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SAN SIMEON, Calif. – The Latest on wildfires burning in the West (all times local):
A stubborn and destructive wildfire on California's central coast continues to grow as crews struggle to increase containment.
Cal Fire's Rich Eagan said Wednesday that the 10-day-old blaze has charred more than 60 square miles of dry brush and timber and destroyed 45 homes. The fire has remained at 35 percent containment for several days.
At least 2,400 people are under evacuation orders in San Luis Obispo and Monterey counties.
Hearst Castle, William Randolph Hearst's palatial ocean-view estate that's now a tourist attraction, remains closed because of its proximity to the flames. Officials say they are increasingly confident it will be spared.
Several other fires in central California have burned tens of thousands of acres of brush and prompted evacuations of campgrounds and recreation areas.