Weather brings California fire crews some relief

2017-07-10 18:28
A truck burned by a wildfire in a grove near Oroville. (Noah Berger, AP)

A truck burned by a wildfire in a grove near Oroville. (Noah Berger, AP)

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Oroville - Slightly cooler temperatures and diminishing winds are helping California firefighters as they battle several wildfires that have forced thousands to flee their homes.

California's fire protection agency says crews are making progress on a blaze that swept through grassy foothills in the Sierra Nevada, about 100km north of Sacramento. About 4 000 people remain evacuated, but authorities are hopeful some will be able to return on Monday.

The fire has blackened 23km² of grass. It's 35% contained.

In Southern California, at least 3 500 people evacuated as two fires raged at separate ends of Santa Barbara County. The largest has charred more than 116km² of dry brush and is threatening more than 130 rural homes. It's 15% contained.

About 80km to the south, a 44km² blaze shut down State Route 154 and sent weekend campers scrambling for safety. It's just 5% contained.

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