Big Sur Kate continues to report on the Chalk Fire. She is on top of the fire (literally) and her coverage is providing vital information for her community.
This is real life stuff folks, read it here!
Note too how the affected residents are using gel to protect homes and out buildings.
Update: 9/30/08 8:00pm
The Chalk Peak Fire has consumed nearly 2,000 acres with minimal containment after four days of active burning. The fire is in an area that has not been burned in more than a generation. I can’t any fire history for this particular spot. The Indians Fire and Basin Complex south perimeters will stop any movement to the N/E and N/W. Prevailing winds should keep the fire from touching Highway 1 on the West.
There is a full contingent, that is a full dispatch to this incident and the weather should be moderating soon. My thoughts are with my friend Kate and her community. They have been through enough this fire season.
GeoMAC shows the Chalk Peak Fire ran to the coast. I would have bet against that happening considering the winds from the West and N/W last night and today. It looks like the fire followed the Nacimiento-Ferguson Road to Highway 1. If so it will try to run south and east. That may account for why the heavy air tankers where painting stripes above the highway yesterday. Big Sur Kate has some outstanding images of the tankers working here.
The good news is showers are predicted Saturday!
Update: 10/2 Chalk Peak Fire view from Nepenthe Webcam looking South. The Chalk Peak Fire has now burned over 9,000 acres, with over 1,440 firefighters on scene. The fire is 20% contained and rain is expected within the next 36 hours.
Update: 10/3 The Chalk Peak Fire looks to have made a break south outside the break lines of Divisions B and C. Earlier today Big Sur Kate referenced on her blog (links above) that earlier in the morning fire resources hurried past her place (south of the fire).
Have a look at the GeoMAC below. Keep in mind GeoMAC is merely a gauge and not truly representative of action on the fire ground.
Rain is much needed to halt the progression of this fire.