Cool Weather Helping Wildfire Containment

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Some of the biggest fires in Big Sur and Butte, Mendocino and Shasta counties are nearing containment. 

Paul Vangerwen is a battalion chief with Cal Fire.   

"Some of the cooler weather and also the humidity have come up some and that is assisting our suppression efforts. We now have, out of the 2,010 fires at the peak of this siege, we’ve contained 1,983." 

He says firefighters are now stepping up the attack on a pair of fires burning in Plumas and Placer counties.

More than 7,600 homes are still threatened by fires around the state. So far this season…wildfires have ravaged nearly 1,400 square miles across the state and destroyed 100 homes.