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Endangered California condors face fire risks in Big Sur

July 9, 2008 | 11:36 am

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Times Staff Writer Steve Chawkins, who has been covering the fires near Goleta in Santa Barbara County and in Big Sur, today writes that the endangered California condors in the Big Sur area may be displaced by the fire, their nests possibly burned.

... wildlife experts are worried about the 43 condors living in the wild in the Big Sur area -- particularly three chicks in nests within the fire zone.

"We can't presume anything, but those chicks have a major uphill battle to survive," said biologist Kelly Sorenson, executive director of the Ventana Wildlife Society.

For more information on California's continuing fires, check the regularly updated story. The Basin Complex fire in Big Sur has burned 86,726 acres and was 27% contained as of this morning.

-- Tami Abdollah

Photo: A California condor in flight. In 1979 there was a population of 10 in the wild. Credit: Ana Fuentes / U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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