Soberanes Wildfire in California's Central Coast Region
Although previous fires, like the Marble Cone Fire and Basin Complex-Indians Fire, burned a greater acreage, the proximity to populated areas and duration of the Soberanes Fire made it a greater threat human life and homes,  and it is considered to be the most expensive fire fought on U.S. soil. 
Resource/s at Stake
As with past fires in the area, the Soberanes Fire burned away vegetation that provides several geomorphic functions within the watershed, such as: maintaining slopes and drainage areas, keeping structure and erosiveness of the soil, and providing overall landscape stability. Without this vegetation, processes like rock falls, debris slides and flows, dry ravel, surface erosion, and gullying will be worsened in accordance with burn severity during storm flows.
Laws, Policies, & Regulations
- Incident Information Website
- CalFire Incident Information
- Schmalz, D. 2016 July 28. How the Soberanes Fire compares to others in recent county history. Monterey County Weekly.
- Ceballos, A. 2016 November 3. The Soberanes Fire is contained, but its aftermath has just begun. Monterey County Weekly.
- U.S. Forest Service Geologic Hazard Report
- Map of burn severity area Carmel River Watershed: 2016 Soberanes Fire Burn Severity
- Other Watershed Issues
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