Wildfire Continues to Rage Near California Coast

A firefighter tries to extinguish a forest fire which has already destroyed 200 hectares on July 2, 2011 in Lacanau, near Bordeaux, southwestern France. 
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Clare Foran
Dec. 19, 2013, 1:55 a.m.

A wild­fire con­tin­ues to rage in Los Padres Na­tion­al Forest near Big Sur, Cal­if., the AP re­ports.

The blaze, which cropped up un­usu­ally late in the sea­son and began Sunday, has so far dam­aged more than a dozen homes and forced nearly 100 people to evac­u­ate the re­gion. There have not yet been any in­jur­ies, however.

Close to 1,000 fire­fight­ers have been dis­patched to bring the fire, which has spread across more than 700 acres, un­der con­trol.

“We’re cau­tiously op­tim­ist­ic that we’re go­ing to pin this thing down with­in the next couple of days,” Los Padres Na­tion­al Forest spokes­man An­drew Mad­sen said.