Saturday, 25 June 2016

California wildfires stall, other Western blazes grow

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Firefighters battling fires raging through Western states are contending with weather and human interference, but some progress is being made. Here is a look at some noteworthy fires Thursday:CALIFORNIACooler weather helped crews fighting two fires that burned more than 8 square miles of chaparral and brush in the Angeles National Forest and foothill communities northeast of Los Angeles. The fires were 15 percent contained.More than 1,300 homes were evacuated during the 4-day-old blaze, but around half have been allowed back.On Thursday, authorities let hundreds of evacuated residents return briefly to homes in Azusa and Duarte to gather belongings. Residents might not be allowed back permanently for several more days, officials said.One of fires broke out Monday when a car ran off a highway.No homes have burned.Near the San Diego County border with Mexico, a nearly 11-sqaure-mile fire was 20 percent contained after burning five homes. The blaze still threaten

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