published on August 10, 2016 - 7:35 PM
Written by The Business Journal Staff

A fire burning in steep terrain in central California is growing and has now scorched nearly 8 square miles.

The fire is burning about 8 miles west of the small town of Coalinga in Fresno County. A 21-mile stretch of Highway 198 is closed in both directions to the Monterey County line.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection says the fire that broke out Monday night is about 10 percent contained.

No one has been injured and no structures are threatened. More than 1,000 firefighters are working to get a handle on the fast-moving blaze.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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