Dolan Fire 20,091 acres 10% contained.

1:15 PMCarmel and River Fires Google Earth Image with VIIRS and MODIS Satellite and CDF Infrared Outline (white line from 08/20/20). The Latest satellite heat detection spots are from Monday at 1:54 PM: Carmel_River_Fire2_082520

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7:00 AMCarmel and River Fires Google Earth Image with VIIRS and MODIS Satellite and CDF Infrared Outline (white line from 08/20/20). The Latest satellite heat detection spots are from Monday at 2:48 PM: Carmel_River_Fire_082520

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Infrared Imaging underway at 1:20 PM:

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Current View as of 1:15 PM:

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View as of 7AM:

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Carmel Fire:

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River Fire:

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Monday’s 7PM Briefing:

Incident Action Plan can be found here:

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Operations Map North (click to open – large PDF file):

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Operations Map South (click to open – large PDF file):

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ROADWAY CLOSURE UPDATES
As of Tuesday, August 25, 2020, at 7AM
CARMEL FIRE
  • Carmel Valley Road at San Clemente.
  • Carmel Valley Road at Tassajara.
  • Esquiline Road at Southbank.
RIVER FIRE
  • Berry Drive at Enos Drive.
  • Pine Canyon Road at Mesa Road.
  • Cava Circle at Redding Drive.
DOLAN FIRE
  • SR-1 at Lucia.
  • SR-1 at Partington Ridge.

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

Carmel/River Fires, Monday, 8/24/20, Evacuation Orders and Warnings Lifted for Zones 17, 18, 20, 21 and Portions of 19

Carmel Fire (Day 7) and River Fire (Day 9) post. Click the title to open in a separate window, and refresh this page throughout the day. Please be patient with CalFire and Monterey County Sheriff as they release information about the status of the fires and the evacuation orders. Thank you.
CAL FIRE NEWS RELEASE
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
Media Line: 831-647-6257 Release Date: August 24, 2020 Public Information: 925-532-5455 Time: 1:00 P.M.
RIVER AND CARMEL FIRES REPOPULATION
WHAT: Evacuation Orders and Evacuation Warnings Lifted on the River and Carmel Fires DATE/TIME: August 24, 2020 at 1:00 P.M.
WHERE: Areas of repopulation in the following zones
EVACUATION ORDERS LIFTED:
• Zone 1: Pine Canyon Rd, Parker Rd, Laurel Ln, and Trimble Hill Ln. EXCEPTION:
Pine Canyon Rd west of Mesa REMAIN UNDER EVACUATION ORDER
• Zone 2: South of River Rd from Tara Dr to Pine Canyon Rd to include all roads off Las Palmas Pkwy, Ranchito Dr, Indian Springs Rd, Redding Dr, and Belmont Circle. EXCEPTION:
Berry Dr west of Enos Dr REMAIN UNDER EVACUATION ORDER.
• Zone 4: Southwest of Parker Rd, northwest of Corral De Cielo Rd, and Rana Creek. Southeast of the intersection of Chualar River Rd and River Rd, northwest of Limekiln.
• Zone 5: Harper Canyon area, all areas within north of San Benancio Rd, west of Troy Ln, southeast of Harper Canyon Rd, to include Harper Canyon Road, Weather Rock Way, and Rimrock Canyon Rd.
• Zone 6: West of River Rd from Parker Rd, South to Limekiln Rd to include Limekiln Rd.
• Zone 8: All areas south of Highway 68, east of San Benancio Rd to include San Benancio Rd south to Harper Canyon Rd

• Zone 10: All areas south within the intersection of Hwy 68 and River Road to Tara Drive and Hwy 68 south to San Benancio Road, including the Los Palmas 1 and 117 Drive Communities. This order does not include the Toro Regional Main Park area.
EVACUATION WARNINGS LIFTED:
• Zone 3: Indian Canyon, Mt. Toto Access Rd and San Benancio Rd from Troy Ln to
Corral de Tierra, including Corral del Cielo Rd, Lucie Ln, and Covie Ln.
• Zone 9,11: Areas North of Highway 68 from Portola Drive and Veronica Drive/Estoque Place east, to include all roads off Portola Drive to Creekside Court.
THERE WILL BE ROAD CLOSURES AT:
• Pine Canyon Rd at Mesa Rd • Berry Dr at Enos Dr
To view the River and Carmel Fires Evacuation Map please visit:
https://www.co.monterey.ca.us/government/departments-a-h/administrative-office/office-of- emergency-services/situational-awareness/public-alert-warning
SAFETY MESSAGE: The public is reminded to stay vigilant on current fire conditions. Please continue to adhere to road closures and evacuation orders or warnings. If you see electrical wires on the ground, stay clear and contact PG&E immediately. For those who may be utilizing backup generators, please review the generator use safety information at https://www.pge.com/en_US/safety/electrical-safety/electric-generator-safety/electric-generator- safety.page?WT.pgeac=PSPS_FAQ-GeneratorSafety. Trees and poles with deep charring, particularly if still smoldering, should be considered hazardous. Please drive slowly and yield to emergency personnel in the area.
Please visit http://www.co.monterey.ca.us/government/departments-a-h/health for public health or https://www.co.monterey.ca.us/government/departments-a-h/health/behavioral-health for behavioral health concerns.
For additional information on the River and Carmel Fires, Monterey County residents should contact River and Carmel Fires Information Line at (831) 647-6257or 211. To sign up for emergency alert notifications visit: http://www.alertmontereycounty.org
For more information on wildfire, visit CAL FIRE online at http://www.readyforwildfire.org ###

