The Soberanes Fire continues to grow and is now more than 100,000 acres. The fire made some rapid runs over the weekend and some areas are still at risk.
One of the major areas of concern is the Tassajara Zen Mountain Center. On Monday, the fire was burning about two miles away but a shift in the winds helped fire crews.
The wind pushed the fire back into itself and away from the nearly 150 year old facility. Residents there are taking matters into their own hands. They have a 30 member fire crew.
Not only are they reinforcing their defensible space, they have reflective material to put on their buildings and are using sprinklers to keep everything damp. The zen center director said they've been working hand in hand with incident command.
“We've had the opportunity to work so closely with this team. It was the right time. They style or style work well together. They're great communicators,” Tassajara Zen Mountain Center Director Linda Galijan said.
But fire crews are ready to leave if the fire forces them too. Tassajara Road is a one way, rocky road that snakes around high cliffs.
“If the fire were to reach the Tassajara Zen Center, though we've been doing daily preparation, wood chipping cutting helping out fire wise. If therefore were to push and begin to cut off the road, our firefighters need to be our top priority,” said Kale Casey, a public information officer for the Soberanes Fire.
Because their number one priority is to firefighter safety. However the zen center hopes it doesn’t come down to that.
“They look around they see the features of the landscape, very conducive to defensibility,” Galijan said.
But as we've seen, the fire has proven to be unpredictable.
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According to the center's Facebook page, the fire is about 2 1/2 miles away.
On Monday, fire crews said winds are blowing from east to west, pushing away from the zen center. But they are keeping a close eye on the situation.
About a week and a half ago, those choosing to stay at the center said they weren't getting as much help protecting the property as they had in previous wildfires.
"We had been hoping that they'd be helping us before, during and after the fire, as they had in ‘77, and ‘79, with the Marble Cone and Kirk Complex fires. And in 2008, they came before the fire to help us prepare," said Tassajara Mountain Zen Center director Linda Galijan.
However, at a community meeting August 25, crews said they're doing everything they can.
"We are not going away, we are not abandoning the forest or the residents here," said Cal Fire incident commander Dennis King.
Crews said they are also concerned about containment lines near Coast Ridge Road. KION's Mariana Hicks will have the latest from the front lines at 5 & 6.