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Western wildfires: Wind, heat, dry land fueling large blazes

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LOS ANGELES (AP) - Crews contained a blaze that threatened Southern California homes but a second blaze remained out of control after destroying several cabins and nearly four square miles of forest near Los Angeles.

A half-dozen campgrounds remained evacuated in the Angeles National Forest above the Los Angeles suburbs of Glendora and Azusa, where a 2,500-acre blaze burned three cabins and an outbuilding on Friday.

Fire crews were clambering along rocky ridges in 95-degreetures. Six were treated for heat exhaustion, dehydration and injuries.

Firefighters were mopping up a 189-acre fire that erupted Friday in Simi Valley, northwest of Los Angeles.

The blaze, which burned on rolling hills close to subdivisions containing 500 homes, was contained overnight without any building damage.

In Northern California, firefighters made more gains against a wildfire 100 miles north of San Francisco that forced mountain-town dwellers to evacuate for the second time in days. Winds shifts sent smoke from the fire all the way to the San Francisco Bay Area, where residents turned to social media to report the haze. The National Weather Service said smoky conditions were likely to remain in the area throughout Saturday.

Two fires have charred dry Lower Lake, the most recent burning 38 square miles of thick brush and oak trees in Lake and Napa counties. It was 78 percent contained by Saturday.

An earlier, larger fire in the same area was finally fully contained Friday more than two weeks after it broke out. The blaze destroyed 43 homes.


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