Evacuation Orders and Warnings Lifted for Zones 17, 18, 20, 21 and Portions of 19

The Evacuation Orders and Warnings covering the areas of Carmel Valley, Corral de Tierra, and San Benancio are being lifted effective at 9:00am on Monday, August 24, 2020. This covers the entirety of evacuation order Zones 17, and 18 and the northern portion of Zone 19. The Evacuation Warnings in Zone 20 and 21 are also being lifted. The southern portion of Zone 19 from the intersection of Esquiline Rd. at Carmel Valley Rd remains under an Evacuation Order. As Esquiline Rd travels south, it becomes Southbank Rd. which becomes Hitchcock Rd and will form the northern boundary of the current evacuation order. (click image to open map, please see additional Warnings/Orders below)

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**Cancelled** Red Flag Warnings is still in effect through 5:00 p.m. Monday for dry lightning with gusty and erratic winds. Potential gusts as high as 65 mph can be expected with thunderstorms (North State Red Flag Warning still in effect). Still, a threat of pop-up thunderstorms, and somewhat of a lighting threat. Big terrain-driven “swirly” winds on the River Fire.  Westerly influenced winds on the Carmel Fire. Temperatures are the same as yesterday, humidity is up.

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

7AM CalFire Incident Briefing (video starts at 4:40, see detailed Day Operations Plan at 12:00, please note the date is incorrect on the title):

River: 48,424 acres, 23% contained, 1,274 personnel assigned, 8 residences damaged, 8 residences destroyed, 1 minor structure damaged, and 13 minor structures destroyed, damage inspection is 50% complete, delivered 305,000 gallons of water and over 281,000 gallons of fire retardant.

Carmel: 6,695 acres 15% contained, 909 personnel assigned, 5 residences damaged, 35 residences destroyed, 16 minor structures damaged, 2 minor structures destroyed, damage inspection 54% complete, delivered over 197,000 gallons of water and over 9,000 gallons of fire retardant.

Dolan: as of 8PM, 19,287 acres, 10% contained, 579 personnel.

“Facts to know: In 2019 we only had 13,000 acres burned in all of California. As of 2020, we’ve had over 500,000 acres burned, so these are unprecedented times.” -Unified Incident Commander

“…these fires are in very sensitive archaeology rich area, in particular, the Carmel Fire … we’ve already have a few sites that have gotten hit … if you see this (special zone flagging) if  at all possible, keep the equipment out of there.” -CalFire Archaeologist

9:45 AMCarmel and River Fires Google Earth Image with VIIRS and MODIS Satellite and CDF Infrared Outline (white line from 08/20/20). The Latest satellite heat detection spots are from 3:24 AM PM. (please see Important Caveat note at the bottom of this post)

Click this link to view larger image: Carmel_River_Fire2_082420

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John Chesnut map

Fire Break looking down Osborne Ridge towards Buck Mountain at 6:15 PM, Sunday evening (8/23/20):

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Fire Break looking up Osborne Ridge at 6:15 PM, Sunday evening (8/24/20):

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Bulldozers working “on top of the ridge above the ballpark”, at 10PM, Sunday evening (8/23/20):

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Today’s INCIDENT ACTION PLAN DETAILED MAPS

Operations Map North (click to open – large PDF file):

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Operations Map South (click to open – large PDF file):

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

Evacuation Orders and Warnings Lifted for Zones 17, 18, 20, 21 and Portions of 19

Evacuation Warning – Zone 24 ( Arroyo Seco Rd, Campgrounds and Pine Canyon Rd, outside of KingCity)

