Monterey County wildfire burns 400 acres

A wildfire that started Saturday in Monterey County and spread to the Los Padres National Forest grew very little in size Sunday, a spokeswoman for the Los Padres National Forest said.

As of 7:34 p.m., the Coleman Fire had grown to 3,200 acres since Saturday afternoon when it started on the northern edge of Fort Hunter Liggett, a U.S. Army fort.

Spokeswoman Lynn Olson said about 400 acres burned Sunday, but most of that was within the perimeter of the fire:

“It just didn’t move.”

The fire is 10 percent contained.

The number of structures at risk remains at 127, she said. No injuries to people or animals have been reported and no homes or ranches have been damaged.

The fire is burning in the Reliz, Monroe and upper Pine canyons.

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is on call should anyone need help evacuating their animals.

Olson clarified that a mandatory evacuation is in effect for residents of Reliz Canyon. Residents of Monroe and upper Pine canyons have been told they may need to evacuate, Olson said.

Monterey County sheriff’s officials said Saturday that mandatory evacuations were in effect for all three canyons.

Olson said:

“The very head of the fire is at Reliz Canyon. … It hasn’t progressed. But lives are more important.”

The fire has the potential to grow to 35,000 acres. Olson said:

“It was very good luck that the fire just sat here today.”

But the potential for growth exists.

An evacuation center has been set up at the Lutheran church at 205 Canal St. in King City, but no one has needed to take advantage of it. “Most ranchers have family in town,” Olson said.

About 400 firefighters are working to extinguish the blaze.

Firefighters expect to have the fire 100 percent contained on June 18.