Firefighters are slowly getting the upper hand on the Bear Fire burning east of Boulder Creek. At 320 acres, it's now 30-percent contained. Some evacuation orders have been lifted, but 300 homes are still threatened. KAZU got a first-hand look at the damage.
UPDATE 5:15 PM Monday: CalFire determined the cause of the York Fire to be a cigarette dropped along South Boundary Road. CalFire says it's crucial that everyone stays extra diligent when it comes to fire prevention. The area is very dry. For prevention and safety tips click here.
Firefighters continue to make progress on the Loma Fire burning in the Santa Cruz Mountains. As of Thursday evening, firefighters had reached 22% containment and the fire had burned more than 3,800 acres.
Progress is being made in a fire that has scorched 60 thousand acres in Big Sur. The Soberanes fire is 45 percent contained. Now evacuees from Palo Colorado and Cachagua are being allowed to return to their homes and for many it is a time to reunite with their pets.
The Big Sur community gathered in an outdoor amphitheater on Wednesday night. They sat surrounded by towering trees at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. The beautiful scenery stood in stark contrast to the destruction of the fire not so far away.
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.