Big Sur

The high ridges and steep mountainsides are part of what make Big Sur beautiful.  The long and winding roads that lead to isolated areas are why many people choose to live here.  All of it also makes fighting the Soberanes Fire difficult. 

Soberanes Fire: Bulldozer Operator Killed Overnight

Jul 27, 2016
Erika Mahoney

UPDATE: CalFire has identified the bull dozer operator as Robert Oliver Reagan III.  He was 35 years old and from Friant, California.  

The Soberanes Fire turned deadly overnight Tuesday when a bulldozer operator was killed.

Doug McKnight

CURRENT AIR QUALITY LEVELS

The Soberanes Fire has left much of the Monterey Bay Area under a peachy haze. In many communities, it’s simply unhealthy to be outside.

Doug McKnight

As the Soberanes Fire burns to the east, a steady stream of traffic continues to flow down Highway 1.  While the road  officially remains open, Monterey County Sheriff Steve Bernal discourages drivers from using it.

Doug McKnight

Twenty homes have been destroyed in the Soberanes Fire which continues to burn near Carmel Highlands and in Big Sur.  As of Monday, the fire has grown to nearly 15,000 acres and is still just 5% contained.  

Doug McKnight

The Soberanes Fire continues to burn out of control southeast of Carmel Highlands in Big Sur.  As of Monday morning, the fire has grown to 11,000 acres and is 5% contained.   Six homes have been destroyed and the number of evacuation orders have grown. 

Ada Beasley via @CAL_FIRE

A mandatory evacuation remains in effect for the community of Palo Colorado in Big Sur as the Soberanes Fire continues to burn out of control.  Carmel Highlands is under an evacuation warning.  All residents are asked to be prepared to leave the area immediately.

Fernando Aceves

For years, composer Philip Glass has hoped The Philip Glass Center could make its home on a ranch in Big Sur.   The vision is for a place where artists, scientists and conservationists can collaborate.  But earlier this year the US Forest Service rejected his application to lease the land.  Still it’s a plan Glass and his team don’t plan to abandon. 

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