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Cold Fire 60% Contained; Difficult Wind Conditions At Soberanes Fire

Victoria Lorini

A scorched hillside in the wake of the Cold Fire burning in Yolo County, near Winters, on August 7, 2016.

Victoria Lorini

Update 8:00 p.m. Sunday: The Soberanes Fire burning near Big Sur in Monterey County is now 57,800 acres and 45% contained. Cal Fire reports that wind created a challenge Sunday, causing fire activity to increase in the southwest portion of the fire. The fire has destroyed 57 homes and 11 outbuildings. Another 650 structures are threatened.
 
The Cold Fire near Winters in Yolo County is now 5,385 acres and 60% contained. Cal Fire says firefighters are making "good progress" on reinforcing containment. One outbuilding has been destroyed in the fire.
 
Look to the bottom of this article for more information on evacuations and other details.

Update 8:50 a.m. Sunday: Firefighting crews have made progress this weekend containing both the Soberanes fire near Big Sur in Monterey County and the Cold Fire near Winters in Yolo County.

The Soberanes fire is now 57,500 acres, and containment has increased to 45% despite continuing challenges due to its remote location and rugged terrain.

The Cold Fire is now 5,385 acres and 50% contained.

Look to the bottom of this article for more information on evacuations and other details.


Original Post: The Soberanes wildfire burning in Monterey county near Big Sur has grown to 55,600 acres as of Saturday morning and is now at 40% containment.

Cal Fire reports that the blaze, which began on July 22, 2016, is due to an illegal campfire, and is asking that anyone with more information call their tip line at: (800) 468-4408. The fire, which is burning in rugged, inaccessible terrain, has created an ongoing challenge for firefighters. It has destroyed 57 homes.

In Yolo county, the Cold Fire burning near Lake Berryessa grew to 5,385 acres overnight and is currently 35% contained. As of Friday, August 5, all evacuations due the Cold Fire had been lifted.


More information:

Soberanes Fire updates from Cal Fire

Donation collections for the Soberanes Fire:

Big Sur State Park Multi-Agency Building, 47555 HWY 1 Big Sur CA 93920

Website: Montereyco.recovers.org

Phone Number: (831)-667-2315

Cold Fire updates from Cal Fire

A Cold Fire community meeting hosted by Cal Fire and the Winters Fire Department will take place Saturday, August 6th at 3:00 p.m. at the City of Winters Public Safety Facility at 700 Main Street, Winters, CA 95694.