MONTEREY COUNTY (BCN) — The deadly Soberanes Fire in Monterey County’s Los Padres National Forest has consumed more than 100,000 acres and is currently 60 percent contained, according to Cal Fire.
The wildfire was reported July 22 after an illegal, abandoned campfire began to spread in Garrapata State Park.
The fire is still actively burning in several locations, and spreading along the southeast and southwest portions of the perimeter.
The fire is currently just 2.5 miles from the Tassajara Zen Center, and Cal Fire anticipates that north/northwest winds should slow the fire’s spread in that direction.
A drone was reported flying over the fire Sunday. Cal Fire referred to the incident as a “drone incursion.”
They reminded drone operators that it’s illegal to interfere with firefighters’ efforts to extinguish the fire, and doing so can result in fines as well as mandatory court appearances.
A contractor was killed fighting the fire when the bulldozer he was operating overturned. Six other individuals have suffered injuries.
A total of 57 homes and 11 outbuildings have been destroyed. There are 410 structures currently threatened.