Sheriff cancels plans to escort Tassajara fire victims back to homes

MONTEREY (KRON/BCN) — The Monterey County Sheriff’s Office has rescheduled Sunday’s plans to allow evacuees to check on their homes threatened by the 1,200-acre Tassajara Fire near unincorporated Jamesburg, sheriff’s officials said.

The sheriff’s office planned to have deputies escort evacuees to their homes at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday and the escort is now rescheduled for Monday at noon, according to sheriff’s officials.

The Tassajara Fire was first reported at 3 p.m. Saturday roughly 2.5 miles north of Jamesburg in unincorporated Monterey County, Cal Fire officials said.

One civilian fatality has been reported, according to Cal Fire.

So far the fire has burned 1,200 acres, damaged or destroyed 10 homes and numerous outbuildings, according to Cal Fire. It remains 10 percent contained.

People who live on Tassajara Road between Carmel Valley Road and Parrot Ranch can meet at either end of the road closure on Carmel Valley Road to check on their homes, according to sheriff’s officials.

One closure is east of Cachaugua Road and the other is at Martin Road, sheriff’s officials said.

No one will be allowed into the evacuated area without an escort, deputies said.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, according to Cal Fire. An estimated 590 firefighters were battling the fire as of this morning, Cal Fire officials said.

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