831-204-0446 Soberanes Fire Information Line
An evacuation WARNING along the Pacific Coast Highway has been expanded on September 5, 2016.
The new evacuation warning includes the Big Sur-Partington/South Coast Center Area and applies to all residents and businesses east of Highway 1 starting at the intersection of Highway 1 and Grimes Canyon, extending south to the intersection of Highway 1 and Dolan Canyon. This area is bounded to the east by North Coast Ridge Road and includes all residents and businesses on Dolan Ridge Road.
An evacuation warning is a precautionary notice that an evacuation order may become necessary if the threat increases.
The new warning is due to warmer, drier weather that has increased fire activity on the east side of North Coast Ridge Road.
All residents under a warning should prepare to leave the area. Be sure to take any medications, pets, important documents, and family valuables if asked to leave. Close all windows and doors before leaving.
The forest closure order for the Monterey RD is effective September 3, 2016. Forest Service law enforcement officers will strictly enforce the closure order. The order will expire when the Soberanes Fire is fully contained and controlled.
The Soberanes Fire Closure Area now includes the entire Monterey Ranger District, as shown on the attached map. The notable exception is that Nacimiento-Fergusson Rd remains open to through traffic. Campgrounds along Nacimiento-Fergusson Rd are closed. Forest Service campgrounds along Hwy 1 will remain open.
Closure of the fire area aims to help ensure that members of the public are not injured within the fire perimeter, allows for the scorched landscape to begin the rehabilitation process, and reduces the potential for another human-caused wildfire. Closure Map
Due to extremely dry vegetation and an increasing fire danger Level IV fire restrictions went into effect August 23, 2016.
• Wood and charcoal fires are prohibited in all areas of Los Padres NF including designated Campfire Use sites; however persons with a valid CA Campfire Permit are allowed to use portable stoves and lanterns using gas, jellied petroleum or pressurized liquid fuel within the designated Campfire Use Sites only. Campfire Permits are available on the Los Padres website (http://www.fs.usda.gov/lpnf). You must clear all flammable material for a distance of five feet in all directions from your camp stove, have a shovel available, and ensure that a responsible person attends the stove at all times when it is in use.
ORDER NUMBER 05-07-51-16-10
EMERGENCY CLOSURE ORDER
LOS PADRES NATIONAL FOREST
MONTEREY RANGER DISTRICT
Pursuant to 16 USC 551 and 36 CFR 261.SO(a) and (b) and to provide for public safety, the following acts are prohibited in the Monterey Ranger District within the Los Padres National Forest. This Order is effective from July 26, 2016 until the Soberanes Fire is Fire is declared out.