Soberanes Fire scorches more than 60,000 acres

August 8, 2016

Smoke from the Soberanes Fire in the Cambria area, photo from Lynn Upton

The Soberanes Fire in Monterey County grew to more than 64,000 acres by Monday morning and is 45 percent contained. The fire has claimed one life, injured three others and destroyed 57 homes and 11 other structures.

The blaze broke out July 29 from an illegal campfire. The northern section of the fire is contained, and crews are focusing their efforts on the southeastern flank of the fire.

Smoke from the blaze continues to impact air quality in north San Luis Obispo County and in Monterey County.

On Monday morning, more than 5,000 firefighters and 110 ground crew members were assigned to battle the blaze. Steep, rugged and inaccessible terrain has hampered firefighting efforts.

More than 600 people have been evacuated from their homes. Firefighters have also had to remove people attempting to protect multiple marijuana grows.


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5 Comments

  1. pasoparent5 says:

    Rambunctious–In that region, I assume the pot growers aren’t using their own land for cultivation; some/many are planting hidden grows within rugged and remote areas owned by the state of CA.

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    • Rambunctious says:

      If it is illegal then raid the farm and put them in jail. That doesn’t explain why legal marijuana grows received special attention in an article about a fire… That’s all…

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  2. Rambunctious says:

    “More than 600 people have been evacuated from their homes. Firefighters have also had to remove people attempting to protect multiple marijuana grows.”

    Last sentence of the article: Why point out marijuana grows? Why not just say farmers attempting to protect their land had to be removed by firefighters?

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    • Snoid says:

      That would be because generally speaking the dope farms are run by law breaking illegals stealing water to irrigate while growing on somebody elses land. They leave mountains of trash & human poo, trespass, steal, and do bad things to anybody with the misfortune of stumbling,mountain biking,hiking,motorcycling, exploring,hunting, onto their pig pens of life.

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      • Rambunctious says:

        “That would be because generally speaking the dope farms are run by law breaking illegals stealing water to irrigate”

        If what you say is true then put them in jail. I’m referring to legal grows. They are as legitimate as an apple farm…or a field of tobacco and I find it interesting to see them referred to in the article…also if you do some checking I’m sure you will find most large farms are legal and up to date with state requirements. I would also bet that no illegal grower is going to stand in his driveway and argue with the fire dept.

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