Friday, 24 June 2016

Wildfires rage across Southwest, but homes mostly spared

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Cooler, more humid weather gave at least some temporary help Wednesday to crews battling dangerous wildfires in Southern California, while other blazes across the West were on the move.Improved weather in the aftermath of a severe heat wave allowed firefighters to make progress against two fires in the steep San Gabriel Mountains 20 miles northeast of Los Angeles. Some evacuations below in the foothill city of Duarte were lifted, but the calm was not expected to last."We will have stronger winds, so it could push the fire," incident commander Mike Wakoski said.He expected gusts of up to 25 mph in the afternoon and evening, posing additional problems for hundreds of firefighters attacking the flames. A fleet of helicopters and air tankers and other resources are helping fight the fires totaling about 7

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