Chimney fire burns 11,999 acres

August 19, 2016

Chimney Fire 7

With strong winds on Thursday, the Chimney Fire near Nacimiento Lake grew to 11,999 acres and is 33 percent contained, according to Cal Fire.

While the fire continues to burn in inaccessible rugged terrain, it is currently burning in a less inhabited area. The fire has destroyed 32 homes and 13 other structures and damaged seven buildings.

Strong winds, high temperatures and low humidity are expected to continue Friday afternoon.

A total of 2,559 fire personnel are currently battling the blaze. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

The fire started Saturday at southwest of Lake Nacimiento in the Running Deer Ranch area.


I have it on good authority that the fire was started by someone stopping their truck on tall weeds and the cat converter ignited it.


Lots of smoke in Paso today (Friday) and the planes with fire retardant have been busier today than ever. Don’t know if this is a good sign or a bad sign.

In the category of “they didn’t tell us about this”, firefighters with the Sobrannes fire in Monterey County were held back by men guarding illegal pot grows. The Sheriff’s Department had to go in and raid the pot grows to get these growers/guards out of the way,


I would like to take this opportunity to thank Justin Vineyards for turning their entire property into the world’s biggest fire break.


Thank you firefighters!


And SD, CHP, county roads and everybody else helping out.