Area Fires and Air Quality updates

For continued updates on the fires, visit the website of the Monterey County Office of Emergency Services. For continued updates on air quality, visit the website of the Monterey Bay Air Resources Board.

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Updated Oct. 2

Monterey Bay Air Resources Agency reports that air quality is unhealthy in Monterey, Salinas and Salinas Valley, and moderate in Carmel and south along the coast.

Updated Sept. 14

The Dolan Fire is over 117,000 acres, is 40% contained, and continues to grow. Fire activity has shifted east and southeast, prompting the incident command post to relocate to King City to reduce travel time. Road closures include Highway 1 between mile post 25 and mile post 10. Monterey County Office of Emergency Services has posted evacuation information.

Monterey Bay Air Resources Board reports this morning that air quality is unhealthy throughout most of Monterey County, and unhealthy for sensitive groups around Carmel and Carmel Valley.

Updated Sept. 11

Monterey Bay Air Resources Board reports this morning that air quality is unhealthy throughout Monterey County. "Everyone may begin to experience some adverse health effects, and members of the sensitive groups may experience more serious effects."

Updated Sept. 10

Monterey Bay Air Resources Board reports this morning that air quality is moderate throughout Monterey County. "Air quality is acceptable. However, there may be a risk for some people, particularly those who are unusually sensitive to air pollution."

On Thursday, September 10, due to local Air Quality Indexes showing wildfire smoke is sustained above 70 PM2.5, and per the CSUMB guidelines, the fresh air intake for occupied buildings may be reduced to 0%-5%. HVAC system alterations will remain until midnight on the day activated unless otherwise directed due to forecasted AQI conditions.

CAL-Fire BEU reports that smoke from the Lightning Complex, Creek, and Dolan fires may continue to drift into Monterey County, causing a light haze. Smoke may also be seen within the perimeters of the Carmel and River fires due to smoldering, and will dissipate with time.

Updated Sept. 4

This evening CAL-Fire has issued its final incident updates on the River and Carmel fires. They report that both fires are 100% contained. Firefighting crews will patrol the areas and fire suppression repair will be ongoing.

Updated Sept. 3

CAL-Fire reports that the River Fire is 48,088 acres and 98% contained, and the Carmel Fire is 6,905 acres and 98% contained. An interagency firefighting team reports this morning that the Dolan Fire is 31,409 acres and 40% contained.

Monterey Bay Air Resources Board reports that air quality this afternoon is moderate on the Monterey Peninsula.

Updated Sept. 2

CAL-Fire reports that the River Fire is 48,088 acres and 97% contained, and the Carmel Fire is 6,905 acres and 98% contained. An interagency firefighting team reported this morning that the Dolan Fire is 31,005 acres and 35% contained.

Monterey Bay Air Resources Board reports this morning that air quality is good on the Monterey Peninsula.

Updated Sept. 1

CAL-Fire reports this morning that the River Fire is 48,088 acres and 96% contained, and the Carmel Fire is 6,905 acres and 98% contained. An interagency firefighting team reported this morning that the Dolan Fire is 29,550 acres and 25% contained.

Monterey Bay Air Resources Board reported this morning that air quality is good on the Monterey Peninsula, Salinas, Carmel Valley, and South County (with the exception of Soledad, which is moderate), and unhealthy for sensitive groups in parts of Big Sur.

Updated Aug. 31

CAL-Fire reports that the River Fire is 48,088 acres and 95% contained, and the Carmel Fire is 6,905 acres and 97% contained. An interagency firefighting team reports this morning that the Dolan Fire is 29,434 acres and 25% contained.

Monterey Bay Air Resources Board reported this morning that air quality is good on the Monterey Peninsula, Salinas, Carmel Valley, and South County (with the exception of Soledad, which is moderate).

Updated Aug. 30

CAL-Fire reports that the River Fire is 48,088 acres and 87% contained, and the Carmel Fire is 6,905 acres and 89% contained. An interagency firefighting team reports this morning that the Dolan Fire is 25,587 acres and 25% contained.

The Monterey Bay Air Resources Board reported this morning that air quality is moderate on the Monterey Peninsula and South County, and good for the Salinas and Carmel Valley areas.

Updated Aug. 29

CAL-Fire reports that the River Fire is 48,732 acres and 76% contained, and the Carmel Fire is 6,767 acres and 81% contained. An interagency firefighting team reports this morning that the Dolan Fire is 25,587 acres and 20% contained.

The Monterey Bay Air Resources Board reported this morning that air quality is moderate on the Monterey Peninsula and South County, and good for the Salinas and Carmel Valley areas.

Updated Aug. 28

CAL-Fire reports this morning that the River Fire is 48,732 acres and 66% contained, and the Carmel Fire is 6,767 acres and 71% contained. An interagency firefighting team reported this morning that the Dolan Fire is 23,365 acres and 20% contained.

The Monterey Bay Air Resources Board reports that air quality on the Monterey Peninsula and Salinas Valley this morning is good.

Updated Aug. 27

All remaining evacuation warnings and orders for the River Fire and Carmel Fire were lifted at 1pm today, according to the Monterey County Office of Emergency Services. CAL-Fire reports that all road closures have been lifted, but urge caution as fire and utility crews work to "mitigate any remaining fire concerns, restore utilities, and bolster infrastructure."

CAL-Fire reports this morning that the River Fire is 48,732 acres and 58% contained, and the Carmel Fire is 6,767 acres and 60% contained. An interagency firefighting team reported that the Dolan Fire is 21,861 acres and 15% contained.

U.S. Air Quality Index reports air quality on the Monterey Peninsula and Salinas ranges from moderate to unhealthy this morning.

