Big Sur wildfire is close to full containment

Dec 20, 2013 4:54 PM

BIG SUR, Calif. (AP) - An unusual late-fall wildfire in central California's Big Sur region is getting closer to full containment.

Mark Nunez, the incident commander in charge of battling the blaze, says it is now 93 percent contained, up 5 percent from Thursday.

Nunez says the fire has burned through 917 acres, or just under 1 ½ square miles, and that nearly 1,000 firefighters are on the scene working to put it out.

Big Sur - miles of rugged coast, cliffs and wilderness - is a popular tourist destination about 150 miles south of San Francisco with high-end resorts and beautiful views of the ocean. The fire was burning a little more than a mile from Ventana Inn and Spa, a favorite spot among celebrities where former Facebook president and Napster co-founder Sean Parker got married in June.

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