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Thursday, May 12, 2011

CA-BEU-METZ Incident: #Wildland Fire 832 acres - 100% contained

Soledad Grass Fire
Credit: thecalifornian.com

Update: 5-13 Noon - 832 acres - 80% contained. Conditions: Crews continue to put out hot spots and build containment line around the fire. Some burning within the perimeter continues.
Update: 5-13 1000hrs - Some resources being released. Size estimated to be 1100ac.
Update: 700+ acres 80% contained. City of Soledad was never in danger because the fire, which broke out south and east of the city, was consistently pushed further south by the high winds, Soledad police Sergeant Thomas Marchese said.
Update: 2000hrs - 500+ acres 0% containment, near Soledad
Update: 1900hrs - Wind driven fire estimated 250 acres per Copter 106 with potential of a 1000, 1/2 mile south of 146 fire running up Stonewall Canyon possible evacuations soon..., no additional aircraft available...also 2 dozer strike teams on order

IA: 5-12-11 1818hrs - Wind driven grass fire with structure threat east of Soledad.
Incident Command: CAL FIRE San Benito-Monterey Unit.
Location: Monterey County, Highway 146 east of Metz road near Soledad, fire burning toward the southeast, no evacuations ordered.
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Fuels: Grass, Brush
Structure Threat: One barn was the only structure destroyed, but some were threatened,
Injuries: None.
Evacuations: Some voluntary evacuations took place.
Cause: 2 12,000v transmission lines touching, sparks landing on dry grass.
Cal Fire Incident Link: Metz
Fire Resources: 17 agencies and support crews
Total Fire Personnel: 202 (194 CAL FIRE)
Engines: 15 CAL FIRE
Fire crews: 8 CAL FIRE
Helicopters: 2 CAL FIRE
Dozers: 4 CAL FIRE
Water tenders: 4 local government

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