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Firefighters gain on California wildfires

August 16, 2009 |  9:42 pm

Here's the latest information on the major wildfires in California. The figures, updating a previous story on L.A. Now, come from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection and the U.S. Forest Service:

* Nearly 2,100 firefighters are battling the La Brea fire about 21 miles east of Santa Maria in rugged terrain in Los Padres National Forest. The fire, which has burned about 87,000 acres of mostly chaparral, is 64% contained.

* By evening, the Lockheed fire in the Santa Cruz Mountains was 65% contained. Many residents returned to their homes Sunday afternoon, but more than 100 residences remained threatened in the Bonny Doon and Swanton areas.

* The Corral fire in Alameda County is 100% contained.

* The Yuba fire in Yuba County had destroyed two residences, burned 3,260 acres and is 15% contained. Evacuation orders and road closures remain in effect and hundreds of buildings are threatened.

* Firefighters are on the verge of fully containing the SHU Lightning fire in Shasta County, which has blackened 17,623 acres near Burney.

* The slow-moving Wildcat fire in Yosemite National Park, which has charred 925 acres since it began July 29, is being monitored.

-- Bettina Boxall

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