Soberanes Fire Has Burned 41 Homes, Is Still Growing in Big Sur Area

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

As firefighters made gains on Southern California’s deadly Sand fire, the struggle continued Friday with containment of a massive wildfire burning north of Big Sur that has scorched more than 30,000 acres.

The Soberanes fire, which has burned out of control for days and claimed one life, is only 15% contained, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. To date, 31,386 acres have burned, fire officials said.

A total of 41 homes and 10 outbuildings have been destroyed by the blaze, which started a week ago in Soberanes Creek. The fire is threatening 2,000 structures and has forced hundreds of residents to evacuate, fire officials said.

The unpredictable blaze also claimed the life of Robert Reagan III, a bulldozer operator called in Tuesday to help battle the fire. At some point, he suffered fatal injuries in a remote area on the southeast end of the fire in Garrapata State Park in Carmel.

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