Posts Tagged ‘Cone Peak’

Important Chalk Fire Information

October 17, 2008

WIth the extremely hot and dry weather, fire conditions have changed and put officials on alert at the Chalk Fire. The USFS upgraded the growth potential of the fire from “low” to “medium” last night and issued this statement:

“Tomorrow a firing operation may be initiated to strengthen hand line and retardant line that was established along the top of the fire from Cone Peak to Twin Peak and southwest from Twin Peak towards Highway 1. The firing operation will be completed in two phases. Because of the rugged terrain and to minimize risk to fire fighters, the first phase may be completed by helitorch. The second phase will be by crews hand firing from Twin Peak towards Highway 1. The firing operation may take several days to complete. There is no immediate threat to Limekiln, Lucia, Lopez Point or the Hermitage, however, residents should stay alert to the fire’s activity in their area. If evacuation steps are needed, the Monterey County Sheriff’s Department will issue the notice.”

Kate Novoa published this statement from a local firefirghter, also from last night:

“Some talk of an IMT being ordered if conditions don’t moderate over the next day, or if contingency lines don’t hold. The original concern was brought forward by the LPF FFMO on Tuesday as fire conditions were changing significantly on the incident. Concerns were based upon reports from the Type 3 IC and his ‘team’ and forwarded upwards to ‘the Line Officers’ for decision. Several ground resources from SoCal fires reassigned to the Chalk Fire today, including an aerial armada including ten airtankers, multiple helitankers, helicopters, and aerial supervision. While the line officers waited, the fire made the ultimate decision, necessitating immediate fire management action.”

For Inciweb updates on the Chalk Fire:

For some spectacular images of the fire around Cone Peak last night, visit:

Also, there will be a Community Meeting for residents impacted by the Chalk Fire with the BAER Team:

Monday, October 20, 2008
4:30 PM
At Community Center, Pacific Valley School


7/11 1pm: Updates from the north, south and eastern perimeters

July 11, 2008

In response to a number of questions about large plumes of smoke visible in the past couple days in the north, and reports of a line breech in the south, I did some digging around today and have some basic info below.

Please note that this news blog was created in response to a need for information specifically in the Big Sur community by Big Sur resident volunteers.  We recognize the Basin Complex fire is far from over and now threatens other areas – our heart and thoughts are with you! We (I) don’t have the resources, knowledge or capacity to keep the news flowing here for other geographic areas though, and other blogs are popping up to fill that gap. We will continue to post official news updates on the site throughout the fire.  For official information on what’s happening on the northern line, please call 831-622-0825. For the eastern and southern areas, please call 831-656-3963. Thanks!

As of 1pm 7/11:

In the north, the fire has reached the original dozer line by Devil’s Peak and there are backfiring operations happening all along Devil’s Peak east toward Los Padres Reservoir. There have been large islands of fuels burning in these areas, causing dramatic plumes of smoke, but as of this afternoon there are NO reports of the fire having crossed the original dozer line.

Regarding the Cone Peak area – there was a 500 acre slop over the fire line. The fire crossed over Arroyo Seco trail. Since that time they have received lots of air support and as of this afternoon they feel confident this area is now controlled.

Reports on the ground down south today are reporting that Dolan ridge looks quiet, and there are no visible plumes from upper Devil’s canyon.