June 24, 2008

More Evacuations in Indians Fire

By The Monterey County Herald, Calif.

Jun. 24--A nearly two-week old wildfire in south Monterey County that has burned 57,128 acres has led to voluntary evacuations of residents and campers today.

Officials from Cal Fire reported that those who were in the area of the Arroyo Seco Campground toward Carmel Valley Road were notified by the Monterey County Sheriff's Office early Monday.

The evacuations were a result of the Indians Fire which began on June 8 within the Los Padres National Forest. Previous voluntary and advisory evacuations were issued to an area in Santa Lucia along with upper and lower Pine Canyon and Thompson Canyon roads on June 19.

Firefighters reported that 58 percent of the blaze is contained and reported Sunday that it should be contained around July 3.

Across the county in the Big Sur area firefighters were attempting to gain control of the Gallery Fire and the Basin Fire which broke out Saturday after a series of lightening strikes.

Between both fires about 2,000 acres have burned and 10 percent of the Gallery Fire is contained. Officials have limited information about the Basin Fire and are struggling to get reports.

The fires in Big Sur have caused Highway 1 to close past Ventana Inn south through Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Firefighters are unsure when the fires will be contained.


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