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Good weather aids firefighters in California's coastal range

California Wildfires
Posted at 4:12 PM, Jun 23, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-23 19:13:16-04

BIG SUR, Calif. (AP) — An influx of moist and cool ocean air is helping to suppress a forest fire burning in California coastal mountains near a Buddhist monastery south of Big Sur.

Authorities say the Willow Fire remains at just under 4.5 square miles and is 13% contained Wednesday. The improved conditions are expected to continue for a day or so. On the eastern side of California, a wildfire in the Whitney Portal area of the Sierra Nevada was relatively calm overnight after growing to more than 600 acres but winds are a concern.

The area is a starting point for hikers climbing Mount Whitney.