Evacuation Order – R Zone 14 (River Road to Arroyo Seco)

Evacuation Warning – Zone 21 (West on Carmel Valley Road from Pinetree Lane to Rancho San Carlos) 

Evacuation Warning – Zone 20 

Evacuation Order – Zones 19 (West of Carmel Valley Road between Klondike Canyon and Pinetree Lane)  

Evacuation Order – Zone 17 and 18 (East of Carmel Valley Road to Laureless Grade and Highway 68) 

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

Resources for Evacuees

Monterey County is expanding its evacuation shelters to south Monterey County. Due to additional evacuations from the River Fire, an evacuation shelter is being opened at the Salinas Valley Fairgrounds, 625 Division Street in King City.
The shelter will open Sunday morning, August 23rd at 8 am and will provide sleeping and meal accommodations. Evacuees who wish to shelter using their RVs can bring them to the fairground and check in at the shelter. This shelter will be able to accommodate evacuees with pets.
The shelter will be able to accommodate approximately 40 residents and will follow COVID-19 protocols. Evacuees should have face coverings when entering the shelter and be prepared to social distance. Shelter sleeping arrangements are being set up with COVID-19 health protocols. Temperature checks will be taken for everyone’s safety.

Here is a list of all county evacuation shelters:

Here is a list of all county evacuation shelters:
  •  Salinas Valley Fairgrounds, 625 Division Street, King City
  •  Carmel Middle School, 4380 Carmel Valley Rd, Carmel
  •  Sherwood Hall, 940 North Main Street, Salinas
  •  Monterey Conference Center, 1 Portola Plaza, Monterey

The County also has an evacuation center at the King City Library, 402 Broadway, which provides information and support, snacks, water and charging for devices for evacuee. It is open 8 am to 8 pm.

For donations visit https://montereyco.recovers.org/ or go to the Seaside High School (2200 Noche Buena St, Seaside, CA 93955) between noon and 5pm Today August 23rd. You can also pick up supplies such as food, water, clothing, pet food, and diapers at the Seaside High School Location
For the most up to date and detailed information visit: www.co.monterey.ca.us/2020fires

From SPCA: The SPCA is currently under an evacuation warning. We are safe, and we are here for you and your pets. We have been prepared for this for years. We are currently moving supplies and animals to the Monterey County Fairgrounds and Hitchcock Road Animal Services. We are doing this now so that we can continue our promise to always be here for you. (831) 373-2631

PIO Maps:

8-23 PIO NORTH
8-23 PIO SOUTH

Related Links

Incident Cooperators

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

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.

Carmel/River Fires, Sunday, 8/23/20, Red Flag Warning

Carmel (Day 6) and River (Day 8) are combined into one post. Click the title to open a separate window, refresh this page throughout the day. Stay safe and smart. Please maintain situational awareness at all times. Scroll down for “unofficial” satellite imagery updated 7:05 AM. A Red Flag Warning was issued for Sunday 5AM to Monday 5PM. CalFire Incident page Carmel & River  CalFire Facebook Updates here. Sheriff Facebook Updates here. Monterey County Office of Emergency Services Facebook here

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4:25 PM: Carmel and River Fires Google Earth Image with VIIRS and MODIS Satellite and CDF Infrared Outline (white line from 08/20/20). The Latest satellite heat detection spots are from 3:42 AM PM. (please see Important Caveat note at the bottom of this post)

Click this link to view larger image: Carmel_River_Fire2_082320

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#RiverFire and #CarmelFire 8.23.20 AM Operational Briefing

Carmel Fire Morning Update

Carmel Fire at 6,695 acres, 10% contained, 47 structures destroyed. The fire continued to burn up to existing containment lines and consumed interior islands of vegetation throughout the night. The fire behavior was moderate with fair humidity recovery. The fire is currently burning in close proximity to structures. The statewide drawdown of resources has impeded the critical need to support fire suppression of the fire. Most agencies are at drawdown and unable to fill resource requests. The lack of resource availability is affecting strategy and tactics.

Damage inspection is approximately 40% complete

River Fire Morning Update

River Fire at 48,424 acres, 15% contained, 19 structures destroyed. Last night the southern portion of the fire continued to actively burn to the south with winds from the northwest. The east side continued to back down to the dozer lines and agricultural fields and interior islands continued to burn remaining fuel.

The fire is expected to continue to burn on the southern end of the fire. The wind shift will be the concern on the southern edge, allowing the fire to out grow the current lines on the southeast portion of the fire. If the fire moves too far south when the winds move to the southeast flow, it could merge into the Carmel Fire.

