“Historic Hearst Castle was bathed in smoke Monday as firefighters made a stand against a blaze that raced across dry timber and grasslands in San Luis Obispo County and came within a couple of miles of the tourist destination.
The castle at San Simeon was one of almost 1,900 structures threatened by the 33,173-acre Chimney Fire, which ignited Aug. 13 and destroyed 52 homes and other buildings. More than 2,400 people were evacuated as flames blackened more than 50 square miles, but lower temperatures were helping firefighters, according to Hearst officials and the state Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.” Read the full article here.
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