Monday, October 27, 2008

CA-LPF- Chalk wildland fire 16,269 acres, 98%

Chalk wildland fire - Los Padres National Forest
ALL WARNINGS AND WATHCES HAVE BEEN LIFTED.
Roads to reopen today Nacimiento Fergusson Road, South Coast Ridge Road and Willow Creek Road south to Highway 1 will reopen on Monday, October 27, 2008 at 12 Noon.

Update:
10-27 1800hrs - Chalk (CA-LPF-2754) 16,269 Acres and 98% contained. Mark Nunez (ICT3) assumed command of the fire this morning. Rolling rocks and debris on Highway 1 south of The Hermitage Road remain a problem. All road closures have been removed today at 1200 hours, except for Cone Peak Road which will remain closed until further notice per the Monterey District Office.

Road Closures: Please exercise caution when traveling on Highway 1 along Twitchell Flats and Limekiln State Park. Due to rolling rocks and debris from the burned hillsides along this area, expect delays from 15 to 20 minutes. Electronic message boards are located at Highway 101 and 46, Highway 46 and Highway 1, Hearst Castle, north of Willow Creek Bridge, Nepenthe in Big Sur and Rio Road and Highway 1 in Carmel.
Roads to reopen today: Nacimiento Fergusson Road, South Coast Ridge Road and Willow Creek Road south to Highway 1 will reopen on Monday, October 27, 2008 at 12Noon.

Chalk wildland fire map - Los Padres National Forest
Credit: Inciweb - http://www.inciweb.org/incident/maps/large/1551/0/

Current Situation
Total Personnel: 385
Size: 16,269 acres
Percent Contained: 98%
Estimated Containment: Date Wednesday October 29th, 2008 aprox 06:00 PM

Basic Information
Incident Type: Wildland Fire
Cause: Under Investigation
Date of Origin: Saturday September 27th, 2008 aprox 07:30 PM
Location: 22 mi southwest of King City, CA
Approximate GPS Location: 35.99 latitude, -121.43 longitude
Incident Commander: Dana D'andrea

Fuels Involved - 4 Chaparral (6 Feet) Large volume of dead and down material in fire fuel bed from sudden oak death and previous fires. Oak woodland and pockets of timber.
Fire Behavior -
Interior burning of unburned fuel, creeping and smoldering.
Significant Events - Rock and debris fall continues on Highway 1 resulting in periodic closures. Drivers are strongly advised to heed Caltrans caution/closure signs or risk damage to their vehicles. Electronic message boards are at the following locations: 101 and Highway 46, Highway 1 and 46, Hearst Castle, north of Willow Creek Bridge, Nepenthe in Big Sur and Rio Road and Highway 1 in Carmel. The Central Coast Interagency Incident Management Team 7 will be transitioning to the local Type 3 team beginning tomorrow morning, October 26, 2008 at 6:00 am. Incident Commander will be Mark Nunez.
Outlook and Planned Actions - Crews continue to mop up and improve existing line along the Hermitage Road to Highway 1. They will also continue to mop up around structures and improvements in Limekiln State Park. Crews continue to clean up and remove hose. The Evacuation Watch for Hermitage has been lifted as of 6:00pm Saturday, Oct.25, 2008. The Evacuation Watch for the Harlan Ranch and Morning Glory area was lifted as of 6:00pm on October 23, 2008.
Growth Potential - Low
Terrain Difficulty - Extreme
Remarks - Crews monitored and extinguished hot spots found in the Twin Peaks area and along the coast near the Limekiln State Park area. Rehab work continued on the dozer line above the Hermitage and removal of fire hose and trash will continue today. Please exercise caution when traveling on Highway 1 along Twitchell Flats and Limekiln State Park. Due to rolling rocks and debris from the burned hillsides along this area, expect delays from 15 to 20 minutes. Electronic message boards are located at Highway 101 and 46, Highway 46 and Highway 1, Hearst Castle, north of Willow Creek Bridge, Nepenthe in Big Sur and Rio Road and Highway 1 in Carmel. Nacimiento Fergusson Road, South Coast Ridge Road and Willow Creek Road south to Highway 1 will reopen on Monday, October 27, 2008 at 12Noon.
Weather
Current Wind Conditions 5-10 mph SE
Current Temperature 47-65 degrees
Current Humidity 40-70 %

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