- Associated Press - Sunday, June 5, 2016

KING CITY, Calif. (AP) - A wildfire that has charred 3,500 acres of grass and brush in the Los Padres National Forest has prompted some evacuations and is threatening numerous structures.

The U.S. Forest Service says about 400 firefighters are battling the blaze Sunday on land and by air with air tankers and helicopters.

The service says the fire started Saturday afternoon west of King City on the boundary of Fort Hunter Liggett and Los Padres National Forest.

It says the blaze burning 60 miles southeast of Big Sur rapidly grew to more than 3,000 acres due to high temperatures, dry vegetation, and gusting winds, prompting some mandatory evacuations.

The service says the fire continues to push into the Ventana Wilderness, where it could reach ranches and homes.

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