The Chalk Fire started at approximately 7:30 p.m last evening and has
now burned 500-600 acres. The fire is located just to the north of Chalk
Peak, approximately 22 miles south west of King City, in the Monterey
County section of Los Padre National Forest. The fire is burning in oak
and brush west of Chalk Peak and South Coast Ridge Road and is on both
sides of South Coast ridge Road. By 1:00 p.m. this afternoon, the fire
had crossed Nacimiento Ferguson Road and is currently burning on both
sides of the road. The fire is currently very visible, as it is
generating a large column of smoke.
Cause of the fire is under investigation.
Road closures: Nacimiento Ferguson Road is closed at Highway-1 on the
west side and at the forest boundary on the east side. South Coast Ridge
Road is closed at Nacimiento Ferguson Road and Highway-1 at Plaskett Creek.
Evacuations: As a precautionary measure, 3 national forest campgrounds
southwest of the fire have been advised to evacute. Other rural
residences and private inholdings may need to be evacuated.
Resources either on scene or ordered: 7 helicopters, 8 air tankers, 1
lead plane, 1 air attack aircraft and 10 engines.