What began as a brush fire of a couple hundred acres on Friday near Big Sur in Monterey County, dubbed the Soberanes Fire, has now grown to over 10,000 acres as of Sunday morning and 1,650 structures are now reportedly threatened. As of Saturday night, as ABC 7 reported, evacuations were under way for residents near Palo Colorado Road, and now a mandatory evacuation order has been issued to residents of Carmel Highlands as well, according to this update from CalFire. It is only five percent contained.
According to SFGate, the fire broke out Friday morning in Garrapata State Park, five miles south of Carmel, and had grown to 900 acres by Friday night.
780 firefighting personnel are now on the scene. No injuries have been reported and only one outbuilding has been destroyed.
High temperatures and low humidity will continue to help the fire spread over the next several days, and according to Cal Fire, "Access to [the] fire is very challenging, but firefighters are actively battling the fire from the air and on the ground."
Capt. Lucas Spelman with Cal Fire tells SFGate, "We definitely have a hard firefight in front of us."