Deadly Soberanes fire north of Big Sur grows; Southland’s Sand fire closer to being contained

The Soberanes fire burns in Palo Colorado Canyon in the Big Sur region last week.
(David Royal / Monterey County Herald)

As firefighters made gains on Southern California’s deadly Sand fire, the struggle continued Friday with containment of a massive wildfire burning north of Big Sur that has scorched more than 30,000 acres.

The Soberanes fire, which has burned out of control for days and claimed one life, is only 15% contained, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. To date, 31,386 acres have burned, fire officials said.