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Soberanes Fire Scorches 15,000 Acres, Destroys 20 Homes Near Big Sur

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The Soberanes Fire burned in the Big Sur area on July 23, 2016. (Credit: KSBW)

A fast-growing wildfire that scorched 14,897 acres along the coastline near Big Sur has destroyed 20 homes and is threatening more than 1,600 other structures, officials say.

The Soberanes fire started burning Friday in Soberanes Creek at Garrapata State Park in Carmel, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

Situated along the Pacific coast, the park’s canyons are filled with redwoods and sagebrush, which makes the firefight difficult and explosive. The blaze is just 5% contained.

“The fire remains active and dynamic, with access being challenging,” Cal Fire said.

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