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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

CA-LPF- Tassajara Fire: 213 acres, 90% contained #CaFire

CA-LPF-Tassajara Fire Wildland Fire LPF-2176 Tassajara Fire LPF-2176
Monterey County, Four miles west of Arroyo Seco Tassajara Hot Springs near the Zen Center

Update 7-21 0880: Tassajara Fire LPF-2176
Monterey County, Four miles west of Arroyo Seco 
Tassajara Hot Springs near the Zen Center
213 acres, 90% contained
Update 7-18 0880: 174 acres 55% contained.
23 residences and 10 outbuildings remain threatened.
Tassajara Fire LPF-2176 Four miles west of Arroyo Seco Monterey County
Tassajara Hot Springs near the Zen Center
169 acres 0% contained. 
Due to the remote access of the fire and steep terrain, handcrews have not been able to gain access. Starting this operational period, all personnel will be flown in to attempt direct attack. There is currently one approved helispot, and anticipate additional helispot approval early this morning. The fire will impact  the Ventana Wilderness, and continues to threaten the Tassajara Zen Mountain Center, and various outbuildings.
Update 1930: 169 acres, shaky containment with forward progress stopped.
The Tassajara Mountain Zen Center has been updating their Facebook page. In a post at 8:40 p.m. they said:
Update on the Tassajara Fire — Tassajara director, Linda Galijan, just met with Pete Harris, Fire Incident Commander. They dropped 8 firefighters near the fire by helicopter earlier this afternoon, they worked for awhile, and walked out. Pete says that the fire is generally laying down well, however, the terrain and access are making it difficult to fight the fire, which is located around the confluence of Church and Tassajara Creeks. The area burned in 2008, so there are lots of dead trees, and they are falling and making passage up the creek difficult. Helicopters just stopped flying for the night.
Early tomorrow morning, 8 fire crews (20 persons each) will be dropped in by helicopter (they made landing pads near the fire for the purpose today). Pete expects fire crews will be working through tomorrow, and maybe the next day. They are not currently expecting crews to encamp at Tassajara. We don’t yet know what any of this means for Tassajara Rd., and whether anyone would be able to come in tomorrow, or by what time. We should know more in the morning.
Update 1900: Tassajara Fire LPF-2176 Four miles west of Arroyo Seco Monterey County Tassajara Hot Springs near the Zen Center
150 acres 0% contained.
Zen Hot Springs facilities and wilderness area are threatened.
Fire is burning in steep terrain with limited access for ground resources.
Update 1830: 250 acres
Update 1630: 150 acres,  IC requesting 8 type 1 crews and local type 2 team.
Tassajara Fire - Incident Overview
The Tassajara Fire started at approximately 1:00 pm, on Wednesday, July 16, 2013. The fire is located one mile from Tassajara Springs on the Monterey Ranger District of Los Padres National Forest. The fire is at 150 acres and is burning at a slow to moderate rate of spread. The fire is burning in the 2008 West Basin Fire scar. Terrain and access are presenting a control issue.
Basic Information
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Under Investigation
Date of Origin Wednesday July 17th, 2013 approx. 01:00 PM
Location 1 mile from Tassajara Springs
Current Situation
Total Personnel 200
Size 500 acres


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