Two Wildfires, one near King City, one near Soledad

And so we see the start of Fire Season 2017.

April 24, 2017

Vegetation Fire, Crews Kept Busy in Southern Monterey County

At approximately 11:30 a.m. on Monday April 24th 2017, units from the South Monterey County Fire Protection District (SoMoCo) and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) responded to a wildland fire in the King City area near the intersection of Highway 101 and Jolon Road. The fire was burning in grass and brush with no structures threatened or damaged.

Upon arrival, firefighters found approximately three acres of grass fire burning, including an area adjacent to the base of a power pole. While firefighters were controlling hotspots, crews discovered damaged powerlines.

While firefighters were busy with this fire, units from the City of Soledad, the Correctional Training Facility Fire Department, the Greenfield Fire Department, the City of Gonzales Fire Department and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) took reports of a second fire. The second fire was in the foothills, east of the Soledad City limits. Upon arrival firefighters found a fire being driven by strong winds up a hillside. Crews kept the fire to eight acres. Workers using grinding and cutting tools, when sparks caught nearby grass on fire.

No evacuations or road closures were initiated nor were there any structures damaged. There were no firefighter injuries during either incident.

CAL FIRE would like to remind everyone to be aware of current weather conditions while using power equipment.

CAL FIRE would like to remind everyone that wildland fire season is rapidly approaching and residents are urged to be aware of current weather conditions and to use precautions when using power tools or mowing their properties.

 

Earthquake

From KSBW:

A 4.0-magnitude earthquake struck halfway between Salinas and Soledad at 9:25 p.m. Sunday.

The epicenter was about 13 miles north of Soledad and 15 miles east of Salinas, according to the USGS.

The quake came less than an hour after the San Francisco Giants won the 2012 MLB World Series in Detroit by trampling the Tigers with a 4-game sweep.

Two small aftershocks, magnitudes 2.1 and 2.4, followed soon after, according to the USGS.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or damages.

Gloria Fire, 8/28/09

8;00 pm update: (I just got home so most of these are from the last couple hours)
at 6 pm – CalFire just updated
6,000 acres – 15% contained
1 residence destroyed

This was posted at 7 pm, from a guy w/ Benito/Monterey CalFire: “The fire spotted over the line in NE corner around 1400PDT and made large run toward the South. This was about1 hour after AT 911 [ed-DC-10] made a drop. At that time they released them from fire back to Victorville. They had to reorder the VLAT [very large air tanker] later on. It made 3rd drop of the day around 1700PDT returning after reloading at McCulen AB. for 4th drop of day Watching VLAT drop 3 times showed how well this weapon works when it has room. All of the drops I saw seemed to go for ever.”

And for the view from on Top o’ the World — lots of smoke to the east, both down toward Bryson, and up toward Gloria. No significant plumes just before sunset.
Triple digit temps, and single digit RHs expected to continue through the weekend.

11:00 am update: California Professional Firefighters Association is reporting: “Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has declared a state of emergency in Los Angeles and Monterey Counties in response to a new flurry of wildland fires dotting the coastal counties.

Some 1,500 residents of Rancho Palos Verdes were forced out of their million dollar homes by a stubborn blaze, and a new Monterey Co. fire near Soledad has burned more than 5,000 acres.” (original report of 8K was a typo in original quote.)

These three shots were taken between 7:30 am and 8:00 am. Here’s the smoke from the Gloria Fire from my front deck:
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Here’s the smoke from the Gloria Fire from out back:
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Finally, the smoke from the Bryson Fire shot through the skeletons of last year’s Chalk Fire:
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9:00 am update – went out and took a look, not much to see. Smoke, but no plumes. And on the top of the Santa Lucia’s I can see the smoke from the Bryson, which is still burning to the south and the smoke from the Gloria burning to the north. Quite a perspective. I do have some shots, but not together — distance too great. What a view, though! Photos to follow.

NOTE: NOAA issued red flag warning for Pinnacles, area of Gloria Fire, Santa Lucias, and Los Padres National Forest. Warning in effect until noon today.

7:00 am – There is a lot of smoke out there. A quick check for info, then I’m off to the back to take photos. I can see the plumes from here, amid the trees, but want to get better shots.

I checked with Cheryl, and while she thinks the fire got to the edge of the ranch (it is 21K acres), nothing threatening her, but it is headed toward both Soledad, which is under threat today, and Pinnacles.

It is 5000 acres and 0-15% contained, depending on the source of information. 30-40 homes are threatened. It doubled overnight. Today is supposed to be hotter and drier, too.