Chimney Fire burns 52 structures, video

August 23, 2016


The Chimney fire has burned 37,101 and is currently threatening several gated communities in the Nacimiento Lake area. The fire remains 35 percent contained.

Late Monday afternoon, wind gusts of up to 20 mph pushed the fire northeast towards the lake communities of South Shore Village and Oak Shores. Firefighters were unable to save two South Shore Village homes and two outbuildings.

The fire has destroyed 36 homes, 16 outbuildings and damaged seven other buildings.

Overnight, the fire behavior was extreme and consumed another 3,928 acres. Dry and drought stressed timber, chaparral, and grass in the steep inaccessible terrain continues to hamper firefighting efforts.

The threat to Hearst Castle continued to lessen on Monday. Nevertheless, tours have been canceled through Aug. 28.

A total of 3,983 fire personnel are currently battling the blaze.

Chimney Fire map



  1. easymoney says:

    Yes, fighting wildfires is expensive. Multiple agencies local, county, state and feds all throwing resources at fighting the many fires in just this state. Over 4,000 bodies on the Chimney Fire alone. And for the most part entirely preventable…
    Check out:
    And look at the “cause” column.
    Most major wildfires have a “man caused” or “under investigation” listing. Which in laymans terms means arson or negligence.
    And congrats to those who caught the arson perp who lit at least 17 fires in Lake County, which have burned 10s of thousands of cares of forest and burned multple structures to the ground. Hope he gets a just punishment…

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  2. Marsh says:

    This is becoming a very expensive fire to put out: was a human being out there responsible for starting this fire? Perhaps the fire investigators already know: just keeping it confidential…because so many acres and people are being affected.

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