Damp Weather Helps California Firefighters

Cooler temperatures and higher humidity levels are aiding firefighters in their efforts to control hundreds of wildfires that have been burning this summer. Only 33 fires remained active around the state Monday, which is down from 2,010 that have burned almost 1,500 square miles since lightning ignited hundreds of blazes across northern California last month. The wildfires have been the worst ever reported in the state's history. A deep marine layer near the California coast helped crews in their battle against a wildfire that previously had threatened thousands of homes in the Los Padres National Forest around Big Sur. This fire was 70% contained after destroying 27 homes and burning about 210 square miles.

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