At least 60 locals came out to the community meeting at the Cachagua General Store in Carmel Valley to ask questions and get answers about the Soberanes fire, which officials said is gaining about 500 acres a day.
"Find out if we have to keep our car packed with our possessions,” said Carmel Valley resident Tom Gano. “We don't know from day to day whether we're going to have to evacuate."
The Alaska Interagency Incident Management Team hosted the meeting. They explained their strategy to fight the fire and the progress that’s being made.
"On the north end all of this is contained and controlled and Cal Fire has completed or nearly completed the suppression damage control," said Russ Long with the Alaska Interagency Incident Management Team.
Officials said right now they're doing what they can to contain the east and west sides of the blaze.
"When it’s appropriate we'll use firing methods to try to create black between the fire line and the fire and provide extra security there," said Timothy Short with the Los Padres National Forest.
Officials said the east side of the fire, in the Cachagua area, has remained quiet and they've been able to put crews right on the fire line.
"Down on the west side that's been a fairly extensive burnout action to take the fuel out between the fires edge and our control line,” said Tom Kurth with the Alaska Interagency Incident Management Team. That’s being going on in the Cold Springs and Anderson area."
Crews are also using air resources to move ahead of the inferno, but getting the rugged Ventana Wilderness contained still remains challenging.
“With hot shot crews or others to be in there is not something that any of us choose to do because of the inherent hazards in there," said Long.
Fire officials also expressed appreciation for receiving knowledge from locals about the fire, which has helped aid them with firefighting efforts.