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May 28, 2024

Some evacuation orders lifted with improving fire conditions

Here are the latest updates on the wildfires burning in the region:

Some evacuation orders have been lifted in light of improving conditions and work from firefighters.

The Carmel Fire is now 20% contained and has burned 6,695 acres.

According to Calfire regarding the incident south of Carmel, cloud cover and increased humidity helped progress by slowing the fire’s spread earlier in the week. A total of 35 residences have been destroyed, while two other minor structures have been destroyed.

As for the River Fire east of Salinas, 48,424 acres have burned with 28% containment. Weather also helped to slow its spre, according to Calfire. Eight homes have been destroyed with another eight damaged. Thirteen other minor structures have been destroyed.

Calfire said the following about the two fires:

“The hard work of Firefighters and Cooperating partners has resulted in lifting some evacuation orders and warnings. Unburned vegetation will continue to burn inside the containment lines, this will cause smoke and flames to be seen. We have resources patrolling the fire perimeter to ensure that the fire does not cross the current containment lines we have in place.”

Meanwhile, the CSU Lightning Complex fire in five nearby counties, including Santa Clara, is at 360,055 acres and 15 percent containment. Twelve structures have been destroyed with another 12 damaged, according to Calfire.

And the Dolan Fire in Big Sur is at nearly 20,000 acres, but that is no longer a Calfire incident.

For more on the Calfire incidents and evacuation orders, go to https://www.fire.ca.gov/incidents/.

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