The Soberanes Fire blazing through the Big Sur had grown to as many as 38,000 acres as of Sunday.
In 24 hours, the fire spread to about 2,000 acres. Currently, it has been 15 percent contained.
As many as 57 homes and 11 outbuildings were destroyed by the fire, which has spread to 38,007 acres, as reported by KSBW. Five structures have sustained damage as a result. Several residents on the northern and southern sides of the fire are preparing themselves for possible evacuation orders.
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Five thousand firefighters have been deployed to battle the fire. One bulldozer operator was killed in the incident. Tourists are canceling their bookings as a result of the wildfire, which has grown to about the size of San Francisco.
Residents from at least 300 homes have been forced to evacuate in Central California.
The map highlighting the areas the fire has spread to can be viewed here.
Cal Fire spokesman Daniel Berlant said the area the fire is blazing through has many dead trees. “We watched it explode, coming across Old Millerton Road, and it just keeps getting bigger and bigger,” Dana Bays said.
As reported by CBS Local, one man was killed and 18 homes were destroyed in a blaze that started in suburban Sana Clarita and spread to 65 square miles. Spread to the Angeles National Forest, the fire had been 93 percent contained. The cause of fire has not been determined as of yet.
Towards the south, hot temperatures – in the range of 90 degrees – and low humidity are posing problems. The extreme terrain, which contains rugged and steep mountains towards the south of Soberanes Fire, is making it difficult to battle the fire.
Southern California resident John Kim returned to his home last week to find most of his home wrecked. “The fire came from that side, like a big wave, all at one time,” he said. He said only remains of his house were left.
“I’m not okay but again what could I say? The only thing … we pray harder. And I’m sure that we’re gonna be okay,” he said.