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Rey Fire Incident Update

By Aaron Briner
Aug 31, 2016 at 04:41 PM

REY FIRE UPDATE August 31, 2016, 8:00 AM

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Public information: 805-364-2738

Start Date: August 18, 2016

Size: 32,606 acres

Containment: 87%

Injuries: 1

Estimated Containment Date: 9/5/2016

Total Personnel Assigned: 667

Cause: Under Investigation

Current Situation: Yesterday fire crews constructed direct line on the remaining uncontained fireline on the north side of the fire. These efforts increased the overall containment to 87 percent. Fire activity was minimal with no growth.

Today crews will again focus their efforts on the remaining uncontained fireline on the north flank of the fire, making sure that the fire perimeter is secure and suppressing hot spots. Crews continue to deal with rough terrain in that area. The rest of the fire perimeter is in patrol and mop-up status.

The command of the Rey Fire will transfer from CIIMT1 (McGowan) to the local unit’s tomorrow, September 1 at 6 p.m. Tomorrow will be the last information update.

Fire suppression repair is progressing on contingency and firelines. Crews have completed approximately 81 percent of suppression repair; 44 miles of road that was used as fireline has been repaired, 32 miles of dozer line and 14 miles of handline. Waterbars, berm removal and brush chipping continue along the Camino Cielo and Pendola contingency lines.

Fire Weather: A low pressure system moved into the area bringing a cooler weather. Today’s temperatures will be in the low 90s, winds will be out of the west 3-6 mph with gusts up to 15 mph. Air Quality: For air quality data see

Road Closures: The Painted Cave and Gibraltar Roads are closed to all non-residential traffic. East Camino Cielo Road remains closed to the public, campers and anyone not affiliated with fire operations.

Forest Closure: The Forest Closure Order No. 05-07-54-16-14 for the fire area can be found on the Los Padres National Forest website. It includes portions of the San Rafael and Dick Smith Wildernesses.

Fire Restrictions: The Los Padres National Forest is in Level Four fire restrictions. No wood or charcoal campfires, use of gas stoves only in designated campgrounds, and no target shooting, smoking or fireworks. ###

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