Soberanes, Day 67, 9/26 /16

8 pm – meanwhile, back at home (away from the Loma Fire in the Santa Cruz Mtns) This is what Soberanes was doing on Pine Ridge as shot by Michael Troutman from Chew’s Ridge:


And here is a happy (and CLEAN) crew from Nevada County sent in by Ana (Alva) Sargenti of East Carmel Valley Road:


Daily Update:

Current Situation:
A large smoke column visible in many areas on Sunday was from interior burning in the Church Creek drainage. This burning was stimulated by high winds that reached gusts of 51 mph. The fire, while active in that area, did not breach containment lines. Firefighters will be focusing today on the Church Creek area to cut off fire growth.

Outside of the Church Creek area, fire activity on the perimeter was limited to creeping and backing. Fire behavior today is expected to have similar characteristics. Winds are expected to lessen today.

The fire is in transition. Firefighters continue aggressive suppression in areas where there is active burning, primarily on the fire’s east side. But objectives are changing to reflect the work on suppression repair, which addresses adverse environmental effects caused by firefighters and equipment during periods of active firefighting. Three suppression repair groups are now working on the east side. Suppression repair also continues to be a priority on the west side.

Firefighters have completed contingency lines in the southeastern area. In the southwestern area, crews are seeking and extinguishing hot spots and making sure the burned areas are cold.

The Monterey County Sheriff’s Office has lifted the evacuation order for the east side of Tassajara Road from Chews Ridge to Bruce Ranch; Bruce Ranch East along Anastasia Canyon to Carmel Valley Road and South Carmel Road from Anastasia Canyon to Tash Ranch.

Evacuation warnings were lifted from north of Carmel Valley Road from Hastings Preserve to Cahoon Ranch and north of Carmel Valley Road from Cahoon Ranch East to Tash Ranch. All other evacuation orders and warnings remain in effect. Information on evacuations is available at

The lifting of the evacuation orders and warnings are the result of progress on the fire. Firefighters continue to complete and improve lines on the spot fires near Chews Ridge and Arroyo Seco.

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Today’s AQ Report:


John Chesnut’s Map:


Maps, yet again …


IR Topo in PDF


Briefing Map in PDF

Fire behavior and weather prediction discussions: (technical difficulties of some sort seem to be preventing the uploading of these, and of John Chesnut’s map. Will Try later.)



~ by bigsurkate on September 26, 2016.

10 Responses to “Soberanes, Day 67, 9/26 /16”

  1. Hi!

    Has anyone else mentioned that the Soberanes firelines are in the shape of a lobster? Today’s half topo of the firelines disguises the image a tad, but the full fireline topo is spot on. Has been this way for a while..

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  2. I noticed the lobster claw for awhile…

  3. Lobster Claw: Does that mean the fire is executing a “Pincer” movement?

  4. off location from Big Sur but a huge plume is coming off of the area of Mt. Madonna today, on Santa Clara County side, I don’t know anything else but so far hasn’t spread to the Santa Cruz County side. If anyone knows anything about it since we live over here, happy to hear? God bless us all.

  5. Jane, it is called the Loma, and is moving east, away from the Santa Cruz side. It’s about 20-30 acres, threatening structures as well as the communication tower.


  6. SJMN/ Big Sur fire: “Condors safe for now, but biologists watch nervously”

  7. Dated story above from a KQED link- I gather info is slow on the progress of those prehistoric flying giants.

  8. KSBW broadcasting live how extensive the Loma Fire is.

  9. Loma Fire at 200 acres burned, 300+ homes nearby in jeopardy.

  10. Evac center opened at Loma Prieta Elementary School.

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