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New Evacuations in Fire Near Hearst Castle

Hearst Castle was closed over the weekend, though officials said Sunday that the fire was growing in the opposite direction of the popular tourist attraction built by media magnate William Randolph Hearst.

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    Wildfire Flames Threaten Historic Hearst Castle

    Crews are working to protect California's historic Hearst Castle from the approaching "Chimney" wildfire. State Parks Supervising Ranger Rob Chambers said on Sunday afternoon that the fire was two-and-a-half miles from the property line. All tours were cancelled for Sunday and Monday.

    Inside the mansion, art is staying in place. The collections and curating staff and museum director are confident it is safe, Chambers said, adding that Hearst Castle is made up of very thick concrete and reinforced steel rebar. (Published Monday, Aug. 22, 2016)

    A wildfire in central California that destroyed 47 structures and forced the closure of the famed Hearst Castle has chased more people from their homes.

    Fire spokeswoman Diley Greiser said early Monday that residents of at least 50 mostly rural homes near Lake Nacimiento were ordered to leave late Sunday.

    The fire in San Luis Obispo County has burned 43 square miles of timber and dry brush since it began August 13. It's partially contained.

    Hearst Castle was closed over the weekend, though officials said Sunday that the fire was growing in the opposite direction of the popular tourist attraction built by media magnate William Randolph Hearst.