The Soberanes Fire has been burning north of Big Sur since Friday July 22. Here is the latest information and a timeline of the fire’s spread and the efforts to contain it.
MONDAY SEPTEMBER 26: The Soberanes Fire has grown to 127,478 acres Monday morning. It is now 78 percent contained according to fire officials.
The following evacuation orders and warnings were lifted by the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office.
From the east side of Tassajara Road from Chews Ridge to Bruce Ranch. Bruce Ranch east along Anastasia Canyon to Carmel Valley Road. Carmel Valley Road south from Anastasia Canyon to Tash Ranch has been lifted. This includes zone 10D-C.
From north of Carmel Valley Road from Hastings Preserve to Cahoon Ranch and north of Carmel Valley Road from Cahoon Ranch east to Tash Ranch have been lifted. This includes zones 10D-N, 11C, 11D.
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 24: Containment for the Soberanes Fire has jumped to 76 percent as crews prepare to continue burnout operations.
The fire has burned 126,593 acres but a press release from the California Interagency Incident Management Team and U.S. Forest Service says they predict minimal fire behavior overnight.
A community meeting will be held today at the Arroyo Seco fire station at 6 p.m.
FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 23: The Soberanes Fire has grown to 126,000 acres overnight Friday, according to officials. It is now 73 percent contained. There will be a community meeting tomorrow in the Arroyo Seco area.
THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 22: The Soberanes Fire is 125,344 acres and is 71 percent contained. Crews said gusty winds contributed to two spot tires burning outside containment lines, but they were able to get it under control.
Firefighters said they are focused on maintaining current containment lines on Thursday, while weather conditions are still expected to be challenging because of a red flag warning through the evening.
The U.S. Forest Service said a community meeting will be held Saturday night at 6 p.m. at the fire station in Arroyo Seco, 46700 Arroyo Seco Road.
WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 21: Crews said the fire is now 123,241 acres and is 71 percent contained. A red flag warning is in effect for Wednesday afternoon through Thursday night, with gusts expected up to 25-25 miles per hour. Crews said they are concerned hot spots could intensify and threaten containment lines on the east side. Firefighters are staged and prepared to deal with the situation if that happens, according to the U.S. Forest Service.
TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 20: The Soberanes Fire is now 71 percent contained and is 121,050 acres. Crews are working on controlled burns near the Chews Ridge area and an evacuation order was issued after winds carried embers, creating a new spot fire.
The order was issued for the east side of Tassajara Road from Chews Ridge to Bruce Ranch. Bruce Ranch east along Anastasia Canyon to Carmel Valley Road. Carmel Valley Road south from Anastasia Canyon to Tash Ranch.
Two new evacuation warnings were also issued. Crews said an evacuation warning is in effect for the east side of the fire near Arroyo Seco, southwest of East Carmel Valley Road starting at the intersection of East Carmel Valley Road and Piney Creek Road, extending east to the Arroyo Seco Road remains in effect.
Another warning is in effect for the Arroyo Seco Road from East Carmel Valley Road extending west past the Arroyo Seco Campground.
MONDAY SEPTEMBER 19: Firefighters say the fire is now 67 percent contained. It's the first time containment has reached above 60 percent, since the fire started on July 22nd. The fire has grown to more than 113,000 acres. More than 2,000 firefighters are still on scene, working to get the fire under control by the end of the month.
FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 16: The fire has grown to 108,031 acres and is 57 percent contained. On Thursday, crews said operations were successful as they built a two and a half mile progression toward building a black line. That work will continue Friday.
Crews say they've been able to create 95 miles of containment lines around the fire, but their goal is reach 191.1 miles.
THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 15: Containment for the Soberanes Fire increased overnight from 52 percent to 55 percent. The fire is now at 107,479 acres.
WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 14: Containment for the Soberanes Fire dropped from 60 percent to 52 percent on Wednesday, according to the U.S. Forest Service. Crews said the fire spread a little bit since Tuesday and some new sections burned in remote areas. The fire is now 107,375 acres.
A community meeting will be held in Arroyo Seco Thursday night at 6PM.
TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 13: The Soberanes Fire has grown to 107,050 acres Monday morning. It is still 60 percent contained.
MONDAY SEPTEMBER 12: The Soberanes Fire has grown to 105,705 acres Monday morning. Officials say it is still 60 percent contained.