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BIG SUR, Monterey County (KCBS) – Nearly two months after it started, the deadly Soberanes Fire near Big Sur in Monterey County has become the costliest fire to fight in U.S. history.

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According to the U.S. Forest Service, $206 million has been spent on firefighting since the fire broke out on July 22nd.

Officials said the firefighting cost is rising about $2 million each day. The cost is high because of the remote location of the blaze in the Los Padres National Forest.

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As of Monday, the fire has scorched 117,656 square miles (183.8 square miles) and is 67 percent contained.

The fire killed a bulldozer operator who was helping fight the blaze. Investigators say the blaze was sparked by an illegal campfire.

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About 2,000 firefighters remain on the fire lines. Firefighters expect full containment by the end of September.