Damage inspection is approximately 45% complete.

EVACUATION ORDER FOR HIGHWAY 68 AREAS, CARMEL VALLEY VILLAGE, ARROYO SECO AREAS, ETC.:

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

Evacuation Warning – Zone 24 ( Arroyo Seco Rd, Campgrounds and Pine Canyon Rd, outside of KingCity) 8:52 PM

Evacuation Order – R Zone 14 (River Road to Arroyo Seco) 5:00 PM

Evacuation Warning – Zone 21 (West on Carmel Valley Road from Pinetree Lane to Rancho San Carlos) 10:03 AM

Evacuation Warning – Zone 20 9:55 AM:

Evacuation Order – Zones 19 (West of Carmel Valley Road between Klondike Canyon and Pinetree Lane) 9:01 AM

Evacuation Order – Zone 17 and 18 (East of Carmel Valley Road to Laureless Grade and Highway 68) 9:00 AM

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

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Resources for Evacuees

Monterey County is expanding its evacuation shelters to south Monterey County. Due to additional evacuations from the River Fire, an evacuation shelter is being opened at the Salinas Valley Fairgrounds, 625 Division Street in King City.
The shelter will open Sunday morning, August 23rd at 8 am and will provide sleeping and meal accommodations. Evacuees who wish to shelter using their RVs can bring them to the fairground and check in at the shelter. This shelter will be able to accommodate evacuees with pets.
The shelter will be able to accommodate approximately 40 residents and will follow COVID-19 protocols. Evacuees should have face coverings when entering the shelter and be prepared to social distance. Shelter sleeping arrangements are being set up with COVID-19 health protocols. Temperature checks will be taken for everyone’s safety.

Here is a list of all county evacuation shelters:

Here is a list of all county evacuation shelters:
  •  Salinas Valley Fairgrounds, 625 Division Street, King City
  •  Carmel Middle School, 4380 Carmel Valley Rd, Carmel
  •  Sherwood Hall, 940 North Main Street, Salinas
  •  Monterey Conference Center, 1 Portola Plaza, Monterey

The County also has an evacuation center at the King City Library, 402 Broadway, which provides information and support, snacks, water and charging for devices for evacuee. It is open 8 am to 8 pm.

For donations visit https://montereyco.recovers.org/ or go to the Seaside High School (2200 Noche Buena St, Seaside, CA 93955) between noon and 5pm Today August 23rd. You can also pick up supplies such as food, water, clothing, pet food, and diapers at the Seaside High School Location
For the most up to date and detailed information visit: www.co.monterey.ca.us/2020fires

From SPCA: The SPCA is currently under an evacuation warning. We are safe, and we are here for you and your pets. We have been prepared for this for years. We are currently moving supplies and animals to the Monterey County Fairgrounds and Hitchcock Road Animal Services. We are doing this now so that we can continue our promise to always be here for you.

7:05 AM: Carmel and River Fires Google Earth Image with VIIRS and MODIS Satellite and CDF Infrared Outline (white line from 08/20/20). The Latest satellite heat detection spots are from 2:54 AM PT (please see Important Caveat note at the bottom of this post)

Click this link to view larger image: Carmel_River_Fire_082320

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Palo Escrito View: Carmel_River_Fire_Escrito_082320

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Sleepy Hollow View: Carmel_River_Fire_Sleepy_082320

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Maps by John Chesnut: River 8_23 AM

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PIO Maps:

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Saturday Evening CalFire Update:

Weather Watch in effect:

The greatest threat for elevated thunderstorms will be from Sunday night into Monday morning. Lightning and gusty winds have the potential to produce new fire starts. Now is the time to prepare if a fire starts near you. Visit http://readyforwildfire.org for more info. #CaWx

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Yesterday’s Contingency Map (large PDF file with current CalFire contingency lines): Contingency_36x48_Land_20200821_0447

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Yesterday’s PIO Map: PIO 112×17 8-22

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Related Links

Incident Cooperators

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

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.

Carmel/River Fires, Saturday, 8/22/20, Evacuation Order – Carmel Valley Village

Carmel (Day 5) and River (Day 7) are combined into one post. Click the title to open a separate window, refresh this page throughout the day. Stay safe and smart. Please maintain situational awareness at all times.

Scroll down for “unofficial” satellite imagery updated 7:30PM. A Red Flag Warning was issued for Sunday 5AM to Monday 5PM.

CalFire Incident page Carmel & River  CalFire Facebook Updates here. Sheriff Facebook Updates here.

