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California coastline wildfire is big and getting bigger

Firefighters struggled Thursday to get the upper hand on a massive wildfire burning along California's picturesque Big Sur coastline, where anxious residents driven from their homes awaited word on their properties and popular parks and trails closed at the height of tourist season.

The blaze spanning 42 square miles (109 square kilometers) has destroyed at least 34 homes and put at least 2,000 buildings at risk. A 35-year-old father of two girls was killed this week when the bulldozer he was operating rolled over on the fire lines.

The fire has burned for a week and is only 10 percent contained. California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection estimated it will take...

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