The Latest: Wildfire near Big Sur destroys 57 homes

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Posted: Jul 30, 2016 12:18 PM
The Latest: Wildfire near Big Sur destroys 57 homes

BIG SUR, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the wildfires burning in the West (all times local):

9 a.m.

Fire officials say a wildfire burning near California's dramatic Big Sur coast has destroyed 57 homes.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said Saturday that the blaze has grown to 52 square miles (134 square kilometers).

The blaze a few miles north of Big Sur has also killed a bulldozer operator working the fire line.

More than 5,000 firefighters are battling the week-old wildfire that officials expect to linger until the end of August.

Officials say flames are concentrated in forested ridges above the summer fog line along the coast. Many patches of fire were in areas too steep to be reached