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Firefighters making progress in containing fires

Posted: August 25, 2012 11:42 a.m.
Updated: August 25, 2012 11:42 a.m.


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Officials say the thousands of firefighters battling a series of wildfires across the state are making progress in containing the blazes.

CalFire spokesman Daniel Berlant says the Ponderosa Fire, burning about 25 miles southeast of Redding, is now 74 percent contained.

The blaze has consumed more than 43 square miles and destroyed 64 homes.

Berlant says crews expect to have the fire contained Monday.

A second major fire in the region, this one burning in Plumas National Forest, is 55 percent contained after scorching more than 100 square miles.

A third fire burning outside the Mendocino County community of Covelo is 32 percent contained after consuming nearly 38 square miles.



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