CREWS BAT­TLING CAL­I­FOR­NIA BLAZE FACE HOT, DRY CON­DI­TIONS

Metro USA (Boston) - - NEWS - REUTERS

3 Fire­fight­ers bat­tling a wild­fire about 40 miles north of Los Angeles faced an­other day of bru­tal heat on Tues­day af­ter re­port­ing progress containing the blaze un­der cooler con­di­tions overnight. About 300 miles fur­ther north in drought-hit Cal­i­for­nia, an­other fire rav­aged a hilly area near the scenic coastal town of Carmel-by-the-Sea, churn­ing through 16,100 acres and de­stroy­ing 20 homes, author­i­ties said. About 3,000 fire­fight­ers have been strug­gling to con­trol the so-called Sand Fire in a 59-square-mile area on the north­west­ern fringes of the Angeles Na­tional For­est since Friday. The fire was 25 per­cent con­tained on Tues­day, up from just 10 per­cent on Monday evening, as crews backed by bull­doz­ers hacked out buf­fer lines around the blaze, author­i­ties said.

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