Jul 29, 2016

Soberanes wildfire burning near Carmel, Big Sur has destroyed 34+ homes

Big Sur, CA
USA
by
Trevor Hughes
,
USA Today
Cal Fire firefighters extinguish hotspots while fighting the Soberanes Fire in Palo Colorado Canyon on the northern Big Sur Coast on Tuesday July 26, 2016 in Big Sur, Calif. Photo: David Royal, AP
Cal Fire firefighters extinguish hotspots while fighting the Soberanes Fire in Palo Colorado Canyon on the northern Big Sur Coast on Tuesday July 26, 2016 in Big Sur, Calif. Photo: David Royal, AP

Thousands of firefighters and dozens of airplanes and helicopters are attacking the deadly Soberanes wildfire on California’s central coast near Big Sur, hoping clear skies will give them a chance to get ahead of the blaze.

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The fire, one of several burning in California, has already destroyed at least 34 homes and 10 outbuildings, officials say. It was listed at 27,326 acres as of 5 p.m. eastern time on Thursday, with 10% containment. Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency, and several neighborhoods remain evacuated. Homes in the area are spread amongst the hills, linked by narrow roads winding through the tree-and-brush-covered landscape parched by the state’s ongoing drought