Saturday, August 29, 2009

CA-BEU-Gloria Wildland Fire - San Benito County - 6,000+ acres, 60%

Gloria Fire Incident Information:
Evacuations Remain in affect for the area of Highway 146 and Bryant Canyon.

Date/Time Started: August 27, 2009 2:57 pm
Administrative Unit: CAL FIRE San Benito - Monterey Unit
County: San Benito County
Location: East of Gonzales
Acres Burned: 6,000 acres
Containment 6,000 acres - 60% contained
Structures Destroyed: 1 residence destroyed
Threatened: There are approximately 100 homes threatened by the fire.
Evacuations: Evacuations continue along Hwy 146 east from Metz Rand Bryant Canyon and Hwy 146 east of Metz.
Injuries: 1
Cause: Under Investigation
Cooperating Agencies: CAL FIRE, Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Multiple Monterey County Fire Departments, Monterey County Sheriffs Office, CHP, Red Cross, CalEMA and City of Soledad
Total Fire Personnel: 1,083
Engines: 110
Fire crews: 32
Airtankers: 3
Helicopters: 5
Dozers: 26
Water tenders: 8
Costs to date: $1.5 million
Conditions:
Evacuations:
Remain in affect for the area of Highway 146 and Bryant Canyon. There are approximately 100 homes threatened by the fire. If conditions allow, repopulation of affected areas could begin as early as tomorrow evening. An evacuation center has been set up at the Soledad High School. This center is also open for large and small animals needing shelter.

Road Closures: 146 is closed east of Metz Rd

Fire behavior: The fire actively burned on the north east flank within the perimeter. Overnight, firefighters made good progress building containment lines and will continue to work on securing the eastern flank. Very Large Air Tankers 910 and 911 whch are DC-10 jets known as VLAT's have made numerous large sustained drops on this fire since day 1.
Weather: Temperatures are forecasted in the high 90’s for Saturday with low relative humidity with the winds picking up in the afternoon from the North West.
Comms: Air to Air Fixed Wing for this incident is 135.975
Notes: Crews will be inspecting properties to mitigate any life hazards, such as downed power lines, before residence are allowed to return.

Information: Phone Numbers (831) 647-6257 (Gloria Fire Information)
Phone Numbers (831) 333-2672 (Gloria Fire Information)

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