Rows of firefighting vehicles were ready for the fire, hosted by Gabilan Conservation Camp.

Rows of firefighting vehicles were ready for the fire, hosted by Gabilan Conservation Camp.

By Don Chaddock, Inside CDCR editor

Since July 22, the Soberanes Fire has been burning in Monterey County. CDCR’s Gabilan Conservation Camp has been doing its part in the effort to combat the fire, recently hosting 31 strike teams, according to Correctional Lt. Michael Nilsson, camp commander.

The fire was started by an illegal campfire in Garrapata State Park. Containment of the fire was originally projected to be Sept. 30, but containment isn’t expected until mid-October. According to the U.S. Forest Service, “even after 100 percent containment, the Soberanes Fire will continue to burn in isolated pockets inside of the containment lines until a ‘season ending’ rain occurs, likely in December.”

A shot from the air shows firefighting equipment ready to roll to fight the fire. Gabilan Conservation Camp hosted 31 strike teams.

A shot from the air shows firefighting equipment ready to roll to fight the fire. Gabilan Conservation Camp hosted 31 strike teams.