Firefighters Face 'Critical' Day

They hope to contain Goleta blaze; Big Sur still surly
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 5, 2008 1:33 PM CDT
A firefighter uses a water hose during a backfire on a wildfire burn in Big Sur, Calif., Friday, July 4, 2008.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Today will be “critical” for battling the Goleta fire, one of more than 330 still raging across California, a fire commander told the Los Angeles Times. The blaze has already scorched 8,300 acres, sparked more than 2,500 evacuations, and razed four buildings—but it is now 24% contained. "We want to be vigilant, we want to stay persistent," the commander said. "Our hope is to close this off."