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5,000-acre Elm Fire blows smoke toward San Miguel

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Courtesy: CAL FIRE Courtesy: CAL FIRE

Firefighters are battling a brush fire burning thousands of acres in Fresno County. The flames may soon cross into Monterey County.

CAL FIRE officials say six structures are threatened southwest of Coalinga as fire crews work to put out the so-called Elm Fire. More than 150 firefighters are battling the blaze which started Thursday afternoon.

Although the fire is dozens of miles away from San Luis Obispo County, satellite imagery shared by the National Weather Service showed smoke drifting in a south-southwesterly direction toward San Miguel.

Highway 198 is closed from Coalinga west to the Monterey County line.

CAL FIRE told KSEE-TV Thursday night the fire had burned 5,000 acres, containment was limited, and an evacuation center has been set up at West Hills Community College.

Firefighters are facing steep and rugged terrain, long-range "spotting" and troublesome winds.

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