REY FIRE UPDATE: August 24, 2016, 8:00 AM
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Public information: 805-364-2738
Start Date: August 18, 2016 Size: 31,255 acres
Estimated Containment Date: 8/31/2016
Total Personnel Assigned: 1783
Cause: Under Investigation
Structures Destroyed: None
Current Situation: Fire crews made good progress again yesterday and last night. Crews patrolled the west flank of the fire and made progress constructing line directly on the fire’s perimeter on the north flank near
Old Mountain and along the southern flank north of Gilbraltar Reservoir. Last night the fire backed down into Mono Creek on the east flank where crews hope to stop the fire’s eastward spread.
Today crews hope to hold the Mono Creek containment line and continue to build contingency lines further east. The secondary containment line is being constructed along the P-Bar Trail. An additional contingency
line is being constructed along the Pendola Jeep Trail. Containments lines previously used along the Camino Cielo Ridge are being improved as a contingency against north winds.
Fire Weather: High pressure is beginning to build over the area resulting in a drying trend with increased temperatures. Today southwest winds are expected to increase over the fire area pushing the fire to east and
northeast and challenging containment lines. Winds are generally predicted to be up canyon 3 – 6 mph with gust in the late afternoon of 20 – 25 mph. Smoke is expected to impact areas north and east of the fire area today with due to up canyon winds.
Evacuations & Closures: East Camino Cielo Road will be closed to all traffic at the Junction of Painted Cave Road and Gilbraltar Road for the safety of firefighter personnel and equipment movement. An evacuation
order remains in effect for the Paradise Road recreation areas, parts of Stagecoach Road and the Los Prietos Boy Camp. Paradise Road remains closed. Campgrounds will remain closed through the weekend. Highway
154 is open to traffic.
For more information about the Rey Fire, call (805) 364-2738
Large animal evacuation assistance can be found by calling (805) 681-4332.
Fire Restrictions: The Los Padres National Forest raised fire restriction to Level Four which includes no wood and charcoal campfires, use of gas stoves only in designated campgrounds, and no target shooting, no
smoking, and no fireworks.