On July 22, 2016 the Soberanes Fire put up it’s first smoke plume. By day two it was clear that The Santa Lucia Preserve would be an essential strong hold to keep the fire from spreading into the community of Carmel Valley. Fire crews and equipment poured on to The Preserve installing fire breaks, engaging in direct attack and firing operations to manage the incoming wildfire. The thoughtful wildland-urban interface of the Preserve design, with fuel management standards and a robust community water system, resulted in the successful suppression of the fire along our western flank. Ultimately 38 miles of fire lines were installed, approximately 1,700 acres of Preserve Wildlands burned, and no Preserve structures were lost. As soon as the fire was contained on the Preserve the Conservancy began the long process of repairing and restoring areas damaged by fire and fire suppression activities. Below are some photo highlights of the Soberanes Fire.