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Firefighters getting handle on Central, Northern California fires

August 16, 2009 | 12:02 pm

State and federal officials have released new information about several fires burning throughout California. The figures, updating a previous story on LA Now, come from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection and the U.S. Forest Service:

 * The La Brea fire, about 21 miles east of Santa Maria, is now 60% contained. It has burned at least 85,686 acres since it began Aug. 8. Two structures – including a non-operational guard station and a hunter’s cabin – have been destroyed, officials said.

 * The Lockheed fire, which has burned about 7,000 acres in the Santa Cruz Mountains, is now 50% contained. It is threatening more than 250 residences in Swanton and Bonny Doon.

* The Vintage fire in southwest Ventura County has burned 150 acres and is 60% contained.

* The Corral fire, located between San Francisco and Modesto, is 85% contained.

* The Yuba fire in Yuba County has blackened 2,200 acres, destroying two residences and threatening about 400 other residences and 30 commercial properties. It is 15% contained.

* The SHU Lightning fire in Shasta County is 90% contained, It has burned 17,623 acres.

* The Fairfield fire, near the intersection of southeast Shasta County and northwest Plumas County, is 30% contained. It has burned 1,400 acres.

* The Coffin fire, in Trinity County, is 100% contained after burning at least 1,200 acres.

* The Wildcat fire in Yosemite National Park, Tuolumne County, has burned 920 acres.

* The Lion Complex fire in Tulare County's Sequoia National Forest has burned more than 3,200 acres.

 -- Ari B. Bloomekatz