Weather to help crews battling Big Sur blaze

11:55 AM, Dec 18, 2013   |    comments
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BIG SUR, Calif. (AP) - Firefighters battling an unusual late fall wildfire in the Big Sur region of California are expected to get some help from the weather. The National Weather Service says winds are expected to be calm on Wednesday, and there's a 20 percent chance of rain at night.

The fire, which began around midnight Sunday, has consumed 769 acres and destroyed 22 buildings. It was 20 percent contained late Tuesday, with full containment expected on Friday.

Big Sur is a popular tourist destination about 150 miles south of San Francisco with high-end resorts and beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean. A fire there this late in the season is unusual, though California has been especially dry this year.

The cause of the blaze is under investigation.

The Associated Press

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