Fires Threaten Big Sur

California smokeaters stretched thin with 700 blazes
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User
Posted Jun 27, 2008 5:20 AM CDT
The Monterrey County Sheriffs Dept. stops a motorist at a smoky checkpoint in Big Sur, Calif., Thursday.    (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
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(Newser) – Firefighters rushed to guard historic buildings in the scenic coastal town of Big Sur yesterday as a lightning-sparked wildfire blazed through a national forest in California, AP reports. The fire, only 3% contained, has burned 42 square miles of redwoods and destroyed 16 homes since Saturday. With 700 fires blazing statewide and more lightning forecast, firefighting resources are stretched dangerously thin.