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Soberanes Fire

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Los Padres National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Goleta, CA 93117

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Fire Update for October 11th

Soberanes Fire Wildfire
News – 10/11/2016

Fire Information Line (831) 204-0446—Media Line (831) 484-9647—Email:
Incident: The Soberanes Fire is burning in the Los Padres National Forest, Ventana Wilderness, in Monterey County, CA. An illegal campfire started the fire on July 22, 2016, in Garrapata State Park. Agency Jurisdiction: Los Padres National Forest/CAL FIRE San Benito-Monterey Unit.Incident Command: Central Coast Interagency Incident Management Team, Van Arroyo, Incident Commander.
Current Size: 132,127 acres (94,933 acres Los Padres National Forest; 37,194 acres CAL FIRE)Containment: 99% Personnel: 682 Cause: Illegal campfire Injuries: 1 fatality, 12 injuries Structures Destroyed: 57 homes, 11 outbuildings Structures Threatened: 0 Crews: 9 Engines: 10 Helicopters: 8 Dozers: 6 Water Tenders: 30
Current Situation:
The flare-up near Marble Peak has been contained at 27 acres and a helitack crew continues to extinguish hot spots. The public should be aware that smoldering areas will continue to put up smoke, but are well within the fire perimeter. This will continue until a season-ending rain event occurs. A cooling and moistening trend is expected this week with a possibility of rain this weekend.
Additional Hotshot crews are being assigned to assist with suppression repair. Only one area of uncontained line remains north of Ventana Cone, where persistent hot spots continue to smolder in sparse fuels and rocky terrain. This area is inaccessible to ground troops, but is being closely monitored by fire managers using a helicopter with infrared technology.
The Monterey Ranger District of the Los Padres National Forest remains closed to public access. The only recreation sites that remain open are Plaskett Creek and Kirk Creek Campgrounds, Pfeiffer Beach, Sand Dollar Beach and Willow Creek Day Use areas. All trails are closed within the Ventana and Silver Peak Wilderness Areas.
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