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1,500 structures threatened in lightning caused wildfire burning in Monterey County

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Posted at 7:16 AM, Aug 17, 2020

CAL FIRE officials say the River Fire burning in Monterey County has grown to 2,800 acres and firefighters have reached 10 percent containment.

The River Fire broke out Sunday afternoon near Toro Peak, approximately five miles south of Salinas.

Fire officials say the fire has moved across Pine Canyon Rd, continuing south toward River Rd, where they continue to defend the 1,500 structures threatened.

CAL FIRE says four firefighters have suffered heat related injuries while battling the blaze and a total of five structures are damaged.

CAL FIRE SLO tweeted Monday morning saying that there are currently no fires burning in San Luis Obispo county, but wanted to let the community know that a large amount of drift smoke from the River Fire can be seen in portions of Northern San Luis Obispo County.

There are around 520 firefighters battling the fire. An expected time for full containment is unknown at this time.