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King City Fire says fire along Salinas riverbed in King City area is 90% contained, evacuation warnings lifted

KING CITY, Calif. (KION-TV) UPDATE MAY 27, 2022 at 1:00 a.m.- Fire crews continue to make progress. The fire is about 90% contained. It has burned nearly 90 acres.

UPDATE MAY 26, 2022, 8:00 a.m.- According to fire officials the fire has reached 80 percent containment. Acres burned currently remain the same.

UPDATE MAY 25, 2022, at 8:00 p.m.- King City Fire said the burning along the Salinas riverbed is now 90 acres and 50% contained.

The evacuation warnings west of Rio Vista and River Drive have been lifted, according to Monterey County.

The American Red Cross has a shelter in place for evacuees at the Salinas Valley Fairgrounds that will be open all night.

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UPDATE MAY 25, 2022, at 5:48 p.m.-- King City Fire said the fire burning along the Salinas riverbed is now 90 acres and 20% contained.

Evacuation warnings and orders are still in place.

The American Red Cross has a shelter in place for evacuees at the Salinas Valley Fairgrounds.

The Emergency Response Activation level is at 3:

Level 3 is the lowest level of activation. CDC subject matter experts to lead the response with their program staff. EOC staff may also assist with the response.

The SPCA has not been called, and no injuries have been reported.

Map showing evac orders (red) and warnings (yellow) for King City Fire.

You can view an updated map provided by Monterey County here.

ORIGINAL STORY

Multiple fire agencies have responded to a fire along the Salinas riverbed in King City after a fire broke out Wednesday afternoon.

Mayor Mike LeBarre said he's been briefed on the situation and that a significant fire broke out near Broadway Street and along the riverbed where a homeless camp is located.

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Mayor LeBarre said the fire is along Broadway Street and at one point forced a closure of Highway 101 at Broadway.

CHP-King City said that closure is lifted, but they're assisting the Monterey County Sheriff's Office with evacuations.

There are currently evacuation warnings west of Rio Vista and River Drive.

According to the mayor, evacuations are recommended and not mandatory for homes near the fire.

KION reached out to the Salinas Valley Fairgrounds who said they are taking in evacuees.

Possible 20 to 30 people were displaced and all are believed to be part of the homeless camp, said Steve Adams the King City's City Manager.

The people in the homeless camp where the fire reportedly started was evacuated and Mayor LeBarre said they will be issuing vouchers to those homeless.

This is a developing story

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