Officials said on Wednesday, crews still battling to stop fire its second week of the fire near California’s Big Sur coast buffer lines has been set around a quarter of its perimeter, fire flames finding their direction more deeply into the forest and away from populated areas.
The gradual but steady progress being made against the so-called Soberanes blaze comes as wildfire season in the western United States was reaching its traditional peak, intensified by extended drought and intense summer heat across the region.
According to the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho, 13 year old, conflagration near Big Sur it is one of the major wildfires reported to have arid roughly 700 square miles (1,813 sq km) in 12 states, mostly in the West.
“It’s bad now and it’s going to get worse,” AccuWeather long-range forecaster Paul Pastelok said.
On Tuesday, Authorities said they have find out origin of the Soberanes fire to an illegal campfire left neglected in a state park about a mile from the famously scenic coastal drive known as Highway 1, south of Carmel-by-the-Sea.
Fire has exploded on July 22, since then it has blackened nearly 46,000 acres (18,600 hectares), destroyed at least 57 homes and took a life of bulldozer operator he died when his tractor rolled over as he helped property owners fight the fire. He became the sixth wildfire casualty in California this year.
Erik Scott, a spokesman for the fire command said, Soberanes fire is difficult to suppress it has been helped by the hot dry weather and rough land.
On Wednesday morning, a firefighting force able to save more than 5,500 plants and cut suppression line around 25 percent of the fire’s perimeter, up from 18 percent a day earlier.
Scott said, fire now largely encircle on its northern flank, on its northern flankz closest to communities that were in danger, the fire is moving primarily in a southeasterly direction deeper into the Los Padres National Forest.
Fire officials said, some evacuation order has been raised but about 300 residents remained displaced and 2,000 constructions were listed as in danger. Few popular state parks and campgrounds of California were also closed.
Another fire, exploded on Tuesday burning north of the San Francisco Bay Area along the Yolo-Napa county line, has scorched 4,000 acres of grass and oak woodlands, advice to evacuate campground and residential community. Dubbed the Cold fire, that fire was listed as just 5 percent contained.