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River Fire doubles in size, smoke seen throughout Central Coast

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Posted at 7:29 AM, Aug 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-18 10:30:59-04

CAL FIRE officials say the River Fire burning in Monterey County grew to 4,070 acres and containment remains at 10 percent.

The River Fire was started by a lightning strike Sunday afternoon near Toro Peak, approximately five miles south of Salinas.

Firefighters continue to increase containment lines, however fire officials say with the absence of marine layer, the fire continued to burn actively. As the fire grows evacuation orders and road closures are in place as more structures continue to be threatened, totaling 1,527.

CAL FIRE says four firefighters have suffered minor heat related injuries while battling the blaze and a total of six structures are destroyed and two others are damaged.

CAL FIRE SLO tweeted Monday and Tuesday morning 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 550 fire personnel battling the fire. Full containment is expected on Aug. 30.