New Brush Fire at Lake Nacimiento-HILL Fire

2:30 – this is an early photo, fire has spread since this was taken. Tankers are on load and hold right now, so it’s looking like they might have a handle on this one. I hope so, anyway.

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1:50 pm – It started on Hell Hill, and has caused the closure of Lake Nacimiento RD.

Per CHP:
2:01 PM 8 [23] [Notification] [CHP]-SLOSO INQ WHERE THEY ARE NEEDED TO CLOSE THE RDWY
1:53 PM 7 [21] [Notification] [CHP]-CAL FIRE VIA LL / I/C ON FIRE CONFIRM / CLOSE NACI LAKE X CHIMNEY ROCK and NACI LAKE RD X HERITAGE / ALL DIRECTIONS
1:48 PM 6 [20] B9-004B AT G14/LAKE NACIMIENTO RD – SHUTTING IT DOWN
1:40 PM 5 [11] [Notification] [CHP]-CAL FIRE REQ CHP RESPOND TO CLOSE THE RDWY
1:40 PM 4 [8] TOT CAL FIRE
1:34 PM 3 [3] TOT CAL FIRE
1:34 PM 2 [2] ON RHS
1:33 PM 1 [1] BRUSH FIRE
Unit Information
1:38 PM 2 Unit Assigned
1:48 PM 1 Unit At Scene
Was orignally 8 acres, now 40 with dangerous rate of spread. Air attack ordered 2 additional tankers. IC ordered 2 gulfs and 2 limas and 1 charlie strike team in addition to the first alarm.

Oh, I hope I don’t have to cover another one. The winds are calm, so just maybe …

Chimney Fire, 8/31/16

Today is the last day I will be covering this fire, unless there is a flare up, as it is all but controlled, 75% as of yesterday, it hasn’t entered the Silver Peak Wilderness, and all Evacs have been lifted. HOlding at 46,344 acres, 85% contained and only 35 structures threatened.

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IR Topo Map in PDF

Here are four shots taken from Rocky Butte Truck Trail from South to North, looking East out to Lake Nacimiento:

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Hell Hill Fire, Lake Nacimiento

8:00 pm – About 3:00, one of my sources reported a vehicle into vegetation fire at Lake Nacimiento. I had company, so just now catching up. I can see the smoke from here. 4 tankers flying it, and many engines and crew on scene. CHP has Nacimiento lake drive closed from chimmey rock road to heritage ranch…..no word on acres or containment yet.

There is significant smoke to the south east of me.

Lake (Nacimiento) Fire

8:30 pm – no additional information. Last word was 100 acres and 50% contained. I did not get up to look at it, was preparing a bunch of work that has to be mailed or overnighted tomorrow. Sorry. Work sometimes gets in the way of life, you know?

5 pm – New fire this afternoon by the lake, near the dam. Moderate to rapid ROS anticipated. These high temperatures cannot be helping. I will go out later to take a look, as my perch up here provides a view, although, I must go up to the top of the property. I will update this post later this evening as I obtain more information. For those not familiar with the area, while it is miles away from the South Coast of Big Sur, it is visible from here, and the terrain in between is unforgiving.

With the blazing hot temps (116 at the lake today) we’ve had for days, this one may well go beyond initial attack. So far, with all the fires starting across the state, Cal-Fire has been knocking them down in record time. Great job, guys and gals!!

I just heard that this one has been “picked up.” That appears to mean, under control, but I’ve never had official confirmation of the term. It is being reported at 100 acres and 50% contained at 5:15 pm. Good news. But I will continue to keep abreast of developments.

Here is a live feed: (caveat, I have not tried it, yet.)
Online feed is http://www.sloweather.com/firescanner.htm