- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 13, 2015

HOLLISTER, Calif. (AP) - More than 250 firefighters battled a wildfire Tuesday that has been burning out of control through thick brush in Northern California’s San Benito County for more than 24 hours.

No injuries were reported, and no structures were threatened by the blaze about 10 miles south of Hollister, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said.

Crews using bulldozers began battling the fire around 4 p.m. Monday when it was 30 acres. It had charred about 600 acres by Tuesday afternoon.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Hollister is about 40 miles northeast of Monterey.

In Southern California, a brush fire broke out between a busy freeway and a heavily populated suburban neighborhood of two-story homes. The residents in Thousand Oaks got a scare as flames crept very close to about a dozen homes, but the fire was out less than an hour after a Ventura County sheriff’s helicopter first spotted smoke.

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