Wildfire growing south of Carmel and forcing evacuations

source: twitter.com/CALFIRE_PIO (CAL FIRE's Chief of Public Information Daniel Berlant)

 A large brush fire near Big Sur that began Friday night has burned 1,800 acres and has not been contained as of this morning, according to Cal Fire. 

Cal fire Public Information Officer Daniel Berlant tweeted photos of the blaze, the Soberanes Fire.











The fire was first reported in an area about five miles south of Carmel Garrapata State Park, Cal Fire officials said.


Residents near Palo Colorado Road have been evacuated.   Additionally, Palo Colorado Road has been closed, as well as Weston Ridge Road and areas around Garrapata Creek, according to Monterey
County sheriff's officials.

Hundreds of homes in the area are being affected, however, no structures have been damaged as of this morning. Additionally, no injuries have been reported, Cal Fire Division Chief Jim Crawford said.

Firefighters are currently attempting to protect the threatened homes and containing the fire, according to Crawford.