Basin Fire voluntary evacuations lifted

July 26, 2008 12:47:16 PM PDT
The Monterey County Sheriff's Office has lifted all voluntary evacuations and county road closures that were in place due to the Basin Complex Fire.

The evacuations and closures were lifted at 6 p.m. Friday. However, due to work firefighters are doing where the 162,818-acre fire is burning, motorists are being advised to continue to use caution while traveling in the area.

The fire, which started June 21, is 79 percent contained. Full containment is expected Wednesday.

During the next several days, firefighters plan to continue to work on containment lines. They also plan to remove trash and equipment, including several miles of hose from the fire line.

Nearly 60 structures have been destroyed and about 675 remain threatened. There have been nine injuries.