Big Sur Closed Due to Wildfires

The Fourth the of July is normally a bustling time for the resort community of Big Sur, California, but today about the only out-of-towners there are firefighters. They're working around the clock to try to save the oceanside town from an advancing wildfire. Most townspeople have heeded orders to get out. In the past two weeks, the fire has spread over more than 100 square miles and destroyed at least 20 homes. And it's only five-percent contained. In all of California, more than 350 wildfires fires are burning, down from 1,500 just a few days ago. It's still early in the fire season. And with firefighting resources stretched thin, California counties are recruiting volunteers to help put out smaller fires. One volunteer died at a hospital yesterday after collapsing at a fire the day before. It's the first reported firefighter death in California this year.


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