By Betty Yu


MONTEREY (CBS SF) — A group of eight hikers who had been stranded for days in a forest inside the Soberanes Fire were rescued by fire crews Tuesday, according to authorities.

The hikers had been lost and stranded in the fire zone for at least five days. The Monterey County blaze has been raging out of control since Friday.

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The hikers could have been victims of the Soberanes Fire, but CalFire and Monterey Country Sheriff’s deputies managed to track them down during a search and rescue Tuesday.

The hikers were initially spotted by bulldozer crews assisting in the fight against the fire. After hours and hours of searching with assistance from air support, rescuers were able to locate the men.

The hikers were found and evacuated to the east end of Palo Colorado Road in Carmel.

According to CalFire, the men had gone hiking five or six days before being rescued and had been without food or water for much of that time.

After medical check-up, the men were determined to be uninjured.

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