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New evacuation warning in Soberanes Fire

New evacuation warning for Soberanes Fire

BIG SUR, Calif. - UPDATE: A new evacuation warning is in for some residents and businesses near the Soberanes Fire. This time, those near Anderson Peak in Big Sur, are being asked to be ready in case they're ordered to leave.

The nearly 101,000 acre fire continues spreading, and weather conditions over the weekend didn't help.

"So we had about a 2700 acre growth over the weekend and it was late in the evening and the weather has been unusual right now," said Soberanes Fire public information officer Sam Harrell.

Crews said high temperatures, strong winds, and unpredictable humidity caused the fire to spread.
That prompted the U.S. Forest Service to expand evacuation warnings just south of Anderson Peak, extending to Dolan Canyon and bounded to the east by North Coast Ridge Road.

"Forecasted weather is what has caused us to expand the warning as just a precautionary measure," Harrell said.

Though it seems like a big jump in burnt acreage, keep in mind this is an evacuation warning, not order.

"You can think of it as ready set go. And right now, let's get ready. Let's think about what could happen. Let's make a plan, I want to take this, I want to make sure and take my important papers," Harrell said.

At 60% containment, fire crews are making progress. It is a tough job, but emotional support from curious tourists is motivation.

Not even a mile south of a famous restaurant on Highway 1, people are stopping to watch helicopters up close as they pick up water at a dip station and head right back into the firefight. Tourists said they're grateful knowing their vacations are mostly unaffected by the fire.

"So far I haven't seen a hair of it. I wouldn't have even known there was a fire but we were in a taxi last night and the taxi driver told us about this fire that sent you guys down here recently but aside from that we wouldn't have known. We haven't spotted it on the drive anyway, everything still looks very green instead of black, and that view still looks incredible," said Martin Baker, a tourist from London.

"I'd say it's still quite beautiful. I mean you can't diminish the beauty, but we weren't able to stop at any of the parks, the national parks or state parks along the way because they're all closed because of the fire," said Danielle Houret-Lam, visiting from Atlanta.
A new evacuation warning is in for some residents and businesses near the Soberanes Fire. This time, those near Anderson Peak in Big Sur, are being asked to be ready in case they're ordered to leave.

The nearly 101,000 acre fire continues spreading, and weather conditions over the weekend didn't help.

"So we had about a 2700 acre growth over the weekend and it was late in the evening and the weather has been unusual right now," said Soberanes Fire public information officer Sam Harrell.

Crews said high temperatures, strong winds, and unpredictable humidity caused the fire to spread.
That prompted the U.S. Forest Service to expand evacuation warnings just south of Anderson Peak, extending to Dolan Canyon and bounded to the east by North Coast Ridge Road.

"Forecasted weather is what has caused us to expand the warning as just a precautionary measure," Harrell said.

Though it seems like a big jump in burnt acreage, keep in mind this is an evacuation warning, not order.

"You can think of it as ready set go. And right now, let's get ready. Let's think about what could happen. Let's make a plan, I want to take this, I want to make sure and take my important papers," Harrell said.

At 60% containment, fire crews are making progress. It is a tough job, but emotional support from curious tourists is motivation.

Not even a mile south of a famous restaurant on Highway 1, people are stopping to watch helicopters up close as they pick up water at a dip station and head right back into the firefight. Tourists said they're grateful knowing their vacations are mostly unaffected by the fire.

"So far I haven't seen a hair of it. I wouldn't have even known there was a fire but we were in a taxi last night and the taxi driver told us about this fire that sent you guys down here recently but aside from that we wouldn't have known. We haven't spotted it on the drive anyway, everything still looks very green instead of black, and that view still looks incredible," said Martin Baker, a tourist from London.

"I'd say it's still quite beautiful. I mean you can't diminish the beauty, but we weren't able to stop at any of the parks, the national parks or state parks along the way because they're all closed because of the fire," said Danielle Houret-Lam, visiting from Atlanta.

PREVIOUS STORY: Warmer, drier weather has prompted Soberanes Fire officials to issue a new evacuation warning for the Big Sur-Partington/South Coast Center area.

The warning was issued Monday and applies to all residents and businesses east of Highway 1 from Grimes Canyon, south to Dolan Canyon. The area is bounded to the east by North Coast Ridge Road and includes all residents and businesses on Dolan Ridge Road.

An evacuation warning is issued as a precaution to warn residents that evacuations may be ordered if conditions warrant. Fire officials say residents should be ready to take their pets, all medications, important documents, and family valuables if ordered to leave.

Tonight, KION's Matt Sizemore reports on the evacuation warning and updates the efforts to contain the fire.


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