Deadly Soberanes Fire Grows to 59 Square Miles, Destroys Dozens of Homes; Containment at 15%

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The deadly wildfire raging north of Big Sur continued to grow in size over the weekend and has now burned more than 38,000 acres and destroyed nearly 70 structures.

More than 5,300 firefighters are battling the Soberanes fire, which is now just 15% contained, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. It has burned 38,007 acres and claimed the life of a bulldozer operator.

Pushed by strong southerly winds, the blaze has shifted away from coastal homes and is moving southeast into the heart of the Los Padres National Forest, said Maria Lara, spokeswoman for Cal Fire.

“It’s good in a way, but it means there will be more acreage burning,” Lara said. “It’s also more steep terrain to put our crews in, and sometimes we don’t have access to those areas.”

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