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Containment of California Fire Doubles to 40 Percent

Wildfires, California
LAKE HUGHES, CA – JUNE 1: A landscape grows immediately after the main fire front sweeps over in a fast run toward Lake Hughes on June 1, 2013 south of Lake Hughes, California. The 19,500-acre wildfire destroyed numerous homes overnight. Nearly 1,000 firefighters have been working in hot dry conditions to establish containment lines around 20 percent of the fire so far. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

LANCASTER, Calif. (AP) – Firefighters doubled containment of a massive wildfire north of Los Angeles to 40 percent overnight, as cool, moist air moved in to replace torrid weather.

U.S. Forest Spokesman Matt Correlli says the fire did grow but the moderating weather conditions early Monday gave crews the opportunity to make major gains.

Firefighters were able halt the progress of the fire’s northeastern front, which had been moving into unoccupied desert lands north of Angeles National Forest.

Crews remained in place to protect structures in the rural hamlets of Lake Hughes and Lake Elizabeth, but flames are moving away from residential areas.

The blaze has burned about 46 square miles in mountain and canyons areas, destroying at least six houses and damaging 15 more.

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