Coleman Fire Update, 6/7/16

June 7, 2016 8:00 AM
Start Date: June 4, 2016 Size: 2,340 acres
Containment: 15% Injuries: 0
Estimated Containment Date: 6/18/2016 Total Personnel Assigned: 850
Cause: unknown Structures Destroyed: I (other minor)

Current Situation: Fire crews made good progress again yesterday. The Coleman Fire grew very little. Most of the smoke on the fire was from interior islands burning out in the northeast corner of the fire above Pine Canyon. Crews mopped-up and patrolled the fireline throughout the night on the east side of the fire. Last night relative humidity reached as high as 70 percent on two-thirds of the fire.

Where possible, direct line construction will continue today. Additional crews have been added to the portion of the fire that is burning in the Ventana Wilderness area where there is still a significant amount of open line that needs to be completed. This area is very steep and remote and line production is slow and difficult. Mop-up and patrol will continue on the south and east side of the fire. Line construction will continue on the north side of the fire. Air support from both air tankers and helicopters is available to assist ground crews as needed.

The Coleman Fire is under Unified Command between Fort Hunter Liggett, CAL FIRE and the Los Padres National Forest.

Change in Fire Size: The reduction in the fire size from 3,200 acres to this morning’s acreage of 2,340 acres is due to more accurate mapping. The fire area was flown by an airplane with an infrared camera. The infrared map and field observations have allowed for a more accurate map of the fire perimeter.

Fire Weather: A high pressure system will remain over the fire area again today. It will be another hot and dry day with temperatures in the mid 90’s and winds out of the northwest. Relative humidity will remain low in the lower teens. Tonight temperatures will be in the mid 50’s with relative humidity reaching 70 percent below 1800 feet in elevation.

Evacuations: Residents in the Upper Pine Canyon, Monroe Canyon and Reliz Canyon are under an advisory. If needed, an evacuation center will be open at the Grace Lutheran Church at 205 Canal Street in King City.

Closures: Road closures on Reliz Canyon and Upper Pine Canyon remain in effect.

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Coleman Fire on FHL

7:30 pm – Evacuations have begun for Pine Canyon(just south of King City). There are massive orders in the works right now. “The fire is well established in to Reliz Canyon, has burned in to the Ventana Wilderness on the LPF, and is threatening Pine Canyon. The majority of the resources are focusing on structure protection and are not really engaging on the wilderness portion yet.”

From Monterey Fire Service;

“This fire, the “Coleman Fire,” being near Coleman Reservoir, in Fort Hunter Liggett, began today at about 1500 hours and is in the northern Fort Hunter Liggett, Los Padres Forest area. The photo was taken from Highway 146 southeast of Soledad at about 1615 hours.

At 1830 hours, a local government Type 3 strike team, Strike Team 2175 C, was requested for an immediate need to the fire. The strike team includes Salinas, North County, POM FD, Monterey County Regional, and Marina FD, with Strike Team Leader 5301 from Salinas FD.

At 1835 hours, a second immediate need type 3 strike team, Strike Team 2176 C was requested by the U.S. Forest Service to the same fire. The strike team includes Monterey FD, Seaside FD, Salinas FD, and Monterey County Regional FD with the Strike Team Leader Chief 6202 from Seaside FD.

Also, the southwest portions of Reliz Canyon Road and Pine Canyon Road may be impacted by the fire. The fire is nearing 2000 acres with 0% containment. Structures are threatened.”

View of the Coleman Fire from Cahoon Summit, CV by Craig Matthews

image6:30 pm – still trying to get details, but at least 8 tankers on this, and MoCo did a large call out of all available units.

4:30 pm – fire making a run, up to 2,ooo acres, due East of Junipero Serra Peak. Six tankers and 2 Helios working out of Paso on it so far. I’ll keep posting every hour for a while. Next post around 5:30 pm.

Default CA-FHL-Coleman
Location: Coleman Canyon area of FHL, Lat and Lon from AA: 36.113 x 121.289
Acres: 40
ROS: Rapid
ROC: initially 3 acres at the toe of a slope, fire grew to 40 acres with long range spotting in grass and brush.
Structures: are not currently threatened
Special Hazards:
Resources: BC12LPF CRW3LPF DIV1LPF E15LPF 4X4 E18LPF E319LPF E335LPF E338LPF4X4 HEL527LPF PAT17LPF Q PAT41ALPF WT3LPF, 6 Air Tankers on order and 2 Copters.
Photo above is from Brian Mack.

Fire currently up to 2000 acres, in no time. Firefighters on the scene say it is running! Firefighters familiar with this area say this is nasty country and they expect it to go extended and anticipate 20,000 acres.