California: Firefighters battle Soberanes fire as it destroys homes for the tenth day [Photos]

The Soberanos fire is threatening thousands of homes, while a much newer fire in Fresno County quickly spread, damaging homes.

FP Staff August 01, 2016 20:26:35 IST
Tom Stokesberry with the US Forest Service walks past a destroyed car after the Soberanes Fire burned through the Palo Colorado area, north of Big Sur, California, US. The fire is threatening thousands of homes as it burns for the tenth day, while a much newer fire in Fresno County quickly spread, damaging homes as it more than doubled in size Sunday. Reuters
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Tom Stokesberry with the US Forest Service walks past a destroyed car after the Soberanes Fire burned through the Palo Colorado area, north of Big Sur, California, US. The fire is threatening thousands of homes as it burns for the tenth day, while a much newer fire in Fresno County quickly spread, damaging homes as it more than doubled in size Sunday. Reuters
A burned out vehicle and a wagon are seen at the site of a destroyed house after the Soberanes Fire burned through the Palo Colorado area. The wildfire has destroyed 57 homes and 11 outbuildings and is threatening 2,000 more structures. It was 18 percent contained Sunday morning. Reuters
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A burned out vehicle and a wagon are seen at the site of a destroyed house after the Soberanes Fire burned through the Palo Colorado area. The wildfire has destroyed 57 homes and 11 outbuildings and is threatening 2,000 more structures. It was 18 percent contained Sunday morning. Reuters
Captain Ben Cowles (C) and other firefighters from El Dorado Hills create fire breaks in rugged terrain at Garrapata State Park during the Soberanes Fire. More than 5,000 firefighters are battling the wildfire that killed a bulldozer operator working the fire line. The blaze, about the size of San Francisco, has also scared away tourists. Reuters
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Captain Ben Cowles (C) and other firefighters from El Dorado Hills create fire breaks in rugged terrain at Garrapata State Park during the Soberanes Fire. More than 5,000 firefighters are battling the wildfire that killed a bulldozer operator working the fire line. The blaze, about the size of San Francisco, has also scared away tourists. Reuters
Food and water intended for animals are left at the site of a destroyed home. Residents of the rural area surrounded by rolling hills told reporters they scrambled to evacuate with their animals as the wind-driven blaze swept through dry slopes. "We watched it explode, coming across Old Millerton Road, and it just keeps getting bigger and bigger," resident Dana Bays told KFSN-TV. Reuters
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Food and water intended for animals are left at the site of a destroyed home. Residents of the rural area surrounded by rolling hills told reporters they scrambled to evacuate with their animals as the wind-driven blaze swept through dry slopes. "We watched it explode, coming across Old Millerton Road, and it just keeps getting bigger and bigger," resident Dana Bays told KFSN-TV. Reuters
A charred Virgin Mary statue sits in a garden at the site of a destroyed home. In Central California, the fast-moving fire is being fueled by hundreds of dead trees amid triple-digit temperatures and single-digit humidity that are expected to last for several days. Reuters
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A charred Virgin Mary statue sits in a garden at the site of a destroyed home. In Central California, the fast-moving fire is being fueled by hundreds of dead trees amid triple-digit temperatures and single-digit humidity that are expected to last for several days. Reuters
A cross is seen at the site where bulldozer operator Robert Reagan of Fresno County was killed in a rollover on 26 July, while fighting the Soberanes Fire. His sister Hannah Cunnings said that Reagan was the kind of person who would offer to put snow chains on your car or fix an engine that needed fixing. "Even since he was a boy he just really wanted to help people," she said, crying. The Monterey County Sheriff's Office said Reagan is survived by a common-law wife and two young daughters. Cunnings said her brother and his wife also cared for a young niece. Reuters
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A cross is seen at the site where bulldozer operator Robert Reagan of Fresno County was killed in a rollover on 26 July, while fighting the Soberanes Fire. His sister Hannah Cunnings said that Reagan was the kind of person who would offer to put snow chains on your car or fix an engine that needed fixing. "Even since he was a boy he just really wanted to help people," she said, crying. The Monterey County Sheriff's Office said Reagan is survived by a common-law wife and two young daughters. Cunnings said her brother and his wife also cared for a young niece. Reuters
A burned out vehicle is seen at the site of a destroyed house. Big Sur establishments were already reporting as much as a 50 percent drop in business, said Stan Russell, executive director of the chamber of commerce. That's even though the only signs of the blaze were fire trucks and an occasional whiff of smoke along the famously winding and scenic Highway 1. Normally, this time of year "is when everybody really runs at 100 percent," Russell said Friday about tourism in the area. "This is when we make our money." Reuters
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A burned out vehicle is seen at the site of a destroyed house. Big Sur establishments were already reporting as much as a 50 percent drop in business, said Stan Russell, executive director of the chamber of commerce. That's even though the only signs of the blaze were fire trucks and an occasional whiff of smoke along the famously winding and scenic Highway 1. Normally, this time of year "is when everybody really runs at 100 percent," Russell said Friday about tourism in the area. "This is when we make our money." Reuters
Highway 168, closed from Millerton Road to Auberry Road in Prather, reopened Sunday, the Fresno County Sheriff's Office said. Highway 1 remained open, but signs along the narrow route warned travelers that all state parks in the area were closed because of the fire. Reuters
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Highway 168, closed from Millerton Road to Auberry Road in Prather, reopened Sunday, the Fresno County Sheriff's Office said. Highway 1 remained open, but signs along the narrow route warned travelers that all state parks in the area were closed because of the fire. Reuters
A swimming pool and a chimney remain at the site of a destroyed house. The ferocious blaze destroyed much of Sable Ranch in Santa Clarita, which has Western-style buildings used for movie locations. The ranch has been the site of various television and film shoots, including 24, The A-Team, Robin Hood: Men in Tights, and Maverick. Reuters
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A swimming pool and a chimney remain at the site of a destroyed house. The ferocious blaze destroyed much of Sable Ranch in Santa Clarita, which has Western-style buildings used for movie locations. The ranch has been the site of various television and film shoots, including 24, The A-Team, Robin Hood: Men in Tights, and Maverick. Reuters
A vehicle covered in fire retardant from an aerial tanker, sits parked on the side of Palo Colorado Road. Tippi Hedren's animal sanctuary, Shambala Preserve, was also forced to move 340 of its more than 400 residents, including Bengal tigers and a mountain lion. "Please say a prayer for all residents in the path of the #SandFire. My Moms place Shambala is being evacuated," the actress Melanie Griffith, who is Hedren's daughter, tweeted on Sunday. Reuters
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A vehicle covered in fire retardant from an aerial tanker, sits parked on the side of Palo Colorado Road. Tippi Hedren's animal sanctuary, Shambala Preserve, was also forced to move 340 of its more than 400 residents, including Bengal tigers and a mountain lion. "Please say a prayer for all residents in the path of the #SandFire. My Moms place Shambala is being evacuated," the actress Melanie Griffith, who is Hedren's daughter, tweeted on Sunday. Reuters