Soberanes Fire scorches more than 60,000 acres
August 8, 2016
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.