The Soberanes Fire has now burned 40,618 acres. Evacuation orders were issued yesterday to allow for safe backfiring. Tassajara has not evacuated yet, but some retreats have been cancelled and according to 2008 fire monk David Zimmerman, the on site resident fire crews are “on alert” and preparing. Let’s hope the new permanent Dharma Rain system is not soon tested. The cause of this fire is still under investigation, but containment isn’t expected until the end of August. More info on the fire’s spread here.