Today crews get some relief from the critical fire weather as Red Flag conditions dissipate over the fire area. Yet, even with yesterday’s Red Flag Warning, the fire did not see much additional growth. Firefighters were able to keep it within its current footprint and keep the fire from pushing through established containment lines. Today fire objectives include, constructing containment lines along the southern and western sides of the fire and mopping up along the eastern edge where containment lines have already been put in. The fire is 11,611 acres and is 12% contained.
The fire remains active on the northern and southwestern sides, with hot spots, smoldering and creeping being reported within the fire’s interior. Pockets of interior fuel continue to burn, therefore as afternoon winds increase, smoke may be visible to nearby communities. A helicopter remains assigned to the fire to assist with bucket work to suppress any hot spots. There is no critical fire weather forecast for the fire area today, but afternoon winds could gust up to 30 miles per hour. Nearly 200 personnel are assigned to the fire, including hand crews, engines, water tenders, and aircraft resources.
Per the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office, all GO and SET notifications have been lifted as of Tuesday morning and
residents have been placed back to READY, with the exception of the Canelo South-area which remains in SET. Forest
Road 799 is closed for firefighter safety as crews continue to work along that roadway. Crews are also finding people in the burn area and for safety reasons, people are asked to stay out as hazards, such as ash pits, exist. As with any wildfire
incident, conditions are constantly changing and it is essential people be prepared and stay aware. Residents should sign up for emergency notifications through their county’s emergency management website and put together a ‘go bag’. A go bag consists of important documents or papers, prescriptions, photos, money, snacks and water that one can grab quickly during the evacuation process. The San Rafael Fire started on Saturday, May 7, 2022, and pushed nearly 12 miles to the northeast the following day due to high winds and a dry grass crop. The fire remains under investigation.
Start date – Saturday, May 7, 2022
Size – 11,611 acres
Containment – 12%
Location – 22 miles SE of Patagonia
Cause- Under Investigation