EVACUATION ORDER FOR HIGHWAY 68 AREAS, CARMEL VALLEY VILLAGE, ARROYO SECO AREAS, ETC.:

Evacuation Shelters:

  • The Monterey Conference Center, 1 Portola Plaza, Monterey
  • Carmel Middle School, 4380 Carmel Valley Road, Carmel
  • Sherwood Hall, 940 North Main Street, Salinas
  • Evacuation Center
  • King City Library, 402 Broadway, King City. Open 8 am to 8 pm.

From SPCA: The SPCA is currently under an evacuation warning. We are safe, and we are here for you and your pets. We have been prepared for this for years. We are currently moving supplies and animals to the Monterey County Fairgrounds and Hitchcock Road Animal Services. We are doing this now so that we can continue our promise to always be here for you.

Evacuation Warning – Zone 24 ( Arroyo Seco Rd, Campgrounds and Pine Canyon Rd, outside of King City) 8:52 PM

Due to fire activity on the southern end of the River Fire, the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office has issued an Evacuation Warning for Zone 24 which include all areas South of the intersection of East Carmel Valley Road and Arroyo Seco Road to the intersection of Arroyo Seco Road and Elm Avenue, to the intersection of Elm Avenue and Central Avenue. All areas West of the intersections of Elm Avenue and Central Avenue south to the intersection of Central Avenue and Highway 101 to the intersection of Highway 101 and Jolon Road to the intersection of Jolon Road and San Lucas Road. All areas North from the intersection of Jolon Road and San Lucas Road to Junipero Serra Peak. All areas East of Junipero Serra Peak to East Carmel Valley Road. To include the communities from the Green Bridge west to the end of Arroyo Seco Rd. To inlcude Arroyo Seco Rd, the Gorge, Millers Lodge, Freds Camp, Sycamore Flats, and Pine Canyon Rd outside of King City. The Evacuation Warning for Zone 24 includes the Arroyo Seco Resort and Recreation Site/Campgrounds; The map has been updated to reflect this inclusion. The Pine Canyon Road referenced in the areas east of Junipero Serra Peak is outside of King City.

Evacuation Order – R Zone 14 (River Road to Arroyo Seco) 5:00 PM

The Monterey County Sheriff’s Office has issued an Evacuation Order R Zone 14 which includes all areas east of Carmel Valley Road extending south from finch Creek to Arroyo Seco Rd. All areas west of River Road and Fort Romie Road and Arroyo Seco Road extending South to Elm Avenue and Arroyo Seco Rd.

Evacuation Warning – Zone 21 (West on Carmel Valley Road from Pinetree Lane to Rancho San Carlos) 10:03 AM

The Monterey County Sheriff’s Office has issued an Evacuation Warning for Zone 21 which includes areas west on Carmel Valley Road from Pinetree Lane to Rancho San Carlos. This warning includes all communities south of Carmel Valley Road to include Carmel Valley Road, Rancho San Carlos and all tributary roads. 

Evacuation Warning – Zone 20 9:55 AM:

The Monterey County Sheriff’s Office has issued an Evacuation Warning for Zone 20 which includes all areas and roads south of Highway 68 from Laureles Grade Road extending west to York Road/Camino Saucito and extending south to Carmel Valley Road. All areas and roads north of Carmel Valley Road from Laureles Grade Road extending west to Schetter Road. 

Evacuation Order – Zones 19 (West of Carmel Valley Road between Klondike Canyon and Pinetree Lane) 9:01 AM

The Monterey County Sheriff’s Office has issued an Evacuation Order for Zone 19 including areas west of Carmel Valley Road from Klondike Canyon Road to Pine Tree Lane extending south to Dormody Road and east to Hitchcock Canyon Road and San Clemente Drive. The Evacuation Order includes all communities of Carmel Valley Road between Klondike Canyon and Pine Tree Lane, including Carmel Valley Village and Robles Del Rio. Leave the area.

Evacuation Order – Zone 17 and 18 (East of Carmel Valley Road to Laureless Grade and Highway 68) 9:00 AM

Zone 17: All areas south of Highway 68 from San Benancio Road to Laureles Grade. To include all roads east of Laureles Grade at La Rancheria Rd to the south, and all areas west of San Benancio Road. EVACUATION ORDER

Zone 18: From Klondike Canyon Road to Laureles Grade, North on Laureles Grade from Carmel Valley Road to La Rancheria. Includes all communities North East of Carmel Valley Road, and all communities East of Laureles Grade to include Carmel Valley Road, Laureles Grade, La Rancheria and all tributary roads. EVACUATION ORDER

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

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

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Carmel Fire Incident Update 7 PM:

River Fire Incident Update 7 PM:

