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Cooler weather aids fight against California wildfire


Associated Press

Firefighters from Stockton, Calif., put out flames off of Hidden Valley Rd. while fighting a wildfire Friday in Hidden Valley, Calif.

CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — Cool, moist air moving into Southern California on Sunday helped firefighters build containment lines around a huge wildfire burning through coastal mountains.

Fire crews took advantage of improved conditions as the high winds and hot, dry air of recent days were replaced by the normal Pacific air, significantly reducing fire activity.

The 44-square-mile blaze at the western end of the Santa Monica Mountains was 60 percent surrounded Sunday morning.

Full containment was expected Monday, according to Ventura County fire officials.

The progress made led authorities...

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