Updated Aug. 26

CAL-Fire San Benito-Monterey Unit is conducting a livestream briefing on River Fire and Carmel Fire updates on Facebook and Twitter (@CALFIREBEU) 7pm tonight, Aug. 26. Their Facebook page also has updates, road closure and repopulation information in English and Spanish.

CAL-Fire reported that the River Fire is 48,424 acres and 48% contained, and the Carmel Fire is 6,695 acres and 45% contained. An interagency firefighting team reported that the Dolan Fire is 20,397 acres and 15% contained.

Monterey Bay Air Resources Board reported that as of this morning air quality on the Monterey Peninsula and Salinas was good to moderate. A Purple Air sensor on campus reported at 1:23pm that air quality index (AQI) was 129, meaning the general public is not likely to be affected but that sensitive groups may experience health effects if exposed for 24 hours.

Updated Aug. 25

Monterey Bay Air Resources District reported this morning that Monterey Peninsula and Salinas Valley air quality is good.

CAL-Fire reports that the Carmel Fire is 6,695 acres and 30% contained, and the River Fire is 48,424 acres and 33% contained. An interagency firefighting team reports that the Dolan Fire is 20,091 acres and 15% contained.

Evacuation orders have been lifted for zones 7, 13 and 14, and partially for zones 1 and 2. Evacuation warnings have been lifted for zones 16 and 24.

Updated Aug. 24

CAL-Fire reported that the River Fire was 48,424 acres and 23% contained, and the Carmel Fire is 6,695 acres and 15% contained. An interagency firefighting team reported that the Dolan Fire is 20,091 acres and 10% contained.

The Monterey County Office of Emergency Services reports that CAL-Fire has lifted evacuation orders for Zones 17 and 18, and evacuation warnings for Zones 20, 21, and the northern portion of Zone 19.

CAL-Fire has a glossary of commonly used fire terminology.

CSUMB is prepared to assist as a temporary evacuation shelter if the county needs our help. At the present time, we continue to provide staging areas and housing to first responders who are actively engaged in fighting the wildfires.

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Updated Aug. 23

CAL-Fire reports that the River Fire is 48,424 acres and 15% contained, and the Carmel Fire is 6.695 acres and 10% contained. An interagency firefighting team reports that the Dolan Fire is 19,287 acres and 10% contained.

As area wildfires are in Monterey County, we suggest that you plan, prepare, and stay aware to be ready-to-go in the event of an order. There is no immediate threat to the campus by the River Fire.

This information helps you follow the steps to get ready to act if an order is issued.

As in all emergencies, remain calm and follow the guidance of officials if orders are issued.

Updated Aug. 22

Video message for CSUMB students, faculty and staff.

President Eduardo Ochoa addresses the campus community about the current wildfire conditions. There is no immediate threat to the campus by the River Fire.

CAL-Fire reports that the River Fire is 44,987 acres and 12% contained, and the Carmel Fire is 5,523 acres and 5% contained. They have posted a wildfire preparedness plan . An interagency firefighting team reports that the Dolan Fire is 14,000 acres and 10% contained.

The County of Monterey’s River and Carmel Fire Evacuation Zones map shows the perimeter of the fire, evacuation zones, and a list of closed and open evacuation centers/shelter

The National Weather Service has sent a Red Flag Warning alert about approaching dry thunderstorms and gusty winds from 5am Sunday morning to 5pm Monday evening in our area. CAL-Fire has a wildfire action plan to protect families and homes. The Monterey County Office of Emergency Services shares NWS alerts, as well as fire and evacuation updates.

Updated Aug. 21

CAL-Fire reported this morning that the River Fire was 39,464 acres and 9% contained, and the Carmel Fire was 4,732 acres and 0% contained. They have posted a wildfire preparedness plan to mitigate against the wildfire. An interagency firefighting team reported that the Dolan Fire was 8,500 acres and 0% contained.

The Fall 2020 semester, which will be taught almost all virtually, will proceed next week as planned. If students, staff or faculty experience adverse impacts from the wildfires, please fill out the Impact Reporting Form.

Air quality around CSUMB is in the unhealthy to very unhealthy range. We advise staying inside with windows and doors closed. An advisory about minimizing smoke effects has been published by Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula. Check air quality index (AQI) at Monterey Bay Air Resources Board and EPA AirNow.

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Updated Aug. 20

CAL-Fire BEU (San Benito-Monterey) reported that the River Fire is 33,000 acres and 7% contained, the Carmel Fire is 4,000 acres and 0% contained. Firefighters are continuing countermeasures from the ground and air.

CAL-Fire recommends staying inside to avoid smoke inhalation and an advisory about minimizing effects of the wildfire smoke has been published by Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula.

Updated Aug. 19

There is no immediate threat to the CSUMB campus posed by the River Fire or other fires in our region. The River Fire is over 10,000 acres and about 7% contained. Smoke and ash are visible on campus due to the directional winds. Stay aware of the air quality conditions and take appropriate steps. CSUMB emergency operations and CAL-Fire are monitoring the situation.

CSUMB supports the firefighting efforts by hosting CAL-Fire on campus with staging areas and housing. Emergency vehicles may be on or around campus.

The Carmel Fire and Dolan Fire are also in the vicinity of the CSUMB campus.

  • Carmel Fire is near Carmel Valley Road / Cachagua, 3.5 miles southeast of Carmel Valley Village. On the morning of Aug. 19, it was about 1,200 acres and 10% contained.
  • Dolan Fire is near Big Sur and on the morning of Aug. 19 was about 2,500 acres and 0% contained.

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