California’s central coast continued to burn Tuesday as the Soberanes fire was only 10 percent contained ― with no end in sight.
The fire, one of two major California wildfires raging out of control, has spread across more than 19,000 acres in Soberanes Creek, Garrapata State Park, and the area north of Big Sur since it began on Friday. The Sand fire in Southern California’s Santa Clarita Valley mountains has consumed more than 37,000 acres.
The Soberanes fire has destroyed 20 homes and threatens an additional 1,650 buildings, forcing evacuations from more than 11 communities in the tourist-heavy but sparsely populated region.
Multiple state parks have temporarily closed, including Pfeiffer Big Sur, Julia Pfeiffer Burns, Garrapata, and Andrew Molera. More than 2,300 firefighters were working to contain the flames.
Intense blazes like these have become a familiar emergency in California, where roughly five years of intense drought and elevated temperatures have made forests tinder-dry. Cal Fire said last month it responded to twice as many fires in 2016 as in the first half of 2015, according to the Los Angeles Times.
“As temps increased so did fire activity,” Cal Fire information officer Daniel Berlant tweeted Monday, noting that there have been 3,753 wildfires since Jan. 1 that have burnt 203,953 acres.
Take a look below at photos and videos of the Soberanes fire: