More than 10,000 firefighters battled wildfires Monday from California's Central Coast to Sierra Nevada forests or mopped up remnants of destructive blazes beaten into submission up and down the state.
Nearly 1,900 structures were threatened by the nearly 52-square-mile Chimney Fire in coastal San Luis Obispo and Monterey counties, where more than 2,400 people were under evacuation orders, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said.
Despite its being well over a week old, the fire surged with new activity on Monday and threatened to jump the lines that were containing it.
By day's end the blaze remained 35 percent contained after destroying 34 homes and 14 other buildings.
Hearst Castle, the palatial ocean-view estate built by the late newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst and a major stop on summer road trips, remained closed because of proximity to the fire.
Eighty miles up the coast, California's biggest fire grew to nearly 135 square miles in rugged wilderness coast along Highway 1 north of Big Sur.
More than 400 homes remained threatened by the Soberanes Fire, which was started July 22 by an illegal campfire and has destroyed 57 homes and 11 other buildings. A bulldozer operator was killed in a rollover accident last month.
The prevalence of poison oak in the region was proving a problem. Five hundred firefighters, including 200 in the past three days, had sought treatment after contact with the toxic shrub, authorities said.
In the Santa Ynez Mountains above Santa Barbara, a wildfire expanded to nearly 37 square miles as it chewed through critically dry brush, grass and oak canopies.
Just 20 percent contained, the Rey Fire has caused the closure of campgrounds and recreation areas but remains far from communities. It was, however, a threat to vegetation in watersheds important to supplies on the south coast of Santa Barbara County.
In the southern Sierra Nevada, a fire feeding on critically dry, beetle-killed timber expanded to more than 30 square miles of Sequoia National Forest in Kern and Tulare counties northwest of Lake Isabella.
Nearly 1,600 people in 13 small communities were under mandatory evacuations orders and evacuations were recommended for a half-dozen others, said fire spokesman Naaman Horn. He said the Cedar Fire is within a mile of the community of Alta Sierra in Kern County.
Thunderstorms Monday brought gusty winds that pushed the fire toward homes and other structures but firefighters were able to protect them. Night-flight helicopters will be used through the night to protect communities near the blaze, fire officials said.
Sixty miles east of Los Angeles, fire crews reached 100 percent containment early Tuesday on the Blue Cut Fire, which burned nearly 57 square miles and 105 homes in the Cajon Pass and the San Gabriel Mountains last week.
Fire officials also revised down the total burn area to 36,274 acres from an earlier estimate of 37,020 acres.
A team called the Burned Area Emergency Response is now moving in to survey the damage of the land, Lauren Durocher with the U.S. Forest Service said.
"A BAER team will go and they will asses the area for damage to the natural resources as well as any erosion control or watershed needs that might be needed for immediate rehab work,” Durocher told KPCC.
Residents with damaged or destroyed homes can call the local assistance line for help at
“The firefighters will either go back to their home areas, depending on where they came from, or some of them are actually moving on to other fires that are currently burning throughout California,” Durocher told KPCC.
Power outages caused by the fire are being addressed by local utility companies. Durocher said that power poles are currently under repair.
At Lower Lake, 80 miles north of San Francisco, recovery efforts remained underway in the aftermath of hard-hit Lake County's latest wildfire, the Clayton Fire, which destroyed 189 homes since erupting Aug. 13. A man has been charged with arson in connection with that fire and others.
This story has been updated.