The Latest: Wildfire closes Big Sur's signature state parks
BIG SUR, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on California wildfires (all times local):
The signature state parks of California's grand Big Sur coast are closed as one of the state's two major wildfires expands in the region.
Closures as of Tuesday in the major tourism destination include Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, Andrew Molera State Park and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, among others.
Spokesman Dennis Weber says facilities aren't endangered but officials decided to get the public out of the areas for safety and to keep roads clear and avoid exposure to bad air quality.
Weber says a total of about 7,500 people a day visit the affected parks.
Closures also include the Point Sur lighthouse park, Point Lobos State Natural Reserve and Garrapata State Park.
A wildfire burning near the scenic Big Sur region on the California coast has grown to 30 square miles.
The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection says the blaze is 10 percent contained Tuesday morning.
The fire has destroyed 20 homes and two outbuildings, and some 300 residents have been forced out of their homes.
The huge wildfire north of Los Angeles has grown to 58½ square miles, but containment has also increased.
The fire command says the blaze is 25 percent surrounded Tuesday morning.
Most of the evacuation orders affecting 10,000 homes were lifted Monday night.
Nearly 3,000 firefighters are working the blaze, along with 356 fire engines and 26 helicopters.
The fire erupted Friday afternoon in Santa Clarita, about 30 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles.
Crews took advantage of calmer winds and cooler temperatures overnight as they set backfires to curb the spread of a massive wildfire northwest of Los Angeles.
Most of the roughly 20,000 evacuees forced out by the blaze were cleared to go home Monday, but firefighters still have a huge job ahead. The fire, which has chewed through about 55 square miles of tinder-dry brush, is only partially contained.
Residents of two neighborhoods still under threat remain out of their homes.
Los Angeles County Deputy Fire Chief John Tripp says firefighters saved about 2,000 houses in the fire's first three days.
Some 300 miles to the northwest, crews made gains Monday against a blaze in the scenic Big Sur region of the Central Coast that destroyed 20 homes.