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Soberanes Fire now nearly 84,000 acres, crosses Carmel River

MONTEREY COUNTY, Calif. - - SUNDAY 8:55AM UPDATE: The Soberanes Fire is slowly moving toward Buckskin Flat, crossing the Carmel River about one mile south of the Buckskin Flat Campground , according to the U.S. Forest Service. 

The campground is a wilderness trail camp in the Ventana Wilderness area northeast of Big Sur.

The Soberanes Fire grew another 2,434 acres since Saturday. It's now 83,830 acres and containment remains at 60%.

Firefighters are mopping up in the Big Sur area, where aircraft was used on the edge of the fire southeast of Big Sur to cool and slow it down.

In the Ventana Wilderness near Pine flat, crews have protected The English Cabin once owned by mountain man Jack English with fire-resistant wrap, according to the U.S. Forest Service in its daily update.

There are some 2,400 fire personnel working to knock down the wildfire that began on July 22nd with an illegal campfire at Garrapata State Park.

At one point, more than 5,000 people were assigned to the fire on the Central Coast.

Firefighters continue building and strengthening existing control lines from the Los Padres Reservoir to Chews Ridge. 

Also according to officials, some firefighters continue to camp near the fire front, looking for ways to access the fire and control it.

Other protective measures include dozer lines around Church Ranch and houses near Chews Ridge.

SATURDAY UPDATE: The Soberanes wildfire grew another 2,434 acres since Friday. It's now 83,830 acres (130 square miles) and 60 percent contained, according to the team managing the fire.

The area where the fire is now burning has seen large fires before: the Basin Complex in 2008 and the Marble-Cone in 1977. 

The fire is most active east of Big Sur due to gusty winds and low humidity overnight, officials say. Crews are working around the clock in the Big Sur zone, with helicopters helping to keep the fire in check.

Crews continue to work building and improving existing control lines that run from the Los Padres Reservoir to Chews Ridge. Much of the area along the fire's east side is inaccessible.

Officials say some crews are temporarily camping near the fire front, scouting for ways to get to the fire and restrict it.

Another base camp has been dismantled. The Patriot Camp in Greenfield was demobilized Friday, August 19.

Evacuation warnings remain in effect for the east side of HIghway 1 from Andrew Molera Park to Coast Ridge Road at the Ventana Inn and Tassajara Road from Carmel Valley Road to the Tassajara Hot Springs Zen Center.

The wildfire began July 22, sparked by an illegal campfire at Garrapata State Park.


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