The Latest: Crews keep central California fire from growing


BIG SUR, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on California wildfires (all times local):

8:15 a.m.

Crews working around the clock kept a wildfire from growing after it damaged homes in California’s Central Valley.

But firefighters will contend with triple-digit temperatures Monday. The fire command says the blaze in steep terrain northeast of Fresno is threatening about 400 structures.

Officials said Sunday that some of the evacuated homes have been damaged, but it isn’t yet clear how many. The fire near the town of Prather is just under 3 square miles (7.8 square kilometers) and is partially contained.

Meanwhile, firefighters are still battling a massive blaze north of Big Sur that has grown to more than 62 square miles. The fire has destroyed 57 homes and is threatening 2,000 more structures. It’s partially contained.

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6:25 a.m.

Crews worked through the night protecting neighborhoods from a wildfire in California’s Central Valley that damaged homes and forced hundreds of evacuations.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said late Sunday that the blaze northeast of Fresno had charred 3 square miles of dry brush. That number is expected to grow when officials get a better look at the fire lines Monday.

Officials also will try to determine how many of the 200 evacuated homes have been damaged by the fire that broke out Saturday. It’s just 5 percent contained.

Meanwhile, firefighters are still battling a massive blaze north of Big Sur that has grown to more than 62 square miles. The fire has destroyed 57 homes and is threatening 2,000 more structures. It was 18 percent contained Sunday.

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