Chimney Fire burns 52 structures, video
August 23, 2016
The Chimney fire has burned 37,101 and is currently threatening several gated communities in the Nacimiento Lake area. The fire remains 35 percent contained.
Late Monday afternoon, wind gusts of up to 20 mph pushed the fire northeast towards the lake communities of South Shore Village and Oak Shores. Firefighters were unable to save two South Shore Village homes and two outbuildings.
The fire has destroyed 36 homes, 16 outbuildings and damaged seven other buildings.
Overnight, the fire behavior was extreme and consumed another 3,928 acres. Dry and drought stressed timber, chaparral, and grass in the steep inaccessible terrain continues to hamper firefighting efforts.
The threat to Hearst Castle continued to lessen on Monday. Nevertheless, tours have been canceled through Aug. 28.
A total of 3,983 fire personnel are currently battling the blaze.