The greatest threat for elevated thunderstorms will be from Sunday night into Monday morning. Lightning and gusty winds have the potential to produce new fire starts. Now is the time to prepare if a fire starts near you. Visit http://readyforwildfire.org for more info. #CaWx

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Weather Watch in effect:

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Contingency Map (large PDF file with current CalFire contingency lines): Contingency_36x48_Land_20200821_0447

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PIO Map: PIO 112×17 8-22

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7:30 PM: Carmel and River Fires Google Earth Image with VIIRS and MODIS Satellite and CDF Infrared Outline (white line from 08/20/20). The Latest satellite heat detection spots are from 2:30 PM PT (please see Important Caveat note at the bottom of this post, false detections do sometimes occur, satellites do not detect heat everywhere that fire exists, the detections are only snapshots of moments in time). Also, as a reminder, these images are not official information.

Click this link to view larger image: Carmel_River_Fire4_082220

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Click this link to view larger image: Carmel_River_Fire_Escrito4_082220

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7:00 AM: Carmel and River Fires Google Earth Image with VIIRS and MODIS Satellite and CDF Infrared Outline (orange line from 08/20/20). The Latest satellite heat detection spots are from 4:00 AM PT (please see Important Caveat note at the bottom of this post)

Click this link to view larger image: Carmel_River_Fire3_082220

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Palo Escrito View: Carmel_River_Fire_Escrito3_082220

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Maps by John Chesnut: Carmel Morning 8_22

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River Morning 8_22

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Friday Evening update:

Related Links

Incident Cooperators

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

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.

Carmel/River Fires, 8/21/20

Carmel (Day 4) and River (Day 6) are combined into one post at the moment. Please click the title of the post to open a separate window, and refresh the page as the post will be updated throughout the day. 

Carmel Incident Update:

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River Incident Update:

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3:39 PM: EVACUATION WARNING FOR ALL OF CARMEL VALLEY VILLAGE TO LAURELES GRADE

Evacuation  Notifications can be found here

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

(click the image to open the map, Yellow is warning, Red is Evacuation Order, map is subject to change at any time)

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Carmel/River Fires – Evacuation Warning for East of Carmel Valley Road to Laureless Grade and Highway 68 3:40 PM:

The Monterey County Sheriff’s Office has issued an Evacuation Warning for all areas East of Carmel Valley Road, North to Laureless Grade, East of Laureless Grade to Highway 68 to include areas West of San Benancio Road and the Corral de Tierra community. 

Zone 17: All areas south of Highway 68 from San Benancio Road to Laureles Grade. To include all roads east of Laureles Grade at La Rancheria Rd to the south, and all areas west of San Benancio Road. EVACUATION WARNING

Zone 18: We are extending the evacuation warning west on Carmel Valley road from Klondike Canyon Road to Laureles Grade, North on Laureles Grade from Carmel Valley Road to La Rancheria. This warning includes all communities North East of Carmel Valley Road, and all communities East of Laureles Grade to include Carmel Valley Road, Laureles Grade, La Rancheria and all tributary roads. EVACUATION WARNING

Carmel/River Fires – Evacuation Warning for West of Carmel Valley Road between Klondike Canyon and Pinetree Lane 3:38 PM

The Monterey County Sheriff’s Office has issued an Evacuation Warning for areas west of Carmel Valley Road from Klondike Canyon Road to Pine Tree Lane extending south to Dormody Road and east to Hitchcock Canyon Road and San Clemente Drive. This Warning includes all communities on Carmel Valley Road and all communities south west of Carmel Valley Road between Klondike Canyon and Pine Tree Lane, including Carmel Valley Village, Robles Del Rio. 

 

Weather Watch in effect from Sunday morning through Tuesday morning.

* AFFECTED AREA…Entire San Francisco Bay Area and Central Coast. Areas of highest concern will be included in future updates.
* WIND…Generally light onshore winds. However, erratic gusty winds 40 to 65 mph may accompany stronger thunderstorms.
* THUNDERSTORMS…Isolated to scattered dry thunderstorms will develop Sunday afternoon and into Monday morning. An additional round of thunderstorms are expected to arrive later Monday into Tuesday. Dry thunderstorms may become wet as the event progresses.
* IMPACTS…Lightning will likely spark new fires across the region, including remote areas. Wildfires in remote regions may not become apparent until warmer and drier conditions allow them to grow. Please report potential fires to local CALFIRE or
SHERIFF offices. Listen for later forecasts and possible Red Flag Warnings.

