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Fire information for Monterey County

Evacuation orders and routes

07/30 Kirk Creek, Plaskett Creek, Arroyo Seco Campgrounds to Reopen August 1

Evacuation information about pets, livestock

Press Releases

08/15 New Complex Fire and Indians Fire Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Update

08/06  Gap Fire Repairs Continue; Dust will be Visible

08/04  Most of Los Padres National Forest in Monterey County Remains
Closed to Public Entry

07/30  Los Padres National Forest - Kirk Creek, Plaskett Creek, Arroyo Seco Campgrounds to Reopen August 1

The latest fire reports
from the Incident Command Center

07/27 am  Gap Fire
Santa Barbara Ranger District, Los Padres National Forest

Monday, July 28, 2008, 6:00pm

Fire officials declared the Gap Fire fully contained today at 6:00pm.  The human-caused fire started on Tuesday, July 1, in the Lizard’s Mouth area along West Camino Cielo.  It burned 9,443 acres and destroyed 4 outbuildings, but no homes. 

Some smoke may occasionally be seen coming from within the perimeter of the fire.  Fire personnel will continue to monitor the area. 

The emergency closure surrounding the Gap Fire will be lifted effective Wednesday, July 30.  The section of West Camino Cielo from just west of the Winchester Gun Club to just east of Broadcast Peak will remain closed to all vehicle traffic until further notice. 

For more information about the Gap Fire, call 805-961-5745 or 805-961-5759

07/28 am Basin Complex Fire UPDATE


07/21  Latest fire map showing combined Basin and Gallery fires

07/14  Latest fire map showing the Gap fire

The wildfires have forced the closure of large areas of the Los Padres National Forest.  This map shows the closed areas 


Traffic Advisories & Road Closures

07/27 am Road Closure Changes:
Read Full notice East Basin here

Monterey County Traffic Advisories & Road Closures

Wildfire Preparedness
Safety Information

07/15  Additional Fire Restrictions in Los Padres National Forest

Safety precautions to protect your home and family from wildfire

Wildfire Health Information

07/11  Health Advisory - Health Concerns of the Wildfire

07/05  Loss of Power Outage - Health Hazard

07/02  Forest Fire Smoke Information Page

Wildfire Health Fact Sheet from the Monterey County Health Department

07/03  Wildfire Smoke Advisory

Fire Safety Information - en Espanol

Disaster Assistance
and FEMA Information

07/18  The Monterey County Office of Emergency Services is gathering data on fire losses. Personal data is not shared, and will only be accessed by relief agencies on an individual basis. For confidentiality, responses should be emailed to

     ü Basin Business Losses 
ü Disaster Assistance - Damage Survey

ü Public Agency Assistance Press Release - Disaster Reimbursement Information
     ü Public Assistance Message from Monterey County Office of Emergency Services
     ü Public Assistance Eligibility and Fact Sheet for FEMA-3287-EM-CA

07/02  Important information about FEMA, how and when to apply for assistance

Los Padres National Forest


How You can Help

Big Sur Fire Community Resources Website

The Red Cross

The SPCA of Monterey County

Other News

Governor Schwarzenegger visits Big Sur Fire Area - see online video of press briefing

07/02  Governor Schwarzenegger and FEMA officials visit Big Sur Fire - see online video of event


Other Links and Information

View from the deck at Nepenthe restaurant

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection 

Monterey County Department of Social & Employment Services:
Press Release:
Fire Evacuees seeking information regarding public assistance
Evacuados del Incendio que buscan información con respecto a ayuda estatal


Big Sur Residents -  U.S. Mail Service:
The U.S. PostMaster in Monterey, CA has confirmed that Big Sur residents may pick up their U.S. Postal Mail from the U.S. Postal Office in the City of Monterey, at 565 Hartnell Street, Monterey, CA.   Phone:  831-372-4063.

Monterey County Free Libraries:
Monterey County Free Libraries has a bulletin board outside of their Carmel Valley Library branch, 65 W. Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley, CA.   This provides for information posting as a service to the public.  

There is also a fire link on the Monterey County Free Libraries webpage,, for the public's informational purpose.




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