Chimney Fire, 8/22/16

This came in at 7, but I was watching a movie, and then I couldn’t get my internet up and running properly, but here it is at long last:

CHIMNEY FIRE, 7 P.M. MONDAY, AUG. 22.
The fire situation is reportedly very dynamic tonight, especially in the Lake Nacimiento area. The information below likely was compiled during a rapid onslaught of fire that reportedly destroyed a number of homes in the South Shore Village area.

Chimney Fire
Incident Update
Date: 8/22/2016 Time: 6:00PM
Fire Information Line: 805-543-2444

STATUS
Incident Start Date: 8/13/2016 Incident Start Time: 4:03 PM
Incident Type: Vegetation Fire Cause: Under Investigation
Incident Location: Chimney Rock Rd. & Running Deer Rd., South of Nacimiento Reservoir

Acreage: 33,173 acres Containment: 35%
Expected Containment: 08/29/2016 Injuries: 1
Structures Threatened: 1,898

Structures Destroyed:
Residences 36 (up from 34 this morning).
Other 16 (up from 14 this morning).
Structures Damaged: 7

RESOURCES
Engines: 311 Water Tenders: 46 Helicopters: 17 Air Tankers: 7 Hand Crews: 104
Dozers: 46 Other: 3 Total Personnel: 3,813
Cooperating Agencies: California Highway Patrol, California State Parks, San Luis Obispo County Sheriff, Red Cross, 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, CAL-OES, San Luis Obispo OES, Monterey County Sheriff, Monterey County OES and USFS.

SITUATION
Current Situation:
Today, fire behavior was extreme and continued to challenge the control lines. The fire is currently burning through Rocky Butte area and into Monterey County west of Lake San Antonio. Threats remain to Oak Shores, Christmas Cove, South Shore Village, Rancho Del Lago, Cal Shasta, Bryson Hesperia and Lake San Antonio.
Once the morning inversion broke, the winds increased out of the southwest at 10 mph with gusts out of the south
around 20 mph. Damage assessment is ongoing.
As with all evacuation orders and warnings, these are
implemented for the safety of the public and firefighters. Please adhere to all orders, warnings, road closures and detours. Fire personnel are working in extreme fire conditions around the clock to contain and control the fire.
Please do your part to be prepared to evacuate by visiting http://www.readyforwildfire.org .
Evacuations:
Ordered: Evacuation orders are in place for Christmas Cove, Oak Shores, North Shore Boat and Ski, Laguna Vista, South Shore Lake San Antonio, Sapaqua Valley, and Bryson Hesperia in both San Luis Obispo and Monterey Counties. Any residents that have yet to evacuate are asked to do so immediately due to increasing fire activity in your immediate area.
Evacuation Centers:
Flamson Middle School
2405 Spring Street
Paso Robles, CA 93446
Small Animals – Chimney Fire Animal Shelter can be contacted at (805)423-4934
Large Animals – Horse Emergency Evacuation Team (HEET) 805-466-7457
Large and Small Animals – Chimney Fire Animal Relief (805)423-4934
Road Closures: G14 Interlake Road from Lake Nacimiento Dam to Bryson Hesperia Road. Traffic control points are being
manned by CHP at Interlake Road at Bryson Hesperia Road, as well as Interlake Road at Lake Nacimiento.

For updates, check at http://www.sanluisobispo.com

5:00 pm – from FHL: “Interlake Rd is closed from Lake Nacimiento Dam to Bryson Hesperia Rd due to Chimney Fire. CHP is conducting traffic control. Expect More road closures. Call CALFIRE at (805) 242-3640 or 831-386-2513 for updates. Please drive safely and allow emergency response vehicles pass.”

http://www.fire.ca.gov/current_incidents/incidentdetails/Index/1389

4:30 pm – from a friend: “Hi Kate I’m on my property off Bryson Hisperia Rd a little past the Hisperia/ Smith road turn off. Fire is in the bottom of the creek to the west of us in Forest River that’s where they are keeping it from jumping Bryson Hisperia road. Just an up date for you”

3:45 pm – 3 fully involved structure fires in Oak Shores, per Div. M

3:00 pm –

CAL FIRE NEWS RELEASE
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
CONTACT: INFORMATION LINE
RELEASE DATE: August 22, 2016
(805) 543-2444 TIME: 2:00 p.m.
CHIMNEY FIRE:

EVACUATION ORDERS:
This message is to reinforce that evacuation orders are in place for
Christmas Cove, Oak Shores, North Shore Boat and Ski, Laguna Vista, South Shore Lake San Antonio, Sapaqua Valley, and Bryson Hesperia in both San Luis Obispo and Monterey Counties.
Any residents that have yet to evacuate are asked to do so immediately due to increasing fire activity in your immediate area.
ROAD CLOSURES: G14 Interlake Road from Lake Nacimiento Dam to Bryson Hesperia Road. Traffic control points are being manned by CHP at Interlake Road at Bryson Hesperia Road, as well as Interlake Road at Lake Nacimiento.
When you evacuate be sure to take any medications, pets, family valuables etc. with you, close all windows including window coverings, and leave all doors closed.
All residents are asked to be READY: Create and maintain defensible space and harden your home against flying embers. Get SET: Prepare your family and home ahead of time for the possibility of having to evacuate.
Be Ready to GO! Take the evacuation steps necessary to give your family and home the best chance of surviving a wildfire.
For more information on Ready, Set, Go, go to http://www.readyforwildfire.org
For additional information on the Chimney Fire, please call the
Information Line at (805) 543-2444. Or visit CAL FIRE online @
http://www.fire.ca.gov
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7:30 am – Here are John Chesnut’s maps – two from different angles:

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7:00 am – This morning the total acreage is given as 31,644 and containment is still 35%. You will note that this fire crept into Monterey County last night.

IR Ortho Map:

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~ by bigsurkate on August 22, 2016.

9 Responses to “Chimney Fire, 8/22/16”

  1. Thank you, Kate, for including the Chimney fire in your daily updates. Our weekend was just a small taste of what Big Sur folks have been going through for weeks now. Thank God for calm knowledgeable locals down here and, of course, for our unbelievably hardworking fire fighters.

  2. Kate, thank you for all the valuable information about the fires in the area. Friends and I were driving from Los Angeles to Monterey and found the information regarding the Chimney and Soberanes Fires on your site to be the most comprehensive, easily understood, and up to date of any other source. We modified our drive and other activities based on your information (locals would be proud of us). Just wish there weren’t fires for you and the locals to write about!

  3. Thank you for being sensitive enough and flexible enough to modify your plans.

    bigsurkate

  4. Has fire reached Copperhead Road yet In Hidden Valley Ranch, below Bald Mountain?

  5. Regine, I am not ignoring you, I just don’t have an answer.

    bigsurkate

  6. Regine, did you ever get any information about Copperhead? My mom’s house is on that road. One of her neighbors there out there who is staying put for now called her this morning and said there’s no fire there yet.

  7. Betsy, take a look at the interesting map I put up. It wasn’t close to Copperhead this morning.

    bigsurkate

  8. Betsy and Regine, on the right, in my 2016 Fire Season list, there is a link to current fire maps. Pull that up. Enter the area you are interested in, i.e. Bryson Hesperia, CA and it will take you to the area of the fire you are interested in. One can zoom way in and see the names of creeks, streets, etc. I just rediscovered it, myself, and it is a very handy tool for your box.

    bigsurkate

  9. VERY useful. Thank you!

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