Wildfire Prompts Evacuations in Los Padres Forest

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

LOS PADRES NATIONAL FOREST, Calif. (AP) - Authorities have evacuated about 100 people including a group of Boy Scouts after a wildfire broke out in a remote part of the Los Padres National Forest in Monterey County.

U.S. Forest Service spokesman Andrew Madsen says the fire was reported Wednesday afternoon along Tassajara Creek in the Ventana Wilderness area. Flames consumed over 500 acres of trees and brush within several hours.

Madsen says campers near Tassajara Hot Springs were evacuated, along with a small group of Scouts.

Four air tankers and five helicopters are helping about 100 firefighters on the ground.

The fire is burning in the vicinity of the Tassajara Zen Mountain Center, a Buddhist monastery-retreat. Madsen says the Mountain Center has not been evacuated.

The area was hit hard five years ago by the massive Basin Complex Fire.

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