California Wildfire Closes Big Sur State Parks

Sand Fire California

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Two major wildfires in California are causing evacuations and closures as firefighters battle the blazes.

Officials closed state parks along the Big Sur coast on Tuesday, destinations that attract an average 7,500 people every day.

The closures include Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, Andrew Molera State Park, Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, Point Sur lighthouse park, Point Lobos State Natural Reserve, and Garrapata State Park, according to the Associated Press.

If you are traveling to the area, check with the California Department of Parks and Recreation for updates.

ICYMI: Update on the #SoberanesFire and state park closures

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— CA State Parks (@CAStateParks) July 25, 2016

As of Tuesday morning, a 30-square-mile wildfire near Big Sur was 10 percent contained. About 300 residents have been evacuated.

Meanwhile, another fire north of Los Angeles—the Sand Fire—has grown to 58 square miles. That fire is 25 percent contained, according to officials.

SOURCE:http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/national-parks/big-sur-closures

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