California Wildfire Threatening Hearst Castle
A wildfire [the Chimney fire] speeding along California’s central coast destroyed 48 structures and on Sunday threatened more homes, as well as Hearst Castle, a National Historic Landmark and popular tourist attraction.
More than 10,000 firefighters worked to contain six large wildfires across the state Sunday, battling flames made ferocious by dried vegetation after a five-year drought, erratic winds and high temperatures.
These conditions “used to be unusual, but now we’re seeing this is being normal. It’s what we expect to see now,” said Lynne Tolmachoff, a spokesperson for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or Cal Fire, on Sunday