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Wildfire in Monterey County Grows to 3,800 acres

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    A wildfire burning Sunday evening in unincorporated Monterey County had grown to 3,800 acres, Cal Fire officials said. Marianne Favro reports. (Published Sunday, May 22, 2016)

    A wildfire burning Sunday evening in unincorporated Monterey County had grown to 3,800 acres, Cal Fire officials said.

    By Monday, the acreage was still the same, but the fire was 40 percent contained, officials said.

    Firefighters were dispatched at 3:27 p.m. to the Metz Fire, which is located near Metz Road and Blue Jay Lane, east of Soledad. No one was injured. While the fire had burned mostly oak trees and grassland, flames came close to some homes, Pangburn said.

    "There are some rangeland homes in the areas, and we are doing our best to protect lives and property," he said

    The main threat was to power transmission lines, which would cause a major power loss in Monterey County, Pangburn said. But that threat was mitigated later in the evening, officials said.

    "That is the primary concern," he said.

    Wind is the driving force behind the fire, which firefighters attacked from the ground and with dozens of water drops from helicopters.

    About 135 firefighters are fighting the blaze with 24 engines, six airtankers, two helicopters and two bulldozers.

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