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7:00 AM: Carmel and River Fires Google Earth Image with VIIRS and MODIS Satellite and CDF Infrared Outline (from 08/19/20). Some of the latest satellite detections are 3:30 AM PT.  Click this link to view larger image: Carmel_River_Fire_082120

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Toro View: Carmel_River_Fire_Toro_082120

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Palo Escrito View: Carmel_River_Fire_Escrito_082120

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Tassajara Road View: Carmel_River_Fire_Tassajara_082120

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Sleepy Hollow View: Carmel_River_Fire_Sleepy_082120

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Carmel Incident Update:

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Carmel 8.21_AM update_2

River Incident Update:

 

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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 (please confirm time) here

Alert Wildfire Camera here

Scanner Fire & Sheriff

Air Traffic here

Road Closures here

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

River Fire, Day 5, 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.

We will be unable to host the Facebook Livestream Briefing event at 7p.m. tonight. Please continue to follow us on Twitter and Facebook for future updates.
For information regarding wildfire preparedness, please visit ReadyforWildfire.com. To register for evacuation alerts please visit AlertMontereyCounty.org.

Evacuation Map as of 3:25 PM:

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2:24 PM:  KSBW reporting backburn operations underway at Indian Springs.

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8/20/20 Morning briefing for River and Carmel Fires 11:07 AM:
 

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: https://www.facebook.com/MontereyCountyOES

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 am — from the office of Mary Adams:

Update #RiverFire – 33,653 Acres, 7% Containment

Fire continues to actively burn in all directions. Progression to the north impacted homes in the outlying communities of Salinas. The fire is making slope driven runs.

Firefighters continued their aggressive attack on the fire from the ground and the air. High temperatures, low humidity, topography influenced winds, steep mountainous terrain and difficult access continue to hamper firefighting efforts. Firefighters continue with 24 hour a day operations.

Wind patterns differ on each side of the fire, which contributes to the spread of the fire in multiple directions.

For more details, see pictures or go to https://www.fire.ca.gov/incidents/2020/8/16/river-fire/

Please register for evacuation alerts by visiting http://AlertMontereyCounty.org.

For information on how you can prepare for wildfire please visit http://www.ReadyForWildfire.org or fire.ca.gov

For information regarding the Dolan Fire, please visit fire.ca.gov or inciweb.NWCG.gov

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

33,653 Acres, 7% Containment

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

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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

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Toro view: River_Carmel_Fire_Toro_082020

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Palo Escrito Peak view: River_Carmel_Fire_Escrito_082020

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From John Chesnut:

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

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

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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.

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.

We will be unable to host the Facebook Livestream Briefing event at 7p.m. tonight. Please continue to follow us on Twitter and Facebook for future updates.
For information regarding wildfire preparedness, please visit ReadyforWildfire.com. To register for evacuation alerts please visit AlertMontereyCounty.org.
 
Report from above Stonepine 6:45 PM: This burning right up to the fire break at Sleepy Hollow. Dozers are on it.
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7:00 PM : Fire coming right up to the break🤞
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Not to alarm people this fire is doing exactly what it should be doing, moving right into the break.
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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
 
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8/20/20 Morning briefing for River and Carmel Fires 11:07 AM:
 

Evacuation Map as of 3:25 PM:

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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: https://www.facebook.com/MontereyCountyOES

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.

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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

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Sleepy Hollow view: River_Carmel_Fire_Sleepy_082020

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Tassajara Road View: River_Carmel_Fire_Tassajara_082020

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From John Chesnut:

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

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

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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.

Carmel Fire, Day 2, 8/19/20

 

7:35 PM Sheriff Scanner (unconfirmed): Sheriff Rescue will be moving to Los Tulares for evacuation warning (this must be for the River Fire). Stone Pine for Carmel Fire.

Carmel Fire – Evacuation Order for Cachagua Road north to Klondike Canyon Road on East Carmel Valley Road to include Klondike Canyon Road, and all roads and communities north east and south west of East Carmel Valley Road: The Monterey County Sheriff’s Office has issued an Evacuation Order from Cachagua Road north to Klondike Canyon Road on East Carmel Valley Road to include Klondike Canyon Road, and all roads and communities north east and south west of East Carmel Valley Road. Leave the area immediately.

7:25 PM Sheriff Scanner (unconfirmed): Sheriff Rescue will be moving to Sleepy Hollow  for evacuation warning (this must be for the Carmel Fire from Buck Mountain direction). Sheriff Rescue anticipates a long night.

Update 6:52 pm: The Monterey County Sheriff’s Office has issued an evacuation warning for areas west of River Road extending 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.

