Soberanes Fire Fully Contained After Burning for Nearly 3 Months Near Big Sur

Cal Fire spokesman Daniel Berlant tweeted this photo of the Soberanes Fire on July 29, 2016.

The massive Soberanes fire, one of the most expensive wildfires in U.S. history, was fully contained this week, nearly three months after it was sparked by an illegal campfire, officials said.

The stubborn, drought-fueled wildfire burned for 83 days and charred 132,127 acres — an area about four times as large as San Francisco — near scenic Big Sur, burning through Garrapata State Park and portions of the Los Padres National Forest.

The U.S. Forest Service announced the fire’s containment Tuesday night. Fire officials cautioned that although the fire is fully contained, some smoldering areas will continue to smoke and the potential for small-scale spread of flames remains, though significant fire growth is not expected.

The Monterey Ranger District of the Los Padres National Forest remains closed to the public, and all trails are closed within the Ventana and Silver Peak wilderness areas.

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