CARMEL VALLEY (KION) — A wildfire burning in Carmel Valley in Monterey County on Tuesday has forced evacuations and already destroyed several homes, according to authorities.

KION reports that the Cachagua Fire Department said the so-called Carmel Fire burning near Carmel Valley has grown to 500 acres by shortly before 6 p.m. with the potential to burn up to 1,500 acres.

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By later Tuesday evening, the fire had burned 1,200 acres.

The agency said three structures are destroyed and 20 structures are threatened.

Evacuation orders are in place on Cachagua Road between and including Via Cielo and Summerhill. An evacuation warning was issued for people living east of Cachagua Road between Summerhill and Nason Road.

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People were instructed to evacuate south on Cachagua Road to Tassajara Road.