Big Sur Blaze Burns 769 Acres, Destroys 22 Homes

The fire is now 20% under control and firefighters expect to have it fully contained by Friday

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Firefighters are making gains against the the Big Sur fire that has burned 769 acres in two days, but is now 20% contained, according to a tweet from the Los Padres National Forest Service.

22 homes, including that of the Big Sur Fire Chief Martha Karstens, have been destroyed in the coastal area 150 miles south of San Francisco, which is famous for its ancient Redwood trees and rugged beauty.

The unusual fall wildfire began Sunday near midnight, fueled by dry vegetation.Winds fanned the flames after the fire broke out in the popular Central Coast resort area. More than 600 firefighters are working to contain the blaze.

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