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California winds slacken, helping firefighters control blazes


California winds slacken, helping firefighters control blazes
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Winds that have fanned California's wildfires have calmed, helping firefighters contain blazes that have destroyed homes and forced mass power outages since late last month. "We've really seen the end of it," said Patrick Burke, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service's (NWS) Weather Prediction Center in College Park, Maryland.

"The winds have calmed down and this is nothing but good news," he said. "It remains extremely dry to so more (fire) spreading is possible, but there are no elevated fire concerns." The state's largest fire, dubbed the Kincade fire in Sonoma County's tourist-popular wine country, was 78% contained late on Sunday at the fire department's last update. It burned nearly 80,000 acres (32,375 hectares) and destroying more than 370 structures since it started on Oct. 23, officials said.

Firefighters working overnight into Monday to contain a Southern California wildfire made significant headway, containing 70% of the blaze with the aid of cooler weather and lighter winds after it burned thousands of acres of dry brush and farmland. The Maria Fire, which broke out on Thursday near the community of Santa Paula about 70 miles (110 km) northwest of downtown Los Angeles, had destroyed two structures and burned more than 9,400 acres (3,800 hectares), the Ventura County Fire Department said on Sunday.

Firefighters paid close attention to the county's avocado and citrus orchards threatened by the flames, the Los Angeles Times reported. Evacuation orders in Ventura County were lifted on Saturday when the fire department said the blaze was 20% contained. More than 10,000 residents had previously been told to evacuate at the peak of the fire's rapid spread.

Southern California Edison has told state authorities that 13 minutes before the fire started, it began to re-energize a circuit near where flames first erupted, said a spokesman for the utility, Ron Gales. Southern California Edison had shut off power in the area because of concerns that an electrical mishap could spark a wildfire. The utility and fire officials have said the cause of the blaze is still under investigation.

Some smaller fires have broken out, including the so-called Ranch fire in Tehama County, which has burned about 470 acres of brush and chapparel, with some evacuations advised late Sunday but none ordered, officials said. No structures were reported damaged.

Also Read: Firefighters battle new blazes in California

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