CREWS BATTLING CALIFORNIA BLAZE FACE HOT, DRY CONDITIONS
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.