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


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.