Forest / Wild Fire in USA on May 23 2016 04:42 AM (UTC).
Fire crews are battling a growing vegetation fire just south of Soledad in Monterey County. CAL FIRE officials say the Metz Fire started just before 3:30 Sunday afternoon and grew to 3,876 acres in just a matter of hours. Fire crews say it's being fueled by strong winds. As of about 8:40 p.m. Sunday, officials say the fire in 20 percent contained and the rate of spread is finally slowing. CAL FIRE San Luis Obispo has sent five engines and two dozers to assist with the firefight. Engines and air tankers have been deployed to attack the fire from all angles. CAL Fire says more than 100 firefighters are on scene and are making good progress. Part of Pinnacles National Park has been evacuated however no structures are threatened at this time. Fire officials aim to have the fire fully contained by noon Monday.