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Wildfire Update: Progress On Rey Fire, Chimney Fire; New Fires Sparked Over Weekend

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Cal Fire says more than 12,000 firefighters are currently battling 13 large wildfires in California. While the milder weather over the weekend allowed crews to make progress on existing fires, two new large fires were sparked Saturday in Kern County – the Havilah Fire, which is now 80 percent contained, and the Gap Fire, which has now spread to 5,000 acres, with no containment as of Monday morning.

A third fire – the Willow Fire – began Sunday and has forced evacuations in Calaveras county. It is now 450 acres and 30 percent contained.

Crews have increased containment on two of California’s largest wildfires. The Chimney Fire in San Luis Obisbo County is now 61 percent contained and 45,844 acres. Hearst Castle, which was closed due to the proximity of the fire, re-opens for tours Monday.  The fire continues to threaten 70 structures.

In Monterey County, the state’s largest fire – the Soberanes Fire – remains 60 percent contained at 92,314 acres. The blaze, which was sparked by an illegal campfire, has been burning since July 22.

The Rey Fire burning in Santa Barbara county is now 33,006 acres and 68 percent contained.

Here are more updates on California’s three largest wildfires: