Monterey County Fire Now 300 Acres, Prompts Evacuations

According to a fire spokesman, the fire is still not under control. Firefighters have evacuated some homes.

Crews are battling a vegetation fire in a national forest in Monterey County that has prompted evacuations and damaged two structures in the Big Sur area, a Cal Fire spokesman said.

The fire had burned more than 300 acres as of 10 a.m. Monday, mostly inside the Los Padres National Forest but also on some pockets of private land, Cal Fire spokesman Jonathan Pangburn said. "It's going through neighborhoods in Big Sur," Pangburn said.

About 180 firefighters, the bulk of them from Cal Fire, are fighting the blaze, which started just before midnight Sunday near Pfeiffer Ridge Road and state Highway 1, Pangburn said.

Cal Fire has confirmed that at least two structures have been damaged, according to Pangburn.

The fire is still not under control, he said. Firefighters have evacuated some homes, officials said.

There are no reports of injuries, and the cause of the fire remains under investigation, according to Pangburn.

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