Willow Fire Update - June 20, 2021

Release Date: Jun 21, 2021

Contact(s): (831) 244-3205 Hours: 8am-9pm



Additional Cooperating and Assisting Organizations: National Weather Service, Monterey Sherriff’s Department, California Highway Patrol, CALFire, Big Sur Fire Department Cachagua Fire Protection District, Bureau of Land Management

Start Date: 06/17/2021

Location: Los Padres National Forest,

Monterey County, CA

Size: 2,080

Percent containment: 0%

Cause: Under Investigation



Last night there was minimal fire growth due to the increased humidity. Hand crews were able to put handlines in front of the fire in the Arroyo Seco area.

This morning California Interagency Incident Management Team 11 (CIIMT-11) took over management of the Willow Fire incident. Team 11 has been briefed in all areas of the incident and is prepared to work toward the goal of containment.

The fire is difficult for firefighters to access due to steep terrain and safety concerns. There are evacuations in place in areas where structures are threatened. These structures include historical sites, cabins, ranches, and private residences. Areas affected include Arroyo Seco Recreational Area, Tassajara Hot Springs and the Ventana Wilderness. Other concerns are endangered species and cultural sites. Los Padres National Forest Resource Advisors will be working with Chumash Tribal members, biologists and botanists to identify sensitive areas.


Although there was moisture recovery overnight fuels remain critically dry. These dry fuels create a receptive environment for fire spread. Temperatures are expected to cool over the next few days. Light terrain driven winds are expected.


  • Evacuation warning for areas north of Arroyo Seco Campground to Anastasia Canyon; west of Carmel Valley Road and east of Tassajara road.
  • Tassajara Hot Springs
  • Arroyo Seco Recreation Area is closed


Email: www.willowfirepio@gmail.com        

Incident Information: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7549/ 

Social Media: Twitter: @LosPadresNF   Facebook: @Los Padres National Forest

Los Padres National Forest: www.fs.usda.gov/pnf

Fire Information Phone: (831) 244-3205 Hours: 8am-9pm

Command: Los Padres National Forest and CIIMT 11