Stronger winds loom as crews make progress on California wildfire

Stronger winds loom as crews make progress on California wildfireBy Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Crews battling Southern California’s sprawling wildfire made incremental progress in containing the two-week-old blaze but faced forecasts for stronger winds on Wednesday that threatened to make it the biggest in state history. With progress being made against the blaze – which has scorched the dry coastal mountains, foothills and canyons of Ventura and Santa Barbara counties northwest of Los Angeles – officials said they had cut the number of firefighters to 6,500 from a peak of 8,500 over the past few days.



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