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Monterey County fire burns 3,500 acres in Los Padres National Forest

A wildfire burns in Los Padres National Forest in Monterey County.
A wildfire burns in Los Padres National Forest in Monterey County.

A wildfire in southern Monterey County’s Los Padres National Forest continued to burn Sunday, claiming about 3,500 acres of grass and brush.

The blaze, known as the Coleman Fire, started on Saturday near Fort Hunter Liggett and burned north into the Ventana Wilderness, said Capt. John Spooner of Cal Fire.

About 400 Cal Fire and U.S. Forest Service firefighters have used engines, air tankers and helicopters to battle the flames, which haven’t yet been contained.

Spooner said he expected the fire, which spread rapidly on Saturday, to move slowly Sunday, due to a lack of wind. Without wind, Spooner said crews may be able to contain a small portion of the flames.

No injuries have been reported and no structures have been damaged by the fire, although a few have been threatened, Spooner said.

An evacuation order is currently in place for residents in the upper portion of Pine Canyon Road and Reliz Canyon Road, Spooner said, although many of the homeowners have declined to leave.

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