Small fires in South Monterey County

The triple digit heat in South Monterey County ignited multiple grass fires, Friday. In Soledad, a grass fire broke out on a private ranch off of River Road at about 11:45 a.m. Crews attacked it by air and ground and were able to contain it in just 20 minutes. Cal Fire says 37 acres were burned.Cal Fire expects more fires tonight and through the weekend. “This is the sixth start that we had this week here in the unit,” Curits Rhodes, a Fire Chief at Cal Fire, said. “We had another fire start shortly after this in the King City area that’s been picked up at approximately two acres. But as you can see with the fuels drying out out here and the weather heating up, and you can see a little bit of wind out here, we’re seeing an uptick in the starts.”Meanwhile, in King City, a 2-acre grass fire broke out near Lonoak Road. Shortly after in Greenfield, on the side of Highway 101, a small fire ignited around 2 p.m. It was quickly put out but could have easily spread due to surrounding dry vegetation. To prevent fires on private property, Cal Fire suggests residents mow their lawns earlier in the morning. They have additional wildfire preparedness tips on their website.

The triple digit heat in South Monterey County ignited multiple grass fires, Friday.

In Soledad, a grass fire broke out on a private ranch off of River Road at about 11:45 a.m. Crews attacked it by air and ground and were able to contain it in just 20 minutes. Cal Fire says 37 acres were burned.

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Cal Fire expects more fires tonight and through the weekend.

“This is the sixth start that we had this week here in the unit,” Curits Rhodes, a Fire Chief at Cal Fire, said. “We had another fire start shortly after this in the king city area that’s been picked up at approximately two acres. But as you can see with the fuels drying out out here and the weather heating up, and you can see a little bit of wind out here, we’re seeing an uptick in the starts.”

Meanwhile, in King City, a 2-acre grass fire broke out near Lonoak Road.

Shortly after in Greenfield, on the side of Highway 101, a small spot fire ignited around 2 p.m. It was quickly put out but could have easily spread due to surrounding dry vegetation.

To prevent fires on private property, Cal Fire suggests residents mow their lawns earlier in the morning. They have additional wildfire preparedness tips on their website.

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