California Wildfires Update

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The Lockheed fire in Santa Cruz County has now blackened more than 10 square miles of wilderness since Wednesday. Mandatory evacuations are underway for the communities of Swanton and Bonny Doon. More than a thousand homes are threatened at this time, but not a single one has burned down. Firefighters were able to make some progress Saturday, and have announced the fire is now 50 percent contained.

A wildfire burning in Yuba County, north of Sacramento, is proving harder to handle. It tripled in size Saturday to six square miles. The fire also jumped the nearby Yuba River and is now burning into Nevada County. Investigators say the blaze was started by burning feathers from a hawk that flew into a power line. At this point, the fire is only 15 percent contained.

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