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Deadly 51,000-acre wildfire near Big Sur spreads into footprint of massive 2008 Basin Complex fire

A deadly wildfire burning along the Central Coast grew overnight to 51,000 acres, spreading into an area scorched in 2008 by one of the state’s largest blazes.  

Sparked by an illegal campfire, the stubborn Soberanes fire has been burning for nearly two weeks in Monterey County in steep, rugged wilderness.  Dry conditions have been fueling the massive blaze, which has remained active at night. The jagged mountains, coupled with unpredictable flames, have made the firefight difficult and allowed the fire to grow rapidly, fire officials said.