The newest of California's eight current brushfires reached Audubon California property last night, and has burned approximately 1,500 acres. The Cold Fire started last night around 5 p.m. and spread quickly into the same footprint as 2014's Monticello Fire. At present, no Audubon staff have been harmed or are in danger, and no structures on the sanctuary are threatened. We are working closely with CalFire to coordinate efforts.
While we worry about damage to the sanctuary's infrastructure (ie fencing, buildings, etc), we're less worried about the habitat. As long as the fire doesn't burn too hot, the native grasses and oaks should recover quickly. Still, fires like this bring a lot of uncertainty and we're doing our best to protect the property.
More photos from the fire: