A strike team from the San Diego Fire Department has joined a Cal Fire strike team and more than 5,000 firefighters working to stop the Soberanes Fire near Big Sur in Northern California.
The fire has charred over 35,000 acres, destroyed 57 homes and threatens at least 2,000 more. It is 15 percent contained.
The fire started a little over a week ago, and has already claimed the life of a bulldozer operator working the fire line.
Huge plumes of smoke have settled in the area, causing air quality concerns.
Officials expect the fire to linger until the end of August.