The fire has scorched more than 23,500 acres at the edge of the Los Padres National Forest since breaking out on Friday
The Soberanes Fire continued on Wednesday (July 27) to threaten some 2,000 properties after destroying 20 homes on Sunday in an area between Big Sur and the scenic coastal town of Carmel-by-the-Sea, officials said.
Firefighters were informed about the death of the bulldozer operator, which occurred overnight before they headed out early on Wednesday
Officials said the bulldozer overturned and that the operator was a private contractor. A second bulldozer also overturned while battling the flames, but that operator was uninjured, officials said.
The Soberanes Fire has scorched more than 23,500 acres (9,510 hectares) at the edge of the Los Padres National Forest since breaking out on Friday and some 3,080 firefighters had the blaze about 10 per cent contained on Wednesday, officials said.
The Soberanes Fire is approximately 300 miles (480 km) to the north of the so-called Sand Fire in the Angeles National Forest, of which 40 per cent of the 38,350-acre (15,520 hectare) blaze had been contained by Wednesday morning.