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 the California coast.

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

The wildfire that started Sept. 27 continues to threaten 19 homes and 30 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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