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Rey Fire Incident Update

By Aaron Briner
Aug 27, 2016 at 03:53 PM

 FIRE UPDATE August 27, 2016, 8:00 AM

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Public information: 805-364-2738

Start Date: August 18, 2016

Size: 33,006 acres

Containment: 46%

Injuries: 1

Estimated Containment Date: 8/31/2016

Total Personnel Assigned: 1799

Cause: Under Investigation

Current Situation: Last night crews were able to build upon the work done during the day and were successful in minimizing fire growth. They continued to build line to increase containment as well as strengthen the fire line. Working in conjunction with the National Guard Infrared Aircraft (Distributed RealTime Infrared) hotspots near the line are identified and put out.

Today crews will continue to construct direct line on the fire’s east perimeter with air support backing up ground efforts. Fire crews will monitor the west end of the fire to make sure the perimeter is secure. Suppression repair will continue on various portions of the fireline.

Fire Weather: A high pressure system will build over the area bringing warmer and drier weather. Westerly winds will pick up this afternoon after the marine layer dissipates.

Air Quality: For the latest smoke forecast

Evacuations & Closures: People who live or work off of Paradise Road have been allowed to return to the area. The road will remain closed to the public, campers, and anyone not affiliated with the suppression actions to provide for firefighter and public safety. Law Enforcement will be checking ID’s so that only residents or employees will be allowed in. All additional road closures are still in effect. Highway 154 is open to traffic. For more information about the Rey Fire, call (805) 364-2738. Forest Closure: A closure order went into effect on August 25, 2016 for portions of the forest in and around the Rey Fire perimeter and portions of the Dick Smith Wilderness and San Rafael Wilderness.

The entire Forest Order No. 05-07-54-16-14 can be found on the Los Padres National Forest website. 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. ###

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