Chimney Fire, part 3, 8/18/16-8/20/16
That’s Hearst Castle, center left. Looks small, doesn’t it?
3:30 pm – All hell has broken loose on the Chimney Fire. Not only is Hearst Castle threatened, whole communities including Oak Shores and Byson Hesperia are threatened. One Unit is being sent to Highway One north of Hearst Castle. Reports that it has spotted across the Nacimiento River. Fort Hunter Liggett is in the process of prepping the northern end of Bryson and the southern portion of the base. It may outrun their efforts at this rate.
3:15 pm – from SLOStringer:
“All – activity has picked up on the North/West end of the Chimney Fire. Sheriffs Dept is in the process of issuing a reverse 911 to several areas in Oak Shore, South Shore, Christmas Cove, Hesperia Road and others to issue an evacuation warning. A “warning, but STRONGLY suggested… the wind is picking up”. Leave early – do not wait.”
As of last night, the fire was over 11,000 acres and 33% contained. Updated figures when I receive them.This morning it is 15,439 acres and 35% contained.
Here are John Chestnut’s maps for today. Looks like it is on the move.
Another with the IR info included from John Chesnut. Most of these red areas along the Rocky Butte Truck trail (if not all of them) are from burn out operations:
Here’s Cal Fire’s 7 a.m. incident update sheet on the Chimney Fire: Incident Update Sheet
Date: 8/19/2016 Time: 7:00 A.M.
Fire Information Line: 805-543-2444
Media Line: 805-242-3640
Structures Threatened: 232 Structures Destroyed: 45 Structures Damaged: 7
Engines: 198 Water Tenders: 38 Helicopters: 13 Air Tankers: 7 Hand Crews: 71
Dozers: 38 Other: 3 Total Personnel: 2,559
Assisting Agencies: California Highway Patrol, San Luis Obispo County Sheriff, Red Cross, San Luis Obispo Office of Emergency Services, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, California Conservation Corps, PG&E, San Luis Obispo Air Quality Board, San Luis Obispo Public Works, Paso Robles Fire Department, Monterey Co. Water Resource Board, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, US Army Camp Roberts, USFS, CAL-OES
Extreme fire behavior was observed overnight. The Governor has declared a State of Emergency in San Luis Obispo County. High temperatures, low humidities and afternoon winds are expected to continue today. The fire continues to burn in steep, rugged and inaccessible terrain. Residents will continue to experience drift smoke throughout the region. For updates on air quality and smoke advisories, visit http://www.slocleanair.org
Work by the damage assessment team is ongoing.
For more information visit the CAL FIRE website at http://www.fire.ca.gov
Evacuations: Mandatory: The Communities of Running Deer Ranch, Tri-County, Cal Shasta, Rancho de Lago, and South Shore Village Road
At the intersection of Chimney Rock Road and Running Deer Road.
With summer weather and extreme drought conditions, we are asking everyone to continue to use
caution, “one less spark – one less wildfire”. For more information on how to prepare for wildfires, go to
For text alerts – text “follow @CAL_FIRE” to 40404
8:00 am – From John Chesnut:
7 am – still getting things sorted out, and the Soberanes Fire posts up, so back by about 8 or so.
Here are some links I forgot to post this am (you will have to copy and paste until I get this sorted out)
3:30 pm – from Highway 46, photo by Jen Smith:
from Cambria, also Jen Smith:
2:30 pm – plume from the fields south of San Carpoforo right now, photo by Jen Smith:
Plume behind Hearst Castle, also by Jen Smith:
9:30 am – perimeter map with proposed (x..x..x..x..x) dozer lines and completed (double hash marked) lines, which look to have been breached in a number of locations. The lined red areas on the perimeter are the hottest burning areas, with the fine dotted ones still burning, and then the Single dots are isolated hot spots.
From John Chesnut, 2 maps. He says, ” I am sending you two versions — one with just the perimeter data and one with the VIIRs added, I don’t know which is more accurate, but the odd points in VIIRS could be erroneous.”
Here’s the latest on the Chimney Fire, as posted this morning at http://www.fire.ca.gov/current_incidents/incidentdetails/Index/1389
Chimney Fire Incident Information:
Last Updated: August 18, 2016 6:45 am
Date/Time Started: August 13,2016 4:05 pm
Administrative Unit: CAL FIRE San Luis Obispo Unit
County: San Luis Obispo County
Location: Running Deer Rd & Chimney Rock Rd south of Lake Nacimiento
Acres Burned – Containment: 8,300 acres – 30% contained
Structures Threatened: 232
Structures Destroyed: 45 destroyed, 7 damaged
Evacuations: Mandatory: The Communities of Running Deer Ranch, Tri-County, Cal Shasta, Rancho de Lago, and South Shore Village
Road Closures: At the intersection of Chimney Rock Road and Running Deer Road.
Cause: Under Investigation
Cooperating Agencies: USFS, California Highway Patrol, San Luis Obispo County Sheriff, Red Cross, CAL-OES, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, California Conservation Corps, PG&E, San Luis Obispo Air Quality Board, San Luis Obispo Public Works, Paso Robles Fire Department, Monterey Co. Water Resource Board, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, US Army Camp Roberts.
Total Fire Personnel: 2,312
total Fire Engines: 165
Total Fire Crews: 68
Total Airtankers: 7
Total Helicopters: 13
Total Dozers: 28
Total Water Tenders: 34
Incident Management Team: CAL FIRE Incident Management Team 2
Conditions: Moderate fire behavior was observed today with short-range spotting and single-tree torching. To date, 32 residences and 13 outbuilding-type structures have been destroyed; with four residents and three outbuildings damaged. Work by the damage assessment team is ongoing.
CAL FIRE Incident Management Team 2 is working collaboratively with PG&E to assess damage and restore services in affected areas. A damage assessment has been assigned to the incident. Tonight, firefighters will continue constructing containment lines while strengthening and securing control lines.
Additional Information:With summer weather and extreme drought conditions, we are asking everyone to continue to use caution, “one less spark – one less wildfire”.
Phone Numbers (805) 543-2444 (Fire Information Line )