Monterey County

Third command post established in Big Sur for Soberanes Fire

Cal Fire opens up third command post for Soberanes fire

BIG SUR, Calif. - For Chris and Erica Grivas, tourists from Washington state, seeing a closed sign at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park comes as a surprise.

"We thought since the businesses were open that the hiking trials would be as well," said Erica Grivas.

A place that is normally bustling with summer campers has transformed into the newest command post for fire crews.

"We are establishing a camp on this side of the incident to relocate resources to their fire assignments," said Michael Lopez, a public information officers working on the Soberanes Fire.

Lopez and Keli Stafford with the U.S. Forest Service gave KION a tour of the new camp. There's food, drinks, showers, laundry and a camp sites for some firefighters to sleep.This location serves as a place for the fire's many different agencies to meet, monitor, brief and plan as the fire continues to grow.

"We are talking about hand crews, hot shot crews, we have type two hand crews, engine companies and also support such as dozers," said Lopez.

This new camp comes after a second location was opened over the weekend in Carmel Valley. Both bases are much closer to the fire front lines.

"It's convenience, it's close to the fire, it's more accessible and it's easy for fire crews to get their faster," said Firefighter, Maria Lara
The new camps come at a time when Cal Fire says the first location at Toro Park in Salinas was nearing capacity.

"We've overgrown this one, it was getting a little bit congested, especially on the highways and with heavy equipment," said Lara.

Pfeiffer and all of the other Big Sur State Parks have been closed since last Tuesday and even though it comes as disappointment for the Grivas family, they say they get it the reason why.

"Of course, I understand that firefighters have to do their work," said Grivas. 

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