10:40 PM Infrared Map Outline from today’s fire in Cachagua:

Click here for a more detailed image: Carmel Fire Outline 08192020 and Carmel Fire Outline 2 08192020

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Evacuation Map as of 8:10 PM:

Updated Evacuation Map can be found here:

(Red is Order, Yellow is Warning)

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CalFire Update 7:00 PM: Carmel Fire at 2,150 Acres, 0% contained.

6:55 PM Sheriff Scanner (unconfirmed): Sheriff Rescue will be moving to the Village Ranches/ Klondike Canyon for evacuation warning (this must be for River Fire).

5:15 PM Sheriff Scanner (unconfirmed): Fire running up a drainage towards Summerhill, Fire is burning past Trampa Canyon, and likely to Tassajara Road.

7:00 PM from above Stonepine:

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Carmel Fire – Evacuation Order for Cachagua Rd, Tassajara Rd, and East of Carmel Valley Rd 2:13 PM: The Monterey County Sheriff’s Office has issued an Evacuation Order for the following areas: Cahcagua Road from Asoledo Drive to Tassajara Road to include Trampa Canyon Road and tributaries. Areas West of Tassajara Road to Miller Canyon not including Miller Canyon. Tassajara Road from Miller Canyon to East Carmel Valley Road to include Chew’s Ridge, Kincannon Road, Lambert Flat, Parrot Ranch Road and tributaries. Tassajara Road west to Miller Canyon not including Miller Canyon. Areas east of East Carmel Valley Road at Tassajara Road to Cahoon Ranch Road to include Martin Road and Cahoon Ranch Road. Leave the area immediately.

7:30 PM Google Earth with VIIRS satellite imagery looking towards East Carmel Valley:

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7:15 PM Google Earth with VIIRS satellite imagery looking towards Buck Mountain and Old San Clemente Dam:

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2PM Media Update (starts at 1:30):

2:15 PM: Fire made a big push up a drainage, they’re “loosing structures” at Sky Ranch.

2:05 PM: Asoleado area, a couple of structures are engulfed in flames. One Sheriff Rescue is blocked by fire. Also, Fire (River?) went through White Mountain at Ardeas Grade, and East to Sheep Camp.

1:15 PM: Reports that Carmel Middle School will shelter evacuees for Carmel and River fires.

Per Sheriff Scanner (unconfirmed) 1:13 PM: Requesting CHP for hard closure at CV Road and Tassajara. Active fire at Comsat. Asoleado evacuations underway.

Cachagua Fire Department Update:

12:36 pm: crews are addressing active fire near Asoleado with potential for Trampa Canyon. Structure protection crews are being deployed.

1:02 pm. Some concern is being expressed for active fire in the Asoleado area with potential to impact Trampa Canyon. We are monitoring the situation closely.

**CORRECTED** Carmel Fire – Evacuation Orders Overnight  12:12 PM Due to the dynamic situation of the Carmel Fire, Deputies issued an evacuation order of Zone 3 and a portion of Zone 4. Community members were notified in person during the night time hours. The evacuation orders are as follows: Zone 3: Cachagua Road from Summerhill Road to Asoleado Road to include Asoleado Road and all tributaries, Comstat Road, Nason Road and all tributaries south to Los Padres Reservoir. EVACUATION ORDER

Bruce Dormody sent his brother Eric this photo around 2PM, showing the Carmel Fire (on the Left) going down towards the Old San Clemente Dam.

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6:15 PM Update: Additional VIIRS and MODIS satellite detection from Google Earth. Infrared Plane spotted doing patterns over the fire areas. As always, there could be false satellite readings. See Important caveats note below.

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2:10 PM Update: River Fire East looks like it’s encroaching (unconfirmed) on Carmel Valley Road at Tassajara Road, Also, the two heads of the River Fire East seem to be merging together. Note: this could be false satellite readings. See Important caveats note below.

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Carmel Fire update (at 1:45) video from CalFire can be found here 10:30 AM:

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From Happy Girl Kitchen Co. at 7:30 AM:

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From Jack Galante at 7AM:

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Visibility from above Stonepine at 10AM:

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Air quality now considered Hazardous in Carmel Valley Village:

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Carmel Fire 8-19-20 8:10 AM Update:

 

Carmel Fire shown next to the River Fire and Dolan Fire:
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Carmel Fire showing the latest VIIRS satellite detections as of 8:10 AM:

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National interagency Fire Center Map can be found here: https://maps.nwcg.gov/sa/#/%3F/EditLayerSatelliteFireDetections/36.4461/-121.7205/13

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.

Operations Map link here:

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Briefing Map here:

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