New Voluntary Evacuations issued

From OES Manager:

Based on information received from the National Weather Service, and current conditions provided by the Monterey County Sheriffs office, the Monterey County Office of Emergency Services is issuing a Voluntary Evacuation order for the areas of Big Sur from Pfeiffer State Park West to Andrew Molera State Park along the Big Sur river basin. This order will be in effect until 0800 hours tomorrow morning.

Voluntary Evacuation Notice

A voluntary evacuation order has been issued for the area in Big Sur from Fernwood to River Ridge. This is a precaution due to concerns about the potential for the Big Sur River to overflow. If you are in this area, Monterey County Sheriff’s deputies will contact you.
The River Inn has offered accommodations for those who want to voluntarily evacuate.

I am only guessing, but by “River Ridge” I believe they may mean “bridge” in referencing the bridge to Clear Ridge, as RI accommodations are on the east side, not near the river.

Evacuation Order for Tassajara RD from Chew’s Ridge to Zen Center

U. S. Forest Service – Los Padres National Forest

9:00 PM
September 10, 2016

An evacuation ORDER for Tassajara Road from Chews Ridge south to the end of the road at Tassajara Hot Springs has been issued by the Monterey County Sheriff Department effective 9 p.m. on Saturday, September 10, 2016.

The previous evacuation WARNING continues for the Tassajara Road from Chews Ridge north to Carmel Valley Road and roads that leave from that section of Tassajara Road.

All residents covered by this evacuation Order need to leave the area. Be sure to take any medications, pets, important documents, and family valuables. Close all windows and doors before leaving.

Evacuation Warning Expanded on East Side of Soberanes Fire


RELEASE DATE: September 10, 2016 TIME: 18 00

An evacuation WARNING along the east side of the Soberanes Fire has been expanded to include an area along Arroyo Seco effective 6 p.m. on Saturday, September 10, 2016.

The new evacuation Warning applies to all residents southwest of East Carmel Valley Road starting at the intersection of East Carmel Valley Road and Piney Creek Road extending East to Arroyo Seco Road. It also applies to all residents along Arroyo Seco Road starting from East Carmel Valley Road extending west past the Arroyo Seco Campground.

An evacuation Warning is a precautionary notice that an evacuation Order may become necessary if the threat increases. The new Warning is due to the potential for the fire to spread toward these areas.

All residents under a Warning should prepare to leave the area. Be sure to take any medications, pets, important documents, and family valuables if asked to leave. Close all windows and doors before leaving.

(NOTE From BSK: I saw some impressive plume photos taken from the Zen Center earlier today that show new wildfire activity that appear to be somewhere in the Willow Creek drainage, per Steve Harper – the one on the east side of LPNF, not the Willow Creek down on the South Coast.)

Lockheed-Santa Cruz Fire & La Brea Fire Updates 8/13/08

9:00 pm – Monterey County Strike Team Deployment Update;

Monterey County Type 1 Strike Team 2175A -STL CH5202 North County Fire, Engines – North County Fire, Salinas City Fire, Marina Fire, Salinas Rural Fire, Presido Of Monterey Fire – Deployed 8/12 @ 2357 Hrs.

Monterey County / Santa Clara County Type 1 OES Strike Team 2804A – STL CH5500 Salinas Rural Fire, Engines – OES312 Carmel Valley Fire , OES326 Salinas Rural Fire, OES356 North County Fire , OES289 Santa Clara County, OES327 UTF – Deployed 8/13 @ 0320 Hrs – Waiting on Region 2 to advise on fill for 5th Engine….

Monterey County Type 3 Strike Team 2176C – STL CH6406 Monterey Fire, Engines – Salinas City Fire, Seaside Fire, Monterey Fire, Soledad Fire, Fort Hunter Liggett – Deployed 8/13 @ 1514 Hrs.

Monterey County committed to another Type 1 Strike Team, if needed….
Andrew Smith, who lives by the private airport in Bonny Doon sent me 5 photos taken around 5 pm this evening from the airport. CalFire is using the airport, and they told him the fire was about 4 miles from there. I am still attempting to download them all, but one came through, so I’ll post that one here:
8:00 pm updates – Tonight, the smoke is so bad. I can smell it, I can see it. I am reliving last summer’s fires. I cannot see any of the ridges to the north or south of me. The following photos show why. These were taken tonight at 7:20 pm from Natural Bridges State Park, looking over the bay to Monterey. Photos by Stan Russell of Santa Cruz.



