California Fires Update

July 2, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
The massive wildfire on the Central Coast led to more mandatory evacuations today after the Big Sur wildfire jumped a fire line.Evacuation orders now include nearly the entire community of "Big Sur."

So far the fire has burned close to 52,000 acres, 16 homes and is only 3% percent contained.

An Emergency Services spokesman in Monterey County called the fire "a big raging animal."

Wednesday Governor Schwarzenegger got a first-hand look at that wildfire. Tuesday Schwarzenegger ordered 200 national guardsmen to begin training to help firefighters across the state.

Those guardsmen may end up helping fight a new fire in Santa Barbara County. It's already forcing about 40-families in the town of Goleta to leave their homes. So far no structures have burned.

Crews in Mariposa County hope to have the "Oliver Fire" fully contained by the end of the week. The fire has burned nearly 2,800 acres in the Ponderosa Basin area. The governor issued a state of emergency declaration for Mariposa County because of the fires there.


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