More than 50 days into the Soberanes Fire, the containment has been pushed from August to the end of September. With more evacuation warnings, fire officials are asking for patience. They hosted another community meeting Monday night for the Arroyo Seco community, which is currently under an evacuation warning.
The meeting was overflowing with residents. Most of them wanted to know how to prepare if an evacuation warning becomes and order, while some have already decided to leave.
"The fire is coming; the fire is here. I mean I'm not dumb. I'm not going to wait until the last minute. I don't want that," Arroyo Seco resident Cenado Ayala said.
But others are not in as much of a hurry.
"Not yet, if it gets a little closer, it might be a cause for concern. But right now, I got all the confidence in the world for these guys," Arroyo Seco resident Glenn Dugger said.
Fire officials say the Arroyo Seco area is one of their priorities.
"A lot of the firefighting resources that we have are now moving down into Miller Ranch, and it will be down in Hunter Liggett there," fire incident commander Tom Kurth said.
And they say as the gateway to the valley, it's also easier to access.
"This area opens into the valley and all the agricultural areas, so we should be able to see the fire and get access to it by roads, engines and various suppression equipment that we have," Kurth said.
Still officials say the fire isn't in the area just yet.
"This is pretty rugged coutry, so it's up and down and up, so it has to kinda fight through the topography there," Kurth said.
Another reason this fire fight may drag on even longer.
"We had a September 30 containment date. That's looking optimistic,” Kurth said. “We are going to look into October. I can't put a finger on it, but we are going to have to be patient with this one."
Fire officials say they are hoping for favorable weather conditions to help them push the fire into the wilderness and away from the communities.