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Big Sur Fire Close to Containment

October 22, 1996

BIG SUR, Calif. — Light winds and cooler temperatures aided firefighters Monday in their battle against a 668-acre blaze, the second major wild fire on the scenic Big Sur coast in less than a month.

The fire was expected to be fully contained by Monday night, said Los Padres National Forest spokeswoman Kathy Good.

The cause of the fire, which began Friday about 30 miles south of Monterey and Carmel, remained under investigation.

About 150 firefighters were sent home during the night, leaving 750 to battle the flames.

Many of the firefighters were veterans of the force marshaled to battle another Big Sur fire about 30 miles to the south. That fire--an arson-sparked blaze that scorched 26,000 acres--was controlled last week.

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