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California coastline wildfire is big and getting bigger

A wildfire burning along California's Big Sur coastline keeps growing a week after it broke out, and looks to be a problem for the scenic region for weeks to come.

Anxious residents driven from their homes awaited word on their properties and popular parks and trails closed at the height of tourist season because of the blaze, one of several large fires burning across western states. As of Thursday, the blaze spanned 42 square miles (109 square kilometers) and was only 10 percent contained.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection estimated it will take until the end of August to extinguish it.

"Every day the fire is gaining ground on us,"...

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