Soberanes Fire, Day 50, 9/9/16

5:30 pm – Sorry, I was not around today. I had to go to Templeton, Paso Robles, and Cambria. I do intend to be home all weekend, however, so will be keeping an eye on things. From late this afternoon (about 1/2 hour ago) the incident report has this to say:

“Despite cooler temperatures and marine moisture in the morning at low elevations, open fireline became active by late morning with upslope runs carrying to ridgelines above. Aircraft was used to check fire spread in several areas.
Most activity was terrain driven through the burn period.
The most active burning was on the southern end of the fire. Fire continues to spread actively both down drainage toward Lost Creek and upslope on the slopes and ridges above it, both east and west. There was some active burning in areas at the bottom of Pick Creek beneath the area burned out yesterday.
There was also aggressive burning in unburned interior areas such as Cienega Creek and the North Fork of the Big Sur River. Managers continued to increase resource capacity on the east side of the fire in response to fire spread. Structure protection planning in that area was finalized. Managers also continued to scout opportunities for evaluation points and geographic locations that have successfully held previous fires.
The uncontained fire edge in Willow Creek did not show signs of significant growth today. Managers continued collecting data on previously used indirect lines on the southeast side of the fire. Previous fire control action points were scouted to be utilized as contingency lines.
Structure protection actions continued on Partington Ridge and south from Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park to Dolan Road.”

7:30 am – John Chesnut’s Map:

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5 am – here are the day’s maps:

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IR Topo Map in PDF

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South Ops Map in PDF

And the Fire Behavior and Weather Predictions:

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~ by bigsurkate on September 9, 2016.

10 Responses to “Soberanes Fire, Day 50, 9/9/16”

  1. Kate–I have not traveled to Big Sur during the fire–but now I would like to go and offer my support to businesses by spending some money there–do you think it’s OK now?

  2. Yes, businesses are all open and business is off, so they would appreciate it. There is fire traffic, so it is important to pay attention to that, and tomorrow is Best Buddies bike ride from Carmel to Hearst Castle, so avoid Saturday, but otherwise, yes. Come and spend at all your favorite establishments.

  3. Kate – Thank you for concisely stating that the businesses in the Sur are hurting due to loss of seasonal visitor traffic. People needing info on the safety of travelling to the area would benefit from “helpful” guidance to the right address, rather than snarky one-offs from someone earlier ( not a business operator) who seemed to think that all traffic was evil, uninformed and, perhaps, less spiritually in tune? Patience, and friendly help are more in tune with the life on the coast, I would think.

  4. Do you know the status of Don Herrington’s homes on palo Colorado Ed?

  5. Is any status on Don Herrington’s homes on palo Colorado road?

  6. I am buried in the fog in Hot Springs canyon but can hear substantial air-traffic overhead. anyone have info about WHY the planes today? and if so thanks!

  7. Despite cooler temperatures and marine moisture in the morning at low elevations, open fireline became active by late morning with upslope runs carrying to ridgelines above. Aircraft was used to check fire spread in several areas.

    Most activity was terrain driven through the burn period.

    The most active burning was on the southern end of the fire. Fire continues to spread actively both down drainage toward Lost Creek and upslope on the slopes and ridges above it, both east and west. There was some active burning in areas at the bottom of Pick Creek beneath the area burned out yesterday.

    There was also aggressive burning in unburned interior areas such as Cienega Creek and the North Fork of the Big Sur River. Managers continued to increase resource capacity on the east side of the fire in response to fire spread. Structure protection planning in that area was finalized. Managers also continued to scout opportunities for evaluation points and geographic locations that have successfully held previous fires.

    The uncontained fire edge in Willow Creek did not show signs of significant growth today. Managers continued collecting data on previously used indirect lines on the southeast side of the fire. Previous fire control action points were scouted to be utilized as contingency lines.

    Structure protection actions continued on Partington Ridge and south from Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park to Dolan Road.

    59 minutes ago, update from Inciweb: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4888/

  8. Thanks Steve, for the update.

    bigsurkate

  9. thanks for update. those Lost Creek slopes are just the other side of that hill, yup those planes sounded close!

  10. Otherwise known as Lost Valley. From the top of Hot Springs looking E one sees Higgins Creek which feeds Lost Valley creek.

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