6:00 pm Fire updates: Both the La Brea and the Lockheed Fires were quite busy all afternoon. Mandatory evacuations for both fires, serious spread, and many, many resources joined the two fights.

Here is the fire perimeter map for Lockheed:
lockheed fire map

Here’s the evacuation map for Lockheed:
Lockheed Evacuation area

Here is the latest (7 pm) of La Brea Fire:

Current Situation
Total Personnel 1,859
Size 48,457 acres
Percent Contained 10%
Fuels Involved
Primarily Chaparral with with areas of grass and timber.
Fire Behavior
The fire became active late morning with wind driven runs down interior ridges. In the Cuyama Valley and along the southwest side, the fire made large uphill runs resulting in the large smoke plums seen from the surrounding areas.
Significant Events
Crews continue to hold and mop up along along the north portion of the Treplett fuel break by Miranda Pine. Structure protection has been implemented along Foothill Road in Cottonwood Canyon and Pine Canyon. Fire continues to burn south down Horse canyon towards the Sisquoc River. Evacuation orders were issued for all of Tespusquet Canyon, Colson Canyon, including the Blazing Saddlesanyon Community and all of Ruiz Canyon. The evacuation order is still in effect for the 14 threatened residences on Foothill Road and the 7 residences on the Buckhorne Ridge. An evacuation warning was issued via reverse 911 to the 104 residences in Cottonwood Canyon. Forest Service closure order no. 09-13-5100-10 is in effect for areas in and around the fire.
1:00 pm La Brea Fire Update:

From Inciweb updates;

Effective at 12:00 p.m., Thursday, August 13, 2009, a mandatory Evacuation Order was issued by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office for the following area due to fire activity of the La Brea Fire:

ALL of Tepusquet Canyon, from Santa Maria Mesa Road to Highway 166
ALL of Colson Canyon, including the Blazing Saddles community
ALL of Ruiz Canyon

The canyon roads are being closed to the public to allow for the evacuations.

Fire and Sheriff Officials estimate the new evacuation orders include about 150 homes and ranches.

Now 40,470 Acres @ 10%
Noon update, Lockheed Fire:

* 2,300+ acres, 0% contained
* Fire jumped Molina Creek triggering mandatory evacuation of Bonny Doon area affecting 500-1,000 homes
* CAL FIRE ICT #9 (Hutchinson) has assumed command
Fire activity is increasing. Columns are becoming more vertical and are a dark brown and some are black.

ABC channel 7 streaming live
10:00 am – here are some shots sent to me by readers. One was taken w/i the hour from East Santa Cruz, Live Oak area, by Jon Libby. I cannot get that one to load. This one, is by Martin McGuire taken from Highway 9 lookout, near Skyline at dawn:

You can see the smoke just visible over the ridge.

Here is the one from Jon Libby:


9:30 am –
more tv coverage, click here

Santa Cruz Fire update:

2,300 ACRES 0 Percent contained

– 250 residences threatened

-Movement: south east direction

-Threats: timber, powerlines, Davenport, Bonny Doon

-Needs: engine, dozers, crews, overhead


-Fuels: 6 Dormant Brush, Hardwood Slash
7:30 am -Lockheed/Big Creek – resources being called in from all over the state for the Lockheed/Big Creek Fire. It is getting all the attention, currently.

La Brea inciweb report moments ago:
personnel 1,441
Size 36,108 acres
Percent Contained 10%

6:30 am – Getting a lot of private email regarding smoke in Big Sur. As far as I know, and trust me, I’ve checked, we are experiencing the drift from the Santa Cruz Fire, the Lockheed or Big Creek Fire. (it’s having an identity crisis) It was horrific last night, and continues to be. Bonny Doon is threatened. Last Chance is being evacuated. No update on acreage, but by 1 am, when I went to bed, it had grown exponentially from 40 acres at 8:30 pm to over 2000 acres by 1 am.

Here is the modis map of the area:
Big Creek Fire Map

Here is live feed of the Santa Cruz Fire (click here)

Pine Valley on the La Brea Fire was evacuated last night around midnight. Also don’t have acreage on this one, yet. Will be checking both and reporting, as I am able.