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Soberanes Fire Grows to 53,690 Acres

5 Aug 2016, 8:31 pm

The Soberanes Fire in California continues to rage. Officials have determined that the fire was started from an illegal campfire. It has spread to 53,690 acres with 35% containment. So far 57 homes, and eleven outbuildings have been destroyed.

CAL FIRE and the United States Forest Service, Los Padres National Forest remains in unified command. Active, fuel driven runs continue in the south and east portions of the fire. Pre-planning continues to mitigate potential future threats. Fire continues to burn in steep, rugged and inaccessible terrain. A State of Emergency has been declared by the Governor.

The Damage Inspection Team continues working in collaboration with Monterey County Office of Emergency Services on assessment of damaged structures and infrastructure. A total of 57 residences and 11 outbuildings have been destroyed. Three residences and two outbuildings have been damaged. An Air Resource Advisor is assigned to the incident and is working with local and state air quality officials to analyze the impact the smoke is having on the public.

All California State Parks from Garrapata State Park through Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park are closed until further notice; which includes Point Sur State Historic Park (Lighthouse), Andrew Molera State Park, Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park Campground and Day Use. 300 residents have been evacuated along with several road closures listed in the Evacuations section below.

The blaze is being battled by 5,533 Total Personnel that are assigned to this fire including: Engines: 480, Water tenders: 54, Helicopters: 17, Air Tankers: 6, Hand Crews: 108, Dozers: 69, Other:8, Total Personnel: 5,552.

Current weather conditions: Marine layer will around 3000 to 3500 feet. and increase humidity. Today’s temperature is expected to be between 75 to 85 degrees above the marine layer with 65s on Highway 1. West winds will be from 5 – 10 mph with gusts 15 – 18 on the ridge tops. Relative humidity between 20 – 25% above the marine layer and 50 – 70% in the lower slopes below 2000 feet on Highway 1.



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