Big Sur fire 100 percent contained

July 28, 2008 4:53:50 PM PDT
The Basin Complex Fire in Monterey County was declared 100 percent contained Sunday, fire officials said.

The fire, which began June 21, has burned 162,818 acres. The final acreage is expected to be higher due to the continued burning of islands of vegetation within the fire's interior.

As of Saturday, there have been a total of nine injuries reported and nearly 60 structures destroyed by the flames.

Burnout was completed Saturday along Blue Rock Ridge to Los Padres Reservoir and around Tanbark Trail. Approximately 560 out of the more than 1,000 firefighters are still assigned to the Basin Complex, fire officials said.

The remaining crew will continue mop-up and to rehabilitate fire control lines and roads.

Although voluntary evacuations and county road closures have been lifted, the Monterey County Sheriff's Office is advising motorists to continue to use caution while traveling nearby.

The cost of suppressing the fire has reached $76.3 million.


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