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Weather cool-down aiding in California wildfire battle


Firefighters and homeowners hope the weekend's weather will weaken a Los Angeles-area wildlfire
Firefighters and homeowners hope the weekend's weather will weaken a Los Angeles-area wildlfire

Staff writers

May 4, 2013 — Firefighters in Southern California are taking advantage of a big cool-down as they battle a huge wildfire.

While officials have managed to contain between 50 and 60 per cent, there is still more work to be done
While officials have managed to contain between 50 and 60 per cent, there is still more work to be done

The almost 70-square-kilometre blaze at the western end of the Santa Monica Mountains is now more than 50 per cent surrounded, as of 9 p.m. EST, Saturday.

Nearly 1,900 firefighters are using engines, bulldozers and aircraft to corral the blaze, which has threatened thousands of homes, but only damaged 15.

According to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, higher humidity and lower temperatures created the opportunity to increase containment on Saturday.

While evacuation orders were lifted in parts of Newbury Park and at California State University, several areas are still under orders as crews chip away at the blaze.

Drought season typically begins much later in the year. The Los Angeles area has seen less than 50 mm of rain since January -- taking much of the blame for these fires.


With files from The Canadian Press and CNN

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