Cuesta Fire

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Cuesta Fire

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INCIDENT UPDATED 8/28/2015

Approximate Location

35.323 latitude, -120.624 longitude

Incident Overview

This map shows all active fires burning within the State of California on August 22, 2015

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Cuesta fire was reported at 6:14 pm on August 16 as a result of a vehicle on US Highway 101, in an area known as the Cuesta Grade protected by CALFIRE San Luis Obispo Unit. With the hot, dry and windy conditions, the fire quickly grew to several acres as the first firefighters arrived on-scene. The fire is currently estimated at 2,446 acres and 100% contained as of 6PM on 8/28/15.

The total acres burned was adjusted form 3,500 acres due to better mapping. Mapping was a challenge to ground-truth due to dangerous fire behavior, the inability to navigate through the dense forest/brush canopy, steep terrain and the inability to locate the fires edge due to dense vegetation and the number of spot fires. A demobilization firefighting resources will continue over the few days.

Within contained sections of the fire, crews and equipment will begin suppression repair. This entails rehabbing fire lines, placing brush, logs and debris and installing water bars on dozer lines, hand lines and contingency lines to prevent future erosion problems. Small amounts of smoke may be present for several days as trees continue to smolder deep within the control lines. Fire crews remain in place and are patrolling for any threats to the control lines.




The Los Padres National Forest remains under a Level III Fire Restriction order, prohibiting campfires outside of designated campfire use sites, smoking outside of vehicles and buildings and all recreational target shooting.

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More information is available from CALFIRE at
http://cdfdata.fire.ca.gov/incidents/incidents_details_info?incident_id=1201


Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseVehicle
Date of OriginSunday August 16th, 2015 approx. 06:15 PM
LocationEast of SR101 between San Luis Obispo and Santa Margarita
Incident CommanderForest Service.
Incident DescriptionWildfire

Current Situation

Total Personnel434
Size2,446 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%
Estimated Containment DateFriday August 28th, 2015 approx. 06:00 PM
Fuels Involved

Grass, Brush and Timber

Significant Events

Transition back to a local units occurred today.

Outlook

Planned Actions

Continue demobilization of excess resources, continue suppression repair, continue to patrol containment lines.

Projected Incident Activity

Fire line construction is slow in the southeast section of the fire due to heavy fuels and steep and narrow canyons.

Remarks

The total acres burned changed due to better mapping. Mapping was a challenge to ground-truth due to dangerous fire behavior, the inability to navigate through the dense forest/brush canopy, steep terrain and the inability to locate the fires edge due to dense vegetation and the number of spot fires.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

High pressure will continue building into the area bringing higher temperatures and lower RH's with a shallower marine layer in the fire area. Temps will be in the high 80's.

Unit Information

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Los Padres National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
6750 Navigator Way
Suite 150
Goleta, CA 93117

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