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Coleman Fire in southern Monterey County burns thousands of acres

This photo, tweeted Saturday by the U.S. Forest Service, showed the Coleman Fire burning in southern Monterey County. The fire has burned thousands of acres and forced some evacuations.
This photo, tweeted Saturday by the U.S. Forest Service, showed the Coleman Fire burning in southern Monterey County. The fire has burned thousands of acres and forced some evacuations. Courtesy of the U.S. Forest Service Twitter account

A wildfire in southern Monterey County spread to more than 3,000 acres Saturday, prompting residential evacuations and drawing approximately 400 firefighters to tackle the blaze, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

The Coleman Fire was reported about 2:30 p.m. Saturday west of King City near Fort Hunter Liggett and the Los Padres National Forest, according to a U.S. Forest Service incident report.

Within 30 minutes, the fire quickly spread through dry grass and brush; high temperatures and strong winds pushed the fire to more than 3,000 acres, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

The U.S. Forest Service says numerous structures were in danger, and some evacuations were ordered. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Fire crews are attempting to keep the flames from entering the nearby Ventana Wilderness, but the incident report states the fire has the potential to grow to more than 10,000 acres.

The estimated containment date is June 18.

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