Condors safe from Big Sur wildfire for now, but biologists watch nervously

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

As fires continue to burn across Big Sur, flames and heavy smoke are threatening not just homes and businesses, but also some of the area's most famous residents: dozens of endangered California condors.

Biologists who have spent years painstakingly nurturing North America's largest bird back from the brink of extinction say so far none of the 82 condors that live in the Big Sur area has been killed by the Soberanes Fire.But the blaze -- which began two weeks ago with an illegal campfire and by Friday had charred 53,900 acres, an area nearly twice the size of San Francisco -- already has destroyed one of the six stations south of Carmel where researchers leave dead animals for condors to eat.

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