Monterey County Fire Grows To Nearly 12,000 Acres

FORT HUNTER LIGGETT, Calif. (AP) - More than 1,300 firefighters
are trying to contain a wildfire that has burned nearly 12,000 acres in the Los Padres National Forest along California coast.

Fire officials say the 19-square-mile blaze burning about 20 miles south of King City in Monterey County was 22 percent Saturday. Full containment is not expected until mid-October.

The wildfire that started Sept. 27 continues to threaten 18 homes and 20 outbuildings. So far no structures have been damaged, but eleven firefighters have been injured.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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