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Soberanes Fire, Virginia Mountain Complex Fire Continue To Spread


(AP) - A wildfire north of Big Sur near California's Central Coast has grown again overnight after burning for nearly two weeks.

The fire has scorched more than 79 square miles and is less than 30 percent contained. It has destroyed 57 homes and is threatening another 2,000 structures.

A bulldozer operator also was killed on the fire lines during a rollover accident.

Fire investigators determined an unattended campfire started the blaze July 22 in Garapata Park. No arrests have been made.

More than 5,500 personnel are working the fire in steep, forested ridges.


Firefighters make progress in the Virginia Mountain Complex Fire in Northern Nevada. That fire was 68 percent contained Thursday morning. (Bureau of Land Management - Nevada / Facebook)

In the Reno area, fire officials say they've contained a little more than two-thirds of a set of northern Nevada wildfires that once threatened a Pyramid Lake shoreline town, and continue to burn in nearby canyons and rangeland.

About 700 firefighters were due Thursday to continue battling the fires that have now charred more than 93 square miles of scrub brush in the Virginia Mountains, about 40 miles north of Reno. It's 68 percent contained.

Farther north, firefighters are nearing containment of a 10.25-square-mile fire in a wilderness study area near Poodle Mountain northwest of Gerlach. That's near where the Burning Man counterculture festival is held.

That fire was 80-percent contained on Wednesday, when a break in windy weather helped firefighters.

No new injuries are reported, and neither fire was threatening structures.