Firefighters Make Progress Against California Wildfires

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

California's three major wildfires are now at least 50 percent contained, and most evacuation orders have been lifted.

Only 20 people remain displaced in the Santa Cruz Mountains. State fire officials say a road closure -- not fire danger -- is the only thing keeping residents from their homes. The blaze is now 80 percent contained after burning more than 11 square miles.

A wildfire in the Sierra Nevada foothills is 50 percent contained, allowing officials to lift all evacuations by Wednesday morning.

And a massive blaze in the Los Padres National Forest that's covered 139 square miles is 75 percent contained.

State fire department spokeswoman Janet Upton says the state has seen 1,153 more fires this year than last, but far less area burned.

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