6,500-Acre Fire in Big Sur Area Threatens Homes; Evacuations Ordered

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A fire burned in the Big Bear area on July 23, 2016. (Credit: KSBW)

Evacuations were ordered Saturday as a fast-moving brush fire threatened more than 1,000 homes in the northern Big Sur area of Monterey County, state officials reported.

The Soberanes fire began Friday morning in Garrapata State Park about five miles south of Carmel, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. Authorities said the blaze had grown to about 6,500 acres as of Saturday evening and was threatening 1,650 structures.

Firefighters are dealing with dry, warm conditions; strong winds; and steep, rugged terrain as the fire burns south toward the community of Palo Colorado, where homes were evacuated.

Cal Fire officials said the blaze was not contained Saturday morning, and they predicted that progress would be difficult throughout day.

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