Situation Improves for Many Calif. Fires

August 17, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
The hungry wildfires that have devoured tens of thousands of acres in California are starting to calm down. Favorable conditions over the weekend have allowed firefighters to tackle the 7,000 acre Lockheed fire burning in Santa Cruz County. As of Monday night it is at 65 percent containment.

Monday, more evacuated residents of Bonny Dune returned to their homes. But the 500 residents of the coast-side community of Swanton were still not allowed back into their homes.

A stubborn blaze burning north of Sacramento in Yuba County continues to taunt the more than 1,600 firefighters battling that blaze. It has scorched more than 3,6000-hundred acres and destroyed at least two residences. Some residents were allowed back into their homes this afternoon, but others are still under a mandatory evacuation order.

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