Fires Threaten Big Sur

California smokeaters stretched thin with 700 blazes
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 27, 2008 5:20 AM CDT
Fires Threaten Big Sur
The Monterrey County Sheriffs Dept. stops a motorist at a smoky checkpoint in Big Sur, Calif., Thursday.    (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Firefighters rushed to guard historic buildings in the scenic coastal town of Big Sur yesterday as a lightning-sparked wildfire blazed through a national forest in California, AP reports. The fire, only 3% contained, has burned 42 square miles of redwoods and destroyed 16 homes since Saturday. With 700 fires blazing statewide and more lightning forecast, firefighting resources are stretched dangerously thin. (More Los Padres National Forest stories.)

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